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 […]

Review: Behringer MS-101

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Price £299 Contact Behringer It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, which might seem like an odd thing to say when it feels like we’re only just out of summer, Yet it feels as though there’s been a little tease or announcements most weeks from the Behringer R&D department, offering us a sense of […]

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 […]