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  1. New: Novation SL MK3 keyboard

    New: Novation SL MK3 keyboard

    How does a MIDI keyboard on steroids look like? Just like Novation SL MK3. Novation’s new SL MK3 comes with much more than just a facelift or couple flashy lights added. With the ability to work standalone SL MK3 is not your simple controller keyboard anymore - it has become a studio hub to connect and control your entire setup, whether it is computer-centred or hardware-based.

    Usual USB and MIDI connectivity options, expanded by two sets of CV outputs, allows it to control your modular setup while internal 8-track sequencer along with arpeggiator helps to cut ties with a computer even easier. RGB pads, buttons, sliders and knobs provide a full hands-on control while colour LCD screens and LEDs give all necessary visual feedback– which allows to focus more on sound instead of a computer screen. Fully compatible and deeply integrated with all major DAWs, Novation SL MK3 keyboards are available in 49 and 61 key versions.

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  2. New: Akai MPK Mini Play MIDI keyboard

    New: Akai MPK Mini Play MIDI keyboard

    It’s hard to keep your cool this autumn when keyboard manufacturers are dropping new product announcements. Native Instruments and Novation already revealed their secrets. Now it’s time for Akai to step in. Not so long ago the company announced their FL Studio dedicated FIRE controller and now they are coming back with some improvements on their best seller for a couple of previous years – MPK Mini MK2 keyboard.

    Unit, most frequent in many producers mobile setup, from now on can be battery-powered and will be called MPK Mini Play. Beefed up with a small OLED screen for more convenient browsing, built-in speaker and more than 128 internal sounds, MPK Mini Play is not only a compact USB MIDI controller but a small and fun music instrument too that can always find a place in your backpack.

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  3. New: Pioneer HDJ-X5BT headphone

    New: Pioneer HDJ-X5BT headphone

    Pioneer DJ just announced its new multi-purpose HDJ-X5BT wireless closed-back headphone. Well-balanced, comfortable to wear, robust and compact HDJ-X5BT does it all – one three-hour charge gives you up to 20 hours of wireless listening time, built-in microphone allows you to answer your calls if a headphone is paired with your smartphone and it is possible to choose from three colours available to perfectly match your style. Unfortunately, HDJ-X5BT is not meant for wireless DJing, because of Bluetooth latency. Therefore, it comes with a 1.2m coiled cable that automatically deactivates Bluetooth when connected, allowing you to use it as a regular DJ headphone.

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  4. New: Moog One synthesizer

    New: Moog One synthesizer

    It’s time for all the synth-heads to pop champagne – after more than three decades Moog is back with a new polyphonic synthesizer Moog One. Even Moog themselves (and their name already became a synonym for synthesizer) call it an ultimate unit with the unprecedented ability to control the sonic expression. 3 VCOs, 2 analog filters, an analog noise generator, an analog mixer, 4 LFOs, an arpeggiator and many other settings can be easily controlled straight from the front panel with 73 knobs, 144 buttons and a LCD screen for digital effects – all enclosed in aluminium and hand-finished ash cabinet.

    Analog purists will enjoy the One’s analog sound engine, while more tech-loving users are provided with additional digital effects. Moog One is available in 8-voice and 16-voice polyphony configuration.

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  5. 20th Red Bull Music Academy in Berlin

    20th Red Bull Music Academy in Berlin

    Have you ever thought the drum machine you own is too small? Or the public transportation in your town, let‘s just say, is less than inspiring?

    Then Berlin calls! This year 20th Red Bull Music Academy takes place in Berlin and pays tribute to some of the most iconic music hardware units - you can finally make your track sound BIG on the world-largest sequencer or ride your favourite drum machine themed tram.
    While Academy participants will stay busy improving their skills, city visitors can enjoy Red Bull Music Festival, which has plenty to offer: Robot Koch and Pusha T, just to name a few, are among the highlights. Red Bull Music Festival is happening until 12th October, 2018.

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  6. New: Adam Studio Pro SP-5 headphone

    New:  Adam Studio Pro SP-5 headphone

    Worldwide known studio monitoring technology manufacturer, ADAM Audio, extends its product range with their first professional studio headphones, the Studio Pro SP-5.

    These premium-quality closed-back headphones boast a broad frequency response range from 8 Hz to 38 kHz. ADAM SP-5 utilizes Ultrasone’s patented S-LOGIC Plus technology which allows to provide a clear sound and very detailed spatial image within the most natural sound experience possible, thus making it perfect for pro audio monitoring and mixing duties.

    Sturdy and comfortable design will allow you to have the headphones as a precise monitoring solution not only in the studio but on the road too.

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  7. New: Akai Fire DAW controller

    New: Akai Fire DAW controller

    This appears to be a fruitful year for FL Studio (formerly known as Fruity Loops) users. After major software update for their DAW this spring, Image Line strikes again with Akai collaboration, and brings you FIRE - a brand new MIDI controller, exclusively created to enhance FL Studio workflow.

    4 x 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pad matrix, known from FL Studio GUI, not only allows you to step-sequence your sounds in already familiar FL Studio sequencer way, but also gives you an ability to play your instruments chromatically in Note Mode or play your drum samples in MPC 16 pad layout inspired Drum Mode.

    The fun goes even further with Performance Mode, where the same pad matrix allows you to trigger audio and MIDI clips while playing your tracks live or jamming in the studio.

    Up to four Fire controllers can be connected at once to the same computer allowing you to expand your live performance setup or convert your computer to a music production powerho

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  8. New: Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 and S4 MK3 DJ controllers

    New: Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 and S4 MK3 DJ controllers

    It’s been a while since we heard from Native Instruments, but they finally did what everyone expected them to do earlier – updated their bestselling Traktor Kontrol DJ controllers, the 2-channel S2 and 4-channel S4; we now are going to greet the third generation. While the company was taking a snooze, Pioneer managed to conquer a big part of the market with their Rekordbox DJ software and its dedicated controllers. Now NI are going to offer S2 MK3 for a lower price than S2 MK2, which is a clear intention to tempt those beginner DJs who are only thinking about what software and hardware to choose. The price of S4 MK3 has gone up, but there are differences as well. S4 MK3 now has high resolution colour displays, which show track ID and other relevant information required for mixing. The jogs of both controllers are new and bigger (diameter of 14 cm) – S2 MK3 offers two jog modes (jog and beatgrid), while S3 MK4 offers three (turntable, jog and beatgrid). S4 MK3 jogs also feature RGB L

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  9. New: Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A MIDI keyboard series

    New: Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A MIDI keyboard series

    Looks like this autumn is very productive to Native Instruments, because they started it with a new MIDI keyboard line – Komplete Kontrol A series are less expensive than S series, so it is an ideal option for people who want a proper control of Komplete software. Keyboards come in three sizes, 25, 49 and 61 keys, and the keys on all models are semi-weighted. OLED display is installed for at-a-glance navigation, and the integration with software is made easy by 8 touch-sensitive knobs, ergonomic pitch and mod wheels and an encoder for one-handed sound browsing and project navigation. Tag-based preset browsing allows finding sounds quickly and hearing instant previews. Of course, A series work as plug&play with all Komplete instruments and effects and an impressive collection is included along with your purchase (you will find sounds of classic piano, modular synths and more). You can also use Komplete Kontrol A keyboards with Maschine software, Ableton Live, Logic Pro X and Gara

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