NAMM 2015 has come to a a close. With so many new gear announcements it’s hard to see what’s actually useful and what’s not. Here are my top 5 picks (in no particular order) for the hottest MIDI controllers of NAMM 2015.
1. Novation Launchpad Pro
Price – $299.99
Launchpad Pro is hardcoded to work seamlessly with Ableton Live to create dynamic and expressive performances.
You can use the grid to control any DAW or third party plug-in – plug it straight into Logic Pro, and play it like a regular MIDI controller. With that said you may want to only use this with Live, as it is built for Live.
Will Launchpad Pro rival Abletons Push controller? You can be the judge of that.
Akai re-invents what a MIDI controller can do with Advance Series Keyboards. In my opinion it combines a useful full color display, as found on Maschine Studio with a nice keybed.
In order to use the controller to its full potential you will need to run your 3rd party plugins within it’s ‘shell’ (the Virtual Instrument Player) which then in turn, integrates happily with the keyboard.
In the tests found by MusicRadar, they were able to stack eight 3rd-party plugins and control each’s parameters using the controller’s eight rotaries without even looking up at the computer’s monitor.
I am a proud owner of the Arturia BeatStep and loving it since I got it. This year Aturia steps it up with BeatStep Pro, a 16-track drum sequencer (that’s one track per pad) and a wealth of connectivity options, it’s designed to integrate with a wide range of outboard analogue and digital gear. It can also be used as a MIDI controller for your DAW.