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Review of the Akai Advance 49 Keyboard Controller

Advancing the State of the Art Imagine a MIDI-controller keyboard that lets you seamlessly switch between virtual instruments from different manufacturers, keeps all your patches together in a single browser, and automatically maps controller information to its knobs and switches. read more…

Akai APC 20 Review

Live at your Finger Tips With the APC40, a control surface fully dedicated to Ableton Live, Akai created an extremely successful tool, so the launch of the APC20 comes as no surprise: an APC40 amputated of its right section and sold at half the price, to beat all competitors. read more…

Novation Launchpad Gear Review

Novation Launchpad: Who's Pad? Novation surprised everyone by bringing out an Ableton Live dedicated control surface. Like Akai's APC? Not really, and obviously not at the same price. read more…

User reviews on MIDI Gear products

A great small Keyboard for just about anything (PreSonus - PS-49)

By Chuck_Cohen, 28/09/2019
This was my first keyboard that I got in a PreSonus Recording Bundle package. The keyboard is not great, but playable, and It has just enough controls to get you through most things. It also integrates seamlessly with PreSonus' Studio One DAW, so it has become a good utility keyboard for the studio. The truth is that this product is actually a "re-branded" Acorn Instruments Masterkey 49 keyboard controller that is colored blue and has the PreSonus name stamped on it.
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Fantastic basic small keyboard controller (M-Audio - Keystation 49es)

By Chuck_Cohen, 28/09/2019
This one has been my dedicated knock-around key controller, great for playing add-on "supplemental" key parts when I primarily play saxophone at gigs, and for setting the harmonies (via MIDI) to my TC Helicon VoiceLive 2 processor pedal. I like the mod-wheels, and it has withstood live use and is still going strong.
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Fantastic controls, not-so-great quality keyboard. (Novation - Impulse 61)

By Chuck_Cohen, 28/09/2019
This was purchased at a time when I needed a new keyboard and also lacked other controllers for DAW and VSTs parameters and thought I would need these controls. I was initially OK with the keybed, but later regretted the purchase as it didn't seem to be of very good quality (as compared to other pro keyboards & synths). I also initially had problems with the driver & set-up software, meaning …its not quite so user-friendly if you're NOT using Ableton. It does a good job for playing synth and organ parts, but I do wish now that I had gotten the Novation SL Mk II just for better keybed.
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News MIDI Gear

iRig products to unlock Cubasis LE features

Published on 05/24/16
Owners of IK Multimedia’s iRig digital interfaces, mics & MIDI controllers can now unlock features inside of Cubasis LE for iPad.

Get Console 1 For $649

Published on 04/19/16

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Top Ableton Live controllers

Published on 04/28/18
Top Ableton Live controllers
Many of you out there use the famous Ableton sequencer and at one time or another have surely considered getting a controller to gain some creativity, comfort and speed.

The top MIDI interfaces for less than $100

Control your software remotely with real knobs, buttons and faders

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