Cubase 6.5 (£508)
Every month, MusicRadar’s industry-leading sister magazines - Guitarist, Computer Music, Total Guitar, Rhythm and Future Music - publish the best independent and in-depth music-making gear reviews.
We’ve collated the latest synths, plug-ins, DAWs, interfaces, iOS apps and other products to have fallen under the watchful eyes of Computer Music, Future Music, Rhythmm Total Guitar and Guitarist’s test teams.
Scroll on for this month’s top picks and click through to read each product’s full review. First up: Cubase 6.5
"Cubase is as terrific as ever, and with its new features and two very cool synths, we reckon 6.5 justifies the upgrade fee."
Heavyocity Damage (€299)
"More specific than previous Heavyocity outings but just as awesome, this is a superb source of dramatic percussion."
PocketLabWorks iRiffPort (£89)
"A versatile, handy little device."
Toontrack EZmix 2 (£115)
"If you need a suite of effects and don't know where to start with mixing, we'd highly recommend it."
Steinberg CMC USB controllers
"Interesting controllers, but only time will tell if they can wrestle users away from their mice."
Wave Alchemy Pro-II (£40)
"The Pro-II takes the Pro-One as its sonic starting point and updates it solidly for the 21st century."
Presonus AudioBox 22VSL (£199)
"An interface and DAW package with low latency that could find a home in many project studios."
IK iRig MIDI (€55)
"The iRig MIDI is easy to use, highly versatile and with mini USB power while you use it, is one step ahead of the pack."
Prodipe IEM3 in-ear monitors (£40)
"Ideal for studio work and if you plain ol' love it loud."
BUY: Prodipe IEM3 in-ear monitors currently available from:
FR: Star's Music
MXL Trio ($99)
"If you're looking for a quick and easy microphone for podcasts, web-chats and demos the Trio is certainly worth considering."
AAS Chromaphone (£127)
"AAS's refined approach to acoustic percussion can bring a vibrant colour to your sound palate."
Analogue Solutions Leipzig-S (£649)
"A flexible synth that excels at raw and percussive tones. The sequencer is a great addition."
Alesis 3632 Compressor (£100)
"By no means high-end, but the 3632 offers significant improvements on the popular 3630 sound."
Beat Kangz Beat Thang (£799)
"It's a mixed bag but we wish it well."
Yonac Shredder (£3.99)
"If you have an iPad this will be more fun for much longer than spending your four quid on that pint and pork scratchings."
Presonus Audiobox 44VSL (£289)
"A very practical compact audio interface: a great starter pack for the beginner or a worthwhile upgrade from a basic two in/two out interface if you want to expand your facilities."
Positive Grid Jam Up Pro (£6.99)
"A reasonably-priced and feature-packed guitar jam station for the iPad. The deluge begins…"
Line 6 POD HD Pro (£629)
"A solid choice if you want modelled amp and effects sounds in your studio or your live rack."
Best Service Nitron (£129)
"Synth-based sample packs are ten a penny, but Nitron stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of them."
UltimateSoundBank Emulation II (€179)
"There's real substance here, not just wistful nostalgia."
IK Multimedia SampleTank iOS (£13.99)
"There's a free version of SampleTank on the iTunes App Store, and we would emphatically recommend trying it before buying."
BUY: IK Multimedia SampleTank iOS currently available from:
ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials (£359)
"Cut to the chase with this wide-ranging library"
VirSyn iVoxel (£6.99)
"If you're at all into vocoding and/or resynthesis, this is one app that definitely needs to be on your iOS device."
Toontrack Roots SDX (£209)
"Whichever weapon you choose, this is a great drum library…"
Kush Audio UBK-1 ($199)
"Sonically stunning, UBK-1 excels at bringing authentic, flavoursome analogue character to drums, acoustic instruments and mixes."
FXpansion Tremor (£99)
"Stunning sounds, endless depth and sublime sequencing make Tremor the ultimate virtual analogue drum machine."
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Softube Summit Audio TLA-100A
"A studio classic, the TLA-100A brings diamond-standard volume levelling and tube saturation to your desktop. Beautiful!"
Eventide Omnipressor (£119)
"This slightly kooky unit will nicely complement more meat-and-potatoes dynamics tools."
Flux Elixir (€149)
"Quick and easy to use, impressively transparent and multichannel-capable, Elixir is a versatile and powerful limiter."
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EastWest Hollywood Brass ($995)
"Hollywood Brass Diamond is quite possibly the ultimate professional solo/section brass ROMpler - hear it and weep."