We want these rainbow-buttoned MIDI controllers

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Now here’s an early entrant for your Christmas list: An image of a DIY MIDI controller recently surfaced on a Reddit Eurorack forum, showcasing a device that features colourful faders, arcade machine-style buttons and what appears to be a wooden enclosure. The image was uploaded by Reddit user jon_naz, who explained that the unique device […]

Roland targets mobile DJs with hybrid DJ-707M controller

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From managing sound and lighting sets to MCing at events, mobile DJs are often called on for tasks that go beyond simply mixing songs. With these challenges in mind, Roland has released DJ-707M, a Serato-ready, four-channel controller that’s a live sound console, loudspeaker management system and robust DJ performance unit all in one. Here are […]

Watch Point Blank’s in-depth overview of Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-1000SRT

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Pioneer DJ’s recently released DDJ-1000SRT has garnered attention with its array of tactile features and unique jog wheel screens. And to give you an idea of the Serato-compatible controller’s prowess, Point Blank has uploaded a video highlighting its key features. The video features DJ Ravine and Ben Bristow, Point Blank’s DJ Module Leader, first getting […]

Akai Pro launches Beta program to test Ableton Live integration with Force

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Akai Professional has debuted the Force Beta Testing Program, a phase that lets the brand trial the integration of its Force controller with Ableton Live. The program invites Beta testers to communicate with each other and the Akai Professional development team in a private forum. With this much-anticipated integration, Force users will be able to […]

Review: Pioneer DJ DDJ-800

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Price £779/$899 Contact Pioneer DJ The DDJ-800 is Pioneer’s latest dedicated controller for its rekordbox software (the price of the hardware includes a licence for the software), sitting between the rather basic DDJ-400 (£250) and four-channel flagship DDJ-1000 (£1,129) in the company’s range. Rekordbox has grown into a large and potentially quite confusing software suite. […]

Review: Audient Nero

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Price £375/€429/$499 Contact Audient Back in the mists of time when I first started noodling around in recording studios, the places I was working in were often very cramped and uncomfortable: large mixing desks, bulky open-reel multi-track and 2-track tape recorders and racks of equipment, all taking up space and pumping out heat. What I […]

Arturia’s KeyLab 88 MkII is a powerful keyboard and controller

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A year ago, Arturia updated the KeyLab 49 and 61 Essential controllers with premium MkII versions. The French brand has now given its 88-key controller the MkII treatment as well, presenting the KeyLab 88 MkII. Like its smaller siblings, this piano-style controller is a versatile workhorse that only needs a USB connection to spring into […]