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TECH AWARDS 2016 BEST NEW STUDIO DEVICE

It’s all about the technology with these tasty studio essentials. Which one will come up trumps?

Pioneer TORAIZ SP-16


£1279
Hype
The Dave Smith filter makes the sound real. Also there is no other sampler that puts together TR-style sequencing, pads and a touch screen.
Gripe
Could do with a few more knobs and sliders.
Summary
Great-sounding sampler with state-of-the-art filters and drive circuit. The device covers all known options for live sequencing and its the missing link between a standard DJ setup and hardware music machines. Equally great for the studio and on stage.
Tech Verdict
8.8/10

UAD-2 Satellite USB for Windows


£299
Hype
One of the best external plug-in processers now supports PC users — amazing.
Gripe
None as it now supports PC users.
Summary
Universal Audio's ever popular UAD platform is now available for PC users bringing with it a world of plug-ins that were previously only for MAC users. The ultimate ultra-portable box of high-end studio tools for the discerning professional.
Tech Verdict
9/10

Arturia KeyStep


£99
Hype
Super-compact, packed to the rafters with features and a multitude of connection possibilities.
Gripe
The mini-keys won’t be to everyone’s liking.
Summary
Wow! A fully-packed, feature-rich controller for under £100 — rocking!
Tech Verdict
9/10

Moog Minimoog Model D


£3599
Hype
Amazing sound and amazing performance. The Minimoog is simply one of the best sounding synths ever created.
Gripe
The price of a second-hand car.
Summary
Moog have re-released the Minimoog — one of the greatest synths to have ever existed!
Tech Verdict
9/10

Korg Minilogue


£435
Hype
Wicked-sounding analogue synth that looks cool in any studio set-up.
Gripe
Small keys will annoy serious synth players.
Summary
Korg continue to knock out serious quality analogue synths that might be small by nature but big in sound.
Tech Verdict
8/10

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