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    Native Instruments Kore

    Hardware Controller & Software Host For Instruments & Effects

    NI's Kore system promises to unify your library of software instruments and effects, creating the mother of all workstation synths or multi-effects units.

    Reviews Jul 2006
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    Kenton Pro Solo MkII

    MIDI-CV Converter

    If you're still using pre-MIDI synths, the chances are you'll already be using a Kenton converter to interface them with your more modern MIDI gear. We check out this upgrade to the faithful Pro Solo...

    Reviews Jun 2006
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    M-Audio Axiom 25

    USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

    Controller keyboards are fitting ever more control facilities into progressively smaller units costing less and less. Is the semi-weighted Axiom 25 M-Audio's best deal yet?

    Reviews Jun 2006
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    Terratec Axon AX100 MkII

    MIDI Guitar System

    Take Blue Chip's advanced Axon MIDI guitar system, bundle it with new editing software and a Terratec soundcard, and you have the Axon AX100. We strum its sounds and test its triggering...

    Reviews May 2006
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    Mackie C4

    Mix Control Surface

    Mackie's C4 controller has been a long time coming, but now that it's here, it provides real-time control for a variety of supported sequencers and their plug-ins, including Apple's Logic, Cakewalk Sonar, and Mackie's own Tracktion.

    Reviews Apr 2006
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    Ta Horng iSmart

    Rubber Fold-away USB MIDI Keyboard

    Note: this is a genuine product, not an April Fool hoax!

    Reviews Sep 2005
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    M-Audio Trigger Finger

    MIDI Controller

    The Trigger Finger is clearly intended for those of us who prefer hitting to clicking when it comes to percussion, but, as we discover, there's much more to it than that...

    Reviews Sep 2005
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    CME UF8

    88-note Weighted Controller Keyboard

    The price of controller keyboards has fallen sharply over the past few years, but whoever thought that we would see an 88-note weighted-action keyboard with aftertouch for under £500? Enter CME's UF8...

    Reviews Aug 2005
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    M-Audio Ozonic

    MIDI Controller/Firewire Audio Interface

    M-Audio have been producing impressive, inexpensive controller keyboards for some time, and have recently moved seriously into Firewire interfacing. The new Ozonic seeks to combine both capabilities in one product — and all for less money than you'd think...

    Reviews Aug 2005
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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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    Q. What can I use to trigger drums?

    I love banging away on my thighs and knees, and I feel that I make some of my most interesting drum patterns in this way. How could I build a controller with a pair of panels that are velocity-sensitive to sit atop my thighs?

    Sound Advice 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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