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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Bubble » Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:29 pm

Hi all

We are expecting the first samples within the next few days, as far as we know they are as you see in the pictures posted above, and are not aware of any plans to change the cosmetic look. I saw the photographs of the initial design and colours about 6 months ago, and then saw the final product in Los Angeles 2 weeks ago and it looks great in the 'flesh', so I'd say wait until you can see one, the build quality is amazing. And the red looks nice!

You know Martin really wanted the lime green cheeks but they refused...
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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby crofter » Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:04 pm

Nowt wrong with red, I'll get one
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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Scottdru » Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:38 pm

electrotimba wrote:
P.S. Martin, maybe these are professional colors in China?
The colour red is often considered a very auspicious colour in Chinese culture.
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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Feb 16, 2005 3:28 pm

Lime green? Eeeech! :shock:

You know, I am beginning to warm to those red cheeks (and no, that doesn't mean I'm into spanking :smirk:)

Bryan - I'll wait and see how I respond when I see them in the flesh (oh dear, I can see it's going to be one of those days :roll:)


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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Bubble » Fri Feb 18, 2005 5:32 pm

Hi guys

I've just tried Martin's controller :) it's sitting right next to me. Tell you what, cosmetically it looks amazing: brush black aluminium finish and those cheeks are a metallic red, not too bright, very nice in fact, I could see your concern from the images posted earlier on. I'm not going to go on about the look and feel, but let's just say that of the other 4 controllers around my desk this one has by far got the best build quality, feel, features, and, believe it or not, price.

You were right electro, good call.
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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:25 pm

I bet you won't tell us those other four models will you Bryan? However, I suspect Arbiter must stock them, so that narrows it down a little ;)


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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Bubble » Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:33 pm

Surprisingly not, Martin. One that we did use to distribute back in the day, the other 3 by other unnamed companies (not the one you're thinking about).

That's it, I'm buying one!

Info will appear at www.arbitermt.co.uk

By the way, the FireWire expansion will retail at £149.99 inc VAT.
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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Guest » Thu Mar 10, 2005 7:20 pm

I've been testing out the CME UF6 and UF8 in my home studio over the last week or so with my Laptop (NuSystems Centrino 1.7/Compal CL-50 chassis) and i'm very impressed!

I have now put some infomation together for our website...

http://www.arbitermt.co.uk/redcheeks

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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Beelzebub » Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:36 am

Thanks for the info Mr Billett, they look great and have all the features too. I can't wait to try one myself! Very useful info on the website.
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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby olafmol » Fri Mar 11, 2005 12:03 pm

how can these controllers be so cheap??????
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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby electrotimba » Fri Mar 11, 2005 12:59 pm

olafmol wrote:how can these controllers be so cheap??????
Why the others rip us off ? The Nikes that cost 5$ to make are sold for 155, 50 cent T shirt sold for 20$,...... Everybody manufactures in China where people work for few bucks a month. Simply many companies sell you junk quality for "gold" price like M audio. You get Neumann you know what you pay for, get chinese one you are mostly ripped off the actual manufacturer getting little of the retail price, the biggest rip off when the stuff is packed in the first world (Australia ? we all know these mics!) when in reality were made in China or whatever other cheap place.
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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby olafmol » Fri Mar 11, 2005 1:35 pm

electrotimba wrote:
olafmol wrote:how can these controllers be so cheap??????
Why the others rip us off ? The Nikes that cost 5$ to make are sold for 155, 50 cent T shirt sold for 20$,...... Everybody manufactures in China where people work for few bucks a month. Simply many companies sell you junk quality for "gold" price like M audio. You get Neumann you know what you pay for, get chinese one you are mostly ripped off the actual manufacturer getting little of the retail price, the biggest rip off when the stuff is packed in the first world (Australia ? we all know these mics!) when in reality were made in China or whatever other cheap place.

ok......what about the quality control? is it up to par?

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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Bubble » Fri Mar 11, 2005 1:43 pm

Hi Olaf

The best way to answer your question would be to say wait until you've tried one yourself. If you want a cheap, plastic, flimsy controller keyboard (that seems to be all you can get nowadays) then this is not the one for you, if you're looking for a solid metal cased keyboard with good features, looks, and touch, and at the aforementioned great price, then you're in luck! You should see them in the shops in the UK within the next few weeks.

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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Loudbox » Fri Mar 11, 2005 1:47 pm

Who is stocking them? the UK retailer section doesn't seem to be working on the site.
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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Guest » Fri Mar 11, 2005 1:56 pm

Andertons, Turnkey and branches of DV are currently on the list. More dealers will be added as they are appointed.

The dealer list seems to be working fine from here, let me know if you still can't access it.

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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby olafmol » Fri Mar 11, 2005 2:40 pm

what about the Netherlands?
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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Guest » Fri Mar 11, 2005 3:11 pm

We only handle distribution for the UK.

The distributor for the Netherlands is listed as:

http://www.mafico.com/
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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Mar 11, 2005 5:08 pm

Thanks for the web page Kevin - as everyone can now see from the new photos, those red end cheeks are rather more desirable than many of us previously thought.

Where's my SOS review unit then? ;)


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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Guest » Fri Mar 11, 2005 7:07 pm

Thanks Martin. I do think the UF Series look a lot better in the flesh than the original photos - I hope the new pictures we have taken help to show this.

I always thought the best looking keyboards ever were the Wavestation (for it's dark sleek expensive looks) and the Jupiter 8 for just being plain sexy! Out of interest, I tried sitting the UF6 on a keyboard stand next to both of these beauties and I have to say that the UF falls somewhere between the two. The red end cheeks stand out like the Jupiter's brightly coloured buttons and the brushed aluminium panel is reminiscent of the Wavestation. So overall quite good looking - but even I have to admit they are not quite as sexy as a JP8...... close though... ;-)

As for your review unit Martin, it's sitting quite comfortably in my studio! No, not really - we only have pre-production models at the moment, but Bryan will ensure the first production model makes it's way to you when the shipment arrives.

Many Thanks, Kevin
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Re: Martin Walker, just tried "your" controler

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Mar 11, 2005 9:33 pm

Those photos do indeed look more sexy in the flesh Kevin, although I think we'd better stay calm, or people will begin to think we're odd getting excited about a keyboard ;) Looking for ward to production units arriving shortly then

I still like the sleek black looks of my Korg M1 though.


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