2011 was a tumultuous year for the world at large, but also a great one for musicians both amateur and professional, with a wealth of new and updated kit coming onto the market. The musical landscape at the end of the year looks even better than it did at the start, and bodes well for 2012. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's have a look back at some of the milestone releases and notable new products that emerged in 2011.
Native Instruments went further than perhaps any other developer in consolidating an impressive lineup of hardware and software in 2011, bringing a diverse collection of synths and sample-based instruments together in the latest release of Komplete, version 8.
As well as dropping the price significantly from previous versions, they also created two bundles : a '