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    Control Surfaces

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    Roland TD-50X

    Electronic Drums/Pads

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    M-Audio Oxygen 61 MkV

    MIDI Controllers

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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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    Novation Remote 25SL

    'Intelligent' Controller Keyboard

    Novation have an elegant solution to the tedium of configuring hardware controllers — the Remote 25SL can read your sequencer and automatically map plug-in instrument parameters to its controls. Is this the first 'intelligent' hardware control surface? We find out...

    Reviews Feb 2006
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    M-Audio Project Mix I/O

    Firewire Interface & Control Surface [PC/Mac]

    M Audio have packaged a fully featured control surface with motorised faders, an 18-input Firewire interface and eight mic preamps in one box — at a very competitive price.

    Reviews Jan 2006
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    Q. Why does my Mackie Control make strange noises in Cubase?

    I'm using a Mackie Control control surface with Cubase SX, and it works fine on audio tracks. However, whenever I select a MIDI track within Cubase, pressing buttons on the Mackie Control seems to trigger random MIDI notes...

    Sound Advice Jan 2006
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    M-Audio iControl

    Control Surface For Apple Garage Band 2

    There are dedicated (and expensive) control surfaces for Logic, Pro Tools and Cubase... so why not an affordable one for Apple's semi-free entry-level application Garage Band? M-Audio must have thought exactly the same thing...

    Reviews Dec 2005
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    Tascam US2400

    25-fader USB Control Surface

    Hardware control surfaces promise to make working with a software DAW more intuitive and 'hands on'. Tascam's new offering has more knobs and faders than most, but also keeps things deliberately simple. Is it an essential accessory, or an expensive gadget?

    Reviews Oct 2005
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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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    Mackie X200

    Digital Production Console

    Not content with acting as a high-spec control surface and Firewire audio interface for your studio computer, this new high resolution console seems determined to outshine it with its slick touchscreen graphical interface and onboard VST plug-in hosting.

    Reviews Aug 2005
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    Frontier Design Tranzport

    Wireless Controller [PC/Mac]

    Frontier Design's Tranzport might not be the most comprehensive control surface around, but it has one huge advantage — wireless operation means it's not tied to your computer.

    Reviews Jul 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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    Tascam FW1082

    Firewire Audio & MIDI Interface / Control Surface [Mac/PC]

    Joining the growing market for one-box devices that combine audio and MIDI interfacing with control-surface functionality, Tascam's latest Firewire unit might be all you need for multitrack recording and mixing.

    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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