MIDI Controllers



A controller is hardware or software which generates and transmits MIDI data to MIDI-enabled devices.
MIDI Controllers

In the other more technical sense, a MIDI controller is an abstraction of the hardware used to control a performance, but which is not directly related to note-on/note-off events. A slider assigned to open and close a low-pass filter on a synthesizer may be assigned to controller 18, for example. Changes in the position of the slider are transmitted along with "18" so that they are distinguished from changes in the value of other controllers.

Ableton Push

Price: $799 + Live 9 Intro

Platforms: Mac OSX | Windows



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Push is a new instrument that solves an old problem: how to make a song from scratch. With hands-on control of melody and harmony, beats, sounds, and song structure, Push puts the fundamental elements of music making at your fingertips - and it fits in a backpack alongside your laptop.

Play and sequence beats. 64 pads give you multiple ways to make beats. Play, step sequence, and adjust your loop - all at the same time. A new way to play notes and chords. Play in every key using the same finger patterns. Move between keys at the touch of a button. Step sequence and edit both notes and parameters.

Maschine Studio

Price: $799

Platforms: Mac OSX | Windows



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Native Instrument's MASCHINE STUDIO is the flagship music production system for tactile, creative beatmaking with an acclaimed sound library. Unprecedented physical control and visual feedback. Sampler, arranger, mixer, effects, and more. Includes MASCHINE 2.0 software, instruments, and new drum synths.

Create and perform rhythms, harmonies, and melodies faster than you ever thought possible. MASCHINE STUDIO’s workflow keeps you laser-focused on the quest for the perfect groove. Its pattern-based sequencer and high-performance sampler, exemplary drum synths, incredible suite of creative effects and pro instruments, and acclaimed sound library deliver ultimate production power.

Novation Launchpad

Price: $149.99

Platforms: Mac OSX | Windows



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Launchpad gives you direct control over Ableton Live with an intuitive grid of 64 three-colour Launch pads. Included with the Launchpad is a copy of Ableton Live Lite - used by some of the world’s top and producers. Use the pads to create and launch rhythms, melodies, loops, samples or entire songs and mix them together.

Whether you are recording your own songs, performing your own compositions or mixing together your favorite beats, Launchpad gives you everything you need to launch clips, trigger loops, control effects, mix your tracks and much more. It is totally portable, fully USB bus powered – no need for power sockets – lightweight and easy to pack and carry to any gig or rehearsal anywhere in the world.

Launchpad is fully MIDI class-compliant, so it will drive any MIDI application, and you can create a workflow in any DAW using Novation’s award-winning Automap control software.

Akai MPC Element

Price: $149

Platforms: Mac OSX | Windows | Linux



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The essential instrument for computer–based music production. MPC Element brings powerful music-making capability to your computer in a slimline design that's made to produce. You get cutting-edge features, including MPC Note Repeat and Swing, along with the all-new MPC Essentials software—decades of music production expertise calibrated so you can make music that rises to the top.

Pure MPC - Load your samples into the included MPC Essentials software and start making music. MPC Element comes equipped with the Akai Pro feel, design, and workflow that professional producers have trusted from decades: 16 backlit, multicolor pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity along with MPC Note Repeat, Full Level, 16 Level, and Tap Tempo.