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B&H # NOLNCHKYMNK2 MFR # LAUNCHKEY-MINI-MK2

The Launchkey Mini MK2 by Novation is a 25-key USB MIDI controller that features premapped control for many popular DAWs. It also has 16 velocity-sensitive, multi-color, backlit trigger pads that can be used to launch loops, samples and more. The controller is compatible with Mac, Windows and iPad.

Additionally, the Launchkey Mini is equipped with 8 assignable knob controls that can be used for controlling mixer functions, effect parameters and more. It makes use of Novation's pre-mapped templates that allow for automatic control of popular DAWs such as Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Cubase, Logic and others.

You can also download the free Launchkey and Launchpad apps for producing and performing with the Launchkey Mini in tandem with your iPad.
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"Great choice for a beginner!...The MPK Mini has velocity sensitive drum pads, with a great price tag, but there was no control function with Ableton Live....The Launchkey Mini blows both of them out by having the ability to control Ableton Live and launch clips with Incontrol, keeps the velocity sensitive pads, and is a really affordable price for how much it's capable of....I was flip flopping between the Akai MPK Mini and the Akai APC 25, but then discovered that the Launchkey Mini was the best of both worlds."

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  • 25 Mini Velocity-Sensitive Keys
  • 16 Velocity-Sensitive Backlit Color Pads
  • 8 Control Knobs
  • Launchpad & Launchkey iPad Apps
  • USB Powered
  • Mac, Windows, & iPad Compatibility
  • Free Plugins from Sound Collective
  • Performance Lessons from Melodics

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The nanoKONTROL2 from Korg is an ultra-compact and low-profile controller that provides eight channels of control for numerous software titles, including major DAW programs. It fits perfectly in front of a laptop or desktop computer keyboard, and using a single USB cable offers impressive control while conserving valuable set-up space.

A knob, fader and three switches are provided for each of the eight channels, initially assigned to pan, volume, and solo, mute, record. The various controllers can be reassigned for use with a virtual synthesizer for instance, to change things like envelopes or filters. A dedicated transport control section is also included.

The controller is USB bus powered, and with the appropriate connector kit (not included), the unit is compatible with Apple's iPad. Downloadable software allows for custom configuring the faders and knobs, and licenses are provided for 3 virtual instruments to facilitate immediate music creation.
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"Very NICE...I love it....I have only had this controller a week or so but I absolutely love it!...I love this mix control so much that I bought 3 and soon one more to make it 32 tracks control for my pro tools and Logic Pro x."

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  • 8 Faders
  • 8 Knobs
  • 24 Switches
  • Transport Controls
  • Marker, Cycle, Track Buttons
  • iPad Support
  • Software Instrument Licenses
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

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B&H # MAKSM32MK3 MFR # KEYSTATION MINI 32 MK3

The Keystation Mini 32 II from M-Audio is a MIDI keyboard controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on a Mac or Windows computer. It features 32 velocity-sensitive mini-size keys and a series of controls that expand the range of playable notes, with onboard octave buttons providing access to the full melodic keyboard range, so you may play bass lines, piano harmony, and lead melodies. You'll also note the prominent volume knob for smooth crescendos, and a sustain button for sustaining single-handed chords or harmonic clusters.

Relatively lightweight and mobile at 1 lb, the controller is suitable for traveling musicians who use music software during live performances or for producers who wish to add an intuitive MIDI controller with a small footprint to the studio. The unit is USB-powered, class-compliant, and supports USB-MIDI connectivity. Additionally, iOS connectivity is supported using a separately-available Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. With this kit, you can perform and compose with audio apps on an iPad or another iOS device.

The keyboard ships with two pieces of software, Pro Tools | First (M-Audio Edition), and Air Music Technology Xpand!2. Pro Tools | First is an entry-level copy of an industry-standard DAW, one that comes with Unlimited Busses, Elastic Time/Pitch, Offline Bounce, and 1GB of free cloud storage. Xpand!2 is a multitimbral workstation with four active sound slots per patch; this lets you load different sounds into different MIDI channels, so that you can play multiple sounds in one patch.
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Top Highlights

  • 32 Velocity-Sensitive Mini-Size Keys
  • MIDI over USB
  • Pitch Bend, Modulation & Octave Controls
  • Volume Knob & Sustain Button
  • DAW & Music Creation Software
  • iOS Compatible
  • USB Powered
  • Relatively Lightweight at 1 lb
  • Relatively Compact at 16.4 x 0.7 x 4.2"

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The Pyle Pro PMIDIPD30 is a MIDI control pad designed for pro-audio use. It’s suitable for home and project studios. The PMIDIPD30 provides nine control knobs, nine control sliders, and 11 buttons—all of them assignable to various functions within your DAW over MIDI. Functions include panning, raising/lowering faders, mutes, and more.

