Ableton Live Stories July 31, 2015

Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith, Bassnectar, The Ting Tings and Richie Hawtin are all among the many artists around the world that use Livid instruments. The company is known for its grid-based MIDI and DJ controllers, allowing musicians to bring some of their favorite (just about any) software gear into the real world. While its main offerings consist of larger MIDI/performance controllers, mixers and this odd little Guitar Wing add-on, Livid has condensed years of experience into its new mini-sized music maker: Minim.

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Ableton Live Stories December 2, 2014

expiredAlesis Q25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller $40 shipped (orig. $180)

Amazon has the Alesis Q25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for $39.99 shipped (matched at Guitar Center). That’s $139 or 77% under the original listing, $20 or more under the average selling price and the best price we’ve seen.

Features:

  • 25-key USB MIDI keyboard controller provides the ideal surface for composing and performing music with computer-based digital audio workstations, sequencers, and more
  • 25 velocity-sensitive keys ensure a dynamic performance
  • Pitch and Modulation wheels add musical expression; perfect for emulating the nuances of specialized musicians via DAW software
  • Octave Up and Down buttons extend the note range without taking up critical desktop space
  • Sustain pedal input and MIDI output for pro-level functionality and versatility
  • Single USB cable simplicity delivers both data and power
  • Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software is included to get you creating right out of the box

This can be a great option for those looking for a smaller controller for home or on the go. Using any one of the many iOS/Mac compatible interfaces available like those from Focusrite, IK and the wireless PUC option, it will work with a desktop/laptop and your iPad. It is received a 4.1/5 star rating from nearly 80 Amazon customers.

For more iOS/Mac music production options check out our 2014 buying guide and head over to Amazon’s Cyber Week Musical Instruments sale.

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5-Key USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

Offering single-cable USB simplicity, the Alesis Q25 delivers complete MIDI control in a space-saving, compact package. Beginning with 25 full-size keys, the Q25 adds expressive Pitch and Modulation wheels. The velocity-sensitive keys respond instantly to your touch, while the sustain pedal input allows piano-style performances. The Q25 includes software from Ableton so you can make music today.

Expressive Performance Features

Whether you need to chop out some chords, lay down a bass groove, or cut loose with a solo, the Q25 stands ready. The velocity-sensitive keys capture all the nuances of your playing. The Pitch and Modulation wheels can add vibrato, bending or other modulation effects to enhance your playing. Use the Octave Up and Down keys to increase the keyboard range.

Total MIDI Control

Using just the keys on the keyboard, one single button, and the assignable slider, the compact Q25 unlocks easy access to deep levels of MIDI control, so you can dig in to all your favorite software instruments. The Q25 also provides a MIDI output for adding a drum machine, sampler, or sound module to your setup.

Quick Computer Connection

A single USB cable provides power to the Q25 and a two-way data connection to your computer. It’s that simple. The Q25 includes music software from Ableton so you can begin making music right away. If you’d like, you can use the 9V power input (adapter optional) and the MIDI output for stand-alone operation.

Ableton Live Stories September 25, 2014

With the popularity of grid controllers on the rise, IK Multimedia has now unveiled the latest addition to its iRig line of recording and DJ gear. iRig Pads is an “ultra-portable” grid-style MIDI controller for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac/PC.

Head below for more on what the “ultimate travel companion for the mobile electronic music producer” has to offer:  expand full story

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