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EM Editor's Note: Best of the Best

January 4, 2012

For 20 years, Electronic Musician has recognized the best new music-production technology with our annual Editors'' Choice Awards. This is one of our toughest—and favorite—issues to produce: It''s certainly a daunting process to narrow down hundreds of worthy new products to a select few, but at the same time, it''s an affirmation that innovation is everywhere in our industry, from inspiring debuts from small startups to game-changing tools from industry giants.

To that end, we''ve taken a slightly different approach to the awards this year. We''ve dispensed with old-school award categories (no more rigid definitions like “best speaker under $200”), and put more emphasis on real-world applications, and the things that make each tool truly unique. And we had some fun while we were at it.

We honor the best products in 30 new categories (with—we couldn''t resist—a couple of ties). We know that all “best-of” lists are open to debate, so we''d like to hear from you. What were your favorite product debuts in the past year? Email us at

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