Six transport buttons are also on hand, and these can be assigned to external controllers as well as your DAW. These buttons, which include rewind, play, fast forward, loop, stop, and record functions, can transmit control-change messages or MIDI machine-control messages.  

Four banks allow you to choose between different settings simply by navigating with the bank buttons. Included with the unit is downloadable software which allows you to edit and change the assignment of most control functions. When setting up the device to correspond to various commands in your DAW, the large, front-facing knob will help you adjust program changes.

The unit draws its power and communicates with your computer over USB. Compatible with Mac and Windows computers, the PMIDIPD30 requires no drivers for installation. A USB cable is included.

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  • Works with DAWs & MIDI-Controllers
  • 9 Assignable Control Knobs
  • 9 Assignable Control Sliders
  • 6 Transport Buttons with CC/MMC
  • 4 Banks with Bank-Select Buttons
  • Power Supplied over USB
  • Compatible with Windows and macOS
  • Class Compliant and Hot-Plug Supported
  • Free Pyle Software for Editing Commands
  • Includes USB Cable

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The M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 is a MIDI keyboard controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on a Mac or Windows computer. It is also compatible with iOS devices. The Keystation 49 MK3 features 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys and a series of controls that expand the range of playable notes, while also providing expressive capabilities.

Assignable transport and directional controls allow for playing, performing, and recording with music software without using a mouse or trackpad. If you've got your own sustain pedal, you can plug it in via the 1/4" sustain pedal input. Lightweight and durable, the controller is USB-powered, class-compliant, and supports USB-MIDI connectivity. Additionally, the unit supports iOS connectivity using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (available separately), enabling you to perform and compose with audio apps on an iPad or another iOS device.

The 49 MK3 comes with a variety of software, including DAWs such as Pro Tools | First M-Audio Edition and Ableton Live Lite. Also included is AIR Music Technology Xpand!2, a multitimbral all-in-one synthesizer which houses up to four sounds to help you create your own unique VI patches.

Keyboard sounds can be achieved via three included AIR Music Technology soft-synths: The Mini Grand, with seven acoustic piano sounds, and the Velvet, which gives you five vintage electric piano sounds. Additional software includes Skoove and Melodics. You also get 2GB of Touch Loops material to foster your creativity. The keyboard comes with a USB Type-A to USB Type-B cable.

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  • 49 Full-Size Keys
  • Velocity-Sensitive Feel
  • Transport and Directional Buttons
  • Volume Fader and Pitch Bend Controls
  • Modulation and Octave Controls
  • MIDI over USB / USB Powered
  • Sustain Pedal Input
  • Class Compliant, No Driver Required
  • iOS Compatible via Optional Cable
  • DAW and Virtual Piano Software

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Inspired by the Korg Gadget environment, the limited edition blue and yellow Korg nanoKONTROL2 is an ultra-compact and low-profile controller that provides eight channels of control for numerous software titles, including major DAW programs. It fits perfectly in front of a laptop or desktop computer keyboard and, using a single USB cable, offers impressive control while conserving valuable set-up space.

A knob, fader, and three switches are provided for each of the eight channels, initially assigned to pan, volume, and solo, mute, record. The various controllers can be reassigned, for use with a virtual synthesizer for instance, to change things like envelopes or filters. A dedicated transport control section is also included.

The controller is USB bus powered, and with the optional Apple connection kit, the unit is compatible with iOS devices. The Korg nanoKONTROL2 includes a USB cable along with software licenses and discount coupons so you can start making music right away.
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  • Inpired by Korg Gadget
  • 8 Faders
  • 8 Knobs
  • 24 Switches
  • Transport Controls
  • Marker, Cycle, Track Buttons
  • iPad Support
  • Software Instrument Licenses
  • Mac / Windows
  • Includes USB Cable

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The black Korg nanoKEY2 is an ultra-compact and low-profile USB-MIDI keyboard controller that can fit perfectly in front of a laptop or desktop computer keyboard. Using a single USB cable, the 25-key controller offers impressive control while conserving valuable setup space.

The keys are velocity sensitive. Modulation and sustain, along with octave and pitch shift buttons are also provided. The keyboard is USB bus powered and with the optional connection kit, the unit is compatible with Apple's iPad. The Korg nanoKEY2 includes a USB cable and along with software licenses and discount coupons so you can start making music right away.
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"Love it...Very neat....I have read elsewhere that Korg worked on improving the keys in nanoKEY2 over the previous generation which really sounded as if you were typing on a PC!!...Either way, that's fine with me, remember you are using a Slim-Line USB MIDI Controller not a piano!!"

