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

1st Mar 2013 | 09:32

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
Focusrite iTrack Solo
New interface for iOS plus PC/Mac

MusicRadar's monthly sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - publish the best independent gear reviews around.

In this gallery we've collected the latest reviews of plug-ins, DJ gear, apps and music-making hardware to have past through their hallowed pages.

All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Guitarist issue 364, Computer Music issue 187/188 and Future Music issue 262.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Dead easy to use, and with quality sound, the iTrack Solo could be your ideal choice for recording electric guitar and bass, as well as acoustic guitar and vocals."

FULL REVIEW:Focusrite iTrack Solo review

(Reviewed in Guitarist issue 364)

BUY: Focusrite iTrack Solo currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Scan | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Woodbrass | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
DDMF DirectionalEQ
Panning and EQ plugins combined

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"DirectionalEQ does what it claims to and works really well as both a corrective tool and a creative effect."

FULL REVIEW:DDMF DirectionalEQ review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 188)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
Synapse Audio Antidote
Feature-heavy Reason Rack Extension synth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"One of the most powerful synths in the Rack Extensions Shop, Antidote is a potent cure for so-so synth sounds."

FULL REVIEW:Synapse Audio Antidotereview

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 188)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2
Hardware mixer and software controller in one

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Superb design, software integration and build quality make this a resoundingly successful DJ mixer debut by NI."

FULL REVIEW:Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 188)

BUY: Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2 currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music | Thomann | Scan | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Woodbrass | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
MeldaProduction MMultiAnalyzer
Essential spectral analysis plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Not perfect, but it's an almost essential mixing aid at this price, giving plenty of useful information on multiple channels."

FULL REVIEW:MeldaProduction MMultiAnalyzerreview

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 188)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
Spitfire Audio Percussion Redux
The percussion library to beat

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Spitfire's claim that this is the only percussion library you'll need isn't as far-fetched as it sounds."

FULL REVIEW:Spitfire Audio Percussion Redux review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 262)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
Allen & Heath Xone:K2
Compact DJ-friendly MIDI controller/interface

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A good mix of features, plus a high quality build make this tempting for digital DJs on the move."

FULL REVIEW:Allen & Heath Xone:K2 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 262)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
Tascam DP-32 Portastudio
A Portastudio for a DAW world

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Compact, solid and reliable but in a world full of DAWs the DP-32 feels somewhat restrictive."

FULL REVIEW:Tascam DP-32 Portastudio review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 262)

BUY: Tascam DP-32 Portastudio currently available from:
UK/Europe: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
Equator Audio Research D5
Nearfield monitors with a small footprint

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The D5s are compact, powered nearfields with sharp imaging and midrange clarity."

FULL REVIEW:Equator Audio Research D5 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 262)

BUY: Equator Audio Research D5 currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music | Thomann | Scan | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
Steinberg Cubase 7
The perennially popular DAW gets overhauled

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"An excellent update, bringing yet more power, quality and innovation to Cubase."

FULL REVIEW:Steinberg Cubase 7 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 188)

BUY: Steinberg Cubase 7 currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
Keith McMillen QuNeo
Multi-coloured MIDI control

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Cute lights, and QuNeo's XY touch capabilities are interesting, but overall it doesn't live up to the hype."

FULL REVIEW:Keith McMillen QuNeo review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 262)

BUY: Keith McMillen QuNeo currently available from:
UK/Europe:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Woodbrass | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
Korg microKEY 25
Another mini keyboard from Korg

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Plug-and-play simplicity at a reasonable price. The 25 has the edge over the 37, though."

FULL REVIEW:Korg microKEY 25 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 262)

BUY: Korg microKEY 25 currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music | Thomann | Scan | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
Tone2 RayBlaster
A new way of synthesising?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Were we naïve to expect the world to stop turning? Perhaps, but RayBlaster is still a great synth."

FULL REVIEW:Tone2 RayBlaster review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 188)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
Korg iPolysix
Popular synth-turned-iPad app

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Seriously, what can we say? £21 for a hugely convincing dual Polysix emulation from the company that built the original, with touchscreen control and a whole electronic studio wrapped around it? It's a beautiful piece of work."

FULL REVIEW:Korg iPolysix review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 188)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2013)
Toontrack New York Studios Vol 3 SDX
Toontrack's drum library gets expanded

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Another fine addition to the SDX line!"

FULL REVIEW:Toontrack New York Studios Vol 3 SDX review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 188)

BUY: Toontrack New York Studios Vol 3 SDX currently available from:
UK/Europe:Andertons Music | Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann

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