Gear Of The Year 2019: Vote for the best DAWs, hardware instruments, monitors and accessories

MusicTech Gear of the Year 2019

It’s that time of year again and we’re celebrating the best products in the arena of music technology from the last 12 months. With awards across 13 categories from soft synths to audio interfaces, to hardware instruments, we’re asking you to vote for your favourites. Fly the flag and let us know what you think deserves to win the Gear Of The Year accolade.

We also have a special 14th category which simply asks you to tell us your own
choice for ‘Product Of The Year’ in both hardware and software.

We’ll be compiling the final winners and those Highly Commended products from a combination of the public vote and our writers’ selections – aside from the Product Of The Year category, which will be entirely up to you!

You can vote now by clicking through to the various categories below. Voting will close on November 19th so get your votes in now and spread the word.

1Best DAW

Korg Gadget For Mac 2.5

Our nominees are:

  • Ableton Live 10.1
  • Bitwig Studio 3
  • Logic Pro X
  • Avid Pro Tools 2019
  • Steinberg Cubase 10
  • Reason Studios Reason 11
  • Korg Gadget for Mac
  • Steinberg Nuendo 10

2Best software synthesizer

Arturia Pigments

Our nominees are:

  • Kilohearts Phase Plant
  • Audiaire Zone
  • Arturia Pigments
  • Brainworx bx_oberhausen
  • Reason Scenic
  • Native Instruments Massive X
  • Softube Monoment
  • UVI FM Suite
  • Rob Papen Vecto

3Best hardware instrument

Waldorf Quantum

Our nominees are:

  • Waldorf Quantum
  • Modal Electronics Skulpt
  • Arturia MicroFreak
  • Studio Electronics Boomstar MKII
  • Korg Minilogue XD
  • Dreadbox Nyx 2
  • Modal Electronics CRAFTsynth v2.0
  • Behringer Odyssey
  • Behringer MS-101
  • Novation Summit

4Best virtual instrument

Our nominees are:

  • EastWest Voices Of Opera
  • Best Service Dark Era
  • Spitfire Audio LCO Textures
  • Slate and Ash Auras
  • Orchestral Tools Metropolis Ark 4
  • Native Instruments Komplete 12
  • Sonokinetic Indie
  • UVI Drum Designer
  • Arturia V Collection 7

5Best outboard gear

OTO Machine Boum

Our nominees:

  • Black Lion Audio Seventeen
  • Cranborne Audio 500 Series
  • Thermionic Culture The Kite
  • Warm Audio WA273-EQ
  • OTO Machines BOUM

6Best controller

Pioneer DJ Toraiz SQUID

Our nominees:

  • zeroDebug touchAble Pro
  • Akai Pro Force
  • StudioLogic Mixface
  • Native Instruments KK M32
  • Nektar Panorama T4
  • Pioneer DJ Toraiz Squid

7Best software effect/utility

Universal Audio Lexicon 480L

Our nominees:

  • Blue Cat Audio Late Replies
  • Denise Audio The Sweeper
  • Universal Audio Lexicon 480L
  • Mastering the Mix BASSROOM
  • iZotope Nectar 3
  • PROCESS.Audio Sugar
  • Isotonik Studios Modular Series
  • Oeksound Spiff
  • Apogee FX Rack
  • TC Electronic Finalizer
  • Mixed In Key Captain Melody
  • iZotope Ozone 9
  • Antares Auto-Tune

8Best modular gear

Erica Synths Black Stereo Delay

Our nominees:

  • Qu-Bit Prism
  • AJH V Shape
  • AJH Next Phase
  • AJH Synth Fixed Filter Bank 914
  • Qu-Bit Electronix Scanned
  • Erica Synths Black Stereo Delay

9Best interface/mixer

Focusrite Scarlett 3rd Gen

Our nominees:

  • Focusrite Scarlett 3rd Gen
  • SSL SiX
  • Native Instruments Komplete Audio 2
  • Universal Audio Apollo X
  • Steinberg AXR4T
  • Roland Rubix 44

10Best innovation

Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 6

Our nominees:

  • Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 6
  • Nugen Audio SigMod
  • iZotope Neutron 3 Advanced
  • VSL Ensemble Pro 7
  • Spitfire Audio Orbis
  • Olympia Noise Patterning 2
  • Loopmasters Loopcloud 5

11Best microphone

tul microphones g12 retro guitar

Our nominees:

  • Tul Microphones G12 Retro
  • Aston Microphones Stealth
  • Chandler Limited TG Microphone
  • Audix DP7 Drum Microphone Pack
  • Golden Age Premier GA-251
  • Warm Audio WA-251
  • LEWITT LCT 140 AIR
  • Sontronics Corona

12Best monitor/headphones

Brainwavs Audio HM100

Our nominees:

  • Brainwavz Audio HM100
  • Focal Listens
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT
  • ADAM Audio Studio Pro SP-5
  • JBL 306P MkII
  • JBL One Series 104
  • IK Multimedia iLoud MTM
  • Neumann NDH 20
  • Quested S8R and V2108

13Best accessory

Our nominees:

  • ISOAcoustics ISO Pucks Mini
  • Kali Audio Mountain View
  • Loopmasters Loopcloud 5
  • Olympus LS-P4
  • Push Turn Move
  • Audient Nero