Music http://www.stuff.tv/music/all en-GB Pioneer DDJ WeGO http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer-ddj-wego/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A small DJ controller with a big list of features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="983" height="613" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Pioneer-WeGO-main_2.jpg?1372753075" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="948" height="574" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Pioneer-WeGO-2_2.jpg?1372753075" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="948" height="574" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Pioneer-WeGO-3_2.jpg?1372753075" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="948" height="574" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Pioneer-WeGO-4_2.jpg?1372753075" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="948" height="574" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Pioneer-WeGO-5_2.jpg?1372753075" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="948" height="574" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Pioneer-WeGO-6_2.jpg?1372753075" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="948" height="574" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Pioneer-WeGO-7_2.jpg?1372753075" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £250.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer DDJ WeGO review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Got a laptop? Got some tunes on it? Great, now you're a DJ! But hang on, you don't look like one yet. Sure, you can mix away with nothing but a mouse, but where's the fun in that? Add a controller, such as the Pioneer DDJ WeGO, and you're in business.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="257" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PioneerWeGo-hands-1_0.JPG?1372753075" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer DDJ WeGO – features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While Pioneer is a big name in pro DJ gear, the WeGO is aimed at the opposite end of the market and it certainly packs a lot of features into its compact frame. Plug it into a Mac or a PC and it dovetails with the bundled Virtual DJ Limited Edition software to give you control of up to four decks, each with its own range of effects. The WeGO handles the audio too, via USB, offering you a headphone monitor output to allow you to cue up your incoming tracks.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="282" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PioneerWeGo-hands-2.JPG?1372753075" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer DDJ WeGO – light show </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Regular Stuff readers will know we're suckers for anything that lights up, and the WeGO had us cooing at its Tron styling as soon as we fired it up. That sounds terribly shallow, but in the post-vinyl era DJs should be grateful of anything that helps makes their art more of a visual spectacle.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="282" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PioneerWeGo-hands-4_0.JPG?1372753075" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer DDJ WeGO – compact </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All the basics are covered, including tempo syncing (aided by two scrolling waveforms that allow you to line up the beats visually), so the main question is how well it deals with all those features with such a small footprint. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="282" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PioneerWeGo-hands-7_0.JPG?1372753075" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer DDJ WeGO – in use </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In use it can feel quite cramped. Some features, such as the equalisation knobs, have dedicated controls, but there's a lot of sharing and mode-switching going on here, which can cause problems when you're in the thick of a mix.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="282" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PioneerWeGo-hands-3.JPG?1372753075" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer DDJ WeGO – scratching </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For example, the platters are generally used for scratching, slight timing adjustments and cueing up, but they also double as dials for the effects whenever you select one from the buttons above. That's fine so long as you're concentrating, but just touching the metal front plate of the platter can stop a tune dead in its tracks, so you need to keep your wits about you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="282" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PioneerWeGo-hands-5_0.JPG?1372753075" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer DDJ WeGO – 4 deck mixing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Similarly, if you want to use those two extra virtual decks to get four tracks in the mix at once, you just press a button to assign the main controls to one of those other channels. It's easy to accidentally make changes to the wrong tune, but the ability to spin acapellas and other effects over your main two channels is still a big plus.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="282" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PioneerWeGo-hands-6_0.JPG?1372753075" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer DDJ WeGO – summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>These issues will fade away once you've become accustomed to the DDJ WeGO, and before long you'll be juggling your tunes like a cabaret plate spinner. There's a lot of potential here, with the ability to load your own samples (for jingles, intros and that sort of thing), a built-in record option in the software and direct compatibility with Algoriddim's djay for Mac users. If you have room for a more expansive controller there are friendlier alternatives, such as <a title="Denon MC2000 controller" href="http://www.dm-pro.eu/en/denondj/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?CatId=MediaPlayerControllers&amp;SubCatId=Controllers&amp;ProductId=MC2000DJController" target="_blank">Denon's MC2000 </a>for example, but in the land of the compact DJ controller the DDJ WeGO is a big player.