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  • 25 Keys
  • Velocity Sensitive
  • Octave Up/Down Keys
  • Pitch Switch
  • Modulation Switch
  • Sustain Switch
  • iPad Support
  • Software Instrument Licenses
  • Mac / Windows Compatible

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B&H # IKIKLLC MFR # IP-IRIG-KEYSLGT-IN

The iRig KEYS from IK Multimedia is a portable USB MIDI controller with plug-and-play functionality that works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac and Windows computers. It features 37 velocity-sensitive mini keys and a 3-octave range plus one note. Its small footprint takes up minimal desktop space and it can easily fit into a backpack or carry-on bag.

The iRig KEYS also features pitch bend and modulation wheels for adding expression to your performances. There is a volume/data knob and a control panel with five backlit soft-touch buttons. The control panel includes program and octave up/down buttons, plus a setup button that will allow you to store up to 4 different iRig KEYS configurations. Configuration parameters include touch sensitivity, MIDI channel assignments, data knob control change assignments and more.
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"Its benefit is its draw back....Gladly returned it to B&H n bought Taktile- the best hybrid keyboard....So though I was happy I could play piano witn iPhone- it is so small that I rather record my melody ideas on piano apps....May be iRig is good for no players or DJs but not a pro gear for live n studio performance."

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  • 37 Velocity-Sensitive Mini Keys
  • Modulation and Pitch Bend Wheels
  • 3-Octave Range
  • Store and Recall Four Customized Setups
  • Input for Sustain or Expression Pedal
  • Plug-and-Play Functionality
  • Powered by USB or iOS Device
  • Free Software and iOS App Downloads
  • Includes Lightning, 30-pin & USB Cables

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The Nektar Technology Panorama T4 is a 49-key USB MIDI controller designed to deliver versatile, efficient DAW and virtual instrument control for producers, musicians, beatmakers, and songwriters in home, project, and mobile studios. With 49 velocity- and aftertouch-sensitive keys, eight velocity- and pressure-sensitive LED color pads, and multiple velocity curves for the keys and pads, it is well suited to a variety of playing styles. Tactile control of software instruments and DAW programs is executed via nine 30mm faders, eight assignable encoders, eight assignable LED buttons, four navigation buttons, and six LED transport buttons.

Take advantage of seamless integration with the included Bitwig 8-Track software or other DAWs such as Cubase, Garageband, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Reaper, and Reason. Multiple DAW control maps ensure proper functionality with DAWs that support either MCU or Nektar DAW Integration protocols. Access to VST, VST3, or Audio Units instrument parameters is facilitated through preset control maps, which can be customized and manually created. A custom 128 x 64 LCD complements the array of controls with adjustable contrast and clear display of modes, settings, and more.

The Panorama T4 is powered via a USB connection to a compatible device running Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, or iOS (USB camera connection kit available separately). A MIDI 5-pin output is provided for easy hookup to a hardware synthesizer, sound module, or MIDI interface. Dedicated MIDI-assignable 1/4" jacks allow utilization of a footswitch and expression pedal (both available separately).

 

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  • 49 Velocity-Sensitive Keys
  • 8 Velocity- and Pressure-Sensitive Pads
  • Multiple Velocity Curves for Keys & Pads
  • 9 Faders, 8 Encoders, 8 LED Buttons
  • Navigation & Transport Buttons
  • Multiple DAW Control Maps
  • Preset & Custom Plug-In Control Maps
  • Custom 128 x 64 LCD
  • MIDI Output, MIDI & Power via USB
  • Footswitch & Expression Pedal Inputs

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The M-Audio Keystation 61 MK3 is a MIDI keyboard controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on a Mac or Windows computer. It features 61 full-size, semi-weighted, and velocity-sensitive keys for a realistic, pianistic feel. The Keystation 61 MK3 also sports a series of controls that expand the range of playable notes, while providing expressive capabilities as well.

Assignable transport and directional controls allow for playing, performing, and recording with music software without using a mouse or trackpad. If you've got your own sustain pedal, you can plug it into the Keystation 61 MK3 via its 1/4" sustain pedal input.

Lightweight and durable, the controller is USB-powered, class-compliant, and supports USB-MIDI connectivity. A 5-pin DIN MIDI output facilitates use with your favorite, compatible synth, so it can receive messages from the Keystation 61. Additionally, the unit supports iOS connectivity using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (available separately), enabling one to perform and compose with audio apps on an iPad or another iOS device.

