NAMM 2015 ended. Here are some of the best MIDI Controllers and MIDI Keyboards announced at the event and expected this year to be on the market:
Launchpad Pro Ableton Live Controller by Novation
Novation introduces this year at NAMM 2015 event their Launchpad Pro Ableton Live controller with a similar design as the original but with some many new enhanced features.
- Integrate seamlessly with Ableton Live
- Control a variety of other music software and external hardware
- Play using RGB pads that match the color of your clips
- Create expressive beats on drum racks spread across the whole 8 x 8 grid
- Easily play notes, melodies and chords on an illuminated chromatic keyboard
- Get immediate, slick access to all your mixer controls
- Control your effects and instrument mid-performance
- Download and control a growing library of Max for Live devices
- Compact, lightweight, tough and bus-powered
- Comes with everything you need to start
Launchpad Pro will be available from Spring 2015, priced at $299.99 USD.
BeatStep Pro Step Sequencer/Controller by Arturia
Arturia unveils BeatStep Pro step sequencer/controller, a new, imporved version of the original BeatStep controller. This new controller features 16-track drum sequencer (that’s one track per pad) and is designed to inyetgrate with a wide range of digital or analogue gear.
- Up to 64 steps per sequence
- 16-track drum sequencer (one track per pad)
- 6 drum sequences and a controller map
- Performance controls
- Sequences MIDI and Computer (VST/DAW etc) via USB
- 8 gate outputs for triggering analogue drums and synthesizers
- Touch sensitive knobs
- Tap Tempo
BeatStep Pro will be available in the Spring (2015) priced at $299/€249.
Aira MX-1 Mixer/Controller by Roland
Roland introduces at NAMM 2015 the Aira MX-1, their new ‘performance mixer’ that can be used as a standalone mixer, with your DAW or as a control surface.
The MX-1 Mix Performer brings together your synths, drum machines, loops, DAW tracks, and more into a single performance-optimized mixing instrument. Combining elements of a mixer, control surface, audio interface, and step-based effector, the MX-1 is designed to be the nerve center of your electronic music rig. It’s a mixer you can play – and so much more.
- 18 channel performance mixer with step-sequenced FX, transport, and tempo control
- Three kinds of step-sequenced Beat FX (Filter, Side Chain, Slicer) with TR-style buttons
- Six kinds of Master FX (48 variations) with large performance control knob
- Beat FX and Master FX can be applied to any or all inputs; Beat FX are per channel
- Combi mode rhythmically alternates the Master FX using the step-sequencer
- Mix mode provides six analogue, one digital (stereo), four AIRA (stereo), and two PC channels through mixer and FX
- Control Surface mode for full DAW control via MIDI
There’s no details about price or availability.
Code Series MIDI Controller/Keyboards by M-Audio
M-Audio debuts at NANMM 2015 with Code Series, three MIDI controller keyboards available in three sizes: 25-, 49- and 61-note.
- Smooth-feel, semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch
- 16 velocity-sensitive pads with LED feedback
- Touch pad for X/Y axis control
- USB Bus powered for portability and ease of use
- 5-Pin MIDI Input, and Output jacks allowing you to control your favourite synths
- Assignable pitch & mod wheels, knobs, faders, buttons (with macro ASCII support), and transport control with Mackie Control and HUI modes
- Split keyboard with four assignable zones
- Expression and Sustain pedal inputs
- 6-digit LED display
The Code Series will be available in May 2015, priced at £149.99 GPB for Code 25, £189.99 GBP for Code 49, and £229.99 GBP for Code 61.
Advance Series MIDI Keyboards by AKAI
AKAI presents their Advance Series of MIDI Controllers/Keyboards that includes three controllers availavle in different sizes, as M-Audio’s Code Series above: 25, 49, and 61-note, each of which features a 4.3-inch colour display.
- Available in 25-, 49-, and 61-key sizes
- Integrated 4.3-inch high-resolution full-colour screen with dedicated interface buttons
- Includes Virtual Instrument Player software for unprecedented virtual instrument preset management, control mapping and multi patch creation
- 8 large, endless and continuously variable control knobs
- 8 velocity- and pressure-sensitive MPC pads with RGB illumination
- Note repeat, time-division, pattern arpeggiator, and tap-tempo buttons
- Rubberised Pitch and Modulation wheels
- Also functions as a standalone controller
The Advance Series by AKAI (25, 49 and 61) will be available in the Spring and have retail prices of $400, $500 and $600 respectively.