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

29th Nov 2010 | 16:04

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
Uloops Labs Uloops Music Composer ($15)
Create complete tracks on your Android handset

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, interfaces, mics 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 158 and Future Music issue 233 and published on MusicRadar throughout October and November.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Uloops Labs Uloops Music Composer.

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Some workarounds are involved, but this is a workable mini DAW for Android users.”

FULL REVIEW: Uloops Labs Uloops Music Composer

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 158)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
Harmonicdog MultiTrack DAW 2 (£5.99)
Create full audio projects in iOS

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If it's straightforward iOS multitrack recording you want, MultiTrack DAW 2 delivers.”

FULL REVIEW: Harmonicdog MultiTrack DAW 2

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 158)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
Mackie Onyx Blackjack (£149)
Mackie equips its new interface with Onyx preamps

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A rugged bus-powered USB audio interface with great sound quality and versatile monitoring facilities.”

FULL REVIEW: Mackie Onyx Blackjack

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 233)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
ArtsAcoustic BigRock (€79)
Electro-Harmonix's classic Small Stone phaser pedal brought into the 21st century

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Even Jean Michel Jarre couldn't fail to be impressed by the glorious whooshing of this little gem of a plug-in.”

FULL REVIEW:ArtsAcoustic BigRock

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 158)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
Neve Portico II (£2,545)
The Portico range is expanded to utilise the glorious 5088 circuitry

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A 'best of' compilation of recent Neve designs in a top quality package with a price tag to match.”

FULL REVIEW:Neve Portico II

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 233)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
URS Classic Console Strip Pro 2 ($480)
URS's truly great virtual channel strip moves into its second generation

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“URS's flagship processor hangs on to its 'classic' status with this solid update.”

FULL REVIEW: URS Classic Console Strip Pro 2

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 158)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
ProjectSam Symphobia 2 (£979)
Symphobia provided ready-made orchestral sets for composers, now we check out its sequel...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A comprehensive, flexible and inspiring sample library. A score-writer's dream.”

FULL REVIEW: ProjectSam Symphobia 2

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 233)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
Liine Griid (£15)
Former JazzMutants produce Live clip launcher app

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Griid's blatantly a one-trick pony, and it's not the cheapest. But it does do that trick very well.”

FULL REVIEW: Liine Griid

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 233)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
touchAble Ableton controller (£9)
An Ableton Live controller app for iPad that promises to do it all

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“You may think about touchAble and an iPad instead of a hardware controller. A compliment indeed.”

FULL REVIEW: touchAble Ableton controller

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 233)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
Waves CLA Artist Signature Collection (£646)
Instantly get the sound of heavy-weight rock producer Chris Lord-Alge

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“For instant CLA on tap, these plug-ins deliver. Good job, Waves!”

FULL REVIEW: Waves CLA Artist Signature Collection

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 158)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
Sugar Bytes Guitarist (€199)
Guitarist promises to be 'the perfect guitar emulation', but we find it falls short of that claim

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Guitarist falls short in a few key areas, but the fundamental concept is solid and the interface is likeable.”

FULL REVIEW: Sugar Bytes Guitarist

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 158)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
Clavia Nord Piano (£2,091)
Nord releases its first dedicated stage piano

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The Nord Piano isn't cheap and it's missing some dials, but it feels and sounds top notch.”

FULL REVIEW: Clavia Nord Piano

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 233)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
Arturia Analog Experience The Player (£129)
Great synth sounds and a keyboard to play them on

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A simple and effective concept: 1,000 great sounds give you a quick injection of classic flavour.”

FULL REVIEW: Arturia Analog Experience The Player

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 233)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
Primacoustic London 12 Room Kit (£645)
A one-stop acoustic treatment kit for your room

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A well thought-out selection of components that will make your room workable within hours.”

FULL REVIEW: Primacoustic London 12 Room Kit

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 233)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
SE Electronics VR1 & VR2 Voodoo Ribbon Mics (from £619)
Innovation is the name of the game for sE's new ribbon mics

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A unique and impressive update to the ribbon mic that out-performs many in the £1k range.”

FULL REVIEW: SE Electronics VR1 & VR2 Voodoo Ribbon Mics

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 233)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
Universal Audio UAD EP-34 ($199)
A new UAD software update brings new tape-echo plug-in treats

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“More than a mere echo unit, the EP-34 is a space and tone-shaping delay delight.”

FULL REVIEW: Universal Audio UAD EP-34

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 233)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (November 2010)
PSP Audioware PSP 85 ($149)
After seven years PSP finally replaces the PSP 84 delay processor

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If there was space left on the GUI, we'd slap the following on this super-powerful effect: ‘Warning: Serious delays ahead!’"

FULL REVIEW: PSP Audioware PSP 85

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 158)


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