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

23rd Sep 2010 | 10:11

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Propellerhead Software Reason 5 (£300)
This classic virtual studio has been refurbished with some killer new kit

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 156 and Future Music issue 231 and published on MusicRadar throughout August and September.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Propellerhead’s Reason 5

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's always been a superb app, but with v5, Reason finally feels 'complete', offering a highly satisfying musical environment.”

FULL REVIEW: Propellerhead Software Reason 5

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 156)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Propellerhead Software Record 1.5 (£235)
An update for Reason's killer little sibling

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you need a DAW for audio recording you'd be a fool not to give Record 1.5 a try.”

FULL REVIEW: Propellerhead Software Record 1.5

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 156)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Steinberg HALion Sonic (£210)
Can Hypersonic's spiritual successor make the grade?

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A solid effort from Steinberg with some real highlights, including the FlexPhraser and superb synth and filter features.”

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FULL REVIEW: Steinberg HALion Sonic

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 156)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Roland Juno-Gi (£999)
We inspect the latest addition to Roland's legendary Juno line

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A feature-laden board that appeals to songwriters and performers who need good presets fast.”

FULL REVIEW:Roland Juno-Gi

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 231)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
VirSyn iVoxel (£6.99)
More than just a vocoder

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A clever and controllable vocoder app that sounds great.”

FULL REVIEW:VirSyn iVoxel

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 156)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Blip Interactive NanoStudio (£8.99)
Create complete tracks in iOS

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A powerful music production environment for iOS, NanoStudio is what you've been waiting for.”

FULL REVIEW: Blip Interactive NanoStudio

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 156)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Cakewalk V-Studio 20 (£260)
An entry-level recording solution aimed at guitarists

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Despite its shortcomings, the V-Studio 20 is a good entry-level package, with an emphasis on recording immediacy.”

FULL REVIEW:Cakewalk V-Studio 20

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 156)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Arturia Origin Keyboard (£2,499)
The 'software-gone-hard' Origin gets mounted onto a keyboard

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Not exactly portable, but a great performance synth with the best analogue emulations around.”

FULL REVIEW: Arturia Origin Keyboard

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 231)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Native Instruments Reaktor 5.5 (€379)
Reaktor's long-awaited makeover finally lands

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A compelling update that improves workflow, adds new synthesis, plus other welcome additions.”

FULL REVIEW: Native Instruments Reaktor 5.5

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 231)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Slate Digital FG-X (£200)
Do you like it LOUD? Then listen up...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Anyone who does mastering needs to check out FG-X: it preserves punch and dynamic definition like nothing else.”

FULL REVIEW: Slate Digital FG-X

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 156)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
MFB Nanozwerg (£175)
We plug in yet another pocket-sized synth from MFB

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“It's definitely a bargain, but the multi-mode filter makes this stand out from the crowd.”

FULL REVIEW: MFB Nanozwerg

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 231)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Softube Tube-Tech PE 1C (£160)
Don't already own a Pultec style EQ? Maybe it's time to jump on the tube train

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Softube isn’t breaking new ground here, but this is a solid addition to its processor portfolio.”

FULL REVIEW: Softube Tube-Tech PE 1C

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 156)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Korg Electribe ESX-1 SD & EMX-1 SD (£516)
It's been six years since their last refresh, but the Electribes are back

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Nothing earth shattering, but the updates to the Electribe's patterns ensure they stay fresh.”

FULL REVIEW: Korg Electribe ESX-1 SD & EMX-1 SD

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 231)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Expert Sleepers Spectral Conquest ($29)
This spectrally explicit plug-in gets us hot and bothered...

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Spectral Conquest is a potential powerhouse of sonic manipulation, thanks to its scripting functionality.”

FULL REVIEW: Expert Sleepers Spectral Conquest

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 156)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Roger Linn AdrenaLinn Sync v2 (€99)
We're pumped to get our hands on this revised rhythmic multi-effect

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Not just for guitarists, this plug-in inspires with its combination of splendid sound quality and groovy modulations.”

FULL REVIEW:Roger Linn AdrenaLinn Sync v2

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 156)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Korg MR2 High Resolution Mobile Recorder (£645)
The MR2 is a compact, high-fidelity portable recorder, suitable for just about anywhere

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Fairly expensive but completely worth the investment for those with 1-bit desires.”

FULL REVIEW:Korg MR2 High Resolution Mobile Recorder

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 231)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
E-MU Longboard 61 (£312)
A controller keyboard with a built-in synth

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“High-quality controller keyboard but the synth only offers basic editing options.”

FULL REVIEW:E-MU Longboard 61

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 231)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Alesis Q49 (£80)
Alesis' bargain board aims to tick the boxes for beginners

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Not too intuitive in its controller functions, but accurately priced for what you get…”

FULL REVIEW:Alesis Q49

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 231)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
Artificial Audio Quartz (€99)
A modulation powered multi-effect

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A well-conceived plug-in that's equally useful for workhorse production duties and madcap sonic transformations.”

FULL REVIEW:Artificial Audio Quartz

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 156)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2010)
EastWest/Quantum Leap Hollywood Strings (€1,389)
Blockbusting samplist EastWest delivers a string library with big-screen flavour

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“EastWest puts in another star turn with this superb professional string library.”

FULL REVIEW:EastWest/Quantum Leap Hollywood Strings

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 156)


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