hy­brid con­trollers

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NI Mas­chine MK3 £479

Full Re­view: FM324 A few mi­nor bug­bears aside, this is prob­a­bly the finest hy­brid hard­ware/soft­ware mu­sic­mak­ing plat­form on the mar­ket right now.

Roli Se­aboard Block | £279

Full Re­view: FM322 A unique and high-qual­ity con­troller that of­fers MPE ca­pa­bil­ity at an ac­ces­si­ble price. You can com­bine mul­ti­ple Se­aboards or other Blocks too.

No­va­tion Launch­pad Pro | £249 Re­view FM296 The Launch­pad Pro’s Live con­trol isn’t quite as ex­ten­sive as Push, but it’s more com­pact and works stand­alone too. Eas­ily one of the best con­trollers around. Ar­turia MiniLab MkII | £89 Re­view: FM316 The Mk2 is only a sub­tle step on from the Mk1 hard­ware-wise but it’s a solid lit­tle con­troller, and worth the price for the in­cluded con­tent alone.

NI Kom­plete Kon­trol S61 | £539 Re­view FM285 A beau­ti­ful hard­ware and soft­ware pack­age that just works. Now works with third-party plug­ins too. Akai Ad­vance 49 | £399 Re­view FM293 Com­bined with Akai’s VIP soft­ware, the Ad­vance con­trollers re­move the dis­con­nect between con­troller and DAW.

Akai MPC Touch | £479 Re­view FM301 The ad­di­tion of a touch­screen nar­rows the gap between soft­ware and hard­ware, bring­ing an all-round more tac­tile and in­te­grated cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ence.

NI Mas­chine Jam | £299 Re­view FM310 Jam is a great, cre­ative con­troller in its own right, but it’s best used as a coun­ter­point to the ex­ist­ing Mas­chine hard­ware.

Ar­turia KeyLab 88 | £659 Re­view FM301 A top key­board con­troller, and the ad­di­tion of all those sounds makes it one of the best synths on the mar­ket too.

Able­ton Push 2 | £599 Re­view FM302 Push and Live were al­ready a great combo, but ver­sion 9.5 and Push 2 raise the bar for one of the best hard­ware/ soft­ware ex­pe­ri­ences around.

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