The M-Audio CTRL 49 is a next generation Controller keyboard which boasts the revolutionary ability to load, play and control any VST from a stunning color screen, as if the CTRL 49 is a fully-fledged Synthesizer with the ability to emulate any synth in your arsenal!
The M-Audio CTRL 49 is part MIDI keyboard and controller, part DAW controller and part virtual instrument controller. The CTRL 49 comprises a 49-key semi-weighted synth action keyboard with pitch-bend and modulation, together with a top panel featuring four main sections.
On the left are nine faders and 11 colored backlit fader buttons that use Mackie Control/HUI protocol for DAW control. On the right are eight rotary encoders, eight backlit switches and eight pressure and velocity sensitive backlit pads (with four pad banks), and these controls can transmit either regular MIDI CC data or be used for bespoke instrument editing.
VIP not only hosts VST instruments but also the VST effect you apply. To map individual instruments and effects VIP includes its own VST plug-in manager, and this does a full scan when you first load VIP. Once complete you get access to all your instruments and effects from inside VIP, including editing of controller assignments and direct editing of your plug-ins using their interfaces.
Over on the CTRL49 when you select Control mode you will find your instrument parameters auto-mapped across four banks of eight rotary controllers and buttons. Via the CTRL49 display you can also edit the assignments as well as page through and select plug-in and instrument presets. It all works really well, and if you want to come out of VIP Control mode and use the CTRL49 as a regular MIDI controller, you simply select MIDI mode. In addition, there is an additional software package included as well.
With that incredible screen as its flagship feature, and the ability to integrate with your soft synths and DAW, the M-Audio CTRL 49 Controller keyboard is a major triumph and the perfect hub of your studio! goat milk incredibles
The ARP Odyssey is back. Again, but this time, it is all grown up.. the Limited Edition, full size ARP Odyssey FS. The full-sized Korg ARP Odyssey FS feature a standard keyboard, a completely analog signal path. There are 3 designs to choose from Rev1, Rev2 or Rev3 – each with all three classic filters included:
Just like the original, Odyssey is a two-oscillator beast featuring saw and pulse waveforms, sync, FM and PWM, plus a noise generator. Two filters are onboard – high-pass and resonant low-pass, the second switchable between models of all three Revisions – and modulation options consist of an LFO, two envelopes, and sample + hold.
Unlike the duophonic hardware, Odyssey can be switched between monophonic, duophonic and polyphonic modes, with up to eight voices of unison. Further departures from physical reality include a 16-step arpeggiator, a bank of six effects; Distortion, Phaser, Chorus/Flanger/Ensemble, EQ, Delay and Reverb, and a pair of X/Y pads for real-time manual manipulation of two parameters each from an extensive list.
Ultimately, it is the sound that counts. Odyssey superb sound, doing a stellar job of recreating those famously edgy oscillators and that razor sharp low-pass filter.
The Arturia Keylab 88 is a 88-note USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Aftertouch, 13 Encoders, 16 Pads, 9 Faders, and 5,000 Synth Sounds. The Keylab 88 is the perfect companion for the working musicians.
The Arturia KeyLab 88 has been designed to be the centre of modern producers and includes 5000 TAE synthesizer presets taken from Arturia’s extensive collection of high-quality virtual instruments like the Mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS, SEM V, Jupiter-8V and Wurlitzer V. From fat, warm bass to sizzling leads and soaring pads, you have got every iconic synth sound you need in this bundle.
The Arturia KeyLab 88 can also control other software thanks to the included MIDI Control Center software which lets you map your controls to your favourite plug-ins in no time at all. The included Analog Lab virtual instrument is compatible for Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton Live, Logic, Digital Performer, Sonar and many more and work on Mac and PC. With its extensive feature set the Arturia Keylab 88 is not just another keyboard but a fully-fledged production musical instrument.
The Arturia MiniBrute SE is a special edition update to the hugely successful Arturia MiniBrute, featuring a 25 note keyboard with Aftertouch, brushed aluminium panels, wooden end cheeks and most importantly, with an all-new hands-on step sequencer with six available patterns, each with up to 64 steps. The MiniBrute SE retains the same core as the original with features like a multi-wave oscillator and Sub Osc combined with a Steiner-Parker multimode filter (revised by Nyle Steiner himself). It also retains the same range of modulation capabilities, the Ultrasaw (for generating shimmering sawtooth waveforms), the Metalizer (for adding extreme triangle waveform-induced harmonics), and LFO.
The Arturia MiniBrute SE lets you sculpt your sound with extensive hands-on controls and let you dive deeply into every aspect of its analog signal path. The powerful oscillator section lets you blend and shape all six of its sound sources, including a multi-waveform oscillator, a noise generator, and an external source input. The slider controls give you quick access to the MiniBrute’s envelopes, while providing natural visual feedback. And LFO section, there are individual knobs for assigning modulation to several key parameters.
The Arturia MiniBrute SE is a portable analog synthesizer that is designed to bring back the fun and creativity of sound creation. With both classic CV and MIDI connectivity including MIDI over USB, regardless whether you are using it in your studio or as part of your live rig, the Arturia MiniBrute SE is ready to take your music to a whole new level!
The Brand New Nord Lead A1 is a 24-voice polyphonic, four-part multi-timbral analogue modelling synthesizer capable of reproducing all the nuances and personality of vintage synths delivering a surprisingly rich sound and wide range of colors.
The Nord Lead A1 uses a brand new Oscillator section with many configuration shortcuts available for quick creation and editing of patches. The improved workflow lets you create sounds much faster than what is possible for synthesis of such complexity. This improved workflow concept is carried further in the modulation section with a single LFO and simplified Modulation Envelope using intuitive controls accessible directly from the front panel. This new designs lets you experiment with modulation much faster without compromising the overview of the structure of the patch.
The filter section includes Low Pass, high Pass and band pass filters as well as to modelled Ladder M and Ladder TB filters which will provide some of the most sought after and recognizable filters. Each of the four slots features an independent effect processor with delays, beautifully rich reverb, Drive, Ring Modulation, phaser, flanger, and new and impressive Ensemble and Chorus which have been modelled on legendary vintage synths bringing the warmth and richness that most keyboard player longs for. In addition to the effect section, each slot boasts its own arpeggiator.
Additional features include Nord’s highly popular Morph function which can be controlled via velocity or Mod Wheel allowing several parameters to be morphed in real-time. Master Clock Sync lets you synchronize the LFO arpeggiator and delay to the tempo. Four independent outputs are included which can be assigned to a voice. MIDI over USB is also featured.
Added features since NAMM January 2014 include the new ‘Like’ function, a simple and brilliant practical feature to use during patch creation. When programming a patch it is often not clear if it is yet perfect. Now with the Lead A1 you can simply ‘Like’ what you have done into a temporary location and continue editing. You can Like up to 50 variations, with the ability to scroll between them to compare your favorites or go back to a specific Liked version to edit in a different way. When you are ready, save your favorite patch or patches to the Lead A1’s memory. The new Mutator function is a popular feature of the Lead 4 , which allows variations of a patch to be created by adjusting one, some, or all elements of a patch by set percentages. There is also a wild Randomize mode to create an entirely new patch with all parameters randomized. Another new feature is a newly designed “Fat-As-Fat-Can-Be” Unison Mode let’s the Nord Lead A1 challenge any vintage analog instrument.