Best Production Gear of 2017
Tuesday, 2 January 2018 | Admin
Happy New Year everyone! We have rounded up some of the best production gear of 2017 - the gear that any discerning producer would love to own.
First up we have Novation Peak. Peak is versatile and intuitive, with a unique sound that excels at dark, trippy, grainy electronica and FX. A worthy flagship for Novation’s synth line. Very well built with hands-on control in all the right places. It has a sound of its own, with a nicely textured analogue filter and plenty of modulation and shaping options.
Next up is the Pioneer Toraiz AS-1. Made in conjunction with the legendary Dave Smith Instuments, this has gorgeous DSI-powered sound and a performance-friendly design, the AS-1 is a cult classic in the making. It sounds thick and punchy without the need for any additional processing & has solid sequencing and arpeggiator capabilities.
The next essential synth is the Roland SE-02. Designed & built in conjunction with Studio Electronics this is a great-sounding, portable and versatile monosynth for the studio and stage. It may be small but it packs a huge punch for a modest outlay. Compact and portable with a high-quality, characterful sound it is well put together, with plenty of connectivity & has a very good onboard sequencer.
One of the most wanted synths of the year is the Elektron Analog Four MKII. The second version of the Analog Four offers a range of hardware improvements, including an OLED screen, backlit buttons, hi-res encoders, quick performance controls, and an increased number of buttons for a speedier workflow. What's more, the analogue circuitry has been reworked to deliver more deep and defined bass.
Next we have the Korg Monologue. A compact synth with a surprising amount of power & flexibility. Fun and portable & can run on battery power. Great for squelchy deep bass or leads & with an inbuilt step sequencer this is great value for money. Available in five colours : red, blue, black, silver & gold.
Next we have the Akai MPC X. The flagship MPC X can work as standalone or with a DAW & comes with a 10.1-inch multitouch screen and 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads. There are also dedicated menu buttons, a large master encoder knob and 16 touch-sensitive 360 degree assignable pots (Q-Links) with adaptive OLED displays, turntable input to rip straight from vinyl & impeccable build quality.
Our penultimate bit of essential kit is the Roland TR-08. These really need no introduction to anyone remotely interested in dance music. To put it simply, the 808 is the most iconic drum machine ever! Based off the TR-808 Roland have released a boutique version, the TR-08 promises to accurately emulate the look, sound and feel of the original, while adding new features such as a compressor on the kick and snare (as you get on the TR-09) and 16 sub-steps for each step of the sequencer, enabling you to create more intricate fills and rolls.
And finally we have the Elektron Digitakt. With deep sequencing and a powerful sound engine, Digitakt is the ‘affordable’ Elektron groovebox we’ve been dreaming of. Winner of multiple awards it is flexible and powerful with deep sequencing capabilities & has an ultra fast sampling workflow.
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