Review: Korg Krome EX

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Price From £665 Contact Korg Korg’s Krome synthesizer was launched back in 2012 as the mid-priced option in Korg’s workstation range. For those unfamiliar with the ‘workstation’ concept, these machines will do pretty much anything required in song production bar the vocals (although some even attempt that). You get drums, keys, real instruments, feature-packed synthesizers, […]

Review: Qu-Bit Bloom

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Price $329/£305 Contact Qu-Bit Whether you’re a newbie to Eurorack or a seasoned user, you’ll doubtless need modules within your system to cater for the sequencing of notes. It’s a common complaint from Eurorack users, performers and listeners, that while it’s very easy to exploit a basic sequence of limited length, it can often become […]

Review: Waldorf Kyra Review

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Price £1749.00 (Street Price) Contact Waldorf If there’s one company that has a slight sense of the diverse, it’s Waldorf. With a legacy that extends back to PPG (the company that innovated and packaged the notion of the wavetable synthesizer), it’s hardly surprising that this sense of intriguing innovation resulted in one of the most […]

Review: Moog Matriarch

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Price £1,959 Contact Moog Choosing a hardware synth can sometimes feel a little bit daunting. There’s always going to have to be a really good reason for handing over a fair wad of cash, rather than simply heading for the cheaper alternatives that are available today. Thankfully, if there’s one thing that you can guarantee […]

Review: Behringer VC340 Vocoder

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Price £420 Contact Behringer In an alternate dimension, possibly in a galaxy far away, robots may well have inherited the Earth, and if they did, they almost certainly would have used a vocoder to make their voices heard! So it’s helpful that in the next thrilling instalment of Behringer’s re-interpretations of some of music production’s […]

Review: Roland MC-707

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Price £879 Contact Roland At the start of the 21st century, using computers to perform music was sexy, and hardware got dusty as software helped us create powerful and portable rigs. It was liberating, and it was democratising, as long as you could afford some kind of laptop. Hardware never totally lost its allure though, […]

Review: Waldorf STVC

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Price £749 Contact Waldorf The much-anticipated STVC from Waldorf comes hot-on-the-heels of their groundbreaking Quantum flagship synthesiser. While the Quantum could be regarded as the synth of all synths, the STVC has a very different and more considered ambition, drawing on a vintage legacy that offers plenty for contemporary production. Strings and vocoder As if […]

Review: Novation Summit

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Price £1,899 Contact Novation Right from the outset, I’m not doing any Twin Peaks puns. (Okay, bar the one in the intro line above.) But it’s hard not to, because the designers at Novation possibly had this infamous 1990s TV show in mind when they developed their new Summit hybrid synth; it, after all, is two […]

Review: Cranborne Audio Camden 500 Preamp

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Price £299 Contact Cranborne Audio A relatively new name to the pro-audio world, British company Cranborne Audio is committed to producing excellent gear at affordable prices. The Camden 500 on test here is a transformerless microphone preamplifier offering both ultra-clean, transparent mic gain and two flavours of ‘Mojo’. However, the 500 is not just a […]