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TECH AWARDS: BEST NEW STUDIO SYNTH

It’s all about the sound with these tasty studio essentials, which one will sing the brightest.

DJ Mag Tech Awards
DJ Mag Tech Awards

Komplete Kontrol S-Series with Komplete 10 Ultimate

£800
Hype
Arguably the best collection of soft-synths, effects and outboard processing available today.
Gripe
The cost of upgrading will be a point of contention for owners of more recent versions of Komplete.
Summary
All of the best of Native Instruments' stunning array of production tools, soft-synths, outboard and effects together with the S Series Keyboards. A must have for any studio no matter what the size or style of music being created.
8.6/10

 

Arturia Mini Brute

£299
Hype
Amazing sound from such a small synth.
Gripe
There isn’t a thing not to love about this synth especially at this price.
Summary
Arturia have made a modern classic with their Mini Brute Synth.
8.6/10

 

Korg ARP Odyssey

£799
Hype
Back to the future, Korg release their take on one of the classic synths from yesteryear.
Gripe
The mini keys won’t be to everyone’s liking
Summary
Wow! Synth lovers everywhere will be in awe of this amazing sounding recreation of one of the classics synths to have roamed the earth.
9/10

 

Roland System 1

£359
Hype
Amazing sound and amazing performance Roland, use all their heritage and know how to deliver an expandable top-notch synth.
Gripe
The build is a little bit too plastic for our liking.
Summary
Roland delivers a fantastic synth with the genius of an expandable soundbase, this is one for every production centre.
8.6/10

 

Novation Bass Station II

£256
Hype
Vastly improved filter section, a new step sequencer and arpeggiator make this synth very attractive.
Gripe
The build quality could be better.
Summary
This reinvention of the original Bass Station adds great new features while keeping the original ethos to create a winning analogue synthesiser for the 21st century.
8/10

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