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TECH AWARDS 2016 BEST STUDIO CONTROLLER

The bits of kit that make your studio experience a total dream.

Behringer X-Touch


£520
Hype
Fully automated, fully-customisable hands on DAW and hardware controller at a price all producers will be happy with.
Gripe
Takes up a bit of space.
Summary
Complete reinvention of the hugely popular Behringer BC range of DAW Controllers, can be set up within minutes and simple to use. Fully-automated motorised DAW control at a fantastic price.
Tech Verdict
8.5/10

Akai Pro MPC Touch


£499
Hype
A wicked controller that is feature rich and works sweetly with the MPC software with the added bonus of the Touch Screen.
Gripe
Whilst it is compact it can’t be used on the road as there is no battery power, only mains.
Summary
Akai are going after Native Instruments’ Maschine with this fantastic touch-screen controller
Tech Verdict
8/10

Ableton Push 2


£499
Hype
Now built in-house at Ableton the Push 2 is even more sleek and sexy, the perfect partner for Ableton Live.
Gripe
Universal power supply but nothing that is a deal breaker.
Summary
Push 2 is the perfect companion for Ableton users, combining a great range of features, slick design and a fantastic workflow, which means less time spent with a mouse and more time banging out beats.
Tech Verdict
8.5/10

KORG nanoKONTROL Studio — Wireless controller for DAW


£129
Hype
Super-compact wireless DAW controller that is great for throwing in your backpack for producing on the move.
Gripe
Wish they made a slightly larger one for the studio.
Summary
Korg continue the great work in respect to its nano series with the introduction of the nanoKONTROL studio
Tech Verdict
8/10

Novation Launchpad Pro


£249
Hype
Fully-featured controller that covers all the bases in the DJ booth and studio. Super-portable thanks to their lightweight and rugged construction with a decent price to match.
Gripe
Still uses a lot of plastic in its construction.
Summary
Novation's Launchpad Pro makes the perfect companion for DJs, producers and musicians on the road as well as in the studio or at home.
Tech Verdict
8/10

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