Nektar Aura review

Pad controller, sequencer and plugin suite combine to create a versatile beat composer. Nektar’s Aura brings a hardware drum machine feel to your DAW. We put it to the test.

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Modern Classics: Make Noise 0-Coast reviewed

Released in 2016, Make Noise’s 0-Coast synth is a creative powerhouse that offers an ideal entry point to experimental synthesis.

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Erica Bassline DB-01 analogue synth set to land in April. We’re still shipping

The boutique brand’s unique take on the acid groovebox format is due to arrive next month. Plus: a note on Juno shipping as normal.

A note on shipping during the Covid-19 outbreak: In light of current events, we’d like to give you an update on what’s happening at Juno. We’re taking the necessary steps to ensure our staff are safe, while continuing to deliver your orders as normal. All orders are being sent as usual, and if you order before 5pm GMT your order will be despatched the same day. We have an in-stock guarantee, so everything that is showing as in-stock on the website is in our warehouse and ready to ship to you. Find out more here.

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Korg NTS-1 synth gets third-party software editor. We’re still shipping

Korg’s DIY synth can now be edited, while a range of plugins also allow you to upgrade other Korg instruments. Plus: a note on Juno shipping as normal.

A note on shipping during the Covid-19 outbreak: In light of current events, we’d like to give you an update on what’s happening at Juno. We’re taking the necessary steps to ensure our staff are safe, while continuing to deliver your orders as normal. All orders are being sent as usual, and if you order before 5pm GMT your order will be despatched the same day. We have an in-stock guarantee, so everything that is showing as in-stock on the website is in our warehouse and ready to ship to you. Find out more here.

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Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 review

Arturia’s latest MIDI keyboard is a full-size take on the Essential format, bundled with a huge collection of the brand’s excellent virtual instruments.

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Polyend reveal Tracker: new standalone sampler, synth and sequencer

Polyend’s new Tracker is an all-in-one production box inspired by old-school music software. Plus: an update on shipping during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Bleep Labs Delaydelus 2 review

A collaboration with LA beat scene veteran Daedelus, the updated Delaydelus is a modular-friendly sampler and delay with a creative approach.

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IK Multimedia iRig Pro Duo I/O review

Specialists in portable audio interfaces, IK update the Pro Duo to new I/O spec, making it one of the best solutions for recording on the go.

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Tascam Model 16 review

Bored of the computer? A new take on the classic Portastudio concept offers an analogue-style approach to multi-track recording.

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RME ADI-2 DAC FS review

RME’s high-end DAC isn’t cheap, but the improvement it can make to your sound is worth every penny.

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Sismo Iter review

Is it an affordable hardware synth, a children’s toy or an experimental instrument? If you can get around its unconventional approach to looping drones, the Sismo Iter is all of the above.

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Modal Argon8 review

We test out the affordable new model from Bristol’s Modal Electronics and discover one of the most exciting new synths of the year.

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Roland Jupiter Xm review

We test Roland’s latest incarnation of the legendary Jupiter series and discover that it’s a digital powerhouse based on some of the brand’s classic synths.

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Modern Classics: Teenage Engineering OP1 reviewed

Ten years on since its release, Teenage Engineering’s mini synth workstation remains as enigmatic, as inspirational and as controversial as ever. In the first of a new series, we look back at one of the instruments that has helped define 21st-century music making.

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New DJ and studio equipment from NAMM 2020

With the winter NAMM trade show drawing to a close in California, we round up a selection of the most interesting new equipment releases for DJs and producers: a new synth from Sequential, updated headphones from Sennheiser and a versatile new oscillator module from 4ms.

We’ve already taken a look at a selection of the big NAMM releases – including Korg’s Wavestate synth, the Moog Subsequent 25 and Arturia KeyStep Pro –  but there were plenty more announcements and teasers to get excited about at the big trade show in Anaheim last week.

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Korg Wavestate is a new synth inspired by the classic Wavestation

Korg’s latest synth is a tribute to a 90s classic, updated with the best modern tech.

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Arturia KeyStep Pro combines keyboard and sequencer

KeyStep Pro might just be the ideal combination of controller keyboard and polyphonic multi-track sequencer.

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Moog Subsequent 25 is the legendary brand’s new compact synth

Moog’s new analogue synth is a spiritual successor to the old Sub Phatty. The iconic brand signed up Flying Lotus to help show it off.

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New studio equipment for 2020

We take a look back at our favourite studio equipment from 2019 and make some predictions for 2020.

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ARP 2600 analogue synth reissued by Korg

Korg reissue legendary ARP 2600 semi-modular analogue synth, following on from the brand’s ARP Odyssey reboot.

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