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A feature-packed DJ controller that tries just a bit too hard</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/pioneer-ddj-wego </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer-ddj-wego/review#comments DDJ WeGO Music Pioneer Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:59:37 +0000 Tony Horgan 423960 at http://www.stuff.tv Mackie DL1608 iPad Mixer http://www.stuff.tv/mackie-dl1608-ipad-mixer/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With an iPad for its control surface, this mixer pushes envelopes literal and figurative </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="787" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mackie-DL1608-main_3.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="718" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mackie-DL1608-2_3.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="646" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mackie-DL1608-3_3.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="770" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mackie-DL1608-4_3.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="704" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mackie-DL1608-5_3.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="979" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mackie-DL1608-6_3.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="282" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Mackie-DL1608-hands-1.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £960.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mackie DL1608 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This compact 16-channel mixer uses an iPad as its front-end. You can plonk it on a desk and use it in a conventional manner but it’s also got a party trick: pop the slate out of its dock and you can wirelessly control all of its faders and effects remotely. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="282" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mackie-DL1608-hands-2_1.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mackie DL1608 – how it works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The range is pretty impressive but will depend on the environment to some degree – if you're close enough to make hand signals to anyone onstage, you're probably not too far away to pump up the volume, cut the midrange or drop the bass. Imagine a small venue with a guitar band on stage and you pulling the strings from the back of the room. That's where we're at. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="282" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mackie-DL1608-hands-4_1.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mackie DL1608 review – Wi-Fi </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It’s designed for use with a live band, and its inputs are all mono for guitars, drums, vocals and so on, but you can split a stereo signal across two channels (useful for adding a synth, for example). Its Wi-Fi skills require a wireless router, so if you’re on the road it’s best to bring your own to ensure it doesn’t get tripped up by traffic from torrent-happy neighbours.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="282" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mackie-DL1608-hands-5_1.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mackie DL1608 review – 10 iPads </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A single DL1608 can be controlled by up to ten iPads at once. Ten people in charge of one mixer sounds like a very bad idea, but it does mean it could be used by band members to tweak their own on-stage monitors. Every channel can be labelled on the iPad app with a name tag and an icon or photo, making it easy to find a sound in a hurry.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="282" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mackie-DL1608-hands-3_1.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mackie DL1608 – iPad Mini compatibility </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mackie DL1608 was released just before the latest batch of iPads, which means you’ll need a Lightning-to-30-pin adaptor (£25) to dock the iPad 4 or iPad Mini inside it. Still, it makes up for that with the neat Master Fader app that runs the whole show. You can record your mix to the iPad too, choosing from CD- or video-friendly 44.1 or 48KHz settings in 16- or 24-bit. You also get great built-in bread-and-butter effects, such as equalisation, compression, reverb and delay on every channel. Another very handy feature is the ability to create and recall ‘snapshots’, so you can instantly switch between different set ups for specific bands, songs or venues.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="282" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Mackie-DL1608-hands-6_1.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mackie DL1608 – summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can find similarly specced and featured mixers without the iPad integration for about half the price, but they do tend to be a lot bulkier and you'd miss out on the remote control aspects. A quality build rounds off an excellent mixer for small bands and adventurous buskers alike.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An ingenious live mixer, but it's expensive and lacks direct docking with new iPads</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/mackie-dl1608-ipad-mixer </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/mackie-dl1608-ipad-mixer/review#comments DL1608 iPad Mixer Mackie Music Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:11:50 +0000 Tony Horgan 423945 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg microKORG XL+ http://www.stuff.tv/korg-microkorg-xl/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dressed to kill, the new microKORG mini-synth has arrived </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="822" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microKORGXLPlus-main_4.