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Best of 2016: MIDI Controllers

It’s been a great year for MIDI controllers with classics being updated, new models on the scene and even some stuff that came completely out of left field. Here are ten of our favourites!

Gecho, Polyphonic, Pocket Loop Synth That Makes Music From Noise

Gecho. Imagine an open-source, battery operated music machine that converts environmental noise into musical loops and phrases. Better still you interact with the box and can program it in four ways.

Best of 2016: iOS Apps For Musicians

Your iPad or iPhone can be the basis for your productions. We feel these iOS apps excel in their respective fields for musicians and producers looking to push their music making to the next level.

4 Keyboard Drumming Techniques for Producers

Playing drum patterns on your MIDI keyboard need not be a drag. Here's four quick tips to help you get the rhythms in your head to your tracks.

FREE: Vermona Mono Lancet Ableton Live Drum Pack & Project

The analog monophonic synth from Vermona, Mono Lancet 15, has been carefully sampled in creating this special Ableton Live Drum Pack and project. And best of all it's FREE for you from AskAudio.

This New Novation Launchpad Pro MIDI Sequencer Is Like Nothing You've Seen Before

We just love this new MIDI sequencer, Hachi, for the Novation Launchpad Pro. It's really multiple sequencers in one. It requires a bit of setup. But doesn't it look worth it!

This Free Audio Plug-In Inspired By Korg Monotron Delay, Goes Beyond The Original

Spaceship Delay is a delay audio effect VST featuring classic modern and vintage sounding delays and inspired by the original Korg Monotron Delay.

Roland DJ-808 Review

The new Roland DJ-808 DJ controller seeks to be the hub for every DJ setup. featuring a 4-channel mixer, jog wheels, 16-step sequencer with Roland's iconic 909, 808, 707 and 606 drum sounds and more.

Rigid Audio & The Beat Community Offer Free Cinematic Kontakt Instrument

Want a Kontakt instrument with 40 kits, 150 audio loops, designed for cinematic styles and much more... made by Rigid Audio... and made FREE by The Beat Community? Read on!

Gorgeous, Affordable Analog Semi-Modular Synthesizer, Ants, Set To Add New Features

Plankton Electronics Ants! - yes, that gorgeous sounding semi-modular analog synth has reached its kickstarter goal! To celebrate here's 8 videos covering all aspects of Ants and new stretch goals.

Review: Wave Alchemy Revolution, Drum Machine Supreme

14 iconic drum machines. One plugin. Wave Alchemy have created an instrument for Kontakt and the free Kontakt Player which offers and promises so much. But does it beat the rest?

Forget Tape Machine Turntables, Here’s a Real Tape Delay Module For Eurorack

If you've ever dreamed of having a real analog tape delay as part of your eurorack modular synthesizer system that can be controlled by CV... well, T-Rex Effect's Replicator is real and for you.

Making Studio Collaborations Work: Art & Practice

Even if you enjoy composing, recording, producing music alone it might be worth considering working with others. Collaborations can bring unexpected, and perhaps powerful results.

JAM Session: Sneak Peek of New Playground Drum Machine App On Giant Multi-Touch Table

Size isn’t everything. But, there’s something about a giant multi-touch tablet the size of a table with a drum machine app that makes this video even more appealing than if it had been a regular iPad.

Focusrite Red 4Pre Interface Review

If you're looking for an audio interface with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, low-latency performance, advanced I/O and excellent sound quality then the Focusrite Red 4Pre should be known to you.