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Building on his OSC/Pilot performance tool, Deadmau5 has announced the availability of the OSC/PAR plug-in for macOS and Windows. The software lets you stream musical elements from your DAW to any OSC-equipped musical device over wifi or local connection to help perform a nuanced live set. OSC/PAR transmits four types of data using the OSC […]

If you stop to think about it, your typical keyboard and mouse setup doesn’t afford you any rotary dials to work with – not one. So, no matter how impressive the plug-in library you’ve amassed, you’re still going to be limited to controlling them with awkward mouse swipes, clicks and key pushes. This can easily […]

Solid State Logic, the manufacturer of legendary studio gear, has directed its attention to the DAW with its new UF8 eight-channel controller. The premium high-end hardware comes with SSL 360° software to custom-map parameters. Eight is the magic number with UF8. It features eight motorised 100mm touch-sensitive faders, eight touch-sensitive rotary encoders and eight high-res […]

ROLI has just released a major feature update to its LUMI controller keyboards unlocking per-note pitch bend. In doing so, ROLI has married the Seaboard’s promise of expressivity with the familiarity of a traditional keyboard. In short, ROLI’s LUMI might have just become a must-own controller. ROLI’s LUMI has just become the most affordable, and […]

Price £179Contact Arturia | Source Distribution The latest addition to Arturia’s ‘Step’ family, the KeyStep 37 feels reassuringly sturdy when we first remove it from its trendy box. It has weight behind it to stop if moving around when played. The range of ins and outs is one of the big draws here. The left-hand […]

Price £259Contact Vochlea Virtually every producer has at one stage wanted to realise a brilliant idea but lacked the means to translate it into sound. With the Dubler Studio Kit, British music tech company Vochlea aims to help you quickly turn that idea into reality by giving you voice-to-MIDI control over drums, melodic lines and […]

WINNER: Arturia KeyStep Pro Price £370Contact Arturia Lit up by our Gear of the Year headlights as soon as we first laid hands on it back at NAMM, the KeyStep Pro combines many of the best sequential elements from its sizeable product range into a single device, making modular manipulation amazing fun. Its central selection […]

Even though Black Friday is behind us, there are still some great deals out there for producers during the festive season. If you’re looking for something fun to gift yourself or another producer, we’ve got just the stocking-fillers for you. Contents Fun hardware This section is all about affordable instruments and controllers – fun and […]

Price Force £900 3.0.5 update freeContact Akai  Released in February 2019, the Akai Force has since enjoyed a stream of firmware updates, the latest being firmware 3.0.5, released in October. The features added as part of this update are so monumental that it’s almost turned the Force into a new product again. We couldn’t let […]

[UPDATE: 23 November 2020, 20:05 GMT] Arturia’s CEO and co-founder, Frédéric Brun, has made a statement regarding the release. [UPDATE: 25 November 2020, 09:11 GMT] Behringer takes to its Music Tribe forums to defend its actions. Behringer has faced significant backlash for its latest MIDI keyboard controller; online critics have alleged that the Behringer Swing […]