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

Launchpad Pro 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.

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 BeatStep Pro

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.

Features:

  • 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 Aira MX-1

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.

Features:

  • 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 Code MIDI Controllers

M-Audio debuts at NANMM 2015 with Code Series, three MIDI controller keyboards available in three sizes: 25-, 49- and 61-note.

Features:

  • 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 Advance Keyboards

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.

Features:

  • 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.

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