2011 Review : A Year in Audio Gear

Hollin Jones gets retrospective and takes a look at the audio hardware and software that has helped to define the past year.  

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

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 '

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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