New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)

1st Jun 2013 | 08:00

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Native Instruments Monark
Reaktor-hosted Minimoog emulation

MusicRadar's sister publications - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music publish independent reviews of the latest music-making gear every month. We believe they're the best around.

For your browsing convenience, we've collected together any App, DAW, DJ gear, plug-in, synth and other music-making hardware reviews posted on the site during April 2013.

All the gear featured in this gallery was first reviewed in Computer Music issue 191/192 and Future Music issue 265/266, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team. First up Native Instrument's Monark synth...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Arguably the best Minimoog Model D emulation yet, Monark sounds amazing but its Reaktor requirement is irritating."

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Monark review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
MXL Essentials Drum Recording Kit
Minimal, high quality drum mic set

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This kit makes a great introduction to quality drum microphones."

FULL REVIEW: MXL Essentials Drum Recording Kit review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Xfer Records Cthulhu
Cosmic MIDI manipulation plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A wicked MIDI-generating plugin, Cthulhu makes conjuring up instant chords and melodies a snap."

FULL REVIEW: Xfer Records Cthulhu review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Propellerhead Software Reason 7
The latest version of the ever-expanding DAW

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Thanks to some well-placed tweaks and deeper features, this is the most refined and powerful version of Reason we've seen yet."

FULL REVIEW: Propellerhead Software Reason 7 review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Lindell Audio PEX-500 Equaliser
500 Series EQ module

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A useable 500 series module at an attractive price point that will find favour among professionals already sold on the 500 rack concept."

FULL REVIEW: Lindell Audio PEX-500 Equaliser review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 265)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
FXpansion Bloom
Geek-friendly tape-modelling plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Some might consider it overkill, but this massively modulatable delay is a sound designer's dream come true."

FULL REVIEW: FXpansion Bloom review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Gear4Music Mix02AU 6-Channel Mini Mixer with USB
A mini mixer with audio interface capability

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If six channels is enough for you, you'll have to look long and hard to match the Gear4Music MIX02AU with its audio interface capability."

FULL REVIEW: Gear4Music Mix02AU 6-Channel Mini Mixer with USB review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
PSP Audioware PSP PianoVerb2
Plugin offers piano moving service

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A fantastic update to one of the more interesting reverbs out there, PianoVerb2 is powerful, fun and inspirational."

FULL REVIEW: PSP Audioware PSP PianoVerb2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
SubZero SPC61 MIDI Controller
A fully configurable, five-octave keyboard controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The SPC61 MIDI Controller is great value for money. OK, it's not the most authentic feeling keyboard we've ever played, nor is its construction the most solid we've come across, but if you're looking for a keyboard controller with a decent range and excellent configurability, you should check out SubZero's offering."

FULL REVIEW: SubZero SPC61 MIDI Controller review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Cakewalk CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier
LA-2A compressor emulation plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Yet another excellent LA-2A emulation for Mac and PC, with the most responsive metering and interface we've seen."

FULL REVIEW: Cakewalk CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
SubZero SPC25 MIDI Controller
A compact, two-octave keyboard controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This MIDI controller is only two octaves. If you're looking for notes galore, that's not ideal, but if you're looking for a compact, portable keyboard controller with plenty of functionality, the SPC25 is worth a look."

FULL REVIEW: SubZero SPC25 MIDI Controller review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Sinevibes Torsion
A new spin on the monosynth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A triple-oscillator hybrid synth with an easy interface and lots of modulation sources, Torsion is an excellent oddity."

FULL REVIEW: Sinevibes Torsion review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Garritan Harps
Heart-stopping harp sampling

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If a virtual harp is on your shopping list, put this one at the top - it's approachable, intuitive and sonically stunning."

FULL REVIEW: Garritan Harps review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
SubZero Easy-3 3-piece MIDI Controller Set
MIDI control via drums, keys and faders, all in one bargain package

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you're looking to get physical with your laptop music, the Easy-3 set is an excellent, comprehensive solution."

FULL REVIEW: SubZero Easy-3 3-piece MIDI Controller Set review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Image-Line FL Studio 11
Performance mode, multitouch support, new plugins and workflow enhancements

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"FL Studio continues to age gracefully, still with its own identity but adding features that bring it into line with current music making paradigms."

FULL REVIEW: Image-Line FL Studio 11 review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Audio Damage Bitcom
Ear-bustin' bit crushing plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Definitely one for the serious experimentalist rather than the 'everyday' user, Bitcom is bloody bonkers."

