It’s that time of the year again, when we look back at the instruments and tools we loved over the last 12 months.
Needless to say, this list doesn’t want to be an exhaustive resource. It’s just our humble tribute to those companies and developers that work hard to bring us amazing products — and hopefully it’s also something that can help you choosing what to buy next.
P.s: stay tuned, in the next days/weeks some of these products will be part of our next giveaways! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
U-he Bazille (see our Bazille review)
“Bazille is an absolutely standout synth, and a hugely original and complex one”
Arturia Matrix 12V
As thick, retro-futuristic & ’80s analog-sounding as it gets. Not surprisingly, easier to program than the original one (and with lots of great presets!).
U-he did it again!
Fabfilter Pro Q-2 (see our Pro Q-2 review)
“It excels as an all-in-one surgical mix and master tool”
Brainworx Saturator V2 (see our Saturator V2 review)
“I’ve been blown away at how useful Saturator is at alternately bringing life, grit, edge, smoothness, and presence to tracks or mixes.”
Fab EQ indeed!
KORG Gadget (see our KORG Gadget review)
“Thanks to its variety, sounds and features, embodies the concept of ‘instant gratification tool’ probably like no other.”
Olympia Noise Co. Ondes
It’s not an Ondes Martenot, but its smart features and its smooth interface make it an ideal “hauntology” instrument.
If only these boxes were real….
Holderness FX Bundle
Crystalline is their actual 2014 release that won us over (shiiiiimmmmmmeeerrrr), but when you can have all their juicy effects in a such an affordable bundle, why not?
Adrian Belew’s sound-mangling experience + great mobile design = a multi-fx app that raises the bar.
B(e)lew us away!
iOS Controllers & Utilities
More than a simple update: presets support, multi-routing (as In App Purchase, but still definitely worthwhile), etc. Once again, an iOS must.
3 is the perfect number? Yes, looking at the big improvements in terms of features and connectivity. Live + iPad users, rejoice!
Because now you can!
Sample based instruments
Spitfire Audio eDNA Sample & Hans Zimmer Percussion
Two libraries from the same developer? Yes, we couldn’t make up our minds. A smorgasbord of synthetic delights and a literally awesome-sounding percussion collection, that will shake your speakers as if you were in a theater!
Sound Dust Ghost Dulcitone 1900 (see our Ghost Dulcitone 1900 review)
“If you are looking for warm, organic, cinematic, and somehow unpredictable sounds, you are in the right place”
Ruckers 1628 (iOS)
TempoRubato (NLog, Nave, etc.) & Realsamples join forces for the first top-quality mobile harpsichord.
KORG Module (iOS, see our KORG Module review)
“A godsend for those keyboard players looking for classic, quality sounds and a more streamlined (and why not, affordable) setup”
Tim Burton’s imaginary instrument
Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo
Realtime UAD Processing? Check. Thunderbolt? Check. Sleek design? Check. If you’re are looking for a Thunderbolt audio interface and you’ve been wondering why everybody seem to love UAD’s old and new plugins, check this out!
From Bill Putnam to Thunderbolt