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="520" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microKORGXLPlus-2_0_5.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="680" height="500" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microKORGXLPlus-3_0_4.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="672" height="343" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microKORGXLPlus-4_4.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/korgXLPLus-hands1.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg microKORG XL+ review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Korg's microKORG mini-synths have been a Stuff favourite for years, thanks to their combination of gadgety portability and awesome sonic power. Perhaps spurred on by the recent competition from Novation's <a title="Novation Mininova review" href="/review/novation-mininova" target="_blank">Mininova</a>, Korg has now extended the microKORG family with a third member, the XL+.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korgXLPLus-hands3_2.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg microKORG XL+ review – solid foundation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A few years ago the original mini-keyed <a title="Korg microKORG sound demo" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5j00OAAPig" target="_blank">microKORG</a> was joined by the <a title="Korg microKORG XL review" href="/review/korg-microkorg-xl" target="_blank">XL</a> (extra large in sound but not size), which brought an improved vocoder for vocal effects, a new brain capable of recreating a wider range of sounds and a more playable keyboard. The XL+ builds on that with new sounds and a slightly tweaked front panel.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korgXLPLus-hands2_2.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> microKORG XL Plus – Mellotron sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many of <a title="microKORG XL+ sound demos on Soundcloud" href="https://soundcloud.com/korg/sets/korg20120825/" target="_blank">those new sounds</a> are actually recreations of very old sounds. Sorry, make that "retro" sounds. For example, there are some accurate renditions of the legendary Mellotron, a synth that predated the sampler by about 20 years, using recordings of acoustic instruments on strips of magnetic tape connected to the keys. For this reason, the first thing any new XL+ owner must do is dial up the "Tape Flute" sound and play the opening chords to The Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever. That's the law.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="271" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korgXLPLus-hands6_2.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> microKORG XL+ colour schemes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The XL+ comes in two new colour schemes, but beyond that and those extra sounds it's business as usual. Straight out of the box the XL+ is a very versatile synth, covering the bases from techno bleeps, trancey parps and dubstep wobbles (dubstep now gets its own notch on the "Genres" knob) to organs and pianos more suited to rock set-ups.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="267" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korgXLPLus-hands5_1.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> microKORG XL+ vocoder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The vocoder is pretty awesome (the same as on the XL, better than the original microKORG but marginally beaten by the Mininova) and the additional audio input remains, so you can put any other gear through the XL+'s filters and effects. Extra sounds are available for free from Korg, and while the front panel isn't great for editing, the Mac and PC sound editor gives you the freedom to create your own from scratch or just mess around with the presets.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="369" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korgXLPLus-hands4_2.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> microKORG XL+ arpeggiator </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's the amount of musical potential that's packed into the XL+ that makes it so special. Not only do you get a great synth with one of the best vocoders out there, you also get an arpeggiator which is brilliant for adding movement and rhythm to sounds or for playing semi-automatic basslines. Still, it would have been nice to see the USB connection upgraded to carry digital audio as well as MIDI data.</p> <p>Every music-making set-up should have room for a microKORG, and the XL+ is just as deserving of a place as its predecessors.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As portable as it is powerful, the XL+ is a cracking little synth</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/korg-microkorg-xl-0 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/korg-microkorg-xl/review#comments Korg microKORG XL+ Music Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:37:02 +0000 Tony Horgan 423708 at http://www.stuff.tv Novation Mininova http://www.stuff.tv/novation-mininova/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a little synth with a big voice, but does the Mininova have the X-factor? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="766" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NovationMininovaMain_0_4.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="1102" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NovationMininova2_4.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="486" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/NovationMininova3_4.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Point 1: this is not a toy. Yes, it has small keys, but like many of the best new music-making gadgets, the Novation Mininova is designed to fit into small spaces, like under the bed, on your lap or in a rucksack. It takes its lead from Korg's enduringly popular MicroKORG series, packing all the power of a full-sized synth into a portable package.