Review: Zeppelin Design Labs Altura MkII MIDI Theremin

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Price $89 (pre-built $159) Contact Zeppelin Design Labs When it comes to the history of music technology, one of the more interesting early instruments was born out of experimentations by KGB scientist Léon Theremin. The legendary instrument known as the theremin first appeared in the 1920s, requiring the performer to wave their hands in front […]

Review: Roland JU-06A

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Price $399/£349/€399 Contact Roland The JU-06 module, from Roland’s Boutique studio, was a limited-edition module released almost three years ago, which offered a tantalising combination of features from Roland’s legendary Juno range of synthesizers. Ostensibly, it purported to provide the ‘sound’ of the Juno 106, though via its livery and featureset, there was more than […]

Review: SSL SiX

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        Price £999/€1,199/$1,499 Contact SSL The growth and popularity of home and semi-professional studios, which by definition have limited space, has led to there being a wide range of choice in the desktop-mixer market. These diminutive consoles can be ideal for input conditioning during recording and as a hands-on analogue stage during […]

Review: Steinberg AXR4T

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      Price £2,227/€2,599/$2,799 (exc. VAT) Contact Steinberg When Digidesign first released Pro Tools, the computers of the time lacked the capability to perform the processor-intensive tasks of mixing and effects processing, so the system included dedicated DSP acceleration cards that took these tasks away from the host computer. Once computing power increased sufficiently, […]

Review: Keith McMillen Instruments K-Board Pro 4

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Price $895 Contact Keith McMillen Instruments Keith McMillen Instruments has fast become well known for its innovative and well-designed controllers. It’s made a big impact with a range that includes everything from the K-Board mini keyboard that I reviewed a couple of years back, through to the more colourful K-Mix which covers your mixing, interface […]

Review: Behringer Odyssey

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      Price £399 Contact Behringer | MusicGroup The notion of an attractively priced vintage synthesiser is something of a misnomer, with all of the classics being snapped up by creatives and collectors and the serious vintage market seemingly being for a select few only. So the prospect of purchasing a recreated vintage classic […]

Review: AJH Next Phase

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      Price £345 Contact AJH One of the latest of the crop of new modules from AJH Synth includes a rather substantial update to the company’s previously released phaser module, which we looked at last year. While most users were delighted with this original Mega Phase 12, AJH is never a company to […]

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 […]