Akai let us know in advance that they had something new planned for the first day of NAMM. Today they announced new additions to their MPK keyboard controller series, the 25-key MPK225, 49-key MPK249 and 61- key MPK261. For mobile producers that’s not very exciting news in itself, but there are some things making this MPK update worthwhile. First of all is that these new keyboards come equipped with a special low-power mode tailored to iOS devices. Hopefully this means that you can pair the full-size MPK’s with your iPad/iPhone’s CCK without using an external power supply. MPK Mini Update Furthermore […]
Developer of one of our favourite effect apps, Positive Grid was teasing around a new wireless or ‘bluetoothy’ device the last few weeks. Today they confirmed the suspicion with the announcement of programmable, Bluetooth foot pedals called the BT-4 & BT-2. Features Bluetooth MIDI foot controller for iPad and iPhone Solid metal case with 4 assignable foot switches Made for JamUp XT, JamUp Pro XT, GarageBand Send Bank Change, Program Change and Control Changes External expression pedal jack Built-in iOS link for plug and play audio interface Optimized for active/passive pickups for both guitar and bass BT iOS app runs […]
Nowadays it’s a mere piece of fabric (or two) separating us from a music making device most of the time. This year, our devices will come even closer to our bodies, following the smart watch trend with the yet to be announced Apple iWatch marching up front. Let’s take a look at all the announced wearables for music production in 2014. Kapture Recording Watch First up, with a planned release date set for March, the Kapture recording watch was successfully funded last year on KickStarter. The stylish watch sports an always-on recorder recording in a 60-second loop. Whenever you find […]
Shortly before the CES IK Multimedia teased that they would release an innovative new way of controlling your music: iRing Today, they announced iRing, a motion-tracking ring controller for your mobile device that comes in three different colours. iRing works with the device’s front-facing camera and a supporting app, allowing you to use your hand motion as an additional way of controlling app triggers and parameters. Check out the videos below: iRing will come with an iRing music maker app (that’s similar to Groovemaker) as well as a controller/FX app where you can create custom MIDI controls or control audio […]
We’ve reached a time where it’s hard to keep track of all the controllers and accessories being released for iOS devices to assist you with music production. And with the latest iPads slowly crawling towards a worthy laptop replacement for serious producing I think it’s time to recap the latest and greatest keyboard controllers that you can pair up with your iPad. Korg MicroKey 25 While the 37-key version is the sweet spot for key real estate, the Microkey 25 can draw its power from just an iPad and is therefore the one we’d take with us. The elegant black […]
Not too long after the Launchpad S release, which was a long due replacement of the original version, Novation released the Launchpad Mini along with the Launchkey Mini and Launch Control. It’s an even smaller version of the successful 64-pad grid controller. Does it make the ‘S’ obsolete or does the Launchpad Mini occupy its own space in the Novation product line? Now that we’re able to catch our breath after the storm of releases let’s check it out. Overview Where I found the Launchpad S heavier than I expected, the Launchpad Mini is indeed the lightweight controller it claims […]
Most likely inspired by the already successfully crowdfunded controllers such as the QuNeo and QuNexus by Keith McMillen, there is a noticeable increase of great keyboard controllers being launched on kickstarter websites. It’s almost hard to keep track of all these new ideas so that’s why we’ve picked some of the current projects that caught our eye. Watch out for your wallets! C.24 The Music Keyboard for iPad by Miselu C.24 Kickstarter Page TouchKeys Multi-Touch Musical Keyboard by Andrew McPherson TouchKeys Kickstarter Page NDVR Note Masterkeyboard Did we miss anything? Please let us know in the comments.
Novation recently improved their Launchpad controller with the ‘S’ version, a pad controller that I decided to pair up with my iPad and Ableton Live. The Launchpad has been a massively popular controller for live performance and now that most DAW’s have solid functionality in the live department it’s time to see how these mobile pads can help you in jamming out your set.
After Ableton recently introduced their own hardware controller called Push, Novation decided that their Launchpad needed an overhaul to keep up with the times. Enter Launchpad S, a mobile, driver-free and bus-powered version of the Novation Launchpad.
Besides that, Novation promises this (brighter lit) controller to work seamlessly with your favorite software on both PC/Mac and even your iPad (through the Camera Connection Kit that is).
The Launchpad S should be available this month for around $169.99 and comes paired with a trimmed-down Ableton Live, the classic Novation Bass Station plugin and a samplepack from Loopmasters.
Read more on the official Launchpad S product page.
Akai Pro is heavily marketing their new flagship MPC, the MPC Renaissance, of which the first units have shipped this month. You really have to dig for any new info on the MPC Fly (for iPad) and MPC Studio models which are released later this year. The video below shows what went into the making of the three new models, including a short bit about the ones that cater to us mobile musicians. Right now the MPC Fly is set to be released this November, while the MPC Studio will be released a month later, according to Guitar Center. I wouldn’t be surprised if the release will be pushed back to early 2013.
Check out the other new video’s on Akai’s official YouTube channel