MachineWerks builds its own MIDI controller
When no MIDI surface control suits you, just build it. That's the conclusion MachineWerks came to and they are now introducing the CS X51.
MachineWerks is a british manufacturer who decided to get into the MIDI control surface battle with CS X51, a project you can currently fund on KickStarter.
The CS X51 is a compact MIDI surface control (390 x 184 x 57mm, 1.4kg) made of aluminum and featuring 28 rotary encoders, seven 45mm sliders (6 inline and 1 horizontal) and a 4x4 button matrix, all assignable. Blue LEDs are also included and MIDI In and Out are sent via USB or 5-pin DIN connectors.
The control surface can be used with or without computer, in standalone mode it requires a 9V DC power supply.
MachineWerks adds that they wish to build the device in the UK, as much as possible.
The CS X51 is expected in January, 2014 if the £27 000 necessary funds are reached prior to October 5th on KickStarter. The price for the 100 first funders is £275 (+£25 for international shipping), and then will raise to £300.
Discover the CS X51 at www.kickstarter.com.
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