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    Korg Kontrol 49

    USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

    Korg's Microkontrol was a highly versatile, yet compact MIDI controller — but perhaps, with its three octaves of miniature keys, it was too compact. The Kontrol 49 looks set to put that right with its four-octave, full-size keyboard.

    Reviews May 2005
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    Fatar Studiologic VMK188

    88-note Piano-action Controller Keyboard

    No-one can doubt Fatar's long-established record for making quality MIDI controller keyboards, but that market has become highly competitive over the past couple of years. Can the VMK188 hold its own against all the budget alternatives?

    Reviews Apr 2005
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    Hartmann Neuron VS

    Neuronal Software Synth [Mac/PC]

    If you pined for the innovative Neuron in 2003, but couldn't afford the £3500 price tag, check out Neuron VS; it packs most of the original synth engine into a £500 software instrument and throws in a distinctive hardware controller.

    Reviews Apr 2005
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    Bob Moog Piano Bar

    MIDI Output Device For Acoustic Pianos

    Even the best weighted keyboards and sample libraries offer only an approximation to the feel and sound of an old-fashioned piano. So what if you just can't do without the real thing, but need to have your notes output as MIDI? Enter the Piano Bar from synth pioneers Bob Moog and Don Buchla...

    Reviews Mar 2005
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    M-Audio O2

    USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

    Thin is clearly 'in' amongst manufacturers of keyboard controllers. Mere months after the arrival of Edirol's slender PCR1, M-Audio weigh in with the equally waif-like O2. But is it slim and trim, or just a lightweight?

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    Behringer BCF2000 & BCR2000

    USB Rotary & Moving-fader MIDI Controllers

    It sounds like an amazing deal — endless-rotary and (even more incredibly) moving-fader controllers for well under 200 GBP each. But have Behringer gone a price-cut too far this time?

    Reviews Jan 2005
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    Roland GR20

    Guitar Synthesizer

    Roland's affordable new guitar synth incorporates improved pitch-tracking, and comes bundled with the latest GK-series pickup as standard.

    Reviews Jan 2005
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    M-Audio Keystation Pro 88

    USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

    The price of compact MIDI controller keyboards has come tumbling down in the past few years, but weighted-action full-length keyboards have remained relatively expensive —until now. We investigate the 88-note keyboard that runs off USB power...

    Reviews Oct 2004
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    Edirol PCR1

    USB MIDI Controller Keyboard & Audio Interface

    There has been fierce competition over the past couple of years to create the ultimate portable MIDI controller for use with laptops. Edirol's PCR1 is one of the lightest and thinnest yet seen. Is it what we have all been waiting for?

    Reviews Sep 2004
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    Novation X-Station 25

    Controller Keyboard, Audio Interface & Synth

    After releasing their Remote 25 MIDI controller keyboard, Novation released the Remote Audio 25, rapidly following it with the Remote Audio 25 Xtreme. Now, the X-Station has replaced both of these. Can we disentangle it from its convoluted beginnings?

    Reviews Sep 2004
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    CM Labs Motormix & Dashboard

    DAW Assignable Control Surfaces

    Although they started off as rugged, assignable control surfaces aimed mainly at Pro Tools, CM Labs' Motormix moving-fader and Dashboard button/jog/shuttle controllers can interface with most digital audio workstations. We put them through their paces.

    Reviews Aug 2004
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    Korg Legacy Collection (Part 3)

    Virtual Instrument / Hardware Controller

    It's been an unreserved thumbs-up for Korg's bundle of software synths so far... but will the Legacy Polysix and Legacy Cell scale the same heights in the final instalment of our three-part definitive review?

    Reviews Aug 2004
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    Korg Legacy Collection (Part 2)

    Virtual Instrument / Hardware Controller

    In the second part of our coverage of Korg's new collection of software instruments, we turn our attention to the virtual MS20, and the MS20-shaped hardware controller. Just how well do these renditions compare to the original?

    Reviews Jul 2004
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    Evolution MK461C

    Assignable USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

    Evolution's new class-compliant MIDI keyboards are a cinch to use with computer-based sequencers. But do they perform as well as their spec suggests?

    Reviews Jun 2004
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    Korg Legacy Collection (Part 1)

    Virtual Instrument / Hardware Controller

    Now that Korg's Legacy Collection is properly complete, we follow up last month's preview with the first instalment of our three-part in-depth review. This month, we focus on the Korg Wavestation plug-in...

    Reviews Jun 2004
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    Preview: Korg Legacy Collection

    Virtual Instrument Suite/Hardware Controller

    Korg's Legacy Collection recreates some of their best-loved keyboards in software form. It wasn't finished as we went to press at the end of March, but we managed to grab this sneak preview as the final touches were being applied... (Full in-depth hands-on Review next month.)

    Reviews May 2004
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    Korg Microkontrol

    MIDI Controller Keyboard

    MIDI controller keyboards were a minority interest a few years ago, but as more studio duties have been taken on by computers, the popularity of controllers has soared. Korg's Microkontrol adds some new tricks to the well-established concept...

    Reviews Mar 2004
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    Yamaha 01X

    Firewire Interface, Digital Mixer & Control Surface

    Yamaha's 01X is a digital mixer, hardware controller, audio and MIDI interface that promises an unprecedented level of integration with PC/Mac computer-based DAWs. But can this one silver box really do it all?

    Reviews Mar 2004
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    Evolution UC33

    MIDI Fader Controller

    The budget MIDI controller market is pretty crowded these days, but Evolution are giving you the most for your money with the UC33, eschewing expensive rotary encoders and large displays for affordable non-moving faders and wipe-clean overlays.

    Reviews Jan 2004
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    Kenton Spin Doctor

    MIDI Controller

    Kenton's affordable MIDI controllers continue to come down in price — the new entry-level rotary-control Spin Doctor offers a lot of control (and controls) for a mere £125!

    Reviews Sep 2003
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    Novation Remote 25

    Portable USB Controller Keyboard

    The concept of the portable laptop-based studio is enticing, but you still need a musical input device — hence the current popularity of compact MIDI keyboards. And although it's not the cheapest, Novation's Remote 25 has much to offer...

    Reviews Aug 2003

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