While stocks last, Arturia KeyLab 25 and KeyLab 49 controller keyboards will ship with a special code, allowing you to claim your choice of free virtual instrument! You'll be able to choose from a number of titles, some of which model classic instruments with amazing accuracy. Select from the Mini V, Modular V, ARP2600V, CS80V, Jupiter 8V, Prophet V, Oberheim SEM V, Wurlitzer V, Spark Vintage Drum Machines, Spark Dubstep or Spark EDM.
Impulse controllers feature a high-quality, semi-weighted keyboard, along with plenty of assignable hands-on controls, which are easily mappable using the included intuitive AutoMap software. They also feature 8 chunky, backlit pads, plus a built-in customisable arpeggiator and roll function.
It's that time of year again, with the National Association of Music Merchants show due to take place in California, from 23rd to 26th January. As always, NAMM showcases a plethora of new and exciting products, so we've decided to create a rolling story, which we will update as and when new gear is announced.
This is the place to be if you want a comprehensive round-up of all the new NAMM gear for 2014, so check below for information and videos on the most exciting releases. Alternatively, you can CLICK HERE to view a list of new products in our online shop.
Amongst other things, Novation are famed for making high-quality MIDI controllers that integrate flawlessy into the modern studio or live set-up, thanks to their superb automatic mapping software. This probably explains why Novation keyboards are so popular, with plenty of professionals and home studio owners favouring their products over competitors'.
If you're in the market for a MIDI controller keyboard, then you're probably considering a Novation, but with SL MkII, Impulse and Launchkey ranges to choose from, what's the difference between them and which will best suit your requirements? As I've used all of them before, I've decided to compile this article in order to help answer these questions and hopefully help you in your quest to find your perfect controller.
Novation's hugely popular FREE Launchpad iPad App has now been updated, with a number of bug fixes and a brand new Audio Import function! This is something that users have been asking for since the release of the Launchpad App and it now means that you aren't limited by the sounds that come with it. If you've got some of your own WAV or AIFF samples and loops then you can now import them into the App using Dropbox (free Dropbox account required), assign them to pads of your choice and then trigger them with the App. The Launchpad App also features time-stretching so that all your loops will stay in perfect time with each other.
For many years, Akai's MPC range has been what serious producers have looked towards for sampling and groove creation. Whilst the original units had a standalone design with built-in memory, modern MPC models have moved with the times, now employing a hybrid design that takes maximum advantage of your computer's processing power and large screen, to make creating beats and tracks simpler than ever.
The great news for anyone wanting to bag themself a true, modern MPC unit is that if you purchase before the end of October 2013, you can make HUGE savings, and we mean HUGE!
Save £100 on the MPC Studio and claim free sample CDs, all for just £299! Or, if you want the latest flagship MPC controller, grab the MPC Renaissance for just £699 and claim a FREE pair of M-Audio BX8A studio monitors and Oxygen 25 MIDI keyboard, plus a selection of professional sample CDs! Read on to find out more...
We were recently joined in our Bournemouth pro-music superstore and studios by Tim Chandler, Product Manager for Nektar's Panorama controllers. After hooking a Panorama P4 keyboard, Panorama P1 control surface and Reason Balance interface up to his Mac computer, Tim proceeded to demonstrate how their products could significantly improve your workflow, whatever software you are using. He even let us get hands-on for ourselves!
In this review I'm going to explain how Panorama controllers can help speed up how you work as well as give my honest opinions on the products. Please note that although I've included the Panorama P6 in the title of this review, it wasn't actually one of the products that I got hands-on with. However, the P6 is exactly the same as the P4 apart from the fact that it has a few extra keys so I can safely assume that any comments I make about the Panorama P4 will also hold true for the P6.
*** Update: I ended up buying a P4 for myself! Read the end of my review to find out what I think about it now that I've had it integrated within my studio for a few weeks. ***
Novation have just announced a brand new MIDI controller for anyone that likes to perform and produce on-the-move. Introducing the Launchkey Mini, a compact 25-note keyboard with mini velocity-sensitive keys; 16 velocity-sensitive, multi-coloured pads; 8 assignable knobs; 7 function buttons (e.g. octave up/down, bank up/down, etc.) and 2 performance buttons (e.g. for quickly triggering whole lanes of clips).
The Launchkey Mini is compatible with both Mac and PC computers and it even works with an iPad using the appropriate Apple adapter, so it's perfect for getting more hands-on with applications such as Novation's free Launchpad or Launchkey apps! Of course, if you're using it with a desktop or laptop computer then the Launchkey Mini will work with all major music software such as Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Cubase, Reason and Logic, making use of Novation's automatic mapping InControl technology.
We're already big fans of Arturia's current range of MIDI controller keyboards so we're pleased to announce that they have just announced the new KeyLab range, consisting of a KeyLab 25 (25-note controller), KeyLab 49 (49-note controller) and KeyLab 61 (yep, you guessed it - a 61 note controller)! The KeyLabs are Arturia's most feature-packed controller keyboards to date, each featuring a host of assignable controls and shipping with the new Analog Lab software, which features over 5000 tweakable preset sounds taken from their popular range of analogue-modelling software synths (modelling absolute classics such as the Minimoog, Jupiter 8, Prophet, etc.).