KeyStage from Korg is the first keyboard I’ve seen that actually seems to have a working implementation of MIDI 2.0’s capability of automatically mapping synth parameters on a controller. It also has a polyphonic aftertouch keybed, OLED sub-screens for each … Continue reading Korg KeyStage Review: MIDI 2.0 finally works – let’s see what it can do
Every now and then when I review a digital synth, there’s someone that comments “it’s just a MIDI controller with a built in VST” – and technically, they’re right. Any digital synth is just a controller, computer and software bundled … Continue reading Soundforce SFC-60 Review – Does it make sense to buy a MIDI controller dedicated to a plugin synth?
KeyStep 37 is Arturia’s update to the KeyStep 32 – as its name implies it has 5 extra keys, but Arturia also added four knobs for CC parameter control, an expanded chord mode and more. Here’s my full review: TIMELINE: … Continue reading Arturia KeyStep 37 Review and tutorial – 6 tips and generative ideas
Foot-switches and expression pedals were born analog, and designed to act as on/off or continuous-control extensions for guitar pedals, synths and other analog instruments. However, increasingly, music is being created on digital devices, whether it’s computers, digital synths, digitally controlled … Continue reading Beatbars MIDI Foot-switch and Expression Pedal Review (FS3 and EX3)
The most obvious feature of Polyend’s SEQ sequencer is the 8-track, 32-step grid, along with a great looking aluminum and oak exterior. However, the abundance of control and charm come at a steep price. Is it worth it? In this … Continue reading Review: Polyend SEQ and POLY: One sequencer to rule them all?
While walking the halls at NAMM 2018 I met the team from Genki and was very impressed by their WAVE product. They sent me one and this is my review: More about their IndieGoGo campaign here: http://bit.ly/WaveOnIndieGoGo * Note – … Continue reading Review: WAVE ring gesture/motion controller by Genki Instruments
The Haken Continuum Fingerboard is a combination of an extremely sensitive surface and and powerful and complex synthesizer, tailor made to take advance of its expressive sensors. The Continuum has been refined over the past few decades by Lippold Haken, … Continue reading Haken Continuum in depth review, and what is the Matrix…?