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

1st Nov 2011 | 17:02

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Stanton SCS.4DJ (£459)
You can jack every USB key you own into this new all-in-one party-starting solution

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, controllers, DAWs, DJ gear, outboard, apps, monitors, synths, interfaces 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 170/171 and Future Music issues 245/246.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Stanton’s SCS.4DJ

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The ultimate all-in-one DJ solution that even hardened CD jocks will enjoy playing parties with.”

FULL REVIEW:Stanton SCS.4DJ

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 245)

BUY: Stanton SCS.4DJ currently available from:
UK:Thomann
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Teenage Engineering OP-1 (€799)
We've been waiting more than two years to get our hands on this beauty. But can it live up to the hype?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's not cheap, but the beautifully designed OP-1 is fun, inspiring and unique sounding.”

FULL REVIEW: Teenage Engineering OP-1

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 245)

BUY: Teenage Engineering OP-1 currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
FR: Thomann | Star's Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 (£1249)
We soundcheck this digital mixing and audio interface combo

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Surprisingly comprehensive features and quality for such a small package and price.”

FULL REVIEW: PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 245)

BUY: PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 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 (November 2011)
Alesis iO Dock (£140)
iO, iO, it's off to work we go as Alesis unleashes the iPad's musical potential

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“All the connections you need to turn your iPad into a functional studio. What's not to like?”

FULL REVIEW: Alesis iO Dock

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 245)

BUY: Alesis iO Dock currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | ThomannGear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Native Instruments Komplete 8 Ultimate (€999)
Native Instruments' product line contains a dizzying array of titles. Want them all?! We explore the sonic universe...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Komplete Ultimate by name and as ultimately complete as you could wish for by nature.”

FULL REVIEW:NI Komplete 8 Ultimate

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 245)

BUY: NI Komplete 8 Ultimate currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Star's Music | Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Vienna Symphonic Library Vienna Suite (£425)
With 10 plugs including the new Hybrid Reverb, we waltz through the audio spectrum

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A superb collection of high quality audio tools and two reverbs at a price you can afford.”

FULL REVIEW: Vienna Symphonic Library Vienna Suite

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 245)

BUY: Vienna Symphonic Library Vienna Suite currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA: Sweetwater
FR: Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 Pro (€179)
Can this jazzed-up amp sim's tonal output match its flexibility?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A smart upgrade for a feature-laden amp sim that remains a joy to use.”

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 Pro

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 170)

BUY: Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 Pro currently available from:
UK:Andertons Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Blue Cat Audio MB Dynamix Pack (TBC)
Five bands' worth of dynamic control and a multiband mixer

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A super-flexible, great-sounding plug-in combo for the more technically inclined.”

FULL REVIEW: Blue Cat Audio MB Dynamix Pack

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 170)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Synapse Audio EKS Pro ($39)
An excellent kick drum synth at a great price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An excellent value, easy-to-use kick drum synth at a price that makes it an essential purchase.”

FULL REVIEW: Synapse Audio EKS Pro

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 170)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
PSP Audioware Neon 2 ($249)
Version two of PSP's linear-phase EQ plug-in is a free upgrade for existing users

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“We would have liked to have seen more view options for the spectrum analyser, and the price to new customers is a consideration. But overall, the refit of this EQ makes it much improved and more suited to both mastering and mixing duties.”

FULL REVIEW: PSP Audioware Neon 2

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 170)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
White Noise Audio Genome (£8.99)
The iPad gets the MIDI sequencer we've been waiting for

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Genome is the MIDI sequencer app many of us have been waiting for.”

FULL REVIEW: White Noise Audio Genome

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 170)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Livid Instruments ohmRGB ($699)
Not so much an update to Livid's Ohm 64, as an alternate version

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The RGB's colour LEDs and expansion slot add more flexibility to an already awesome device.”

FULL REVIEW: Livid Instruments OhmRGB

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 245)

BUY: Livid Instruments OhmRGB currently available from:
UK:
Thomann
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Numark iDJ Live (£80)
With a new hardware controller, can iOS DJing take a serious turn?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Fun, but ultimately too basic to make it an iPad DJ's solution. Perhaps a tad premature.”

FULL REVIEW: Numark iDJ Live

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 245)

BUY: Numark iDJ Live currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Propellerhead Software Reason 6 (£349)
This classic software studio is permanently fused with one-time counterpart Record

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Reason has always been a great track-starter, and now it's a terrific track-finisher too. Full props to Propellerhead!”

FULL REVIEW: Propellerhead Software Reason 6

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 171)

BUY: Propellerhead Software Reason 6 currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
DiscoDSP Corona ($139)
A brand new synth from a company that's been around the block a few times. Can it hang with the kids?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you're a total beginner, a habitual synth-fiddler or after digital grit to complement your existing synths, try Corona out.”

