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    Novation Launch Control, Launchpad Mini & Launchkey Mini

    MIDI Controllers

    Novation expand their controller range as they serve up a three-course Launch. We check out what's on the menu.

    Reviews Jan 2014
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    Numark Orbit

    Wireless MIDI Controller

    Numark's Orbit is aimed at DJs, but it also has plenty of potential as an unusual controller for the studio.

    Reviews Dec 2013
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    High-End DAW Controllers

    Spotlight

    What does the current crop of premium control surfaces have to offer? Read our round-up to find out.

    Reviews Nov 2013
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    Novation Launchkey

    Controller Keyboard

    Novation's new controller keyboard has bright lights, friendly buttons and a newt-like orange underbelly. Splendid.

    Reviews Oct 2013
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    Arturia SparkLE

    Drum Machine

    Arturia have pared down their hybrid drum controller. It's cheaper and more compact — but does the Spark spirit remain?

    Reviews Aug 2013
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    Akai Max 49 controller keyboard.

    Akai Max49

    USB Controller Keyboard

    At first glance, the Max49 seems much like other controller keyboards, but it’s got a surprise up its sleeve...

    Reviews Jul 2013
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    Novation Launchpad S.

    Novation Launchpad S

    Control Surface

    The new Launchpad is brighter, faster and more powerful than the original, but costs the same. What’s not to like?

    Reviews Jul 2013
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    Akai MPC Studio

    Sampling Workstation

    Akai’s slimline follow-up to their Renaissance hybrid MPC aims to claim some territory from a certain competing machine...

    Reviews Jun 2013
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    Slate Digital Raven multi-touch controller.

    Slate Raven MTX

    Multi-touch DAW Controller

    Few product launches have attracted as much attention as Slate’s touchscreen controller. Is the Raven the future of DAW control — or an oversized iPad?

    Reviews May 2013
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    Korg MicroKey

    Portable USB Controller Keyboards

    Miniature controller keyboards can be incredibly useful for making music on location. The new Korg MicroKey family of velocity...

    Reviews Mar 2013
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    Ableton Live 9 & Push Controller.

    Ableton Live 9 & Push

    DAW Software & Hardware Controller

    Live 9 has been a long time coming, but, along with Ableton’s new Push controller, has the potential to revolutionise music-making.

    Reviews Mar 2013
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    Native Instruments Maschine MkII.

    Native Instruments Maschine MkII

    Groove Workstation

    Maschine’s MkII hardware gets a Technicolour make-over, while its software increments to v1.8...

    Reviews Jan 2013
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    Keith McMillen QuNeo

    USB MIDI Controller

    Keith McMillen’s idiosyncratic controllers go from strength to strength — and in this case do so with a spectacular blaze of colour...

    Reviews Dec 2012
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    Samson Graphite 49 keyboard.

    Samson Graphite 49

    USB Controller Keyboard

    The Graphite is Samson’s first foray into the world of keyboards — and it’s an impressive debut.

    Reviews Dec 2012
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    Nektar Technology Panorama P4

    Controller Keyboard For Reason

    Propellerhead’s Reason gets its first dedicated MIDI keyboard and control surface. What can it offer that your mouse can’t?

    Reviews Nov 2012
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    DAW Control Surfaces - Roundup

    Spotlight

    Tired of navigating complex audio software with just a mouse and keyboard? Then a control surface might be just what you need. Here’s our selection of current models, with links to the SOS review where available.

    Reviews Nov 2012
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    Keith McMillen SoftStep

    Foot Controller

    Pedalboards and foot controllers are usually seen as the preserve of guitarists rather than of DJs and keyboardists — but if one man has his way, that might just be about to change...

    Reviews Sep 2012
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    Steinberg CMC Series

    USB Control Surfaces

    Steinberg’s new CMC Series gives you the building blocks for creating your own custom Cubase control surface.

    Reviews Jun 2012
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    CME Z-Key 61

    MIDI Controller Keyboard

    CME go minimal with their new controller range. But is less really more?

    Reviews May 2012
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    Novation Impulse 49

    Controller Keyboard

    The Impulse controllers are cost-effective, yet seem generously specified — so where’s the catch?

    Reviews Feb 2012
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    Alesis QX49

    Controller Keyboard

    It’s cheap, but is it cheerful? We examine the latest controller keyboard from Alesis.

    Reviews Dec 2011

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