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.
Apogee's MIC Plus comes with an excellent pedigree. Equally at home connected to your computer or iOS device, Jay Asher put it through its paces.
The interconnects you use can be just as important as the gear at either end of them. Here, Sara Simms checks out two great-looking sets of cables - but how do they sound?
The latest design from MIDI specialists Retrokits is a USB MIDI host and interface that is intelligently able to convert different MIDI formats on the fly and connect all kinds of devices.
Samson's G Track Pro is a serious yet affordable USB microphone. Mat Vanacoro found out how it stood up against even weightier competition.
Focusrite's Clarett marque crosses from Thunderbolt to USB models with the Clarett 2Pre USB and its siblings. Hollin Jones finds out what all the fuss is about.
This self-powered mixer has multiple channels and is perfect for recording all your sources. Jade Wii finds out if Roland's Go: Mixer could be the ultimate in portability.
USB mics can sometimes sacrifice quality for convenience, but that's not the case with Sennheiser's latest portable. Matt Vanacoro puts it to the test.
Nektar has always been at the forefront of DAW mapping for MIDI controllers. So how would Hollin Jones get on with the Impact LX+?
Arturia's latest USB MIDI controllers have plenty of hands-on controls, come bundled with Analog Lab and integrate with the company's synths. Hollin Jones got to work with Keylab Essential.
If you're looking to integrate your home or mobile studio with your eurorack system, could endorphin.es have come up with the perfect USB/CV interface? Scott Riesterer finds out.
NI's brand new Komplete Kontrol 2 hardware and software bring a raft of updates and improvements to this powerful platform. Matt Vanacoro put it through its paces and liked what he found...
Pads or keys and how many of each? There are many factors to consider when choosing a MIDI controller with so many on the market. Here is some advice to help you make the right decision.
ESI's U168XT high speed recording interface couldn't sound as good as it looks, could it? G.W Childs puts it through its paces to find out. (Spoiler alert: he liked it).
A polyphonic sequencer and arpeggiator that's compatible with iOS and also has CV for incorporating modular synth gear? Rounik Sethi is suitably impressed by Arturia's KeyStep.