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In this article we take a look at the new controllers announced at NAMM 2020 in Anaheim and their various options that meet different needs depending on your projects. 

Arturia Keystep Pro

Features: 

MIDI keyboard with 37 “slim” keys, sensitive to velocity and aftertouch,

4 independent polyphonic sequencers,

Integrated 16 step synthesizer,

5 octaves Arpeggiator with 7 different modes,

Chord mode,

OLED Display.

Inputs and outputs: 

4 CV outputs, Gate and Mod,

8 dedicated Drum Gate,

Word Clock,

MIDI input / 2 MIDI outs,

dedicated Metronome output,

sustain footswitch input,

USB connector for Mac & PC.

Price and availability: $449 USD | Available in March 2020.

More information: https://www.arturia.com/products/hybrid-synths/keystep-pro/overview

MPC ONE

Features: 

16 pads sensitive to velocity  and pressure with a back lit RGB screen,

8 Banks of memory,

4 Q-Link type 360 ​​° reactive knobs,

4 Q-Link 360 ° Knob columns accessible via the Q-Link button,

1 360 ° encoder for navigation & selection in the screen,

31 dedicated function buttons with different backlights,

Quad-Core ARM® Processorr,

2GB + 2GB user storage of pre-installed content.

 

Inputs and outputs:

2 inputs  (¼” TRS) / 2 outputs (¼” TRS),

1 stereo headphone output  (⅛’’ TRS),

MIDI in/out (Din 5),

4 CV / Gate TRS outputs, 8 total outputs,

USB type-A & USB type-B,

SD card slot,

AC adapter (DC in).

Price and availability:  699 USD | Available in February  2020.

More information: https://www.akaipro.com/mpc-one

Roland A-88 MK2

Features:

88 weighted keys MIDI keyboard controller,

MIDI 2.0 controller : faster MIDI timing – 32-bit resolution – up to 256 MIDI channels,

Backward compatible with standard MIDI (DIN 5 connectors),

8 assignable knobs,

8 assignable pads (program changes, samples triggers),

Octave shift/Transpose etc…

Inputs and outputs:

MIDI out (DIN 5),

FC1 – L  pedal (¼” TRS),

FC2 – C pedal (¼” TRS),

Damper Pedal – R (¼” TRS),

AC adapter (DC in),

USB B to the computer.

Price and availability: $999.99 USD | Already available.

More information: https://www.roland.com/fr-ca/products/a-88/

Nektar aura beat

Features:

16 collections of 16 patterns in Storage,

Each pattern can contain up to 4 parts for a total of 64 steps,

Dedicated programming interface with 16 RGB buttons and part selection buttons,

Real-time performance functions (Solo, Mute, Auto start and more),

Triggering parts of the sequencer in different combinations,

Independent parameters per part (playback speed, duration of steps, velocity, accents, gate, swing and more),

Internal & external synchronization clock,

8 x 360 buttons to control adjustable parameters in real time including note duration, level of emphasis, frequency of intervals and repetitions,

“Tap tempo” function,

Color TFT display with 4 buttons to navigate,

7 transport buttons,

Comes with the Nektarine software,

Integration with most DAWs.

Price & availability: 349.99 USD | Available in March 2020.

More information : https://nektartech.com/nektar-aura-beat-composer/ 

Novation Launchpad pro mk3

Features:

64 RGB, hypersensitive pads,

Powerful four tracks and 32-steps sequencer,

Chord mode,

Note & dynamic range modes,

MIDI In, Out and Out2/thru,

USB-C bus powered,

Advanced integration with Ableton Live.

Price and availability: $499 USD | Already available.

More information: https://novationmusic.com/en/launch/launchpad-pro 

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