IK Multimedia is bringing a new synthesizer to Superbooth

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Last year IK Multimedia introduced us to the little firecracker that is the UNO analogue synthesizer. In the many interviews and conversations that followed you got the impression that UNO was just the beginning. And as it turns out we now have something new appearing at Superbooth next week. Prototype To spice things up IK […]

NAMM 2019: Komplete Kontrol M32 micro keyed mini controller

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Following on from the A-Series of MIDI controller keyboards Native Instruments has introduced the Komplete Kontrol M32. It’s portable, compact and full of NKS magic. Komplete Kontrol M32 Into its very compact form they’ve squeezed 32 “synth-action” keys, 2 touch strips, 8 touch-sensitive control knobs, 1 extra knobby 4-way push encoder, a bunch of buttons and an […]

NAMM 2019: Option Knob Danger Zone – Will it take your breath away?

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Option Knob is known for making their pedal control topping WingMan knobs, that make pedals easier to tweak with your foot. Now they have just announced the Danger Zone and it makes use of this custom controller. Option Knob Danger Zone The new Option Knob Danger Zone pedal is a Phaser/Tremolo effect that is packed into a very ‘Top […]

Rossum Electro is cooking up something analogue

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Or at least so they say in the thread beneath the image of a new prototype they’ve been working on. And that could be very interesting as Rossum Electro has been all about the digital so far. The flagship Assimil8or is a fully featured, Euroracked and patched-to-craziness digital sampler. So an all-analogue module is a […]

Strata: next generation control system for Ableton Live

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People love to control Ableton Live. It seems to inspire hardware designers more than any other DAW or performance software. One such designer is Galen Farrel (who sounds like he should be in Star Trek) of Envision Sound who is building what he believes to be the next generation (see!) controller for Ableton Live. Strata has […]

Build your own MIDI controller with the Highly Liquid MIDI CPU board

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If you’ve ever got frustrated with your MIDI controller and thought that you could design something more tailored to your needs then Highly Liquid MIDI CPU is for you. Highly Liquid MIDI CPU It’s a PCB with a microcontroller and everything you need to build your own MIDI controller. Now, by “build” I mean get […]

Rava Yamana: 60 knob MIDI controller for analog-style VST synthesizers

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Raphael Huber has gone through the familiar journey failing to find the perfect MIDI controller for software instruments. And so he’s decided to design “The Ultimate VST-Synthesizer MIDI Controller” which he is calling Rava Yamana. Rava Yamana It’s a USB MIDI controller with 60 knobs. But it’s designed and laid out to reflect the most […]

MPK Mini Play: Akai puts noises inside their mini controller keyboard

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Akai Professional has introduced a twist on their MPK Mini compact keyboard and pad controller. The MPK Mini Play has a bunch of sounds inside and it’s own speaker making it a portable little musical keyboard. MPK Mini Play 128 sounds and 10 drum kits seems an awful lot like a General MIDI sound set. […]

AKAI Fire FL Studio hardware controller leaked on American dealer website

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An American dealer has inadvertently let it slip that none other than AKAI is prepping a hardware controller for FL Studio! The as yet unannounced AKAI Fire FL Studio Performance Controller, as the device is verbosely titled, showed up in iDJnow’s online catalogue before being hastily pulled once word about it got out. Such things […]

Make Noise reinvent René – their three dimensional prism of composition

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Make Noise have announced the imminent arrival of a new and improved René. It’s the world’s only 3D Cartesian Music Sequencer and is named after René Descartes. They are not into adding numbers to names so despite some radical upgrades this will now be known as “René”. The original one will simply fade into obscurity. René […]