MIDI controller Stories September 11, 2015

Electronic musicians are always trying to find new ways to create music, and natural human expression has always been at the forefront of that discussion. Whether it’s a typical MIDI keyboard and grid style controller or even glide/touch based input device like iPad, these devices all change the way we perceive and compose music.

A few years back a company called Roli dropped a very unique approach to the typical MIDI keyboard set-up with its Seaboard Grand. The device uses a series of touch and velocity based sensors in the form of a not-so traditional keyboard. It allowed musicians to play electronic instruments with an unprecedented amount of human emotion and expression by way of a series of what the company calls keywaves. At the time, the sky high price tag on the Seaboard made this level of creativity somewhat unattainable to the average musician, but now the company is back with a smaller, more affordable version of its touch/velocity based controller: expand full story

MIDI controller Stories June 3, 2015

Novation Launchkey MIDI controller keyboard: 49-key $100 (Orig. $200), 61-key $140 (Orig. $250)

Amazon is offering the Novation Launchkey 49 key USB/iOS MIDI Keyboard Controller for $99.99 shipped (matched at Guitar Center). That’s $100 under its original listing and the best price we can find. It still fetches up to $160 at some trusted retailers.

You’ll also find the Novation Launchkey 61 model for $139.99 shipped today (matched at Guitar Center). That’s more than $100 under the original listing and the best we can find by $60.

They are compatible with Mac, PC and iPad (requires the standard Apple Camera Connection kitnot included), and feature 6 velocity-sensitive multi-color pads, over 50 mappable hardware controllers in total, and seamless integration with your DAW including Logic Pro X, FL Studio and Ableton Live.

The Novation Launchkeys have a 4.1/5 star rating from over 160 Amazon customers, much like the rest of the popular and affordable Novation music production gear.

If you’re into music production, then you’ll want to check out our new series: The Logic Pros, which explores all of the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac and iOS devices.

More on the Launchkey:

Launchkey is a range of 25, 49 and 61 note keyboard controllers with up to 50 physical controls including 16 velocity-sensitive multi-color launch pads that trigger and stop clips, and launch scenes in Ableton Live. In addition to enabling hands-on control of your DAW’s mixer, instruments and more, Launchkey is an integrated software/hardware instrument. Launchkey includes an entire suite of software for iPad, Mac and PC including a brand new Launchkey synth app, a Launchpad app* for triggering and improvising with loops, and the powerful V-Station and Bass Station soft synths for Mac and PC–not to mention Ableton Live Lite and a huge Loopmasters sample pack.

Launchkey is a controller for all major music software, giving you hands-on control of your mixer, transport and more in Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Logic and Cubase. With 9 faders, 9 buttons, 8 rotary knobs and transport controls, nothing comes close to Launchkey for sheer controllability. 16 multi-color backlit velocity-sensitive launch pads can be used to play drums and trigger loops without being near a computer, perfect for sketching out beats or playing in drum patterns, or triggering clips and scenes in Ableton Live. The velocity-sensitive synth-style keyboard mechanism is accompanied by pitch and mod wheels and octave, track up/down buttons. It recreates the feel of classic synth keyboards with precision, so playing styles can be reflected by the software as accurately as possible.

MIDI controller Stories May 19, 2015

M-Audio 61-key Oxygen Series bus-powered MIDI keyboard $123 shipped (Reg. $200)

Amazon has the M-Audio Oxygen Series 61 Ignite MIDI Controller keyboard for $123.23 shipped. That’s around $76 below the the original $200 price tag it is still fetching from retailers like Guitar Center and as much as $20 under the best price we can find.

This is a bus-powered, 61 key MIDI keyboard that will integrate with your favorite recording software on your Mac right out of the box. It features 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable sliders and dedicated transport and track buttons to run your DAW without the need for a mouse (optional).

It has received a 4/5 star rating from 35 Amazon customers. Be sure to check out the rest of Amazon’s discounted musical instruments store for up to 50% off accessories, instruments, keyboards, recording gear and more.