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Novation Mininova review – vocoder and VocalTune </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Mininova's headline feature is its vocoder and "VocalTune" effects. A vocoder works by combining the frequencies in your voice when sung or spoken into the microphone with the synth sounds you're playing on the keyboard. This allows you to sing chords, turn your voice into a robot or give it a lush, electronic sound. Previously the MicroKORG XL was the best budget vocoder on the market but the Mininova's is even better. Check out the video demo.</p> </p> <p>The "VocalTune" effect is Novation's version of the (too) popular AutoTune effect that seems to be used in almost every pop song right now. If you can't sing, this won't help very much, but if you do have a half decent voice it can pull your pitch into line as you play along on the keys.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands1_2.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Novation Mininova review – sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>How does it sound? In a nutshell, in your face. The Mininova is brimming with quick-fix thrills. Thanks to the arpeggiator (a kind of simple loop sequencer) just a single stab of the keyboard can unleash a bombardment of bass, buzz and squeal. If you want realistic flutes and trumpets you're in the wrong place, but if raw, grimy electro sounds tickle your tastebuds you'll love the Mininova.</p> <p>But it's not all wobbly basslines. There's a lovely spread of string pads for your chords, some bread-and-butter bass sounds and some rich, mellow sounds for those blissed-out moments.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands5_1.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands4_1.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Novation Mininova vs MicroKORG </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The similarities between the Mininova and original MicroKORG are plain to see, from the chunky knobs to the wood-effect end panels. </p> <p>The Mininova's big filter knob is begging to be twisted, turning a brooding rumble into a soaring cacophony. That row of numbered buttons can also be used to add variations on sounds as you play. The MicroKORG's editing matrix (who could live without one?) is mimicked on the right of the Mininova's panel. </p> <p>It's simpler than the Korg's, so while it does allow faster access to tweakable effects, it won't let you dig as deep into the sounds. For that you'll need to switch to the buttons beneath the LCD or use the software editor. As a live performance instrument the Minonova wins thanks to its superior keyboard and immediate sound-morphing controls, but studio geeks might still prefer the depth of the MicroKORG.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands3_1.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="306" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands2_1.jpg?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="500" height="325" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands8_1.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Novation Mininova review – portable </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is almost the perfect synth for a portable, laptop-based set-up. It doesn't take batteries but it can be powered direct from the USB connection to your laptop and send its MIDI data along the same cable. If only it could push audio to your computer in the same way. As it is, you'll need an external recorder or an audio interface for quality recording.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="335" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands6_2.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Novation Mininova review – summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's hard not to love the Mininova. Yes, it takes a lot of inspiration from Korg's MicroKORG family, and perhaps its presets are a little too fashionable for the long term, but when a synth sits up and demands to be played like this you'd have to be a pretty curmudgeonly old thing to ignore it.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/NovationMininova-hands7_2.JPG?1364298374" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A beautifully portable synth that's bursting with creative potential</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/novation-mininova </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/novation-mininova/review#comments Mininova Music Novation Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:31:47 +0000 Tony Horgan 423090 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg Kaossilator 2 http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-kaossilator-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pocket-sized music-maker for fidget-fingered technoheads </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <p>No, not a GPS gadget for scuba divers – the Kaossilator 2 is a portable rave generator. We had a lot of fun with <a title="Korg Kaossilator review" href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/korg-kaossilator">the original Korg Kaossilator</a> back in 2007, and the second-gen update promises even more idiot-proof ways to make electro beats and bleeps.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £155.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: how it works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What you get is a synthesiser drum machine wrapped in an apparently very simple interface. Instead of a keyboard there's a touchpad; the sort of thing you'd find on a laptop. Moving your finger left and right plays your chosen sound at different pitches (locked to a specific musical "key", such as C), while up and down swipes alter the character of the sound in some way.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kaossilator-hands-1.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: drums </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Choose a drum kit or drum loop, and the areas of the pad correspond to different sounds or adjust the complexity of the loop, from a simple "boom, boom, boom, boom" to a "boom, chick, tst, blam, diga-diga-diga-diga, splash".