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

5th Mar 2014 | 10:34

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
SPC Plugins Gater-Pro 3
Gate sequencer plugin for trance and more

MusicRadar's sister magazines Computer Music and Future Music feature reviews of the best new music tech gear every month.

We've collected all of the hardware, app, DAW, DJ gear, plugin and synth reviews posted on the site throughout February.

All of the gear featured in this gallery was originally reviewed in Computer Music issue 201 and Future Music issue 274/275, or by MusicRadar's own reviews team.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Gater-Pro 3 is a fabulous little plugin - simple in concept but powerful in realisation, and highly recommended to producers of all kinds of dance music, not just trance."

FULL REVIEW: SPC Plugins Gater-Pro 3 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Monkey Banana Turbo 8
Top-of-the-range studio monitor

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"These bold Turbo 8s have great low-end delivery best suited to large controls rooms and spaces."

FULL REVIEW: Monkey Banana Turbo 8 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 275)

BUY: Monkey Banana Turbo 8 currently available from:
UK:Thomann
FR: Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Allen & Heath Qu-16 Live Mixer
Compact desk with iPad control

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Offers an amazing feature set and high-quality sound in gig-proof housing at a truly affordable price."

FULL REVIEW: Allen & Heath Qu-16 Live Mixer review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 275)

BUY: Allen & Heath Qu-16 Live Mixer currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann | Star's Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 2.2
Audio aligner embraces Windows

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For those who work with layered multitrack audio, Revoice Pro can be a real timesaver."

FULL REVIEW: Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 2.2 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 275)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Steinberg Cubase 7.5
Latest and greatest version of the DAW

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The best Cubase yet, 7.5 provides solid and impressive new features that belie the fact that this is merely a point version."

FULL REVIEW: Steinberg Cubase 7.5 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

BUY: Steinberg Cubase 7.5 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Roland Duo-Capture EX UA-22
Can the Duo-Capture stand out in the overcrowded compact interface market?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It faces plenty of competition, but thanks to its robust build, good sound and iPad compatibility, the Duo-Capture is an interface we'd happily recommend."

FULL REVIEW: Roland Duo-Capture EX UA-22 review

BUY: Roland Duo-Capture EX UA-22 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | guitarguitar
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Metric Halo ULN-8
Feature-packed firewire interface

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"It's pretty much the closest thing we have seen to a complete studio in a box. Excellent."

FULL REVIEW: Metric Halo ULN-8 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 275)

BUY: Metric Halo ULN-8 currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Focal Spirit Professional
Headphones for in the studio - and out

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Comfortable, quality sounding headphones for tracking, mixing and mobile listening."

FULL REVIEW: Focal Spirit Professional review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 275)

BUY: Focal Spirit Professional currently available from:
UK:Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
KRK Rokit 8 G3
Monitor enters its third generation

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The largest of this latest generation of Rokit studio monitors packs a powerful punch."

FULL REVIEW: KRK Rokit 8 G3 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 275)

BUY: KRK Rokit 8 G3 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Impact Soundworks Shreddage 2
Guitar tones for the keyboard-bound

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For those more accustomed to keys than strings, Shreddage 2 is ideal with its impressive soundset and amount of control."

FULL REVIEW: Impact Soundworks Shreddage 2 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 275)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Roland Aira TR-8
An 808 and a 909 in a single box. Is it all too good to be true?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The TR-8 captures the essential tone and mojo of the original TR-808 and 909 but takes it firmly into the future. A must have."

FULL REVIEW: Roland Aira TR-8 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 275)

BUY: Roland Aira TR-8 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater
FR: Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Roland Aira VT-3
Roland's new unit offers vocal effects on tap, but does it hit the right note?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"There are some interesting effects and a handy audio interface onboard but the vocoder misses an external carrier input."

FULL REVIEW: Roland Aira VT-3 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 275)

BUY: Roland Aira VT-3 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Roland Aira TB-3
The TB-3 brings the bassline concept into the 21st century, but is it a touch too far?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A new take on the 'bassline' concept, the TB-3 packs plenty in for the money and has wide appeal."

FULL REVIEW: Roland Aira TB-3 review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 275)

BUY: Roland Aira TB-3 currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music | Gear4Music | guitarguitar
USA: Sweetwater

FR:Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
ACS T1 Live! Monitors
Top-end in-ear monitoring

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"They don't come cheap but these are a potential best friend for life."

FULL REVIEW: ACS T1 Live! Monitors review

(Reviewed in Future Music issue 275)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Humanoid Sound Systems Enzyme
A software synth for sonic pioneers

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Scanned synthesis remains esoteric and unconventional, but Enzyme makes it easier, more powerful, and sonically better."

FULL REVIEW: Humanoid Sound Systems Enzyme review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Universal Audio Fairchild Tube Limiter Plug-in Collection
Classic comps revived as plugins

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"A marked improvement over the already impressive original UAD Fairchild emulation, this dynamic duo hits the spot."

FULL REVIEW: Universal Audio Fairchild Tube Limiter Plug-in Collection review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
MeldaProduction MMultiBandComb
Wacky new filter plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"For special effects and considered background usage, MMultiBandComb is a powerful, colourful sound design tool."

FULL REVIEW: MeldaProduction MMultiBandComb review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Elysia museq
High-end EQ gets plugin port

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Not an essential purchase, but a very worthwhile indulgence for those in need of a highly flexible, brilliant EQ."

FULL REVIEW: Elysia museq review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

BUY: Elysia museq currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Slate Digital Trigger 2
Drum triggering plugin gets updated

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The definitive drum replacement system gets even better, with an improved engine, more slots and MIDI in/out. Stunning."

FULL REVIEW: Slate Digital Trigger 2 review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

BUY: Slate Digital Trigger 2 currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
Waves J37 Tape
Abbey Road tape emulation plugin

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Yet another tape emulation, with a solid vintage character and great delay implementation."

FULL REVIEW: Waves J37 Tape review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

BUY: Waves J37 Tape currently available from:
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (March 2014)
LinPlug Spectral
Characterful additive synth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"The fun and accessibility of subtractive synthesis meets the power of additive in this beautiful if rather specialist instrument."

FULL REVIEW: LinPlug Spectral review

(Reviewed in Computer Music issue 201)

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