Review: Dreadbox Nyx 2

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          Price £469  Contact Nova Distribution | Dreadbox Dreadbox is what you might call a bespoke synth company. It is just one of seemingly hundreds of relatively small enterprises trying their hands at – and largely succeeding at – making great hardware synths with a unique flavour.  Many of these, of […]

Review: IK Multimedia UNO Drum

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Price £255 (street)/$249 Contact IK Multimedia At the risk of sounding like a grandparent staring wistfully at an urban development and bemoaning, ‘I remember when all of this was fields’, I remember when IK Multimedia just did software. Ah, those heady days, when companies were trying to get a computer to do every music-making task […]

Review: Qu-Bit Electronix Chord v2

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      Price £269/$299 Contact Qu-Bit Electronix If there’s one uniting feature of modular systems, it is the complexity of creating a patch that works convincingly polyphonically – which explains why almost all modulars tend to concentrate on monophonic signals and are often happier that way.  But let’s face it, it’s pretty difficult for […]

Review: Modal Electronics CRAFTsynth v2.0

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      Price £129/$149/€149 Contact Modal Electronics It was only a couple of years ago that British company Modal Electronics entered the synthesizer marketplace, with the rather fine PPG-inspired 002. Once we’d got over the awe factor, things were quickly followed by the all-analogue 008 and while both of these machines were clear budgetary […]

Review: Akai MPK Road 88

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Price £799/$899 Contact Akai The controller-keyboard market throws up many a varied beast in terms of specs, build, uses and target audience. I’ve recently reviewed everything including keyboards that control hardware, keyboards that integrate with software, keyboards that take on DAW control, and those that do just a little bit of everything. They usually come […]

Review: Qu-Bit Prism

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      Price $249/£221 Contact Qu-Bit Aim a shaft of white light at a prism and the resulting refraction throws us beautiful shards of splintered and separated colourful light. Somewhat unsurprisingly, this recently released Eurorack module from Qu-Bit aims to deliver a very similar result with an audio signal, but with much greater control […]

Review: OTO Machines BOUM

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      Price £449/$565/€462 Contact OTO Machines BOUM, from France’s OTO Machines, is a hardware compressor/saturator/filter (or ‘analogue stereo warming unit’ as described on the company’s website) that appears to have something to offer producers of all types. For hardware-based musicians, especially those playing live, a bunch of synths and groove boxes going through […]

Review: Polyend/Dreadbox Medusa

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Price £879 Contact Polyend Two years in the making, the Medusa is a collaborative effort between Polish sequencer specialist Polyend and Greek synth god Dreadbox. Previous products such as the Erebus and Hades have won fans for their killer analogue sound and reasonable prices. So what exactly is the Medusa? Depending on how you look […]

Review: Arturia MicroFreak

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Price £265 Contact Source Distribution | Arturia When it comes to new and exciting ways to package hardware synthesizers, Arturia has been on something of a mission for the last few years. Whether it be the petite Brute series or the colossal MatrixBrute, the company has certainly been pushing the envelope to offer both affordable […]