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    Kenton Control Freak

    MIDI Control Centre

    Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser take a look at a new programmable control surface which allows you to set up a physical controller for almost any aspect of a MIDI device.

    Reviews Nov 1998
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    Keyfax Hardware Phat Boy

    MIDI Synth Controller

    Paul White takes a turn on a hardware controller box which allows knobularly-challenged GS and XG synths and soundcards to join the rotary club.

    Reviews Jul 1998
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    Yamaha WX5

    Wind Controller

    Paul White, with a little help from Rachel Fletcher and Paul Farrer, gives a blow-by-blow account of a controller that allows MIDI modules to harness the power of wind.

    Reviews Jul 1998
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    Blue Chip Axon AX100

    MIDI Guitar Converter

    MIDI guitar has a long and chequered history, litered with great expectations and expensive failures. Dave Lockwood investigates the latest contender to see if it really is able to bring something genuinely new to the field.

    Reviews May 1998
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    Penny & Giles DC16

    MIDI Controller

    The DC16 is an assignable control surface ideal for use both with gear and software, and with digital audio systems such as Pro Tools. Mike Collins just loves being in control.

    Reviews Oct 1997
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    Interactive Light Dimension

    Beam MIDI Controller

    The Dimension Beam translates physical movement into MIDI data, offering theremin-style control over your keyboard rack. Dominic Hawken explores this new device.

    Reviews Jun 1997
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    Yamaha MFC10

    MIDI Foot Controller

    Yamaha's MFC10 MIDI Foot Controller aims to put control right under its user's feet. Paul Ward boots it up...

    Reviews Apr 1997
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    Roland GR30

    Guitar Synthesizer

    Roland continue to champion the cause of the guitar synthesist, refining their respected line of guitar synths in search of the best combination of facilities, usability and price. Paul White finds out whether they've got the right balance right with the new GR30.

    Reviews Feb 1997
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    Zeta Jazz & Synthony

    MIDI Violin & MIDI Controller

    For over a decade, Californian company Zeta have kept the flag flying for strings players who'd like to bring their skills into the synth age. Alan McClure takes a bow..

    Reviews Feb 1997
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    Yamaha G50

    MIDI Guitar Interface

    The so-called guitarist's dream has failed to deliver on so many occasions that many guitar players now seem sceptical about the whole concept of MIDI guitars. Does the Yamaha G50 give us cause to rethink our prejudices, or does it simply reinforce them? Paul White finds out.

    Reviews Dec 1996
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    Emu Launch Pad

    MIDI Controller

    Emu's Launch Pad provides a hardware control surface for the Orbit sound module, but can also be used with other MIDI gear. Paul Nagle finds out whether it's destined to become a springboard for many a successful mission.

    Reviews Oct 1996
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    Fatar MP1

    MIDI Pedalboard

    Best known for their low-cost controller keyboards, Fatar have now released a new kind of controller — the MP1 MIDI pedalboard. Paul Ward brings his lower limbs into the sonic fray...

    Reviews Nov 1995
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    Kenton GS8

    MIDI Guitar Switcher

    David Mellor goes all gooey about Kenton's new MIDI guitar switcher, designed to put a stop to all the embarrassing onstage effects pedal swapping that goes on in the dark between numbers.

    Reviews Jul 1995
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    Roland GI-10

    Guitar MIDI Interface

    Paul White packs away the keyboard and plugs Roland's new guitar-MIDI interface into his sequencer.

    Reviews Jun 1995
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    Roland MCR8

    MIDI Multi-Controller

    Roland's new MCR8 hardware controller seeks to take the strain out of parameter access synth or software editing, by offering you real-time manipulation of any MIDI values from its front panel sliders and knobs. Paul Ward checks it out.

    Reviews Jan 1995
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    Charlie Lab Digitar

    Pocket MIDI Guitar

    How do you fancy a way of playing guitar patches, like a guitar, without the expense of a guitar synth system? Impossible? Derek Johnson finds out...

    Reviews Jan 1995
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    Hands On Starlite

    MIDI-to-light Controller

    Hands On Development came into the field of MIDI-controlled lighting very early, with their sophisticated Limetime controller. Now the Starlite offers even the most fiscally challenged the opportunity to add another dimension to a live performance. Martin Russ seeks enlightenment.

    Reviews Apr 1994
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    BCK Lite Show

    MIDI-to-light Controller

    This compact unit allows you to add MIDI-controlled lights to your performance for less than the cost of a modest sound module. Paul White checks it out.

    Reviews Mar 1994

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