Keyboard Controllers

Keyboard Controllers

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, talks about keyboard controllers, and specifically four very portable, two-octave keyboards that use USB ports to plug into a Mac, PC, or iOS device. All of the examples are very reasonably priced and the presenter goes over the salient points of each controller, highlighting their similarities and differences.

Teenage Engineering OP-1 Portable Synthesizer

Due to its compact size, cute design, and unusual layout, one may almost mistake the OP-1 Portable Synthesizer for a toy upon first glance. But, once you start to explore the depth of functionality that this piece has to offer, you begin to realize that phrases like “mini workstation,” “powerful synthesizer,” and “beast” are far more descriptive terms.

Hands-On Review: M-Audio Axiom Air Keyboards

The following video presents Rob Rives demonstrating MIDI controllers from M-Audio’s Axiom A.I.R line. Rives shows us some of the features of the 49- and 25-key models, in addition to the Mini 32. The video illustrates how the included HyperControl software allows for integration with Logic Pro 9, as well as how to re-assign the pads on the 49-key model to a different note.

Hands-On Review: the Novation Launchkey

Join Rob Rives as he demonstrates the Novation Launchkey Controller and its functionality with multiple DAWs. Rives explores the functions, controls, and versatility of the Launchkey 49 key controller, including its InControl software that allows you to map the Launchkey to multiple DAWs.

NAMM 2013 Wrap-Up: Hot New Products

At the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, it’s not uncommon for the old and the new to cross paths. For more than a century, NAMM has been the place to showcase the latest innovations in music-related products. In 2013, we witnessed the rebirth of a synthesizer that was originally released in the late 1970s, and we were also introduced to a new kind of interface.

M-Audio Keyboard Controllers

At the 2013 Winter NAMM show, M-Audio announced three new keyboard controllers that continue the company’s tradition of providing fully featured but affordable tools for musicians. Available in 61-, 49- and 25-key versions, all three of these Axiom A.I.R. series keyboards feature enhanced control mapping, back-lit drum pads and more.

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