M-Audio’s Trigger Finger was one of the first MPC pad style controller only devices. Its been a while since M-Audio revisited that particular model. At the NAMM 2014 show, they are introducing the Trigger Finger Pro.
Its a nice looking machine with a large, three line LCD monitor, 16 pads and MIDI and USN connections while still being bus-powered.
Available in the Spring 2014 at $399
M-Audio unexpectedly brings out something that looks like NI Maschine but with 16-Step Sequencer Line – this is basically Drum Pads and a jam-type of sequencer like the Akai MAX49 has, so – this is still a controller not a groovebox or host or even a drummachine. that sequencer can not be reprogrammed but could be a cool tool if one could access it – it has built in midi as well to send the sequences somewhere. since M-Audio belongs to the Akai/Numark/Alesis Group (inMusic) this might be the same concept as the MAX Keyboards but as a pad controller. 4 memory banks – so really just for jamming.
M-Audio’s top of the range MIDI controllers to replace the Axiom Pro. Quite a change in concept – see what we make of it.
About the Axiom Air 61 (marketing pitch):
Take command of your studio while achieving higher levels of musical expression with Axiom® AIR 61 from M-Audio®. Offering unprecedented control, Axiom® AIR 61 brings together unmatched ease-of-use plus empowering software to form the ultimate studio centerpiece. Stretch out and play your best on 61 semi-weighted piano-style keys—with aftertouch. The illuminated pads are velocity sensitive and even respond to pressure. Experience total hands-on control of your sessions using assignable LED lit buttons and rotary encoder knobs, long-throw faders, plus an array of dedicated transport and software navigation buttons. HyperControl® interactive controller mapping unites your hardware and software so you can start working faster. Completing this powerful package are two complementary software selections: Avid® Pro Tools® Express and Ignite by AIR music creation software. Together, they deliver a comprehensive path for transforming the ideas in your head into a finished piece of music.
Nate from Akai Professional shows of the new Max 25 MIDI keyboard controller at Winter NAMM 2013.
Nate from M-Audio shows us their latest keyboard controller the M-Audio Axiom Air 25.
New M-Audio Keyboards Controller range extended with three new Axiom AIR models
A little teaser on what is happening behind closed doors at the labs of Retronyms:
Working on some new features for Tabletop. Hardware featured in this video: Arturia Spark, Akai LPD8, Korg NanoKey 2, M-Audio Axiom 25. Tabletop devices: Goblin MX-8, Glitchboard, RS4000, RS3, Gridlok, 3EQ, Krush.
A nearly six minute-long audio demo using the M-Audio Venom synthesizer as both a synth and an audio interface, with Pro Tools and Ableton Live.
The M-Audio Venom 49-key synthesizer combines the character of classic analog synths with modern digital processing to deliver an aggressive, infectious new sound. Whet your appetite with the included presets, then sink your teeth into creating original sounds—from atmospheric and subtle, to angry and downright nasty. Easily tweak parameters from the intuitive top-panel interface, or explore endless sound design and configuration possibilities with the included software editor. Perform bass lines, leads, and more with a full-size keyboard designed to satisfy serious players. You can even use Venom as an audio interface with Pro Tools* and other music software—forming a powerful production machine to take your music in dangerous new directions.
Avid has announced the availability of the new M-Audio Keystation Mini 32ultra-portable keyboard controller, a 32-note, USB bus-powered keyboard controller designed for musicians on the go. Small enough to fit in a backpack, Avid say that this ultra-portable controller delivers unmatched playability in its class, with features including:
- 32 low-profile mini-keys, enabling musicians to play two-handed parts
- Highly musical velocity curves, allowing keyboard sensitivity customization to individual playing styles
- 4 assignable controls, including a knob, providing real-time control of DAW and virtual instrument functions
- USB bus-powered, plug-and-play connectivity including iPad compatibility (iPad Camera Connection Kit required; check specific apps to verify MIDI support)
Pricing and Availability:
Keystation Mini 32 is available from September in EMEA for £54.99 GBP / €63 EUR $99.95 MSRP in USA.
This is the main audio demo from the Harmony Central Pro Review at http://tinyurl.com/6aleqlq. All sounds are from a single Venom, with no overdubs. Please refer to the Pro Review for complete, interactive coverage of this electronica-oriented performance instrument.
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The new Vyzex editor – FREE software that comes with the new Venom Synth
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Really nice video
I wanted to try out my new M-Audio Venom synth with an external knob controller, so I hooked it up to my old school M-Audo Ozonic via MIDI , mapped out 16 CCs to the knobs and sliders (ADSR on the sliders, cutoff, resonance, ocillator pitch etc on the knobs), and it worked great!
After tweaking around with that for a bit , I recorded some basslines right from the phrase sequencer in Venom into Ableton Live while tweaking them in real time. Then I added some drumloops, and a synth accent from Ableton’s Operator FM synth, which actually is the only MIDI sequenced part here.
Here’s what I came up with.
P.S.-I am really digging this Venom! It’s a pretty inspiring piece of kit, has killer sounds and the audio interface works great with Ableton. Next vid, I’ll try some stuff with the audio inputs.
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