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

1st Jun 2011 | 08:00

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
ART TubeOpto 8 (£469)
ART's latest offering steps into the crowded eight-channel I/O market

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 synths, DAWs, plug-ins, interfaces, DJ gear and other products 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 issue 165 and Future Music issue 239/240 and published on MusicRadar throughout April.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: ART TubeOpto 8

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A very well thought-out and executed device that will certainly get the job done.”

FULL REVIEW: ART TubeOpto 8

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 239)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Pioneer S-DJ05 (£500)
Pioneer are aiming to unite the worlds of studio and DJ monitoring with their range of S-DJ speakers

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A classy combination of high quality audio and flexible control at an accurate price.”

FULL REVIEW: Pioneer S-DJ05

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 239)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Image-Line FL Studio 10 ($359)
The popular PC DAW reaches double digits with plenty of new features

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Some of the additions need a little more work, but FL Studio remains a uniquely enticing proposition for electronic musos.”

FULL REVIEW: Image-Line FL Studio 10

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 165)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Synapse Audio Orion 8 ($299)
Five years since its last update, can this venerable software studio make up for lost time?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Orion is one of the most comprehensive software studios around, and it's especially strong on instruments and effects.”

FULL REVIEW: Synapse Audio Orion 8

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 165)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Hit'n'Mix Ltd Hit'n'Mix (£80)
A dedicated tool that claims to 'unmix' audio into its component parts. But is it more hit'n'miss?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“As a pitch editor for single instruments, Hit'n'Mix is good, but it fails to deliver on its promise of ripping apart full mixes.”

FULL REVIEW:Hit'n'Mix Ltd Hit'n'Mix

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 165)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Native Instruments Razor (€69)
A cutting-edge Reaktor-based instrument that makes additive synthesis accessible to the masses

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“As refreshing as it is phat, Razor makes additive synthesis not just palatable but downright desirable.”

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Razor

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 165)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Native Instruments Maschine 1.6 (£499)
The most significant update yet for the hardware-software sampling solution

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“There's no doubt about it, Maschine rules the roost. The only question is: what's next?”

FULL REVIEW: NI Maschine 1.6

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 240)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Waves OneKnob Bundle ($400)
Seven plug-ins to make effects processing easy. Can it rule them all

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Some well-implemented concepts but may leave you wanting more than a one-stop solution.”

FULL REVIEW: Waves OneKnob Bundle

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 240)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Xfer Records LFOTool ($25)
Creative sidechaining and rhythmic filtering made quick and easy

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A value plug-in that combines useful presets with intuitive and quick creativity.”

FULL REVIEW: Xfer Records LFOTool

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 240)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Denon DN-MC6000 (£695)
Compact and packed with features, can this nudge in front of the controller competition?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“With a new Sample Deck mapping, this could become one of the most versatile on the market.”

FULL REVIEW: Denon DN-MC6000

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 240)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Mode Machines Synthlab SL1 (£799)
Old-school fatness with a Moog-inspired sound

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A versatile mono synth, but unlikely to tempt buyers from the Slim Phatty or cheaper alternatives.”

FULL REVIEW: Mode Machines Synthlab SL1

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 240)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Korg monotribe (£192)
The monotron gets a bigger and better brother

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Korg's analogue revival continues. The monotribe sounds great and offers a fantastic workflow.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg monotribe

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 240)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite DSP Accelerator (£719)
Owners of Macs without PCI card slots get UAD compatibility

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Satellite lifts compatibility restrictions for a new crop of Mac-based producers.”

FULL REVIEW: UAD-2 Satellite DSP Accelerator

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 240)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
FabFilter Mastering Bundle (£343)
Another contribution to the congested mastering suite field

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Provides all the mastering tools you could need. A real power-house and another fine mastering solution.”

FULL REVIEW: FabFilter Mastering Bundle

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 240)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Liine Kapture Pad (£3.49)
We check-out the latest Richie Hawtin-endorsed iOS Ableton controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An exciting approach to controlling Ableton Live sets at a great price. iPad musicians continue to benefit.”

FULL REVIEW:Liine Kapture Pad

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 240)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
RME Babyface (£459)
RME miniaturises the Fireface range into a portable solution

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Great design plus excellent sound quality and the DSP system makes this a superb portable solution.”

FULL REVIEW: RME Babyface

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 240)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Sontronics DM Drum Mics (From £119)
Dedicated drum kit condenser mics with a modest price tag

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A set of well-tuned drum mics that deliver balanced clarity right off the bat and keep EQing to a minimum.”

FULL REVIEW: Sontronics DM Drum Mics

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 240)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (May 2011)
Studio Devil Virtual Bass Amp Pro ($99)
Studio Devil adds the 'Pro' tag to its VBA modelling plug-in after a major upgrade

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A great modelling plug-in that matches a big punchy sound with highly flexible tone sculpting.”

FULL REVIEW: Studio Devil Virtual Bass Amp Pro

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 240)


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