More on the M-Audio Oxygen Series 61 Ignite:

The Oxygen 61 USB MIDI controller delivers next-generation functionality from M-Audio, the leading innovator in mobile music production technology. Oxygen 61 features eight assignable knobs and nine assignable sliders, plus dedicated transport and track select buttons.

DirectLink mode automatically maps these controls to common DAW functions including transport, mixer, track pan and plug-in parameters.

Built-in factory presets offer support for popular virtual instruments right out of the box—no complicated setup required. Velocity-sensitive keys and a sleek, compact design round out a portable keyboard that’s perfect for both production and performance. No other MIDI controller in this price range has so much functionality while remaining easy to use.

MIDI controller Stories October 24, 2014

expirediRig Keys Pro Lightning MIDI keyboard controller for iPhone, iPad & Mac/PC $87 shipped (orig. $150), more

Amazon has the IK Multimedia iRig Keys Pro 37-key MIDI keyboard controller for iPhone, iPad and Mac/PC for $86.86 shipped. That’s more than $63 or 42% under the original listing, $15 under Guitar Center and the best price we’ve ween on the Pro, Lightning version of the popular iRig Keys.

IK’s iRig line features a number of #1 Best Sellers and is a great option for those looking to pick up some easy to use MIDI/recording gear without breaking the bank. You’ll get just about all the bells and whistles of your typical MIDI keyboard as well as some freebie recording software and Lightning support (30-pin and USB included) for iOS. It features:

  • 37 velocity-sensitive full-sized keys (a 3 full octaves range plus one note)
  • Modulation and pitch bend wheels
  • Volume/Data knob
  • Octave Up/Down and Program Up/Down back-lit soft-touch buttons
  • Input for an optional sustain or expression pedal
  • Core MIDI (iOS) and USB class compliant (Mac/PC) – plug and play
  • Includes Lightning
  • 30-pin and USB cables for compatibility with all generations of iPhone
  • iPad and Mac
  • Comes with SampleTank 3 SE for Mac/PC and unlocks premium content in IK apps on iPhone/iPad

This model has received 3.9/5 stars among Amazon customers. If you don’t have a Lightning device (or have a 30-pin to Lightning adapter laying around), you can pick up the previous gen model right now for just $59.49 shipped (orig. $100). That’s about $10 under Guitar Center and the lowest we’ve seen on this model.

IK also recently launched a grid-based, pad controller called the iRig Pads. You can find more information in our full rundown here.

More from IK on iRig Keys Pro:

iRig KEYS PRO gives you the best of both worlds. It’s a super-compact, bus-powered, “plug and play” MIDI controller that you can use anytime and anywhere. Yet despite it’s small footprint, if offers full-size, velocity-sensitive keys, allowing for a realistic playing feel. With its 37-key (3-octave) keyboard, you can play legitimate two-handed parts. What’s more, it has loads of pro performance features, and comes with cables and software for iOS devices — Lightning and 30-pin — and for Macs or PCs.

iRig KEYS PRO is equally useful as a portable MIDI keyboard or studio controller, and a perfect solution if you want a single keyboard to use in both situations. Connect it to your Mac or PC for use with your DAW and computer-based software instruments, and easily carry it around with you to use whenever and wherever you want with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

An ultra compact controller with full-size keys and pro features

For maximum playing comfort and versatility, iRig KEYS PRO includes modulation and pitch-bend wheels. It’s also equipped with an expansion jack, allowing you to connect a sustain pedal for an even more realistic piano playing experience, or an expression pedal for controlling continuous parameters like volume, tremolo, vibrato, rotary speaker speed and more (pedals not included)

MIDI controller 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

MIDI controller Stories September 20, 2014

Update (9/27): Thanks for all of the entries into our Small States giveaway, @broni, @phillsea and @EGHSPrincipalRI are our winners and they have been contacted.

Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States. 

Introduction

Founder Dan Sullivan started the journey that would eventually lead to the development and release of his music products in the Apple Store as a synth circuit designer. Being a banjo and guitar player himself, he was always interested in bringing the two worlds together to create unique musical performance technology that would accommodate string players. Born out of that motivation, Minneapolis, Minnesota based Zivix is comprised of a small core group of passionate individuals set to create and release innovative new music products that meet the demands of modern day musicians.

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