Reader Dean Sabatino lets us know about a new line of modular keyboard controllers, from Austin-based Super Synthesis.
The Super37 is ~104hp of Eurorack compatible rails with integrated 3-octave keyboard and keyscan module, and a high quality PSU and bus board by Tip Top Audio. Continue reading
Novation has announced the release of its new Launchkey Mini, a mini-key instrument/controller and the latest in Novations family of “Launch” products. It works with the new Novation Launchpad and Launchkey iPad apps, and delivers hands-on control of major Mac and Windows music software including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Cubase, Reason, and Logic.
Launchkey Mini features 16 velocity-sensitive, tricolor launch pads – used to trigger sounds, effects, transport controls, and more. In addition, Launchkey Mini also features a 25-note keyboard, eight assignable rotary controls plus seven function buttons and another two performance buttons. Continue reading
Leonard from Kosmic Sound takes a look at MIDI control keyboards.
While this is a promo for Kosmic Sound, it does a pretty good job of introducing some of the key differences to consider in buying a MIDI control keyboard and looks at examples from Behringer, AKAI, M-Audio, Novation and Roland.
The Q-series USB MIDI controllers are the relatively inexpensive tools for adding expressive MIDI control to music production or performance. Each controller features USB MIDI for connection to Mac, PC, and Apple iOS devices and to other traditional MIDI hardware modules, samplers and synthesizers.
The Q61 (pictured) is a 61-note keyboard controller that works with a wide range of music software and MIDI hardware devices. With velocity-sensitive keys, the Q61 offers a five-octave range of expression in a sleek, portable controller, built for the studio or stage. A full array of “essential” controls is onboard, including pitch and modulation wheels, octave up and down buttons, an assignable data slider, and the capaability to send program changes from the keys.
The QX25 (at right) and QX61 are 25-note and 61-note keyboard controllers, respectively. Both controllers enable musicians to punch out a drumbeat on the pads, manipulate filters via the knobs, or adjust volume and playback of sequencing software with long faders and buttons. The QX25 and QX61 bring parameter control and velocity-sensitive keyboards that move the composer’s hands away from the mouse and “into the action” of the keyboard.
The Alesis Q61, QX25 and QX61 USB MIDI keyboard controllers will be available in stores in the second quarter (late spring-summer) of 2012 with U.S. estimated “street” prices of $149.00 (Q61), $199.00 (QX61) and $99.00 (QX25).
Any chances of the 2012 NAMM Show being a dud have officially been eliminated.
Akai has figured out how to get even jaded synthheads excited about MIDI control keyboards again. Check out the Akai Pro MAX49 – a control keyboard that combines MIDI, Control Voltage support, LED touch faders & MPC pads.
So, if you’ve got a modular synth, or a keyboard made in the last 50 years, or a DAW – this should work with it.
MAX49 is one of the most unique controllers ever engineered. Right away you’ll notice one of its more distinguishing features: four banks of eight backlit LED touch faders, allowing you to assign up to 32 control parameters. You can use MAX49’s LED touch faders just like analog faders by dragging your finger along their touch strips, or you can perform instant leaps in any MIDI value from zero to maxed out and everything in between.
MAX49 is also equipped with four banks of 12 backlit MPC pads, giving you a total of 48 assignable pads, allowing you to integrate Akai Pro production capability into live performances and recording sessions alike. These backlit, velocity sensitive pads come with MPC Swing, Note Repeat, Full Level and navigation controls.
USB, MIDI & Control Voltage
MAX49 comes ready to command any controller hardware or software from any era: USB MIDI, traditional 5-pin DIN MIDI and even Control Voltage and Gate outputs are onboard, allowing you to control everything from today’s most advanced music software, to analog modular synths from as far back as the 1960s. Mackie Control and HUI protocols are also built in to give you instant compatibility with many industry standard DAWs.
Here’s the official intro video: