NAMM 2014: Controller Roundup

US Scott McGrath shows off some of the innovative controller products on display at this year's NAMM show      03/02/14

Beats and Drums and Beyond

Arturia has a new controller coming with 16 pads and 17 asssignable knobs in a small portable controller expect to sell for $99 on the street. It can be used for performance, act as a step sequencer, and the SonicState team was impressed. Especially at this price point this offers a lot of power.

I used to have an original Trigger Finger back in MAudio's Avid phase, but the Trigger Finger 2's large display and sequencer pads do seem to bring it closer to something like a version of Maschine that's not tied to a specific software platform.

And, to spare you one more mention of such things, see also my notes on the ring controller devices, and of course ... the Keytars! And you thought we hadn't seen those since Revenge of the Nerds. But controllers are nerd-built, if you think about it. See my post  The NAMMage is Done.

If all else fails, flail

Finally, this is just fun, even if the software does only run on Windows PCs:

The only downside to this technology is that you have to be on the lookout for thuggish mimes who might pretend to hit you over the head and steal your invisible drums.

All NAMM 2014 News |  Videos |  Live Blogs |  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

< More From: NAMM 2014
Even more news...


Want Our Newsletter?


Featured Video

Brand new super-synth from UDO

Featured Video

Virtual knobs and jacks controlling over 160 virtual modules

Featured Video

Now ready for preorder

Featured Video

The sampler pedal that listens and moves with you

Featured Video

The Mantis has arrived

Featured Video

Bi-timbral noise-based soft synth with a wide range of possibilities

3 Home Keyboards that are Actually AWESOME Synths! 

Not somewhere you usually look...

3 Maverick Synth Makers who Did it for Themselves 

Innovation is the main focus for these builders.

SUPERBOOTH 2024: 4ms - MetaModule Eurorack Module 

Virtual knobs and jacks controlling over 160 virtual modules

Modal Is Back - Restructuring Complete 

Website up - Modal app support back too

Play V-collection sounds in standalone

6 Instruments Fatally Flawed at Release 

These synths took a little time to reach their potential

Hey there, we use Cookies to customize your experience on