New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)

3rd Sep 2012 | 09:04

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Propellerhead Reason 6.5 (£349)
The unflappable DAW finally opens its stable to third-party developers, but should we be more careful what we wish for?

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, plug-ins, keyboards, and outboard gear to have fallen under the watchful eyes of Computer Music, Future Music, Rhythm Total Guitar and Guitarist’s test teams. All the gear on show here was originally reviewed in Computer Music issues 181/182, Future Music issues 256, and Guitarist issue 358.

Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Propellerhead Software Reason 6.5

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Conceptually controversial, Reason 6.5 is nevertheless a technical masterpiece and a pivotal update.”

FULL REVIEW:Propellerhead Reason 6.5

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 181)

BUY Propellerhead Reason 6.5 currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA:Sweetwater
FR:
Thomann | Michenaud

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Scuffham S-Gear ($90)
Former Marshall man enters the amp-sim market

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“S-Gear eschews bells and whistles for a straightforward user experience and quality tonal options.”

FULL REVIEW: Scuffham S-Gear

(Reviewed in Guitarist magazine issue 358)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Nord Electro 4D (£1,649)
The Electro without the drawbacks

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“An evolutionary upgrade, the E4D subtly improves the E3 in all the right places.”

FULL REVIEW: Nord Electro 4D

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 256)

BUY Nord Electro 4D currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Univers Sons | Woodbrass | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Lynx HiLo (£2,299)
The silver brick for all your conversion needs

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“The HiLo offers a unique blend of features with an equally unique price/quality ratio.”

FULL REVIEW: Lynx HiLo

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 256)

BUY Lynx HiLo currently available from:
UK/Europe: Thomann | Scan
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR: Thomann | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Yamaha 01V96i Digital Mixer (£1,979)
New connnections for an old favourite

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“If you like the idea of a compact-format digital desk, the 01V concept remains a winner.”

FULL REVIEW:Yamaha 01V96i Digital Mixer

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 256)

BUY Yamaha 01V96i Digital Mixer currently available from:
UK: Andertons Music | Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater | Full Compass
FR:Thomann | Michenaud | Star's Music | Musikia

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Eventide Blackhole ($199)
The second native plug-in from the US "space" team

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Sound designers and adventurous music producers will flip for Blackhole's versatile, hands-on features.”

FULL REVIEW: Eventide Blackhole

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 256)

BUY Eventide Blackhole currently available from:
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Star's Music

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Nektar Panorama P4 (£399)
A combined mixing and playing MIDI controller

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“A comprehensive and well- integrated controller that's ideal for power users of Reason.”

FULL REVIEW: Nektar Panorama P4

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 256)

BUY Nektar Panorama P4 currently available from
UK/Europe: Thomann | Gear4Music
USA: Sweetwater
FR:Thomann | Univers Sons

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Voxengo Warmifier ($60)
The Russian developer spruces up its classic valve plug-in

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Want to inject digital mixes with a bit of analogue juice? Warmifier is still one of the best - and cheapest!”

FULL REVIEW: Voxengo Warmifier

(Reviewed in Future Music magazine issue 256)

New music tech gear of the month: review round-up (September 2012)
Sonic Academy ANA (£50)
This powerhouse offers far more than an analogue synth, and at a very reasonable price

MusicRadar’s verdict:

“Thanks to its PCM-based engine, ANA sounds big, bold and beautiful, while its solid feature-set seals the deal.”

FULL REVIEW: Sonic Academy ANA

(Reviewed in Computer Music magazine issue 182)


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