FULL REVIEW: Audio Damage Bitcom review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
ValhallaDSP VintageVerb
Time-travelling reverb plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Another cracking plugin by ValhallaDSP that makes a great Lexicon-style wingman to ValhallaRoom."

FULL REVIEW: ValhallaDSP VintageVerb review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Amplesound Ample Guitar M
Acoustic guitar ROMpler

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A hugely convincing virtual guitar/guitarist, beautifully recorded and sonically editable enough to easily make your own."

FULL REVIEW: Amplesound Ample Guitar M review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Universal Audio API 500 Series EQ Collection
70s EQ emulation plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Among UA's most impressive analogue emulations yet, these are two truly beautiful-sounding EQs."

FULL REVIEW: Universal Audio API 500 Series EQ Collection review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Minster MPS-8H Digital Piano
Could Minster give Yamaha and Roland a run for their money in the digital piano market?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For a studio or home piano with excellent sounds, touch, and USB capability at an excellent price, this is a serious contender."

FULL REVIEW: Minster MPS-8H Digital Piano review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Minster MLP200L Digital Piano
All the functionality of a digital piano in a slimline package

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A smaller-than-usual digital that sounds and feels good and won't break the bank."

FULL REVIEW: Minster MLP200L Digital Piano review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
New Sonic Arts Nuance
'Fuss-free' sampler

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Nuance more than lives up to its joyous promise of being quick, capable and fun."

FULL REVIEW: New Sonic Arts Nuance review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
ProjectSAM Lumina
Cinematic orchestra/choir sample library

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The lighter side of orchestration is well catered for with Lumina, and it sounds gorgeous, but it needs updating to reach its true potential."

FULL REVIEW: ProjectSAM Lumina review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Gear4Music DP10 Digital Piano
Gear4Music's all-action hero

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Anyone in the market for a digital piano should check out the DP10 – it's got excellent sounds and touch and is a real bargain."

FULL REVIEW: Gear4Music DP10 Digital Piano review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
IK Multimedia iLectric Piano
iPad-based electric piano

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"As long as you have a decent MIDI keyboard, iLectric Piano is a blast to jam on, and now that it has Audiobus support, it can serve as a vital part of your iPad studio."

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia iLectric Piano review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 191)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Native Instruments Battery 4
The drum plugin gets recharged

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The wait is over and Battery 4 doesn't disappoint. Ace for newbies and pros, it truly inspires creativity."

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Battery 4 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 266)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Blue Spark Digital
USB/iOS condenser mic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The Spark Digital certainly looks great, but it also has the sonic integrity to make it a serious home or mobile recording choice. There's no XLR output - Blue has plenty of other mics that do - but for Apple iOS devices especially, this mic comes highly recommended."

FULL REVIEW: Blue Spark Digital review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Roland RD-64 Digital Piano
A 64-note keyboard lacking expansion

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A great feeling keybed with a decent piano sound that could have offered a lot more for the money."

FULL REVIEW: Roland RD-64 Digital Piano review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 266)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Eve Audio SC207 monitors
Unbel-eve-able nearfield monitors

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"At this size and price point they stand shoulder to shoulder with the best. Well worth trying."

FULL REVIEW: Eve Audio SC207 monitors review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 266)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
IK Multimedia AmpliTube Orange
Juicy emulations for your computer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Orange has captured player's imaginations lately with a range of amps that meet a variety of guitar and bass needs, and this software reflects that."

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia AmpliTube Orange review

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Audio Technica AT5040
AT's top-level condenser mic

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The AT5040 is a polished performer in so many ways but that price tag - ouch!"

FULL REVIEW: Audio Technica AT5040 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 266)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
Korg KingKORG Synthesizer
A monster synth for stage and studio

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Not cheap by any stretch, but the extensive sonic capabilities of this beast may yet seduce you."

FULL REVIEW: Korg KingKORG Synthesizer review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 266)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
DMGAudio EQuilibrium
The greatest EQ plugin ever?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"This could well be the greatest EQ ever made - it's certainly the most versatile and it's definitely revolutionary. Utterly essential."

FULL REVIEW: DMGAudio EQuilibrium review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 192)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
ESI UDJ6
Matchbox-sized DJ interface

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"If you're using a MIDI controller with no soundcard or if splitting the decks on an external mixer is a priority, the UDJ6 is great for the price."

FULL REVIEW: ESI UDJ6 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 266)

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