Native Instrument introduce Traktor Kontrol S3

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Native Instruments has unveiled the latest addition to its esteemed DJ controller family – Traktor Kontrol S3. Looking like a sibling to the S2 and S4, Kontrol S3 sports classic Traktor jog wheels and RGB pads. Kontrol S3 features four-channel mixing, removing some of the more advanced components that the S4 offers, such as the […]

Softube launch Console 1 Fader controller

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Softube return with another MIDI controller, adding a sibling to its Console 1 controller. The Console 1 Fader takes a similar approach to controlling workflow in a DAW, this time with fader control, as the name hints. Console 1 Fader comes with two software-based component-modelled analogue console emulations, Tube and Discrete, which offer filtering, saturation […]

Review: Zeppelin Design Labs Altura MkII MIDI Theremin

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Price $89 (pre-built $159) Contact Zeppelin Design Labs When it comes to the history of music technology, one of the more interesting early instruments was born out of experimentations by KGB scientist Léon Theremin. The legendary instrument known as the theremin first appeared in the 1920s, requiring the performer to wave their hands in front […]

Pioneer releases new DDJ-XP2 performance controller

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Pioneer has released the DDJ-XP2 controller, evolving its DDJ-XP1, which now allows compatibility with Serato, as well as rekordbox DJ. Also new is Silent Cue, Transport Mode, and 16-Pad Mode. Equipped with 32 performance pads, Slide FX, and flexibility of Hot Cues, Beat Jump and Slicer, Pioneer says “No matter which DJ application you’re used […]

IK Multimedia launches iRig Keys 2 series

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IK Multimedia has released the iRig Keys 2 series, refreshing its popular MIDI keyboard controllers with innovative controls, a sleek look and more compatibility options. The series comprises Pro and standard versions. Both feature 37 velocity-sensitive keys, with the Pro having full-sized keys and the standard edition featuring mini keys. As well as both being […]

Envision Sound to launch Kickstarter for Strata controller next month

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Envision Sound is set to launch a Kickstarter campaign for Strata next month. The feature-rich controller, which is a companion to Ableton Live, was first announced two years ago. Strata is touted to offer “a new way to play in Ableton Live”. And judging by the device’s raft of knobs and buttons, it could very […]

Arturia’s MicroLab is a portable MIDI controller with powerful features

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Arturia has launched MicroLab, a compact MIDI controller targeted at on-the-go music-makers. The controller boasts 25 keys, thoughtful design features and a bump-resistant rubberised shell. For MicroLab’s keys, Arturia has opted for the same velocity-sensitive, slim-keys as its KeyStep controller. The keys are complemented by a hold button – for instant sustain – and a […]