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Review: Novation MiniNova

As even a cursory glance at the MiniNova will reveal, it’s a synth that’s been designed with immediacy in mind. Like Korg’s microKorg, it benefits from the relative simplicity of its…

Teengage Engineering Unveils New OP-1 Accessories

Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 portable synthesizer seemingly achieved cult status well before it even launched. At a recent event in New York City, the Swedish gearheads unveiled its new line of ac…

Review: Izotope Iris

One of the heavy hitters in the visual sound editing business, iZotope’s spectrogram-based audio restoration suite RX has long been aimed at those looking to clean, polish, and otherwise restore…

Review: Traktor Kontrol F1

The line between DJing and live electronic performance has been an increasingly blurry one over the past decade. Native Instruments’ latest piece of gear expands the company’s highly regar…

Apple MacBook Air Laptop

While Apple’s iPad has gotten quite a bit of attention from musicians, it’s the company’s new MacBook Air ($999) that represents one of the most portable music-production machines to…

DJ TechTools MIDI Fighter Pro MIDI Controller

The original MIDI Fighter was a boutique controller that enlisted a 4×4 grid of gloriously punchy arcade buttons to trigger effects, chop samples, and otherwise freak live beats. The MIDI Fighter Pro …

Korg Kaoss Pad Quad

An offshoot of Korg’s popular Kaoss Pad line, the Quad ($299) allows for four simultaneous effects. Simply press an effect’s button to turn it on or off, and let your fingers dance on the XY touchpad …

Blue Microphones' Yeti Pro

A higher-end sibling to Blue’s standard-issue Yeti, the USB Yeti Pro’s (MSRP: $249) most significant bullet point is adding 24-bit recording to the equation. Physically, it certainly maint…

Denon DN-MC6000 Mixer and MIDI Controller

The march of the digital DJ solutions continues. Denon’s DN MC-6000 (MSRP: $949) goes for the all-in-one approach, built for the club with its steel chassis and rackmountability. It’s desi…

iZotope Stutter Edit Editing Software

For those who enjoy chopping, slicing, and generally mangling their beats to no end, Stutter Edit (MSRP: $249) may just be the new Cuisinart. Perhaps most importantly, it provides hands-on control: Wh…

M-Audio Axiom 49 MIDI Controller

The latest iteration of M-Audio’s mid-range Axiom 49 (MSRP: $439) features the decidedly high-end feature that is semi-weighted keys. Eight rubberized trigger pads (think M-Audio’s own Tri…

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4

With Kontrol S4 (MSRP: $999, pictured above), Native Instruments has developed its most ambitious entry into the DJ game to date. Essentially a physical extension of NI’s Traktor software, the S…

Aiaiai TMA-1 Headphones

The first thing that strikes you about the TMA-1 (MSRP: $199) is its design: distinctive and minimalist, the hyper-clean silhouette is underscored by a glorious matte, rubberized finish. Pick them up …

Propellerhead Reason 5 Production Software

MSRP; $299; Propellerhead The latest iteration of the venerable music software studio adds several new virtual machines to its rack, the most exciting of which has got to be the Kong Drum Designer. Ea…

Numark V7 DJ Controller

The ever-evolving landscape of DJ hardware seems to be experiencing something of a surge, with companies like Denon and NI releasing new flagship DJ controllers. Now Numark has its own digital turntab…

Ableton Partner Instruments

After several years of holding the format close to its chest, Ableton has opened up the creation of its Live instruments to third-party sound designers for the first time. Released under the banner of…

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