Summer NAMM 2019: Fishman TriplePlay MIDI controller for guitar

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Fishman has just introduced its new TriplePlay MIDI controller during Summer NAMM and it looks like this new  hardware installs without any major modifications on most electric and acoustic guitars, as the mounting hardware is magnetic. Fishman TriplePlay MIDI controller This unit is billed as a low-latency pitch tracking pickup system and comes with a Lightning […]

Arturia releases updated Keylab 88 mkII with CV/Gate outputs

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Arturia has unveiled the updated Keylab 88 mkII controller keyboard. It still has the elegant looks and 88 weighted keys of its predecessor. But a quick glance at the front and rear panels reveals that there are many updates, including CV/Gate connectivity and workflow improvements. Let’s take a look. First, the hard facts: The Arturia […]

ROLI wants to teach you music with the LUMI lighted keyboard

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After much speculation, ROLI has revealed the LUMI lighted keyboard. ROLI LUMI is an integrated learning system that consists of the keyboard and an interactive app. It’s gorgeous-looking, but is it really the kind of product that ROLI’s fans were hoping for? Apparently yes: The Kickstarter campaign, which ROLI has launched to finance production of […]

Mine S modular MIDI controller for completely customisable control gets funded

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SpecialWaves first introduced us to their Mine S customisable MIDI controller 2 years ago with a disastrous Kickstarter campaign. It’s a beautifully designed modular MIDI controller with bags of potential that completely failed to reach its goal by quite a margin. They are back and this time its Indiegogo and more importantly it’s with a […]

Superbooth 2019: Voltage Research Laboratory modulates its way onto Kickstarter

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We caught a glimpse of a very intriguing machine coming from Pittsburgh Modular. Now the Voltage Research Laboratory has been fully revealed and is being released via Kickstarter. Let’s “Explore the Natural Systems and Lesser Known Fringes of Analog Synthesis”. Voltage Research Laboratory They are calling it the Organic Modular Synthesizer and it is certainly […]

Pittsburgh Modular gets wild with the Voltage Research Laboratory

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Pittsburgh Modular have been weirding-out their followers with strange little audio-visual happenings on Instagram and Facebook. It looks like 70’s nature footage combined with some really out-there noises and they’ve just published a first glimpse of the device responsible. They are calling it the Voltage Research Laboratory. Voltage Research Laboratory Get a load of this. […]

Nektar debuts the SE49 and SE25 controller keyboards

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The first images appeared a few weeks ago, now it’s official. Nektar is launching the SE49 and SE25 MIDI controller keyboards. They’re compact, entry-level controllers with a basic set of features, but they do come with bits of Nektar’s signature DAW integration. The Nektar SE49 has 49 velocity-sensitive, full-size keys. It features wheels for pitch-bend […]

Soundforce SFC-1 controller turns U-He Repro-1 VSTi into a hardware synth

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Last year Soundforce showed the SFC-5 hardware controller dedicated to controlling software emulations of the Prophet-5. I remember at the time feeling that it was a somehow strange and rather extravagant notion. Well, it must have been a success because Soundforce is releasing a bigger controller with a much narrower focus. The SFC-1 is designed […]

Joué add regular MIDI Out to their MPE controller with re-Connect

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Joué has added a MIDI output to their expressive MPE MIDI controller. It’s the sort of thing you’d think a MIDI controller should already possess but a surprising number of them just have MIDI over USB. So it’s great to see Joué understanding that there’s a much larger world outside the computer that could benefit […]

MIDI 2.0: Great leap forward or too little, too late?

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The winter NAMM show was an opportunity for the MIDI Manufacturers Association to get all their members together to hash out the realities of the long-awaited MIDI 2.0. The question is – are we that bothered? “MIDI Sucks” Two years ago I wrote an article about the future of MIDI with the rather click-baited title of […]