Review: Novation Launchpad X and Launchpad Mini Mk3

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Price £179.99 (X) – £99.99 (Mini) Contact Novation The original Novation Launchpad was designed to be a physical representation of the clips and scenes available in the Session View of Ableton Live. Since then, the ‘Launch’ range has developed, while at the same time competition from other companies has intensified. Now, Novation celebrate ten years […]

Review: Presonus Atom Review

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Price £115 Contact Presonus The pad controller appears to be as popular as ever when it comes to hi-tech music production. Novation‘s Launchpad range has recently been updated, while models from Akai, Pioneer and Korg provide varying levels of control over a huge range of hardware and software devices, while Ableton‘s Push and Native Instruments‘ […]

Review: Softube Console 1 Fader

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Price £527 Street Contact Softube A few years back, in 2014, Softube released the original Console 1; a new, and in some ways peculiar, hardware controller. The peculiar thing about this unit isn’t that it contains no faders; rather, it’s in the way it communicates with a DAW. Many, if not all, DAW controllers rely […]

NAMM 2020 Demo: Could Nektar’s Aura be your new studio centrepiece?

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NAMM 2020: Nektar has unveiled its multi-functional Aura, which comes with 16 RGB-lit pressure-sensitive pads and a TFT colour display. The pad design of the Aura incorporates pad repeat mode, which allows users to use pad pressure to control velocity while changing repeat rates with the RGB LED buttons. This feature also comes with several […]

NAMM 2020: Arturia KeyLab Essential 88 debuts at NAMM

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NAMM 2020: French audio manufacturer, Arturia, unveils the new KeyLab Essential 88, touted by the brand as “one of the most affordable 88-note controllers on the market”. The KeyLab Essential 88 could prove to be a vital piece of kit for both studio and stage, that is built with functions specifically designed to enhance workflow. […]

NAMM 2020: Arturia KeyStep Pro could be an essential for your live performances

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NAMM 2020: Arturia introduces the newest member of its Step family at this years NAMM, the KeyStep Pro. The MIDI controller and multi-channel polyphonic sequencer allows musicians and performers to take full advantage of their gear, boasting impressive connectivity options. Alongside the BeatStep, BeatStep Pro and KeyStep, Arturia invites you to welcome the KeyStep Pro […]

NAMM 2020: Novation’s Launchpad Pro Mk3 has a built-in sequencer

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NAMM 2020: When the Launchpad was released in 2009, the music production landscape was markedly different from today. It was a world dominated more by softsynths than hardware synths, and Novation’s Launchpad was category-defining. With the latest evolution of the Launchpad, the Launchpad Pro Mk3, Novation realises the controller’s potential beyond Ableton Live. The new […]

Roland reveals A-88MKII MIDI Keyboard and concept GPX-F1 Facet Grand Piano

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Roland has announced that it will be showing the future-ready GPX-F1 Facet Grand Piano and A-88MKII MIDI Keyboard for NAMM 2020. GPX-F1 Facet Grand Piano The striking GPX-F1 (pictured above) sports a futuristic ‘floating’ design along with Roland’s PureAcoustic Piano Modeling software and Acoustic Projection System. Other features include the latest piano sound engine, internet […]

Review: Sensel Morph Controller

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Price Morph + 3 overlays (Music Makers Bundle) £216, Buchla Thunder Overlay £48 Contact Sensel Music technology offers a fantastically fertile category for development and innovation. While some companies have moved firmly in the direction of app-based products that will integrate tablets into our production nerve centres, others have taken to developing hardware which offer […]

Review: Novation Launchkey Mini Mk3

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Price £99.99 Contact Novation You might think that Novation’s Launch range is all about the Launchpad, a range of four controllers – including the recently-announced Launchpad X and Launchpad Mini – that offers a completely different experience to traditional keyboard controllers. However, the range also includes the Launch Control XL – a lovely compact fader […]