New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)

3rd Jul 2014 | 09:05

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
sE X1 USB
Mic with interface and headphone amp

MusicRadar's sister magazines Computer Music and Future Music review the hottest new music tech gear every month. From synths and apps to software plugins and outboard gear, they've got it covered.

Here, we've brought together all of the reviews posted on MusicRadar throughout June and originally reviewed in Computer Music issue 205/206, Future Music issue 279/280, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team. First up to the plate, it's sE's X1 USB mic…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A solid and self-contained solution for the lone recordist with a nice tone.”

FULL REVIEW: sE X1 USB review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 279)

BUY: sE X1 USB currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music
FR:Star's Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Auganizer
Organise your AudioUnits

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A useful, effective tool for those with large AudioUnit plugin collections.”

FULL REVIEW:Auganizerreview

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 279)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Native Instruments Molekular
Mind-blowing modular multi-effects plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Versatile, tightly focused, and ultimately a hugely impressive multieffect - as long as you don't mind it running in Reaktor/Player.”

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Molekular review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 205)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
GoPro Hero Music Bundle
Clamps, mounts and camera

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Good value pack that brings the GoPro to the musician with style and convenience.”

FULL REVIEW: GoPro Hero Music Bundle review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 279)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Blue Nessie
Desktop USB recording mic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Keep one next to your computer and never be stuck when an idea strikes.”

FULL REVIEW: Blue Nessie review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 279)

BUY: Blue Nessie currently available from:
UK:Scan | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Rode Stereo Bar
Assume the (mic) position

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's not the most exciting tool on the market, but the Stereo Bar can help you master stereo mic positioning.”

FULL REVIEW: Rode Stereo Bar review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 279)

BUY: Rode Stereo Bar currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro
Hybrid hardware/software workstation

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“In combination with the bundled software, it is an inspiring, creative hybrid sequencing platform.”

FULL REVIEW: M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 279)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Rob Papen Blue II
New flagship synth is a must-have

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A flexible, beautiful synthesiser with a comprehensive array of powerful sound- shaping techniques onboard - both 'old' and 'new' - Blue II is an instant classic.”

FULL REVIEW: Rob Papen Blue II review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 205)

BUY: Rob Papen Blue II currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Nord Lead A1
Quick and easy synth sound creation

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's intuitive, sounds great and the effects implementation beats the NL4. A worthy successor to the 2x.”

FULL REVIEW: Nord Lead A1 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 279)

BUY: Nord Lead A1 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
MeldaProduction MAutoDynamicEQ 8
New look and new features for the EQ plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“One of the most powerful and versatile EQs money can buy. Every producer should consider investing in MAutoDynamicEQ.”

FULL REVIEW: MeldaProduction MAutoDynamicEQ 8 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 205)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Presonus Sceptre S8
DSP-loaded coaxial monitors

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The Sceptre S8 delivers a very balanced sound, with excellent imaging and a broad sweet spot.”

FULL REVIEW: Presonus Sceptre S8 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 279)

BUY: Presonus Sceptre S8 currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Scan | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Waves Abbey Road Reel ADT
Bottled Beatles tape sounds

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A very successful emulation of a signature Abbey Road effect, but we'd like more control over the specifics of the tape deck.”

FULL REVIEW: Waves Abbey Road Reel ADT review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 205)

BUY: Waves Abbey Road Reel ADT currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Acustica Audio Trinity eQ
EQ plugin based on 'mystery' desk

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“We might not know exactly which console EQ it's emulating, but we do know that Trinity sounds beautiful.”

FULL REVIEW: Acustica Audio Trinity eQ review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 205)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
AKG K812
AKG's best headphones come at a price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The K812s do not disappoint, delivering detailed sound with depth and clarity.”

FULL REVIEW: AKG K812 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 279)

BUY: AKG K812 currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Impact Soundworks Archtop
Deeply-sampled jazzbox guitar

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A fabulous-sounding guitar captured to near-perfection with articulations and noises for supreme realism of performance.”

FULL REVIEW: Impact Soundworks Archtop review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 205)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Korg Taktile 49
Creative keyboard controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A good range of control options with a set of unexpected tricks to get your creative juices flowing.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg Taktile 49 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 280)

BUY: Korg Taktile 49 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Plugin Boutique BigKick
Digital store turns developer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“BigKick is an impressive little debut for PB.”

FULL REVIEW: Plugin Boutique BigKick review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 205)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
sE Electronics sE5 Pair
Stereo recording mic pair

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“This is a fine package for when you need to record any ensemble or instrument in stereo.”

FULL REVIEW: sE Electronics sE5 Pair review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 280)

BUY: sE Electronics sE5 Pair currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
sE Electronics SPACE
sE takes the reflection filter concept to the next level

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Improves on the design and effectiveness of the RF Pro to become the undisputed reflexion filter champion.”

FULL REVIEW: sE Electronics SPACE review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 281)

BUY: sE Electronics SPACE currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Reloop Keypad
Budget Ableton Live controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A uniquely fitting controller for Ableton Live's Session View, the Keypad is seriously useful.”

FULL REVIEW: Reloop Keypad review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 280)

BUY: Reloop Keypad currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (July 2014)
Positive Grid Final Touch
iPad mastering suite that competes

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's unlikely to put any pro mastering houses out of business, but for 'project studio' mastering duties, Final Touch is a thoroughly viable proposition. Amazing!”

FULL REVIEW: Positive Grid Final Touch review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 205)

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