</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kaossilator-hands-3.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: patterns </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But there's more. A little button labelled "arp" toggles the arpeggiator, which plays your notes in one of a number of sequences for as long as you hold or move your finger around the pad. That makes it easy to lay down a jiggly bassline with perfect timing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kaossilator-hands-5.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: timing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, not quite perfect timing. You can record and layer up 8-beat loops, but even with the tempo light to guide you it's harder than it should be to get them all playing along tightly. Some automatic quantisation would have completed the "no skills required" interface. Maybe that's something for a future OS update.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="339" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kaossilator-hands-6.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alternative sound banks and settings can be accessed via a combination of a titchy LCD screen, four weeny buttons and a ribbon controller. The system works but it's not ideal as an interface, and we miss the original's knob.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="334" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kaossilator-hands-4.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: recording </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike the original, the Kaossilator 2 has an audio input as well as a built-in microphone, and along with the microSD card slot these let you record your own warbles or instruments along with the internal sounds, then export them as WAV audio files for sharing or use in other music applications.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kaossilator-hands-7.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: inspirational </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While you can make some great sounds, this isn't something you'll use to get an idea down. In fact it's almost impossible to play a melody of your own as there are no markings on the touchpad to tell you where the notes are. Instead, the Kaossilator 2 is at its most useful when you don't have any ideas. Just pick it up, start poking and you might end up with something worthy of a podcast jingle, some home movie sound effects or the basis of a track to be built up later.</p> <p>If there was a little more serious potential and a less fiddly interface the Kaossilator would be a five-star product, but even so there's a lot to love about it, just the way it is.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A fun-packed music-maker for itchy fingers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/korg-kaossilator-2 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-kaossilator-2/review#comments Kaossilator 2 Korg Music Mon, 14 May 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Tony Horgan 421148 at http://www.stuff.tv Teenage Engineering OP-1 http://www.stuff.tv/teenage-engineering-op-1/review <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="976" height="347" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/op1_3_5842_0_2.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1608" height="909" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/teenage-op-1_top-detail_2.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="905" height="451" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/teenage-op1-screen_2.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We like it when a small outfit pops up to give the establishment a big kick up the backside. The last time that happened in the world of music tech was when Swedish start-up Tonium released the now sadly defunct Pacemaker pocket DJ system. Once again it's a bunch of Swedish upstarts that have stepped up to show the big boys how it should be done with this, the OP-1.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Teenage Engineering OP-1: not a toy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with most miniaturised music kit, it does look like a toy. We like that. Music is a thing to be played with, after all. Anyone who was a budding electro-popper of the 80s will notice its design parallels with Casio's VL-Tone, but in terms of power and scope the OP-1 is worlds apart.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="266" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OP-1-Hands-Main.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Teenage Engineering OP-1: in a nutshell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In short, it's a synthesiser, sampler, drum machine, sequencer and multitrack recorder. What makes the OP-1 special is the sheer amount of tricks and surprises that have been packed into it. There's an FM radio, for instance. Such a simple idea, and so useful. Combine this with the onboard virtual tape deck and you've already got a world of sound-mangling possibilities.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="250" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OP-1-VL-Tone.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Teenage Engineering OP-1: tricky </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The claim is that it's been designed to be intuitive to use, but in reality, figuring it out feels like a Rubix Cube/ZX Spectrum mash-up. All suitably 80s and quite intriguing, but you will need to spend time reading the manual. And that's a manual that isn't included in the box – you'll have to download a PDF from the web.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OP-1-angle-1.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OP-1: no dinosaur </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We love it all the same. It's designed for modern times, so when you plug it into your computer you can drag and drop sound files for use in the synth, drum machine or tape sections. The USB port is used for charging and MIDI sequencing too, although we're a little disappointed that it doesn't send its audio output over USB. For that you have to go analogue via the 3.5mm headphone socket.