Gear/Software

Valves & Theories: Erica’s Modular Synth Philosophy

Is a valve modular system just a gimmick, or could it really offer something unique? Greg Scarth puts the Erica…

Ableton Live 10: What’s New?

Ableton Live 10 is here. Greg Scarth takes a look at the best new features in the update.…

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…

Arturia DrumBrute: Long-Term Impact

As the Arturia DrumBrute approaches its first birthday, we assess its long-term impact.…

Steinberg HALion 6

Could HALion 6 be the samplist’s software sampler? Dave Clews finds out.…

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…

UVI Vintage Vault 2: Exploring the Highlights

We explore the highlights of UVI’s latest upgrade to their classic synth sound collection.…

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…

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.…

U-he Repro-1

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

Elektron Analog Heat

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

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…

ARP Odyssey Module

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

Novation Circuit v1.4

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

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…

Korg Monologue

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

Eventide Quadravox

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

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.…

Output Substance

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

The Cargo Cult Slapper ST

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

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

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

WaveDNA Liquid Music

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

Waves Pusher

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

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