Arturia MiniLab MKII Review – USB / MIDI Keyboard with 25 Slim-keys

Arturia MiniLab MKII Review – USB / MIDI Keyboard with 25 Slim-keys

Arturia regularly pleases the users with new and interesting products. However, the existing models do not remain without attention. In 2016, a popular model of compact MiniLab controller has been upgraded. A second-generation device Arturia MiniLab MKII has an updated design and an expanded range of features, which includes Ableton Live Lite, virtual tools Lite Analog Lab and UVI Grand Piano Model D. But don’t look ahead, we’ll start our review from specs, as usual. Specifications 25…

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M-Audio CTRL49 Review – USB / MIDI Keyboard Controller

M-Audio CTRL49 Review – USB / MIDI Keyboard Controller

MIDI keyboard M-Audio CTRL49 was presented in 2016 at the annual NAMM. Today, this model represents the most advanced device in the series of MIDI keyboards of the manufacturer. New keyboard M-Audio CTRL49 differs from many other similar devices by using a full display and tight integration with signature software AIR and inMusic. One cannot fail to mention a similar kind of keyboards KOMPLETE KONTROL S25, S49, S61 by Native Instruments. M-Audio has two major…

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Arturia KeyStep Review – Compact MIDI Keyboard Controller & Sequencer

Arturia KeyStep Review – Compact MIDI Keyboard Controller & Sequencer

Arturia KeyStep is another interesting device presented by Arturia at the annual NAMM Show 2016 in Anaheim. A novelty is a portable USB MIDI controller with built-in hardware sequencer and arpeggiator to control analog synths Arturia. For this KeyStep provides several connectivity options, along with traditional USB and MIDI ports, the device has CV outputs and many other great features. So let’s look at this controller in more detailed way, starting from specs as usual. Specifications…

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NI MASCHINE JAM Review – Production & Performance Controller

NI MASCHINE JAM Review – Production & Performance Controller

The controller MASCHINE JAM was presented by Native Instruments in September 2016. The device continues the series of specialized controllers for the MASCHINE software and represents an entirely new model, radically different from all previous products of this kind. Despite the fact that MASCHINE JAM functions only as a controller and has no built-in audio interface, it has a number of unique features that distinguish the device from other NI analogs. We can say that…

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Novation Launch Control Review – Compact USB MIDI Controller

Novation Launch Control Review – Compact USB MIDI Controller

Novation Launch Control is portable USB MIDI controller from Novation Launch series, which designed to work as single midi controller for Ableton Live, FL Studio, any other DAW, and to complete Launchpad S/Mini and MIDI keyboard Launchkey with 16 rotary pot controllers. The controller also has 8 full-sized pads like in the Launchpad. We should just mention that the controllers of the Launch Control though are digital, but they have 300-degree motion limit. Thus, the…

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Novation Launchpad Mini Review – USB MIDI Controller, MK2 Version

Novation Launchpad Mini Review – USB MIDI Controller, MK2 Version

At first glance, Novation Launchpad Mini is just a smaller and more affordable version of the popular DJ Controller Launchpad (large). But don’t jump to conclusions! First surprise: Launchpad Mini is designed for iPad-app Novation Launchpad. The box even has a special inscription “Launchpad for the iPad generation”. And the Ableton logo is removed from the device. What is that? The Novation’s answer to Ableton Push? Quite possible! Of course, Launchpad Mini still has a…

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Blue Snowflake Review – Compact USB Microphone

Blue Snowflake Review – Compact USB Microphone

Most of the great scientists and researchers have always known that thirst for knowledge and researching is contagious. Of course, we are far from being called scientists, but we are still very interested in getting knowledge. Even if it’s a recording studio equipment field. An attentive reader probably noticed the abundance of different kinds of scientific and educational materials that we have. In the near future there will be more, but today we have the…

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M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro Review – Step Sequencer MIDI Controller

M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro Review – Step Sequencer MIDI Controller

At the annual winter NAMM 2014 M-Audio introduced the Trigger Finger Pro controller. The represented device has replaced captured from production Trigger Finger which is a MIDI controller for virtual instrument Arsenal, which includes AIR Drums and Hybrid 3.0. Trigger Finger Pro – pad controller with built-in sequencer, which is an improved version the Trigger Finger released almost 10 years ago. Trigger Finger Pro version has changed significantly compared to the previous model, the new…

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Shure SM81 Condenser Instrument Microphone Review

Shure SM81 Condenser Instrument Microphone Review

We continue to review the core product line of Shure microphones. And today we take responsibility to cover higher budget mics, it is time to take a look at more professional stuff. And today we are talking about Shure SM81, microphone for instruments that will satisfy most of sound engineers and (what is more important) most of musicians and singers no matter what instrument and style they perform. So, ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce…

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Shure SM93 / WL93 Review – Condenser Lavalier Microphone

Shure SM93 / WL93 Review – Condenser Lavalier Microphone

Let’s jump straight to another microphone by Shure SM line – Shure SM93. Today we will take a glance at lavalier stuff which will serve reporters, politicians and other big shots, so today is not your day, shaggy guitar player, better check out another review…Wait, if you read this article, you are thinking about buying this mic no matter who you are…Well, okay, stay here and let’s go to the specs at last! Specifications Type:…

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