This loop-based production station from Umlaut, "Motors", is designed to let you quickly create useful looped breaks and patterns. Matt Vanacoro took it for a test drive.
The XONE:K2 is portable, durable and features X:LINK to enable you to connect two mixers together. Sara Simms added it to her DJ rig to find if it could do the business.
Anyone who uses in-ear monitors for live performance knows how challenging it can be to access a house monitor mix. Sound Tap from Ultimate Ears Pro promises to make that process faster and easier.
The theory behind the way the Endorpin.es Furthrrrr Generator makes its sounds might be a head scratcher, but as Scott Riesterer discovered, it still sounds amazing and is fun to tweak.
Blue's compact mic and software bundle is designed for podcasters and journalists as well as anyone making music. With Mac, PC, iOS and Android compatibility, could it be the only solution you need?
Big Fish Audio's latest Kontakt-based instrument delivers multiple classic drum machines, effects and a powerful sequencer. Plus it's affordable, as Hollin Jones discovered.
Portable DAWs have got really powerful over the years, and Beatmaker was one of the first on the scene. Now at version 3, G.W Childs finds out if this really could replace his desktop system.
Building up and controlling music or SFX cues for your live shows can be tricky without the right tools. Jay Asher road tested the specialised but still user-friendly Go Button 3.
If you hadn't heard of the KingKorg, you're probably not alone. But could this somewhat under-the-radar live performance synth actually be the instrument that performers have been looking for?
They say good things come to those who wait. We find out if that's the case with the Arturia AudioFuse audio interface which packs an incredible amount of connectivity into a small package.
Anyone making EDM or scoring film, tv or adverts will find much to like in Heavyocity's new, Kontakt-based vocal instrument Vocalise 2: Gravity. G.W Childs fires it up...
Affordable wave editing software doesn't have to come with compromises. Hollin Jones found SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 12 to be surprisingly powerful, even with ridiculously low system requirements.
Pads or keys and how many of each? There are many factors to consider when choosing a MIDI controller with so many on the market. Here is some advice to help you make the right decision.
When you need to go beyond what your DAW's own delay plug-ins can provide, a specialised model like Eventide's UltraTap can be just the ticket. Joe Albano explores this powerful delay effect.
When there's no budget for mastering or you need to pre-master to show someone what the end results are likely to be, Waves' CLA Mixdown plug-in could be just the ticket - and an affordable one.