nu 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
Casio has introduced two new Trackformer DJ products, the XW-DJ1 DJ Controller and XW-PD1 Groove Center. Continue reading
In the latest Sonic Lab video, Gaz Williams takes a look at the new Akai APC Mini Ableton Live controller. Continue reading
Last year was an interesting one for electronic music gear.
In 2014, manufacturers went beyond the tried-and-true keyboard MIDI controller – adding features like Bluetooth wireless connectivity, new form factors and better multi-platform support. We’d like to see consistent support for legacy DIN MIDI connectors – but maybe that will come in 2015!
In our second lookback at the Best of 2014, we take a look the 10 best new MIDI controllers of 2014 Continue reading
At the 2014 Winter NAMM Show, we spied the unannounced iRig Pads at the IK Multimedia booth.
Now, IK is shipping the iRig Pads – a portable MPC-inspired MIDI pad controller for iOS, Mac & Windows. They say it’s the smallest ‘groove controller’ on the market – so it will fit anywhere you can store an iPad, in a backpack or a laptop bag.
Can IK’s inexpensive pad controller deliver on the promise of being portable, powerful and compatible? Continue reading
Isotonik Studios shared this video demo of LaunchSync PRO.
LaunchSync PRO extends on the functionality of the free LaunchSync device, by adding four banks of MIDI-mappable controls that will dynamically follow the Red Box of the Master Controller. Continue reading
GSI has introduced the DMC-122 Dual-Manual MIDI Controller – a high end dual-manual MIDI controller with an organ-style interface.
It combines dual manual organ/keyboard control, MIDI mixing and control surface features, and offers an expansion slot that lets also run as a stand-alone keyboard. Continue reading
Developer Adam Kumpf let us know that Fiddlewax Blue – an iPad music instrument based on music theory – is now a free download.
Beginners can have fun by fiddling around with how notes, chords, and samples sound together. Over time, the hints on each key (note name, chord degree, chord type, etc.) become a powerful way to learn about music and compose phrases or songs. Continue reading