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Slam-Cut
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Looking forward to some of the new possibilities that NS2 will bring, and hardware that will work well with NS2 is at the top of my list. Check out the Sensel Morph. It looks quite promising as a multi-functional controller, not just for music but art and gaming as well. Seaboard has also come out with a smaller version of their expressive keyboard that is much more affordable. The nice aspect of these controllers is the immediacy of the expression with your fingers that reminds me of the techniques used by guitarists and string players. Yeah, synths have wheels and joystick modulation devices, but being able to use your fingers more directly seems a more natural playing technique.

syrupcore
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I like the Sensel Morph concept a lot. There's no iOS app config app, just like every other controller hardware I know of!

Looks like it sends regular old MIDI. Should work with most any app that supports MIDI.

I'm interested in the new mini seaboard too. Might prefer the sensel though because it's modular and the squishy key feeling on the Roli's don't really sit well with me. Wonder if you can assign CCs to the X and Y axis ala Roly with Sensel Morph keyboard overlay. Keys might be a little too narrow for meaningful x control though.

syrupcore
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Funny. Looks like you can map left/right movement but not up/down. :) http://guide.sensel.com/morph/#piano

The Music Production layout looks fun but it's, critically, missing the transpose buttons for the mini keyboard.

Slam-Cut
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Octave Down and Up buttons are on the upper left of the piano layout. Is that what you were referring to?

syrupcore
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I meant that on the "Music Production" layout (http://guide.sensel.com/morph/#music-production), it has that handy "piano keys" area on the lower left but it's missing octave buttons like the piano layout. Would make that pretty hard to use in practice. Maybe two of the buttons up top can be remapped to octave though? And have it only affect the little keyboard keys, not the pads?

syrupcore
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This looks interesting too http://www.islainstruments.com/. Totally different from the sort of multi-dimensional touch stuff above but an awful lot of functionality for ~$250.

I got a Keystep a few weeks ago. Really digging it.

Slam-Cut
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Ah, I see. Yes, you're right. I bet the buttons are configurable/programable, but not as nice as dedicated transpose buttons.