MIDI Controllers

A New Icon in the World of MIDI Controllers: Introducing Icon Digital

As digital music continues to explore new realms and push boundaries through EDM, dubstep, and the growing trend of the mash-up, the demand rises for creative, functional, and deeply customizable MIDI controllers for both programming and controlling your DAW.

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.

The Nu-Desine AlphaSphere Nexus Electronic MIDI Controller

UK-based manufacturer nu-desine has just announced the AlphaSphere nexus, a unique, spherically shaped USB MIDI controller and musical instrument that has been designed to cater to the modern electronic musician.

Novation Launchpad S

Novation's popular Launchpad controller has been updated. The Launchpad S features brighter LEDs, a faster refresh rate, and full-MIDI class compliance so it can work with virtually any Mac- or PC-based audio software. In this video, Rob Rives takes a look at how it works.

The Vestax VCI-400

There are many DJ controllers to choose from, but the VCI-400 from Vestax has a lot going for it. This solidly built but quite portable 4-deck controller connects to your Mac or PC via USB and features an excellent sounding built-in audio card.

Ultrabooks™ as Ultimate DJ Machines

It seems like eons ago, before digital media and the Internet forever changed the way we consume music, folks visited brick-and-mortar stores to purchase vinyl LPs and 45 rpm records. While there are signs that “vintage” analog is making a comeback, the fact remains that people nowadays mainly buy and listen to music on computers and portable electronic devices.

NAMM 2013 Wrap-Up: New Products from Akai, M-Audio and Alesis

This year at NAMM, three industry heavyweights released full product lines of fresh gear. Akai, M-Audio and Alesis have all come forth with new and interesting products for 2013, ranging from a tiny 2-channel USB interface to full-featured electronic drum sets and microphones.

The New iRig BlueBoard Wireless MIDI Pedalboard

IK Multimedia just announced the new iRig BlueBoard, a MIDI pedalboard that lets you control music apps wirelessly with your feet, via Bluetooth. If you use music-making apps on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, the BlueBoard can profoundly change the way that you interact with your device.

Holiday 2012: DJ Controllers

Everyone wants to be a DJ these days, and with good reason—DJs are cool. Movie stars are doing it. Sports stars are doing it. Guess what? You could do it, too.

Holiday 2012: Tools for Creating Dubstep

Dubstep is a fairly new style of electronic music that’s dominated by sparse, reverberated beats and overpowering synthesized bass lines. In most forms of music, bass is pushed toward the back of the mix, but in Dubstep, it’s the unchallenged star of the show.

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