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MIDI Gear user reviews

  • Native Instruments Maschine Jam

    Native Instruments Maschine Jam - "A perfect complement to maschine studio"


    What configuration, software and other gear do you use with this MIDI control surface? In what context? What are your thoughts on its stability? I already owned maschine studio soi t was quick to install (5 mn). 2 expansions (to be chosen) were …

  • Livid Instruments Base II

    Livid Instruments Base II - "Good, but not for Reason."


    What configuration, software and other gear do you use with this MIDI control surface? In what context? What are your thoughts on its stability? iMac with reason 7. I was looking for a controller with more than 16 pads to play drum parts with Kong …

  • ROLI Seaboard Rise 25

    ROLI Seaboard Rise 25 - "Innovative, fun and inspiring!"


    While unboxing, the first thing that strikes is the superb packaging, to make Apple pale in comparaison: from the moment you take it out of the box, everything appears as perfectly controlled. The controller's design is perfect. Then you install (eas…

  • MOTU Midi Express 128

    MOTU Midi Express 128 - "Has issues, but good design"


    I am using this with a Windows 10 Dell XPS touchscreen. DAW: Ableton 9.5, Cubase Essentials, and Stagelight. Old school midi gear: Oberheim MC-3000, Roland D-550, JV-2080, JP-8080, JD-800, VSynth, VR-760, Novation Supernova, Moog Little Phatty 1,…

  • Akai Professional Advance 49

    Akai Professional Advance 49 - "A great MIDI keyboard - a not-so-great software"


    After a whole weekend spent getting used to this Advance 49 keyboard, my first conclusions: an excellent keyboard, very pleasant to be played, with great egonomics. On the other hand, the VIP software that comes with it is what I'd technically call "…

  • Ableton Push 2

    Ableton Push 2 - "Great, almost perfect ergonomics"


    Couldn’t resist ! I discovered Push with this version 2, so there's no way for me to compare with version 1. The first thing that struck me was its weight – rather heavy for a controller. Seems sturdy. Regarding the lights now (USB-fed only, s…

  • CME XKey

    CME XKey - "Great piece of equipment!"


    I bought it as a complement to a Casio PX-5S for travelling and to record quick ideas without taking out the big thing. The keyboard is very compact and reacts quickly, it deals surprisingly well with repeated notes, which is practical for drum line…

  • Roland A-80

    Roland A-80 - "Just wonderful"


    I bought my A-80 nearly 2 years ago, works like a dream. The best electronic keys I've ever played on. The guy I bought it from had been using it in his studio (pro) for years. I'm using it mostly in my home-studio and about once a month on gigs. Tak…

  • Roland A-80

    Roland A-80 - "Too good to let go"


    So, I have had an A-80, purchased new, since the 1990s and it never failed me. After buying a backup unit used in 2014, my original finally had its only failure to date -- a single key contact went "dead". My repair technician quickly had it fi…

  • Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61

    Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S61 - "A very nice midi keyboard in a fair - expensive (?) price that can be proved very very useful. "


    My hardware is a PC with: Windows 7 (64bit), 64MBRam, 2Xssd disks, 3Xhard disks, Akai EIE Pro sound card, NI Komplete Kontrol s-61, 2XE-mu precision monitors, Steinberg Cubase 8Pro (64bit), Wave lab 8. Basically I bought this gear in order to use it…