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OP-1-Transport-1.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OP-1: screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There's a little colour LCD screen that's used to display all kinds of infographics. It's switched on in all these pictures but isn't that bright as you can see, so it's best used indoors rather than in daylight. Depending on which mode you're in, the screen could show two reels of a four-track tape, a vinyl turntable (used for recording masters of your multi-track doodles), or all manner of weird synth and drum machine controllers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="245" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OP-1-Join.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OP-1: Choplifter game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The OP-1 has recently had an OS update that includes even more sound creation tools and a Choplifter game. Yes indeed. To access it you'll need to know the secret key code. Look away now if you don't want to know which four buttons to press at once to fire it up...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OP-1-choplifter.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OP-1: connections </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And this isn't just a plaything for technoheads. The connections (labelled in braille on the rear) include an audio input that can be used to record vocals, guitars or any other instruments or sounds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="124" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OP-1-choplifter-keys.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OP-1: how it sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As for the OP-1's own sounds, it does a great line in lo-fi, retro digital bleeps. That's not to say it's basic, as the sonic potential is huge once you dig into it. Mess around with the tape deck playback and recording speed, throw some notes into the tombola sequencer and give it a spin, make a drum kit out of snippets from the weather forcast, lay down some random "beats", play three chords over the top and you're flying. </p> <p>Maybe the OP-1 will shake up the music tech biz, maybe it won't, but one thing is for sure: it's the best thing to happen in music gadgetry for years.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OP-1-connections.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="183" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OP-1-braille.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This ingenious portable music maker is an instant classic</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/teenage-engineering-op-1 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/teenage-engineering-op-1/review#comments Music OP-1 Teenage Engineering Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:40:27 +0000 Tony Horgan 420903 at http://www.stuff.tv Pioneer DDJ-T1 http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-ddj-t1/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best DJ decks money can buy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="665" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pioneer-ddj-t1-main.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="562" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pioneer-ddj-t1-2.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="422" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pioneer-ddj-t1-3.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="166" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pioneer-ddj-t1-5.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pioneer-ddj-t1-hands1.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pioneer-ddj-t1-hands2.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="372" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pioneer-ddj-t1-hands3.jpg?1364298551" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since the demise of vinyl, nothing has risen to claim the mantle previously held by the Technics 1210 turntable, but Pioneer has come closest with its CDJ CD decks. Now that CDs are on the wane and laptops are in the hot seat, Pioneer has launched the DDJ-T1 and its sister system the DDJ-S1. The T1 tested here is designed to work with DJ software Traktor, while the S1 is tailored specifically to Serato Itch software.</p> <p><strong>Space saver</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £900.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A supremely capable DJ tool that’s rugged, brilliantly featured and ice cool</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/pioneer-ddj-t1 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-ddj-t1/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-ddj-t1/review#comments DDJ-T1 Music Pioneer Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:50:23 +0000 Tony Horgan 417108 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg Monotribe http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-monotribe/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg&#039;s retro analogue synth and drum machine is an instant techno classic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="844" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kor-monotribe-main_0.jpg?1364298738" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/korg-monotribe-hands-1.jpg?1364298738" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/korg-monotribe-hands-2.jpg?1364298738" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="329" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/korg-monotribe-hands-3.jpg?1364298738" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It would be easy to mistake the Korg Monotribe for a toy. You're almost certain to find it described as such elsewhere but don't you believe it. This true analogue synth and drum machine combo is a retro-modern classic.