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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?

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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...

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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.)

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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...

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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...

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    JL Cooper CS32 Minidesk

    Portable Control Surface For DAWs

    JL Cooper's miniature controller packs 155 controls into a box the size of a book.

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    Radikal Technologies SAC 2.2

    Moving-fader Controller

    Moving-fader controllers for computer-based studios are big news at present, and Radikal's SAC 2.2 can be used with a wide range of software sequencers and instruments. Jack of all trades, or master of none? We find out...

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    Edirol PCR50

    USB & MIDI Controller Keyboard

    Edirol's latest desktop music product is a controller keyboard that can also be used to control your sequencer's on-screen mixer.

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    Roland MC909

    Sampling Groovebox

    The latest in Roland's line of MC-series workstations is their best (and most expensive) yet, incorporating synthesis, sequencing, real-time control, and sampling. But in an increasingly software-driven world, can a Groovebox still cut it?

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    Kenton Control Freak Live

    MIDI Control Centre

    Kenton's latest take on their affordable hardware control surface concept eschews the faders of previous Control Freaks in favour of 16 knobs. And it manages to be cheaper than the fader versions...

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    Akai MPC4000

    Sampling Workstation

    Akai's MPC sampling workstations have been a studio fixture for nearly 15 years, and the MPC4000 is the most powerful one yet. But the world of sampling has changed dramatically since the MPC2000XL was released. Can an MPC still cut it in the 21st century?

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    Midiman Oxygen8

    USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

    For applications where space or portability are at a premium, it is hard to beat this compact, two-octave MIDI master keyboard, which also incorporates eight assignable real-time MIDI controllers.

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    Roland SPD6

    MIDI Percussion Controller

    The SPD6 MIDI percussion pad features 113 internal drum sounds, with six rubber playing pads and can run from an optional power adaptor or from batteries.

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    Doepfer Regelwerk

    MIDI Fader Box & Step Sequencer

    Fancy having 24 assignable faders and 72 buttons to control your MIDI gear? How about an eight-track MIDI step sequencer with CV and gate outputs too? Paul Nagle explores a product that gives you both.

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