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Yamaha Leak Entire Line of Reface Synths; Here They Are

Yamaha’s new keyboards revealed – CP, CS, YC, DX. Small, apparently nice-sounding, and mass market. Who leaked them? Um, Yamaha.

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Korg Revises Portable USB MIDI Controllers; What’s New in nanoSERIES 2?

Cheap, ultra-slim, and easy to pop in a backpack, Korg’s nano Series were a big hit. The only real blemish on this line has to be the original nanoKEY; some people managed to use it, but key caps chronically fell off and it wasn’t a whole lot of fun to play. The nanoPAD and nanoKONTROL fared much better, providing pads and faders in a laptop-ready form factor. And since they don’t require drivers, these will also work with new devices like the iPad. With the nanoSERIES2, Korg mainly sticks with the original formula, but adds a few adjustments. They have …

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AKAI MPK mini USB Controller Packs Keys, Pads, Knobs Into 13″, One Pound

If you could only pack one controller in your backpack, and weight, size, and cost were at an absolute premium, the Akai MPK mini would be tough to beat. The latest salvo in the ultra-compact controller wars, Akai has taken the keyboard, pad controllers, and encoders from its LPK25 and LPD8 and packed them into one device. Specs: 25 velocity-sensitive keys 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive drum pads, which can access two banks for a total of 16 triggers (and also send CC, program change if you prefer) 8 assignable knobs MIDI Over USB, USB bus power Arpeggiator: tap tempo, adjustable resolution, …

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New Compact USB MIDI Keyboards from Alesis, KORG, and a Plea

The svelte compactness of a laptop poses a challenge for computer musicians: how do you play the thing? A typically-sized music keyboard kills the laptop’s portability and small footprint. That makes a compact keyboard a no-brainer. This month, both Alesis and Korg have new compact offerings, each USB-powered, small, and cheap. And as a side note, I see a very different product opportunity not served by either one …but more on that in a bit. Korg microKEY Korg’s microKEY fits 37 mini keys from the microKORG XL and microSTATION into a USB-powered keyboard. I actually quite like playing the microKORG: …

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ButtonGasm: Novation’s New $199 Launchpad Midi Controller on CDMu

If you haven’t checked CreateDigitalMusic today, there’s been quite a flurry of excitement around Novation’s newly announced $200 Launchpad controller. Check out the full details on CDMu. I’m about to go out to a gig, so don’t have time to talk about backpack VJ controller setups, Monome comparisons, OHM64 alternatives, or how nice it is to have controllers that send proper MIDI… But I thought everyone should know: There’s a new grid in town.

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ButtonGasm: Novation's New $199 Launchpad Midi Controller on CDMu

If you haven’t checked CreateDigitalMusic today, there’s been quite a flurry of excitement around Novation’s newly announced $200 Launchpad controller. Check out the full details on CDMu. I’m about to go out to a gig, so don’t have time to talk about backpack VJ controller setups, Monome comparisons, OHM64 alternatives, or how nice it is to have controllers that send proper MIDI… But I thought everyone should know: There’s a new grid in town.

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