</p> <p>This is what it sounds like... If you think you can handle ten minutes of this nonsense, scroll to the bottom for the director's cut.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £170.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A brilliant little box for techno tweakers and acid house space cadets</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/korg-monotribe </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-monotribe/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-monotribe/review#comments Korg Monotribe Music Fri, 27 May 2011 13:15:31 +0000 Tony Horgan 416557 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg Kaoss Pad Quad http://www.stuff.tv/kaoss-pad-quad/korg-kaoss-pad-quad/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg’s idiot-proof DJ effects box promises four times the fun at your fingertips. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="841" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-Kaosspad-Quad-Main.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="856" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-Kaosspad-Quad-Angle.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="271" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-Kaosspad-Quad-Rear.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="750" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-Kaosspad-Quad-Setup.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="1072" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-Kaosspad-Quad-Top.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="750" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-Kaosspad-Quad-Touch.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Kaoss Pad effects boxes have been favoured by DJs, musicians and tactile soundsmiths for some years, but this latest Quad edtion steps up the pace by letting you chain together your choice of four different effects. Whether you hook it up to a DJ rig, studio mixer or a live stage set-up, the giant illuminated touchpad interface makes it the most user-friendly effects processor you can buy.</p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>Control freak</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £230.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hours of neighbour-annoying fun to be had with this excellent piece of music-mangling kit</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/korg-kaoss-pad-quad </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kaoss-pad-quad/korg-kaoss-pad-quad/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kaoss-pad-quad/korg-kaoss-pad-quad/review#comments Kaoss Pad Quad Korg Music Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:28:14 +0000 Tony Horgan 416085 at http://www.stuff.tv Logitech Squeezebox Touch http://www.stuff.tv/logitech/logitech-squeezebox-touch/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Following right on the heels of the nifty Squeezebox Duet, Logitech&#039;s Squeezebox Touch is a neat way to create a multiroom system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="995" height="1368" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Squeezebox_BTY3_full_0_3.jpg?1364315480" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="578" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SqueezeboxTouch.jpg?1364315480" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="1056" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Squeezeboxtouchfull.jpg?1364315480" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="620" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/SqueezeboxTouchhand.jpg?1364315480" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Logitech’s Squeezebox range has always impressed us with its combination of flexibility and affordability, and the new Touch is the most impressive member of the range yet.</p> <p>Like the Duet before it, this is a media streamer that connects to your router using <a href="http://stuff.tv/blogs/jargonbuster/archive/2008/02/11/ethernet.aspx" target="_blank">Ethernet</a> or built-in Wi-Fi, accesses all the digital music on your computer and then pumps it out to your existing amp or receiver via analogue, optical or coaxial connections.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £260.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the most affordable and flexible ways to build a multiroom system</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/logitech-squeezebox-touch </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/logitech/logitech-squeezebox-touch/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/logitech/logitech-squeezebox-touch/review#comments Logitech Music Squeezebox Touch Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 admin 15406 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg microKORG XL http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-microkorg-xl/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg&#039;s go-anywhere, synthesizer-vocoder hybrid might just be its best music maker yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="605" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/KorgmicroXL.jpg?1364299274" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1747" height="1064" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microKORGXL.jpg?1364299274" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don't dismiss the three-octave, mini-keyed microKORG XL as a toy. It's packed with tempting features for creative musical minds.</p> <p>The XL is incredibly portable, measuring 55.6cm from end to end and weighing just 2kg, with the ability to run on six AA batteries or mains power. So if your studio is the cupboard under the stairs it'll fit in just fine, and when you want to pop round to your mate's house for a jam session, you can just put it under your arm and hop on the bus.