Novation Launchpad Pro Offers Velocity, Pressure Sensitive Pads & More

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Today at the 2015 NAMM Show, Novation unveiled the newest iteration of their popular grid controller series, the Launchpad Pro.

With this professional grid instrument, Novation has given the classic Launchpad an overhaul – adding velocity and pressure sensitive pads, RGB LED feedback and improved control.  Continue reading

Roger Linn Bringing LinnStrument To 2015 NAMM Show

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Developer Roger Linn will be displaying the recently-released LinnStrument electronic music controller instrument at the 2015 NAMM Show.

Here’s a preview, via reader Geert Bevin, who helped develop the open source firmware that runs the LinnStrument: Continue reading

New Expert Sleepers Module Lets You Plug USB MIDI Controllers Into Your Modular Synthesizer

expert-sleeprs-fh-12015 NAMM Show: Expert Sleepers has announced the FH-1 ‘faderHost’ – a new Eurorack module that lets you directly connect USB MIDI controllers to your modular synthesizer.

This lets you use standard MIDI controllers, iPads and more to directly control your modular synth, with a total of 8 outputs.

In addition, the FH-1 also offers:

  • LFOs on each output
  • Step sequencers
  • Polyphonic MIDI/CV conversion and more.

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Akai Professional Intros Advance Keyboard Series

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2015 NAMM Show Preview: Akai Professional today introduced a new line of control keyboards, the Advance Keyboard series, that’s designed to provide deep integration with virtual instruments.

Available in 25-, 49-, and 61-key sizes, the Advance 25, Advance 49, and Advance 61 let you load, play and control your virtual instrument plugins directly from their keyboard.

According to the company, the Advance Keyboard series has been designed “to fuse the power of software instruments with the live playability of a keyboard workstation,” transforming the use of computer-based plugins into an entirely hands-on playing experience.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Launch Buttons For Android & iOS App Like A Virtual Launchpad

launch-buttonsDeveloper Alexander Nowak has introduced Launch Buttons for Android & iOS, a MIDI control app for Ableton Live that’s like a virtual Launchpad.

Launch Buttons works with Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 and lets you use your mobile device as a Live controller.

Here’s a video demo: Continue reading

nu desine Intros Entry-Level AlphaSphere me

AlphaSphere-menu desine has announced the AlphaSphere me – a new entry level member of their family of tactile spherical MIDI controllers.

The AlphaSphere controllers feature pressure and velocity sensitive pads, arranged with a hexagonal layout that can adapt to a variety of note arrangements.

The AlphaSphere me is more affordable, at £149/$225/€190, than its larger siblings in the AlphaSphere line. While the larger controllers feature 48 pads, the AlphaSphere me has 32. Continue reading