New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (June 2013)
1st Jun 2013 | 08:00
Native Instruments Monark
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...
"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)
MXL Essentials Drum Recording Kit
"This kit makes a great introduction to quality drum microphones."
FULL REVIEW: MXL Essentials Drum Recording Kit review
Xfer Records Cthulhu
Propellerhead Software Reason 7
"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
Lindell Audio PEX-500 Equaliser
Gear4Music Mix02AU 6-Channel Mini Mixer with USB
"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."
PSP Audioware PSP PianoVerb2
SubZero SPC61 MIDI Controller
"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
Cakewalk CA-2A T-Type Leveling Amplifier
SubZero SPC25 MIDI Controller
"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
SubZero Easy-3 3-piece MIDI Controller Set
"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
Image-Line FL Studio 11
"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
Audio Damage Bitcom
Amplesound Ample Guitar M
Universal Audio API 500 Series EQ Collection
"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)
Minster MPS-8H Digital Piano
Minster MLP200L Digital Piano
"A smaller-than-usual digital that sounds and feels good and won't break the bank."
FULL REVIEW: Minster MLP200L Digital Piano review
New Sonic Arts Nuance
Gear4Music DP10 Digital Piano
"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
IK Multimedia iLectric Piano
Native Instruments Battery 4
Blue Spark Digital
"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
Roland RD-64 Digital Piano
Eve Audio SC207 monitors
IK Multimedia AmpliTube Orange
"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