The Keyboard comes with a variety of software, including DAWs such as Pro Tools | First M-Audio Edition and Ableton Live Lite. Also included is AIR Music Technology Xpand!2, a multitimbral all-in-one virtual instrument that lets you stack up to four individual sounds to create your own unique-sounding patches.

Keyboard sounds can be achieved via three included AIR Music Technology soft-synths: The Mini Grand, with seven acoustic piano sounds, and the Velvet, which gives you five vintage electric piano sounds. Additional software includes Skoove and Melodics. You also get 2GB of Touch Loops material to foster your creativity. The keyboard comes with a USB type-A to USB Type-B cable.

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  • 61 Full-Size, Velocity-Sensitive Keys
  • Semi-Weighted Keys for Realistic Feel
  • Transport & Directional Buttons
  • Volume Fader & Pitch Bend Controls
  • Modulation & Octave Controls
  • MIDI over USB / USB Powered
  • Sustain Pedal Input & 5-Pin MIDI Output
  • Class Compliant, No Driver Required
  • iOS Compatible via Optional Cable
  • DAW and Virtual Instrument Software

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Inspired by the Korg Gadget environment, the limited edition blue and yellow Korg nanoPAD2 is an ultra-compact and low-profile pad controller, perfect for entering drum data and one that fits perfectly in front of a laptop or desktop computer keyboard. Using a single USB cable, the 16-pad controller offers impressive control while conserving valuable setup space.

The pads are velocity sensitive. The X-Y pad can be used to control multiple synthesizer parameters while a "Touch Scale" function allows for playing phrases on the touchpad. The controller is USB bus powered and with an optional connector kit, the unit is compatible with Apple's iPad.

The nanoPAD2 includes a USB cable along with software licenses and discount coupons so you can start making music right away.
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"You guys are the best....Nice unit, great price...I found the Korg Nano Pad2 and I love it....i think this is a good product."

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  • Inspired by Korg Gadget
  • 16 Pads
  • X-Y Pad
  • Hold Button
  • Gate ARP and Scale/ARP Buttons
  • Touch Scale and Scene Buttons
  • Key/Range Button
  • iPad Support
  • Software Licenses
  • Mac / Windows

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The white Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 is a portable MIDI controller and multi-instrument designed to provide versatile playing and expression styles for producers, musicians, and beatmakers in writing sessions, on-the-go idea exploration, and studio and live stage productions. It features six digital strings and 12 frets on a velocity- and pressure-sensitive fingerboard, which can be configured in one of several stringed or pad-based modes. An integrated accelerometer offers mod wheel control via physical movement.

Play the guitar, violin, piano, or drum instrument presets, or trigger sounds in your favorite DAW. The INSTRUMENT 1 supports MIDI and audio via USB and is customizable via the Artiphon iOS app. Listen through the built-in stereo speakers or monitor through headphones plugged into the 3.5mm TRRS mini-jack, which also serves as a microphone input.

Power can be sourced from the included 12 VDC power supply or the internal 6-hour rechargeable battery. Weighing in at only 1.6 lb, it can easily be transported anywhere your creativity takes you.

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  • Multiple Expression Styles
  • Pressure-Sensitive Fingerboard
  • Velocity Sensitive
  • Integrated Accelerometer
  • 6 Digital Strings, 12 Optional Frets
  • Four Preset Instrument Sounds
  • Built-In Stereo Speakers
  • Mic Input & Headphone Output Combo Jack
  • Internal 6-Hour Rechargeable Battery
  • Supports USB Audio & MIDI

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The Behringer CMD Studio 2A Ultra-Portable Dual Deck DJ MIDI Controller is designed for live DJ performances such as at a party or club. The controller features two decks with touch-sensitive jog wheels for scratching, pitch bending controls, backlit buttons, two 45mm channel faders, 3-band EQs, cue point buttons, sample buttons, sync buttons, transport controls, library navigation, track load buttons, and a crossfader. The unit includes a built in 4-channel 24-bit converter USB audio interface with a pair of stereo RCA audio outputs. It also features an 1/8" TRS headphone output with independent volume control. The controller comes with a voucher for Deckadance LE DJ software, which provides a starting point for DJing with your music library.
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"VERY EASY!!!...Good controller, no support...also wish it had some more knobs knocked off two stars for limited support on most software....Bought this controller for casual mixing and it works out well."

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  • 4-Channel 24-Bit USB Audio Interface
  • 45mm Crossfader and Channel Faders
  • Touch-Sensitive Jog Wheels
  • 3-Band EQ
  • Cue, Library, Track Load Buttons
  • Backlit Buttons and Transport Controls
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Slim Tabletop Design
  • Includes Deckadance LE Software Voucher

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