Audio & music gear reviews

  • Clavia Nord Wave: The Test
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    Clavia Nord Wave: The Test - Multifaceted Synthesis

    02/28/09

    Integrating analog modeling, FM synthesis, digital waveforms, and sample playback, the Nord Wave positions itself as a versatile multi-synthesis specialist. Focusing on immediate programming as opposed to navigating through endless menu pages, does it have what it takes to stand out from the rest?

  • Digidesign Transfuser: The Test
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    Digidesign Transfuser: The Test - Sample Transfusion

    02/21/09

    A.I.R., Digidesign’s virtual instrument division, continues to provide creative tools for users of their Pro Tools software. This time, it’s a sequencer within a sequencer, dedicated to loops of all kinds and their unlimited use. Let’s take a look…

  • Universal Audio UAD-2: The Test
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    Universal Audio UAD-2: The Test - WMD: Weapon of Mass DSPs

    02/14/09

    Universal Audio continues its arms race against other DSP card manufacturers, like TC Electronic (PowerCore) and SSL (Duende), by releasing the UAD-2, which comes in three models that dwarf the original in power. We tested the most powerful of all: the UAD-2 Quad.

  • Line 6 POD X3 Pro: The Test
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    Line 6 POD X3 Pro: The Test - In POD We Trust?

    01/31/09

    After releasing their POD X3 and X3 Live in 2008, worthy descendants in their own right of the Pod XT, Line 6 felt it necessary to update the POD Pro. So, it's no surprise they’ve come up with a POD in rack format, offering a plethora of inputs and outputs, called the POD X3 Pro.

  • Yamaha Tenori-On: The Test
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    Yamaha Tenori-On: The Test - Unidentified Musical Object

    01/16/09

    In the world of electronic instruments, when you think innovation, the name Yamaha rarely comes to mind! Yet this Japanese company was the creator of the first FM synthesizer, the DX7. So just to show you that they can still innovate, Yamaha has created the Tenori-On, a sort of UMO (Unidentified Musical Object) halfway between a musical instrument…

  • Pro Tools 8: The Test
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    Pro Tools 8: The Test - The Return of the King?

    01/03/09

    The new Pro Tools has arrived armed with a bunch of new features: Elastic Pitch, thirty new plugins, five new virtual instruments - Boom (drum machine), Mini Grand (piano), DB-33 (tonewheel organ), Vacuum and Xpand!² (synthesizers), as well as Structure Free and Eleven. Let’s take a closer look at this latest release from DigiDesign...

  • Zoom Stack Package: The Test
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    Zoom Stack Package: The Test - Tube or not tube

    01/03/09

    Though the concept may not be original, Zoom has come out with an interesting interface that provides guitarists and bassists with an intuitive software/hardware setup, but with a twist: an integrated vacuum tube. In recent years there have been quite a few interface choices for guitarists and bassists, especially from line 6, but Zoom’s take on t…

  • M-Audio BX8a Deluxe: The Test
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    M-Audio BX8a Deluxe: The Test - Deluxe with a plain price

    12/27/08

    After having updated its entire range of audio interfaces, M-Audio now looks to update its monitors, especially in the wake of their excellent high-level EXS66 monitors. These updates have had great results on the small Studiophile AV40, so let’s see what’s happened to the BX8a, for which a Deluxe version was recently released.

  • Peak Pro 6  XT: The Test
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    Peak Pro 6 XT: The Test - BIAS at their Peak

    12/13/08

    Though there are many audio editors for PC, the Mac world looks mainly to DSP Quattro, soundBlade, Audacity, WaveBurner or Peak (a non-exhaustive list), whose features range from "very basic" to "very sophisticated". No wonder then that this software update of Peak Pro XT 6 (the extended version) by BIAS has been eagerly awaited. Let’s take a clos…

  • Squier Classic Vibe Series: The Test
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    Squier Classic Vibe Series: The Test - Do you feel the vibe?

    12/06/08

    Squier has been making low-cost guitars based on Fender designs since 1982. Because their early guitars have now become collector items for some, Squier is seeking to regain some of that magic with their Classic Vibe Series. This latest series was launched to capture the "vibe" of classic Fender designs as opposed to trying to be exact reproducti…