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 […]

Gear Of The Year: Best controllers of 2019

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WINNER: Nektar Panorama T4 We were surprised at just how revolutionary this controller turned out to be. Nektar’s T-range includes both a 61-note and 49-note controller keyboard, and we looked at the latter T4. It includes its own software shell called Nektarine – not unlike NI’s Komplete Kontrol and Akai’s VIP software – but adds […]

Review: Roland MC-707

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Price £879 Contact Roland At the start of the 21st century, using computers to perform music was sexy, and hardware got dusty as software helped us create powerful and portable rigs. It was liberating, and it was democratising, as long as you could afford some kind of laptop. Hardware never totally lost its allure though, […]

Osmose from Expressive E and Haken Audio brings new dimensions of expression

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After a short teaser last week, Expressive E and Haken Audio have teamed up to announce Osmose, an instrument that provides three dimensions of control for every single key. It brings further expression to performances, offering a “new landscape of physical gestures for musicians to interact with sounds and produce music like they never have […]

Review: Arturia MicroLab

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Price £75/€79 Contact Arturia If you were handing out prizes for versatility, Arturia would have to be one of the big contenders for the main prize. It designs and manufacture synths, in both hardware and software, with connectivity to conventional MIDI, USB and even CV/Gate, and offers modern kit that plays nicely with both vintage […]

Arturia MiniLab MKII now available in an inverted colour scheme

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Arturia’s 25-note keyboard, MiniLab MKII, has become a studio favourite for many, including Andrew Huang – and us! The company has released a limited edition version of the portable controller, that inverts the original colour scheme, now finished in all black with white highlights. The MiniLab MKII still sports the same features as it’s pearlier-looking […]

Arturia shows the Step series’ dark side

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Arturia’s MIDI and CV controlling Step series has been given a sleek new skin with the Step Black Edition. Usually fashioned in a pearly white, the BeatStep, BeatStep Pro and KeyStep are all now available in black, each coming with a unique bundle of extras. The Step range synchronises the analogue and digital worlds, letting […]

Gear Of The Year: Vote for the best controller of 2019

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Providing physical control for our arsenals of software instruments, plug-ins and DAWs is a big responsibility, and the following controllers have surpassed themselves by combining comfort, design, functionality and more. But which do you think is deserving of our highest accolade? Vote below! zeroDebug touchAble Pro Launched eight years ago, touchAble has risen to the […]

Get more sounds for your MPE Controller with the Expressive E MPE Collection

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Expressive E, known for its well-received Touché MPE controller, have released the MPE Collection, a library of sounds designed for almost all other MPE devices. The new sound library will comprise of three components: Helium, Mercury and Patchwork MPE, with the total number of available sounds reaching 240. Each bank of sounds has an array […]