Gear Of The Year: Best hardware instrument of 2020
You can’t beat making music with a real instrument, and 2020 has provided us with a cornucopia of musical hardware. Here’s the cream of the crop.
WINNER: UDO Super 6
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Ever since we looked inside UDO’s Bristol headquarters last year, we had been eagerly anticipating the release of the 12-voice analogue-digital hybrid, the Super 6. When we finally got our hands on it, we discovered a deep binaural synth that had been designed with love and attention every step of the way, This expert players’ synth warmly invites you to get lost in its murky depths, and has a pleasurably, irresistibly tactile quality that can’t be denied. Everything about the Super 6 screams quality. It might just be one of those synths that future generations look back on as an example of truly original synth design.
Highly commended: Native Instruments Maschine+
Completing the product arc of NI’s decade-defining Maschine series with an all-in-one unit, the Maschine+ rightly stands on its own as a solid music-making system. Whether you’re in the studio or out on the road performing, the Maschine+’s benefits are numerous.
- Moog Matriarch
- Waldorf Iridium
- Korg Wavestate
- Roland Jupiter X
- Erica Synths Bassline DB-01
- Akai MPC Live II
- Ashun Sound Machines Hydrasynth
- Dreadbox Typhon
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