Gear/Software

Modal Electronics COBALT8

Modal’s latest is a virtual analogue poly that aspires to reinvent the aesthetic of traditional analogue sound.

Native Instruments Maschine+

With Maschine +, Native Instruments cut the computer tether to offer a premium DAWless beat-making experience—but is it worth the price?

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.…

Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000

With the CDJ’s ubiquity in clubland, and at this price point, it was always going to create a stir…

Korg Volca Sample2

Korg has updated its popular Volca Sample with USB sample import. But is it enough to justify the price bump?

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.…

ASM Hydrasynth Desktop

ASM’s all-digital Hydrasynth is packed with features and is certainly impressive on paper but does it live up to its promise?

Solid State Logic SSL 2+ Offers Analogue Warmth Appeals to Musicians and DJs alike

The iconic Solid State Logic has always been known for its incredible but pricey analogue and digital audio mixing consoles…

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…

Newfangled Audio Generate

Generate, from Newfangled Audio and Eventide Audio, combines chaos, physics, and West Coast synthesis. Is this synth plugin more than the sum of its parts?

Output Thermal

Output has hit another one out of the park with Thermal, an intuitive and inspiring multiband distortion plugin.

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…

Akai Professional MPC Beats

Akai professional’s free MPC Beats DAW is great for beginners and experienced producers alike.

Knif Audio Knifonium

Just when you think every worthwhile synthesizer has been emulated for the plugin domain, along comes Knif Audio’s Knifonium to prove you very, very wrong.

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.…

Novation Launchkey 49 Mk3

Novation impresses with its latest controller, Launchkey 49 Mk3.

FabFilter Saturn 2

FabFilter’s Saturn 2 is a great-sounding update to the multiband distortion plugin.

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…

Arturia OB-Xa V

Arturia finally adds the Oberheim OB-Xa to its list of emulations.

Waves StudioRack

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

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…

Kilohearts Phase Plant

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

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.

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.…

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