Put down that keyboard - there are some weird and wonderful MIDI controllers around that can make you see recording and triggering in a completely new light. Here are six of the best.
IK's latest hardware unit is an iOS and desktop-compatible stompbox solution - but it's also much more than that, as Matt Vanacoro found out.
Modstep is arguably one of the most powerful iOS MIDI sequencers around. We put it through its paces and were more than pleasantly surprised.
fluXpad from MoMinstruments does things differently to other sequencers and groove boxes for iOS. You essentially draw sounds onto the interface. Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test.
Steinberg tell us their next-generation Cubasis app adds exciting new features and enhancements to acclaimed music production studio for iPad. Among them are pitch-shifting & channel strip effects.
Nektar tell us their new Impact GX49 and GX61 are expressive instruments, tailored to composition & performance featuring the acclaimed Nektar DAW integration for computer music systems.
Steinberg's Cubasis is one top DAWs for iPad, so we checked out version 1.9.8 which now supports Audio Units, 24 in/outs, unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, new instruments, effects and even automation.
Imagine having multiple playheads that can play back different MIDI patterns in different directions, tempos and pitch settings... on an iPad. Fugue Machine does that and more in a really novel way.
A fully fledged DAW on your iPad with advanced MIDI sequencing, editing, audio warping, pro workflows, and high-quality instruments and effects? You'd better believe it. Auria Pro is here.
ModSstep, the iPad MIDI Sequencer, promises so much and is why some users were unhappy about some teething issues and no manual. Good news is the first update has been submitted to Apple already.
Want hands-free phrase looping on your iPad with the ability to create long or short decaying echoes and sonic patterns? You're in luck. For less than the price of a beer Ostinator makes it easy.
Are you fed up with the tangles of wires, cables and adaptors between your MIDI keyboards, drum pads, pedal controllers & your iPad? PUC aims to banish those wires from sight.
Building up to NAMM comes a rather exciting announcement from Expert Sleepers. Their new FH-1 "faderhost" Eurorack module connects USB MIDI controllers to a modular synth. Watch the videos below.
It's light, metal, portable with full-sized keys and polyphonic aftertouch. But how does the CME Xkey MIDI controller keyboard really perform in the studio and on the road? Andy Bowen finds out.
One of my highlights from NAMM 2014 was the StudioConnect HD. Griffin Technology's newest device for mobile musicians provides more options to record and perform music on iOS and Mac OS X.