New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)

13th Apr 2011 | 12:45

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Analogue Solutions Station X and Station Y (from £479)
We get stuck into a world of patch leads with two new mini-modular synth boxes

Every month, MusicRadar’s industry-leading sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - publish the best independent and in-depth music-making gear reviews.

We’ve collated the latest plug-ins, synths, DJing products, mics, apps, keyboards and other gear to have fallen under the watchful eyes of Computer Music and Future Music’s test teams. All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Computer Music issues 162/163 and Future Music issues 237/238 and published on MusicRadar throughout March.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Analogue Solutions Station X and Station Y.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Two interesting and complementary boxes that cram in some real analogue fun.”

FULL REVIEW: Analogue Solutions Station X and Station Y

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 237)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Denon DN-SC2000 (£209)
The legendary DJ brand serves up yet another way to take control of your laptop's ever expanding DJ duties

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Great value, well-built and delivers everything it promises. You're in safe hands with Denon.”

FULL REVIEW: Denon DN-SC2000

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 237)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Vengeance-Sound Philta XL (£40)
A fantastic dance-focused filter plug-in

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Philta XL lends further credibility to Vengeance-Sound's status as lord of the dance scene. It's a certified banger!”

FULL REVIEW: Vengeance-Sound Philta XL

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 162)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
iZotope Nectar ($299)
A range of full vocal chains with pitch-correction and breath control, all with an easy workflow

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you've ever daydreamed about an 'Ozone for vocals', then your wish has been granted - its name is Nectar.”

FULL REVIEW: iZotope Nectar

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 162)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
EastWest The Dark Side ($295)
A massive 40GB ROMpler of dark, dirty and mangled sounds

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A doom-laden ROMpler with plenty of instruments to choose from and useful effects.”

FULL REVIEW:EastWest The Dark Side

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 237)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Telefunken CU-29 Copperhead (£1195)
A cardioid condenser mic named after a venomous snake

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The CU-29 Copperhead is a classy performer that will capture a transparent and articulate sound.”

FULL REVIEW: Telefunken CU-29 Copperhead

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 237)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Universal Audio Studer A800 ($349)
Lacking soul? Add some analogue tape flavour with this UAD-2 plug-in

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A typically first-class effort from Universal Audio that can deliver gentle tape flavour or all-out saturated fire.”

FULL REVIEW: Universal Audio Studer A800

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 162)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Intua BeatMaker 2 (£12)
The mini iOS studio gets a comprehensive update

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A powerful micro studio app that sounds good and is enjoyable to use.”

FULL REVIEW: Intua BeatMaker 2

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 163)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Audio Damage Phosphor ($59)
This oddball additive synth pays homage to the historic alphaSyntauri

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A thoroughly unique - and very Audio Damage - synth with a tone that's all its own.”

FULL REVIEW: Audio Damage Phosphor

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 163)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Cableguys Curve ($159)
This quirky synth finally goes commercial, but is it worth the coin for current users?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“More than meets the eye, Curve will appeal to those seeking a slightly different take on modern synthesis.”

FULL REVIEW: Cableguys Curve

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 163)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Sonic Charge MicroTonic 3 ($119)
Five years since its last proper update, does this acclaimed drum synth still beat the competition?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Not a huge update, but then MicroTonic was already - and continues to be - one of the best beatboxes money can buy.”

FULL REVIEW: Sonic Charge MicroTonic 3

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 163)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
iZotope Stutter Edit ($249)
Legendary producer BT teams up with iZotope to create this glitch producing plug-in

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Stutter Edit is the Rolls Royce of glitch effects, guaranteeing that your freaky transitions get from A to B in style.”

FULL REVIEW: iZotope Stutter Edit

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 163)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
PSP Audioware N2O ($179)
The original turbo-charged filter Nitro wowed us, so how does the sequel hold up?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A great update of a classic effect, N2O is yet further evidence to support the theory that you can't go wrong with PSP plug-ins.”

FULL REVIEW: PSP N2O

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 163)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
IK Multimedia iRig Mic (£50)
The list of what musicians can't do on their iPhone gets shorter by the minute

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Singers, presenters and the pitch-correction-curious will all get something out of the iRig Mic.”

FULL REVIEW: IK Multimedia iRig Mic

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 238)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Korg Kaoss Pad Quad (£275)
More Kaoss ensues, but is it necessary?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Lives up to its promise, but is competing too closely with other KPs when it comes to value.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg Kaoss Pad Quad

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 238)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Focusrite VRM Box (£96)
Mix regularly on headphones? Try this Virtual Reference Monitoring…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A unique concept that's a powerful resource for headphone mixers.”

FULL REVIEW: Focusrite VRM Box

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 238)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
SonicProjects OP-X Pro II ($179)
A virtual emulation of the classic vintage Oberheim synth sound

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Outstandingly versatile modern take on Oberheim's classic synths, let down slightly by a clumsy interface.”

FULL REVIEW: SonicProjects OP-X Pro II

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 238)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Korg microKey (£69)
Three octaves of Korg quality packed up and ready to go

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Built-in hub and great build makes this an ideal pro-quality travel companion keyboard.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg microKey

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 238)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Spectrasonics Omnisphere v1.5 (£329)
An utterly fantastic update to an awesome synth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An already powerful synth goes interstellar. Registered users - get it now!”

FULL REVIEW: Spectrasonics Omnisphere v1.5

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 238)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Adam Audio A8X Active Monitors (£1298)
The A8 gets revamped with a new tweeter and cabinet design

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Sturdy, with excellent HF detail and imaging, let down by their mid-range response.”

FULL REVIEW: Adam A8X Active Monitors

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 238)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Elysia Alpha (£228)
Mastering quality compression within your DAW? Meet Germany's finest…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Powerful mastering-quality plug-in featuring some unusual and exciting functions.”

FULL REVIEW: Elysia Alpha

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 238)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2011)
Korg microPiano (£299)
Is the latest addition to Korg's popular micro range as good as it looks?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Some good sounds onboard but ultimately falls short on the connectivity and price front.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg microPiano

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 238)


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