Alesis Strike Multipad: hit it, beat it, sample it, loop it

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We always enjoy a good old Octopad style drum pad thingy. Alesis have had some good ones over the years and they’ve decided it’s time for a new one. The Strike Multipad is the slightly over-descriptive name for their new sampling, looping 9-pad (Enneapad?) controller/drum machine. Alesis Strike Multipad Apparently, it’s the first percussion pad […]

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 […]

Novation SL Mk III – MIDI and CV Controller with 8 track Sequencer

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MIDI controllers continue to evolve and this time it’s Novations turn to come up with the innovations. The SL Mk III comes with CV/Gate support and an eight-track sequencer taking it from a MIDI controller keyboard into a hardware performance machine. Novation SL Mk III Everything has pads and faders and DAW control built in these […]

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 […]

Korg celebrates 10 years of the nanoSERIES MIDI controllers with a splash of colour

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They’re fun, they are fruity in groovy new colours, these are Korg’s exciting anniversary editions of the nanoSERIES MIDI controllers. Such fun! nanoSERIES 2 They have no additional features, no innovations and will probably get you laughed at by your more traditional mates. But you don’t care because you’re different. You move in different circles, dancing to […]

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro MK3: Mini beats and big mobility

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The Mikro is the last in the Maschine series to receive an update. Gone are the white buttons and bezels and instead it’s all sleek and black and understated – except for the circus of 16 colourful pads on the right. Maschine Mikro MK3 And that’s not all. The screen has been reduced to something […]

Dreadbox Medusa hybrid synthesizer about to hit the shops

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We’ve been intrigued by the Dreadbox Medusa ever since it appeared looking completely different and a load more radical. It evolved from a monosynth that looked a lot like some of their other synths into this excitingly swish hybrid synthesizer and performance pad combination. Its potential started coming through at Superbooth but now it’s poised for release and […]

Leak! Nektar to announce Panorama T4 and T6 MIDI controllers

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A presumptuous French online store has listed details of a previously unseen Nektar MIDI controller. The Panorama T4 and T6 look like a mid-range controller lying somewhere between the Nektar LX and Panorama P ranges. Panorama T4 / T6 It will be available in two sizes, the T4 49 note and the T6 61 note […]

Arturia sex up controllers with sensitive, delicate and high impact KeyLab MkII

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Arturia has announced a pair of really quite sensuous controller keyboards. They say that they used the “Pro-Feel” action keybed of the MatrixBrute which gives a robust but sensitive playing experience. It feels like they’re describing a pack of condoms – “sensitive… delicate… high-impact playing” – ewwww. I’m sure it feels fun to play with […]