Roli have a nice little offer available for anybody wishing to jump into world of the funky 5D-touch Seaboard Rise controllers.
Unfortunately Roli hadn’t sorted out their website at the start of the promo so I held back from making a song and dance about it but that situation has now changed and the site is alive and kicking. Any purchases of the Seaboard Rise 25 and 49 between October 23rd and December 24th are eligible for £75 and £150 cashback respectively from Roli. That’s not bad at all to be fair!
For anyone not aware of these controllers they are pretty unique all things considered. the keyboard is made of a pressure-sensitive squishy grey, sensor embedded material that allows you to shape sound through touch – strike the keywaves, press into them, glide sideways along them and slide up and down the keywaves to venture into new sonic territory.
Of course this is no good without an MPE (Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression) compatible synth so Roli have kindly included Equator, their custom-built software synthesizer and sound engine. A perfect companion for these otherwordly keybeds!
In the light of the announcement that the Maschine Mikro mk2 is on it’s way the original mk1 edition has price crashed this week. Now available for the rather budget friendly £159, the Maschine Mikro packs the same great sound banks and features as it’s larger relation but simply loses a few knobs and dials, meaning you have to do a little more work in the software side of things. This means that it might not be ideal for those performing live, but for those banging out beats in the studio this is a very attractive price point for a whole lot of controller.
Maschine Mikro – The Massive Offer!
Owners of the MK1 Maschine Mikro will qualify for the 1.8 upgrade due in October, which will include a free copy of the now legendary synth “Massive” being thrown in for good measure which I’m perfectly sure needs no introduction to the vast majority of our readers. All that has to be said is, if you don’t already have a copy then that alone makes it worth the purchase price!
Ahead of NAMM this year Akai has decided to announce and show off 2 out of it 3 new MPC style midi controllers. It should be interesting to see how a company that pretty much invented the all in one workstation sampling groove box concept can go up against the modern day solutions on offer such as Maschine.
Akai MPC Studio Key Features:
Fuses iconic MPC production with the processing power of your computer
Compact design is less than 1” thin and fits easily into a laptop bag
MPC SOFTWARE for Mac & PC with 64-track sequencing capability