Gear/Software

A Bit Deeper: Exploring the New Features in Bitwig Studio 2

The much-hyped DAW was updated earlier this year. Jonny Strinati has been exploring the new features in version 2…

U-he Repro-1

U-he’s latest synth plugin is an emulation of an early 80s classic. Jonny Strinati puts it to the…

Fabfilter Pro-R

FabFilter’s algorithmic reverb plugin offers a user-friendly approach to ambient effects. Jonny Strinati puts it to the test…

UVI Synth Anthology II

UVI’s Synth Anthology reaches version 2. Jonny Strinati finds out what the update has to offer.…

Elektron Analog Heat

Elektron move into effects with an expensive but beautifully designed stereo distortion unit. Greg Scarth finds out what it can…

ARP Odyssey Module

ARP’s iconic 70s synth becomes a desktop module. Greg Scarth explains why it demonstrates how specifications only ever tell…

Wave Alchemy Revolution

Wave Alchemy’s latest instrument replicates some of the most sought-after vintage drum machines. Jonny Strinati puts it to…

BeatSkillz Slam Pro

Slam Pro is the latest in a line of products from BeatSkillz aimed at electronic music producers. We investigate.…

Novation Circuit v1.4

Novation’s groovebox has been steadily upgraded since its introduction last year. Greg Scarth finds out what the latest firmware…

Korg Monologue

Korg’s follow-up to the Minilogue includes features designed by Aphex Twin and newly developed analogue circuits with notable…

Korg Volca Sample

Greg Scarth checks out the latest addition to Korg’s Volca range: a unique sample sequencer with its own character…

Akai iMPC Pro

Greg Scarth discovers that Akai’s latest app is a virtual MPC worthy of the name.…

Eventide Quadravox

Eventide’s new Quadravox plugin is the latest addition to the harmonic processor kings’ roster. Dave Clews puts it to…

Output Substance

Output follow up their popular Exhale, Movement and Rev releases with “hybrid bass instrument” Substance.…

ERM Midiclock

When working with MIDI hardware, a stable clock signal is the key to accurate timing. Greg Scarth checks out a…

iZotope Nectar 2

Offering a total of 11 vocal processors including compression, EQ and reverb, Nectar 2 promises a lot for one plugin…

The Cargo Cult Slapper ST

Originally designed for the post-production market, Slapper has been recently updated to appeal to music makers.…

WaveDNA Liquid Music

“Like an arpeggiator on steroids…” Greg Scarth tries out the follow-up to Liquid Rhythm.…

Roland AIRA VT-3 Voice Transformer

The VT-3 is the surprise package of the AIRA range. Greg Scarth finds out if it might become a…

Ableton Push

Waiting to get your hands on Ableton’s innovative hardware controller? So did we. As supply finally catches up with…

Waves Pusher

The latest offering from Waves is a simple processor designed for everything from mixing to mastering. Greg Scarth puts it…

UVI Attack EP88

UVI’s new Attack EP88 plugin offers a unique twist on familiar electric piano sounds. Greg Scarth puts it to…

KMI QuNeo & QuNexus

Keith McMillen Instruments’ unique MIDI controllers conceal incredibly deep features and unparalleled customisability.…

ATC SCM25A Pro

Does the ultimate nearfield monitor exist? If it does, Greg Scarth thinks he might have found it.…

Cableguys PanShaper

Cableguys’ new plugin promises to take auto-panning to a new level. Greg Scarth puts it to the test.…

Pioneer XDJ-700

The latest addition to Pioneer’s XDJ range promises a more affordable entry point to industry-standard DJ tech. Greg…

Wavesfactory TrackSpacer 2.0

Could the second generation of Wavesfactory’s utility plugin solve the age-old problem of making space for all the…

Apple Logic Pro X

Four years in the making, the latest version of Apple’s flagship DAW introduces an overhaul of the interface and…

Sonarworks Reference 3

The third version of Sonarworks’ calibration software promises to help you get the most out of your monitoring setup. Bruce…

ROLI Seaboard RISE

Boundary-pushing London company ROLI specialise in innovative keyboard instruments. Greg Scarth finds out if their entry-level RISE controller…

Sample Magic Magic AB

Sample Magic makes the leap from samples and MIDI packs into the world of plugins. The result is a simple…

Ableton Live 9 Suite

The latest incarnation of Ableton’s game-changing DAW is one of the year’s most hotly anticipated software releases…

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