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ddn 05/06/2004

Evolution Mk-461c : ddn's user review

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Technically, that's about the same as the edirol pcr 50 or radium 61C ... basically a MIDI keyboard with a touch plastoc (no touch weighted piano at that price, do not dream), 61 velocity-sensitive keys with knobs, faders and eleven midi assignable buttons and more knobs mandatory pitch and modulation. Compared to the other two, say he has a little more buttons and controllers, and he does a little cheap (especially more than the cheap edirol)

UTILIZATION

The touch keyboard is crap in the bar but do not forget that this is a keyboard 250 euros ...
the buttons are large and quite nice but the sensation soft repel the real musicians, those who think Coldplay or Air's music, for example (which I'm not).
general configuration is very simple and very helped by the Enigma software available on the manufacturer's website. It is better to use the USB for power and MIDI control, XP and some software are finicky with USB music-it does not pose a problem in practice once properly configured.
the selection of patches (which can be stored, too, so when you have spent three quarters of an hour to assign your favorite VST synth, you can save it, that's fun) is very easy and perfect plants control presets well b4 my favorite.
the manual is no story, honestly I did read that once and it is more than enough.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had six months, I use it every day, 20 hours a week and I am quite happy to use I am: Real-time control of VST synths, heavy use of Reaktor .
the most:
USB power, it's a transformer under
the position of the faders and controllers is perfect, having the rotary controllers and faders is excellent (for example for barley type b4 faders control the drawbars and rotary controllers vibrato or something else)-and decision pedal organ delight fans, more ...
MIDI-assignable buttons I love, it can assign functions to buttons to type mute / solo
the 'all in one' can have an object on your desktop ... If you have the space and money, buy more of a MIDI master keyboard to touch and a weighted complete controller (such as evolution UC33, but buy a cheap less)
the price / quality ratio is unbeatable if like me you buy special offer at 210 euros ... (Normal price is close to that of the Edirol, I urge you to go try both, the choice really depends on what you want to do)
an important point if you want to go live with, it is rather light for its size while remaining fairly stable, a point that I like

Cons:
Like all products of the brand, it's plastoc to ten francs, the life of the potentiometers is quite limited especially if you get upset over a little on stage
albeit one who has the most, I would have liked even more faders and buttons, just in the spirit of the CPU 33
the normal price, I think the edirol has a life longer, but it has fewer buttons and the keyboard is more plastoc (I think)

total: price / quality ratio very good use rather nice, very space saving. Warning: do not buy used!!