New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (October 2010)

26th Oct 2010 | 13:55

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (October 2010)
Audio Damage Axon ($59)
'The Damage' aren't shy about challenging conventional plug-in design...

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 DAWs, synths, plug-ins and iOS apps 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 157 and Future Music issue 232 and published on MusicRadar throughout September and October.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Audio Damage Axon.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It might not be everybody's cup of tea, but it's hard to imagine another plug-in with so few parameters that allows so much experimentation.”

FULL REVIEW: Audio Damage Axon

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 157)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (October 2010)
iceGear Xenon (£2.99)
The Argon synth developer delivers a soft studio

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“At this price, Xenon is a good buy for budding iOS music producers.”

FULL REVIEW: iceGear Xenon

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 157)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (October 2010)
Voxengo HarmoniEQ 2.0 ($100)
Yet another EQ, but not quite your standard effort...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's hard to go wrong with Voxengo plug-ins, and HarmoniEQ only strengthens that perception.”

FULL REVIEW: Voxengo HarmoniEQ 2.0

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 157)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (October 2010)
Flux TRAX (£399)
Flux and IRCAM join forces for this innovative audio transformation tool

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“TRAX is a fine package covering many bases, with some unusual tricks that will appeal particularly to post-production pros and sound design wizards.”

FULL REVIEW:Flux TRAX

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 157)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (October 2010)
Sound Radix Auto-Align ($149)
A new company offers up this solution to multi-mic phase coherence issues

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A simple and elegant solution that takes the hassle out of time-aligning different mic channels.”

FULL REVIEW:Sound Radix Auto-Align

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 157)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (October 2010)
Waves JJP Artist Signature Collection (£646)
Jack Joseph Puig puts his name to another Waves plug-in bundle

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The Signature Collection concept is one you'll love or hate, but there's no denying the quality of the plug-ins themselves.”

FULL REVIEW: Waves JJP Artist Signature Collection

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 157)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (October 2010)
tomoberheim SEM (€950)
One of the all-time classic synths returns. It's the SEM, but different...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“One of the best analogue mono synths on the market. Phenomenal sound and classic heritage.”

FULL REVIEW: tomoberheim SEM

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 232)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (October 2010)
Native Instruments Komplete 7 (£399)
A bundle of synths, samplers, drums and effects; you've never had it so good!

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An enormous amount in one very affordable and Komplete package. Well done NI.”

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Komplete 7

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 232)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (October 2010)
Unity Audio The Rock (£1,750)
Unity's 'brutally honest tool', in the form of a Corian-fronted monitor

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Accurate response and excellent mid frequency fidelity makes The Rock a rare chunk of reality.”

FULL REVIEW: Unity Audio The Rock

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 232)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (October 2010)
Sony Creative Software ACID Music Studio 8 (£50)
Does Sony's ACID Music Studio cut the mustard as a budget DAW?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A solid entry-level package with some nice extras. A lack of automation may hold you back.”

FULL REVIEW: Sony Creative Software ACID Music Studio 8

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 232)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (October 2010)
Modartt Pianoteq 3.6 (€249)
An update for one of the best bits of modelled piano plug-in software

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Almost the perfect piano, now at a more attainable price. Highly versatile and expressive.”

FULL REVIEW: Modartt Pianoteq 3.6

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 232)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (October 2010)
M-Audio Axiom 49 (£270)
A budget version of the Axiom Pro, but much better than your battered old 'board

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you're upgrading this is the one to go for. It may be a little pricier but you get what you pay for.”

FULL REVIEW: M-Audio Axiom 49

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 232)


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