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New monome controller revealed

monome grayscale sixty four

monome grayscale sixty four

The likes of Akai's APC40, Novation's Launchpad and Livid's Block all owe a debt to the monome controller, of which a revised version has just been announced.

This is known as the grayscale sixty four and, naturally enough, sports a matrix of 64 buttons. The backlights are bright white, while the device itself is made of black silicone over a strong steel enclosure.

"We've been prototyping for over a year and are very happy with the weight, durability and aesthetic of this updated design," say the monome's creators. "The white LEDs are bright even at low power, which has allowed us to design a bus-powered, tilt-enabled one twenty eight. The new enclosure is inspiring many new ideas."

Look out for the grayscale sixty four in January priced at $500.

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology.