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Best of 2016: Eurorack & Modular Synths

2016 was the year that eurorack and modular synths finally broke into mainstream music producer consciousness. While that's not what every synth nerd wanted it's been positive for the makers.

Best of 2016: Audio Interfaces

Audio interfaces are hub of most audio recording and production studios. Here's seven of our favorites for every budget released in 2016 which we reviewed or were mightily impressed by.

Review: Mutable Instruments Rings

If you're looking for a physical modeling resonator eurorack module, then you've probably heard of Mutable Instruments Rings. In this in-depth review, we find the sweet spots in this synth module.

Best of 2016: MIDI Controllers

It’s been a great year for MIDI controllers with classics being updated, new models on the scene and even some stuff that came completely out of left field. Here are ten of our favourites!

Best of 2016: iOS Apps For Musicians

Your iPad or iPhone can be the basis for your productions. We feel these iOS apps excel in their respective fields for musicians and producers looking to push their music making to the next level.

Roland DJ-808 Review

The new Roland DJ-808 DJ controller seeks to be the hub for every DJ setup. featuring a 4-channel mixer, jog wheels, 16-step sequencer with Roland's iconic 909, 808, 707 and 606 drum sounds and more.

Review: Wave Alchemy Revolution, Drum Machine Supreme

14 iconic drum machines. One plugin. Wave Alchemy have created an instrument for Kontakt and the free Kontakt Player which offers and promises so much. But does it beat the rest?

Focusrite Red 4Pre Interface Review

If you're looking for an audio interface with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, low-latency performance, advanced I/O and excellent sound quality then the Focusrite Red 4Pre should be known to you.

Review: UVI World Suite

Spanning 28 GB and many instruments, styles and cultures from all corners of the globe, UVI's World Suite is a carefully sampled and presented ethnic instrument library. Is it the best on offer?

Review: Roland Boutique VP-03 Vocoder Synth & How To Use it With Your DAW

Much has been made of Roland's new Boutique synth range. The VP-03 is a digital (ACB) recreation of the 35+ year old classic VP-330 Vocoder. So, how does this new synth stand up to the test of time?

Review: Arturia DrumBrute

Arturia has turned its engineering firepower towards beats and created a fully analog monster with bags of connectivity. Enter DrumBrute!

Review: Imaginando DRC

DRC from Imaginando is a powerful, beautiful sounding synth for iOS, Android and for computer plugin platforms. GW Childs puts it to the test.

2016 Xmas Gift Guide for Musicians and Producers

It’s been quite a year for music performers and producers, with all kinds of new gear hitting the shelves. Here’s our guide to some of the best – and most affordable – music kit around this Christmas.

ROLI Blocks Review

ROLI has entered a new phase with its acquisition of FXPansion. First out of the blocks are, well, Blocks! But what exactly are they? Read on to find out…