FULL REVIEW: discoDSP Corona

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 171)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Quik Quak MashTactic (£50)
Isolation or removal of elements within a mix is the Holy Grail of audio processing. Here's a plug-in that claims to do it…

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you've ever wanted to extract a sample from a mix, this would have helped. Fact.”

FULL REVIEW: QuikQuak MashTactic

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 171)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Siren Audio Lorelei Suite (£55)
A new developer surprises us with a trio of inspiring audio manipulation applications aimed at creating far-out tones

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Experimentalists and sound designers take heed, for the Lorelei Suite could be a powerful ally in your sonic crusades.”

FULL REVIEW: Siren Audio Lorelei Suite

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 171)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
kiloHearts kHs ONE (€79)
Another virtual analogue synth, and a straightforward one at that. Just how is this fluff-free debut going to impress us?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“kHs ONE proves that a bread-and-butter virtual analogue, when done right, can still cause heads to turn and ears to prick up.”

FULL REVIEW: kiloHearts kHs ONE

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 171)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
PSP Audioware NobleQ ($69)
What would it take to get us excited about yet another Pultec-style EQ? PSP has the answer right here

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A Pultec-style EQ is always good to have in your bag of mixing tricks, and this one is all that and more.”

FULL REVIEW: PSP Audioware NobleQ

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 171)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Retronyms Tabletop (£10.49)
Can Retronyms deliver a Reason-style experience on the iPad?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Shows potential, but needs to try harder.”

FULL REVIEW: Retronyms Tabletop

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 171)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Native Instruments Studio Drummer (€149)
A virtual acoustic kit that promises to bring the drummer as well as the drums

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Slick, solid virtual drum package.”

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Studio Drummer

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 171)

BUY: Native Instruments Studio Drummer currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:Star's Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Best Service World Percussion (£529)
Can anyone handle 200GB of percussion? Best Service clearly thinks so...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Excellent pro-level collection - others may want to wait for the Compact edition.”

FULL REVIEW: Best Service World Percussion

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 171)

BUY: Best Service World Percussion currently available from:
UK:Thomann
FR: Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Acorn Instruments Masterkey 49 (£100)
A 49-note USB MIDI keyboard pitched at the beginner

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A solid if unremarkable offering from Acorn.”

FULL REVIEW: Acorn Instruments Masterkey 49

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 171)

BUY: Acorn Instruments Masterkey 49 currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 (£55)
A super-portable mini-keyboard that finds room for a few extra keys

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Excellent addition to the mini-keyboard market.”

FULL REVIEW: M-Audio Keystation Mini 32

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 171)

BUY: M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 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 (November 2011)
Universal Audio UAD Ampex ATR-102 Plug-in ($349)
Add the most coveted mixdown tape to your DAW

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Adds warmth, colour and a classic sound to your mastered mixes. Another great UAD-2 plug.”

FULL REVIEW: UAD Ampex ATR-102 Plug-in

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 245)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Event 20/20BAS V3 (£758)
The much-venerated 20/20 gets its third coming

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Serious low-end with bags of low distortion power to boot - a pleasure to listen to and work with.”

FULL REVIEW: Event 20/20BAS V3

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 245)

BUY: Event 20/20BAS V3 currently available from:
UK: Thomann | Gear4Music
FR:Thomann

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Clavia Nord Electro 3HP (£2299)
Weighted key version of the popular Nord Electro 3, with interface/effect improvements

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The weighted keyboard extends the E3's appeal, and its power makes it a leader in the market.”

FULL REVIEW: Nord Electro 3HP

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 246)

BUY: Nord Electro 3HP currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Gear4Music
USA: Full Compass
FR:Woodbrass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Boss Micro BR BR-80 (£235)
Personal portable multi-track/stereo recorder with audio interface capability and practice facilities

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The musician's go-anywhere companion – record, compose or practise wherever you may be.”

FULL REVIEW: Boss Micro BR BR-80

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 246)

BUY: Boss Micro BR BR-80 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 (November 2011)
Waves H-EQ Hybrid Equalizer ($150)
A flexible EQ with multiple filter types per band

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“In a crowded marketplace, there's always room for quality. H-EQ has it by the bucket-load.”

FULL REVIEW: Waves H-EQ Hybrid Equalizer

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 246)

BUY: Waves H-EQ Hybrid Equalizer currently available from:
USA:Full Compass

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2011)
Thermionic Culture Phoenix SB Sidechain (£3570)
A 3U dual channel/stereo valve compressor

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A simple design offering stunning quality and creativity across an uncommon range of applications.”

FULL REVIEW: Thermionic Culture Phoenix SB Sidechain

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 246)

BUY: Thermionic Culture Phoenix SB Sidechain currently available from:
UK: Thomann
USA: Full Compass
FR: Thomann


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