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Best of 2017: MIDI Controllers

It’s been a quiet year for MIDI controllers from the big players but there have still been some impressive new controllers released for software and hardware musicians.

Best of 2017: Hardware Synths

Hardware synths continued to grow in popularity through 2017 proving that demand for tactile music machines is alive and kicking. Here's 10 of our favorite hardware synths released this year.  

Best of 2017: Max for Live Packs

Max programmers continued to innovate this year with a variety of colorful instruments, utilities, generative tools, and effects. Here’s a look back at five that stuck out.

Best of 2017: iOS Apps For Musicians & Producers

2017 was a great year for making music on iPads and iPhones, with several major new releases. Here are some of our favourite tools for mobile music-making.

Review: EastWest Hollywood Choirs

EastWest’s Hollywood Series has been phenomenally successful and for years now has been my personal “go to.” The choirs are the latest entry in the series.

Review: Wave Alchemy Evolution

A forward-thinking drum sequencer with a wealth of powerful features and the immaculate samples Wave Alchemy is known for. Noah Pred falls in love with Evolution...

Review: Sennheiser MK 4 USB Microphone

USB mics can sometimes sacrifice quality for convenience, but that's not the case with Sennheiser's latest portable. Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test.

Review: Fireface UFX+ Audio Interface

RME's Fireface hardware is well regarded in the pro audio world, but how would Matt Vanacoro get on with the UFX+ and its wealth of I/O? Read on to find out.

Review: MyMix Personal Monitor System

Monitor mixing for several musicians isn't always paid the attention it could be. With the MyMix Personal Monitor System, could Joe Albano have found the answer?

Elektron Analog Four MK2 Vs Teenage Engineering OP-1

These two multi-talented hardware instruments each have many fans in the music world, but how do they stack up against each other? Jade Wii pits them head to head.

Review: Steinberg Nuendo 8

Nuendo is Steinberg's flagship audio suite: more than a DAW, it's got feet planted firmly in the film and game audio worlds too. Matt Vanacoro wonders if he can live without it now...

Review: Korg Kross 2

A natural-hammer weighted keyboard with a huge sound library, slick sampler, loads of drums and amazing effects. It even has an audio interface - what's not to like?

Review: Aston Spirit Microphone

Aston has made a name for itself with its innovative and affordable range of mics. But will the Spirit move Joe Albano? Read on to find out...

Review: Elektron Octatrack MKII, OS 1.30C

Elektron's Octatrack MKII brings hardware upgrades to one of the world's most serious sequencers. Timo Preece explores what's new, plus some unexpected goodies in the new software.

Review: Steinberg WaveLab 9.5

Steinberg's much-loved mastering and wave editing suite gets a facelift as well as some powerful new tools. Hollin Jones puts WaveLab 9.5 to the test.