9. Analogue Solutions Generator
The Future Music/Computer Music/MusicRadar Best in music tech 2018 polls received thousands of votes, and we're now ready to roll out the winners. The nominees were what we considered to be the personalities and gear that have excelled in 2018. Here, we present the best new MIDI controllers and sequencers of 2018. First up we have the Analogue Solutions Generator...
We say: Generator goes quite a bit further than many similar units. Great for experimenting with intricate sequencing and modulation.
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8. IK Multimedia iRig Keys I/O 49
We say: A solid production setup, combining MIDI control and audio interfacing with a knockout software bundle.
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7. Nektar Pacer
We say: A highly configurable control surface which leaves your hands free, for guitar-centric studio musicians and live electronics artists alike.
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6. Arturia Keylab Essential 49
We say: Robust build quality, fantastic Arturia Analog Lab integration and a decent software bundle make for a real winning combination.
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5. Akai FL Fire
We say: At its heart, Fire has a 4x16 velocity-sensitive RGB pad matrix, allowing you to input patterns on the Step Sequencer or switch over to Performance Mode for live playing, recording of notes and launching patterns.
4. Native Instruments Machine Mikro Mk3
We say: Lacks the expressiveness of the full-sized Maschine, but as a fast, fun tool for getting beats down, it’s hard to argue at this price.
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3. Arturia Keylab MkII 49
We say: The KeyLab can operate in three different modes: DAW mode gives you control over your recording software; Analog Lab mode lets you control parameters in the Analog Lab 3 software; and User mode lets you customise the hardware to control whatever you want.
2. Native Instruments A series keyboards
We say: At these prices, the A-Series makes for a fantastic entry point into Komplete and music production in general.
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Winner: Novation SL Mk III
We say: Well-designed and versatile. For those who work with both hardware and software, this may be the best studio centrepiece on the market.
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