</p> <p><strong>Pet sounds</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A cute combination of synth and vocoder, ideal for anyone making pop and dance music in tight spaces </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/korg-microkorg-xl </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-microkorg-xl/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-microkorg-xl/review#comments Korg microKORG XL Music Thu, 25 Mar 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 14283 at http://www.stuff.tv Spotify Mobile (iPhone) http://www.stuff.tv/spotify-mobile-iphone/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spotify’s Mobile iPhone app is finally here. But does it fulfill our dreams of streaming music on the go? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="550" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/spotify-iphone-app.jpg?1364299516" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It feels like the future – streaming music from a vast album of tunes located somewhere up in the cloud. But the Spotify Mobile app for iPhone is a reality now and it really does work. Download the app and sign up for the £10 a month Premium service and you've suddenly got a vast store of new and old music to draw on.</p> <p><strong>In sync</strong></p> <p>The Spotify Mobile app's greatest strength is its ability to keep your desktop and mobile playlists in sync and, most crucially, make songs available when WiFi or 3G just isn't available.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £0.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Music streaming service Spotify has an app for every platform and it's as great on iPhone as it is anywhere – with a Premium sub&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/spotify-mobile-iphone </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify-mobile-iphone/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/spotify-mobile-iphone/review#comments Mobile (iPhone) Music Spotify Tue, 08 Sep 2009 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 13209 at http://www.stuff.tv Washburn Rover RO10 travel guitar http://www.stuff.tv/washburn-rover-ro10-travel-guitar/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This extremely light travel guitar comes with a full-size fretboard and a case that can be stowed in an overhead locker </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="927" height="3510" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Guitar_done-e2d2a282fb6da88d9ed61da2be57dfce.jpg?1364299599" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is one of the immutable festival laws – if you build a campsite, that guy with the out-of-tune guitar and desire to bash out bad Oasis covers will come. </p> <p>Luckily, with the Washburn Rover RO10 you could be on hand to provide a less predictable playlist. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Normal neck </strong></p> <p>While the Washburn Rover RO10's small body resembles that of a ukulele, it boasts a 24in scale with 19 frets, which gives it an action that’s very similar to a full size guitar. </p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £130.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Despite a few niggles, the Rover RO10 is the ideal guitar to take with you wherever you may roam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/washburn-rover-ro10-travel-guitar </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/washburn-rover-ro10-travel-guitar/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/washburn-rover-ro10-travel-guitar/review#comments Music Rover RO10 travel guitar Washburn Wed, 20 May 2009 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 12504 at http://www.stuff.tv Macks Hear Plugs http://www.stuff.tv/macks-hear-plugs/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re going to a festival, take a pair of these. Your ears will thank you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="960" height="960" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/8.54391_e.jpg?1364299902" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Loud music is brilliant. It makes us lose our inhibitions, befriend new people in seconds flat and dance like crazy folk. </p> <p>Sadly, it also makes us to lose our hearing. Prolonged contact with festival-level music will at best mean a couple of days' annoying ringing, and at worst lifelong tinnitus or deafness.</p> <p>So should we all just give up live music? Get the organisers to turn it down? No, the best thing to do – especially if you insist going down the front – is to block out some of the sound yourself with Mack’s Hi-Fidelity Hear Plugs. &nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £8.50 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you have a three-day aural assault planned, you'd be crazy not to bag a pair of these </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/macks-hear-plugs </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/macks-hear-plugs/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/macks-hear-plugs/review#comments Hear Plugs Macks Music Mon, 05 May 2008 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 10127 at http://www.stuff.tv Pioneer CDJ-400 http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-cdj-400/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer&#039;s CDJ range of decks are already found in most clubs. Now there&#039;s one for the serious bedroom DJ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="960" height="955" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cdj400_angle_large_0.jpg?1364299972" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pioneer's CDJ range of CD-spinning decks are a permanent fixture in most clubs around the globe. Now there's a new variant aimed at the serious bedroom DJ: the CDJ-400.</p> <p>The deck takes the best bits of the CDJ-1000, adds a few new features such as iPod and USB playback, and packages it all in a more compact form.</p> <p><strong>Vinyl flair </strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £450.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An excellent home DJ deck with handy iPod and USB playback </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/pioneer-cdj-400 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-cdj-400/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-cdj-400/review#comments CDJ-400 Music Pioneer Tue, 12 Feb 2008 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 9381 at http://www.stuff.tv