Gear/Software

Waves StudioRack

Waves’ plugin chainer StudioRack is a boon for hardcore Waves users.

Kilohearts Phase Plant

Kilohearts Phase Plant combines wavetable synthesis with samples and virtual analogue.

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.…

Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1

Korg’s NTS-1 puts the digital oscillator from the Prologue and effects section from the Minilogue XD in a small synth that you put together yourself.

Elektron Model:Cycles

Elektron’s latest is another inspiring and fun entry in their Model groovebox series.…

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…

Roland Jupiter-Xm

Any return of a Jupiter-badged synth from Roland is likely to pique interest. But how about a ‘best of…

Roland MC-101

With the exception of the SE-02 synth, a collaboration with Studio Electronics, Roland has stubbornly doubled down on the…

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…

Empress Effects – ZOIA 

Empress Effects is a renowned effects pedal maker. But with ZOIA, Empress attempts to combine instrumental effects with modular hardware…

Massive X – The Tale of the Blockbuster

Massive X was always destined to be the tale of the blockbuster sequel. We find out if Native Instruments have…

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.…

How Analogue is the Roland Cloud?

Adam Douglas finds out just how analogue the Roland Cloud is.…

Pioneer DJ Toraiz Squid

Pioneer DJ already dominate the DJ booth. However, with their Toraiz range they’ve set their sights on expanding into…

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…

XLN Audio XO

Finding and programming a universe of drum sounds has become a colourful, visual feast thanks to XLN Audio’s powerful…

Eventide Instant Flanger Mk II

Hasn’t flanging moved on since the 70s? James Russell loads up the second official virtual recreation of this iconic…

Ableton Live 9 Suite

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

iZotope Trash 2

Version 1 of iZotope’s Trash lasted ten years without a major update. We put the newly updated distortion plugin…

Elektron Model:Samples

Elektron simplifies the groovebox again with Model:Samples…

TTAP and WOV by K-Devices

A tremolo and a tape delay could provide new inspiration for sound designers, but may be less accessible to the…

Sonic Charge Permut8

Sonic Charge’s Permut8 – a delay-based plugin that embraces the sounds of ‘primitive signal processing hardware’ has been the…

NI Traktor Kontrol F1

Native Instruments’ new dedicated Traktor controller unlocks the potential of the DJ software’s Remix Decks.…

Cherry Audio Voltage Modular

Cherry Audio’s debut instrument is not just a virtual modular synth. It’s a whole modular eco-system. Armed…

Allen & Heath Xone:96

15 years after its original release, Allen & Heath have recently released their updated flagship mixer: Xone. The Xone:96…

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

Focusrite’s diminutive Scarlett 2i2 bucks the trend for complexity, offering a simple, solid, good sounding and very affordable audio…

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