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    Control Surfaces

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    Roland TD-50X

    Electronic Drums/Pads

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    MIDI Controllers

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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.

    Reviews Apr 2003
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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?

    Reviews Mar 2003
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    Serato Scratch SE

    Turntable Controller For Pro Tools TDM, HD & LE

    We are used to the idea of using fader boxes and other MIDI controllers to manipulate our music software, but now Serato want to get us using our turntables to scratch digital audio. Can it possibly work?

    Reviews Mar 2003
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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...

    Reviews Dec 2002
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    Digidesign Digi 002

    Digital Audio Workstation

    FireWire audio and MIDI interfaces are gaining in popularity, as are fader surfaces designed for hands-on control of computer recording packages. Now Digidesign have combined the two.

    Reviews Dec 2002
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    Tascam US224

    Control Surface, USB Audio & MIDI Interface [Mac/PC]

    With their latest recording tool, Tascam aim to entice hobbyists away from their cassette multitrackers and onto their computers.

    Reviews Nov 2002
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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?

    Reviews Sep 2002
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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.

    Reviews Jun 2002
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    Emagic Logic v5 & Logic Control

    MIDI+Audio Sequencer & Hardware Control Surface

    Users of Emagic's Logic sequencer have been itching to get their hands on the latest version 5 and Logic Control, the company's dedicated moving-fader control system. Has it been worth the wait?

    Reviews Apr 2002
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    Figure 1. A MIDI loop between a hardware MIDI controller and a computer sequencer.

    Software Mixing With Hardware MIDI Controllers

    How To Choose One

    If you're tired of mixing on-screen using just your mouse and keyboard, then it's worth considering a hardware MIDI controller. But with so many different models available, how do you choose the one that's right for you?

    Techniques Mar 2002
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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.

    Reviews Feb 2002
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    Miditech Midicontrol

    MIDI Keyboard Controller

    Miditech's new 49-key take on the simple MIDI keyboard controller adds a panel of assignable knobs for even more control potential - and all for well under £200.

    Reviews Dec 2001
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    Soundbeam 2

    MIDI Performance Controller

    The Soundbeam's ability to translate physical movements into MIDI messages, in a sophisticated and customisable way, makes it unique among alternative MIDI control systems.

    Reviews Oct 2001
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    Using Budget MIDI Hardware Controllers With Your PC

    PC Musician

    A little money spent on a hardware control surface for your PC can yield a dramatic improvement in ergonomics and ease of use. Martin Walker explores the options.

    Techniques Oct 2001
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    Steinberg Houston

    VST Studio Controller

    Steinberg's new Houston hardware controller certainly looks space-age, but is it a small step or a giant leap for the 21st-century computer musician? Martin Walker takes his protein pills and puts his helmet on...

    Reviews Sep 2001
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    Digidesign/Focusrite Control 24

    Pro Tools Hardware Control Surface

    More Pro tools users than ever will now have the option of ditching the mouse and mixing from a full-featured hardware control surface, thanks to this collaboration between Digidesign and Focusrite. Hugh Robjohns and Paul White get their hands on the Control 24.

    Reviews Mar 2001
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    Philip Rees C16

    MIDI Controller

    The new C16 offers 16 MIDI-assignable control faders for the thoroughly reasonable price of £150. Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser love that feeling of control...

    Reviews Jan 2001
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    Roland GR33

    MIDI Guitar Synthesizer

    Roland's new guitar synth is their most affordable yet, but could it also be the best?

    Reviews Oct 2000
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    Roland HPD15 Handsonic

    Hand Percussion Pad

    Nicholas Rowland is star-struck by Roland's frankly fabulous new hand percussion controller.

    Reviews Oct 2000
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    Deeper Regelwerk MIDI Fader box and Step Sequencer.

    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.

    Reviews Feb 1999
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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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