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The best new MIDI controllers of NAMM 2016. The keys to success NAMM 2016: While it would be easy to assume that there's not a great deal of innovation left in the MIDI controller market - how much can you really break the mould when you're putting together a device containing keys, buttons, pads, faders and the like?

The best new MIDI controllers of NAMM 2016

- the NAMM Show demonstrated that there is still scope for change. We're seeing more controllers that are designed to work with both digital and analogue gear; Bluetooth MIDI is starting to come to the fore; and manufacturers continue to offer us new ways of interacting with our sounds. Here, then, are the controllers that caught our eye in Anaheim, ranging from the conventional and affordable to the esoteric and expensive.

Arturia KeyStep Arturia has both the BeatStep step sequencers and several MIDI keyboard controllers in its range, so it was probably inevitable that a 'keyboard step sequencer' would emerge at some point. Expressive E Touché Korg nanoKontrol Studio series. Leap Motion App Store. Multi-Dimensional MIDI/OSC/CopperLan Expression Through Hand Gestures Please contact us through the product website if you need assistance with using GECO.

Leap Motion App Store

We'll get back to you as quickly as possible. Additionally, on the website you'll find an extensive collection of video tutorials to help you get started and a user forum to exchange tips and tricks. GECO is one of the easiest and most powerful solutions to interact with MIDI/OSC/CopperLan through touchless control. VI49 Advanced 49-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller  The Building Blocks of Professional Music Production The Alesis VI49 is an advanced USB/MIDI keyboard MIDI controller that lets you take command of your music software with a series of pads, knobs, and buttons.

VI49 Advanced 49-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller 

M-Audio Axiom 49 (2nd Generation): Amazon.co.uk: Musical Instruments. A-500PRO: MIDI Keyboard Controller. If you're looking for a keyboard controller that you can use in the studio, on-stage, or anywhere you feel inspired, look no further than the A-500PRO.

A-500PRO: MIDI Keyboard Controller

Combining the best of Roland engineering with Cakewalk's legendary ease-of-use, the A-500PRO has the features and feel you need to get the most out of your music performances and productions. Velocity-sensitive 49 keys Inspiring feel & response for serious players 45 assignable controls: knobs, sliders, buttons, transport & more 8 Dynamic Pads for finger drumming & MIDI triggering Sure-grip Pitch Bend/Modulation Stick Expand playability with Sustain & Expression Pedals (available separately) USB Bus Powered — no AC adaptor required (AC adaptor is an optional) Durable Roland-quality manufacturing & craftsmanship Bundled with Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 LE production software Works with any DAW on Mac or PC Supports Windows 7 & Mac OS X Snow Leopard The Feel of a Roland-Quality Instrument Everything at your fingertips Dynamic Pads Production Software.

Roland A-500PRO Keyboard Controller: Amazon.co.uk: Musical Instruments. The 13 best budget MIDI controller keyboards. While some choose to get by without one, for most people, a MIDI controller keyboard is an essential part of a computer music making setup.

The 13 best budget MIDI controller keyboards

Fortunately, buying one no longer needs to represent a substantial financial investment. In this round-up, we’ve picked out 13 models that are available for under £100/$150 if you shop around. Indeed, some of them can be yours for considerably less than this. At this price, you’re not going to get hammer-action keys or the ultimate in control, but if you just want a keyboard that you can play and use to make the odd plug-in or DAW tweak, look no further. Click on to find (in no particular order) everything from super-compact ‘boards to five-octave models that enable proper playing: there’s a budget MIDI controller keyboard out there for everyone.

Also bear in mind that M-Audio has just released the new version of the Oxygen 25, Akai has started shipping the mkII edition of the MPK Mini, and Alesis has its V series. NEXT: M-Audio Keystation Mini 32. Novation Launchkey. Novation's new controller keyboard has bright lights, friendly buttons and a newt-like orange underbelly.

Novation Launchkey

Splendid. Paul Nagle For over 20 years Novation have been making controllers, synths and control surfaces, and their appetite for perfecting the species continues unabated. The new Launchkey range of keyboard-based controllers is founded on three sizes of keyboard, the models named according to the number of keys. We're offered a choice of two, four and five octaves, and although the smallest of these hasn't enough space for all the sliders and buttons of the others, the functionality is otherwise the same. In Control The middle-of-the-range model, the four-octave Launchkey 49 was the one supplied for review and, upon unboxing, I was immediately taken by its newt-like orange underbelly beneath the more conservative panel of dark grey.

Novation Launchkey 49 USB Midi keyboard Controller. Novation Launchkey 49 USB MIDI controller keyboard comes packed with awesome features and software, including Ableton integration, offering a highly affordable and potent controller for your Mac or PC.

Novation Launchkey 49 USB Midi keyboard Controller