Gear Of The Year: Best controller of 2020
Getting hands-on with your DAW has never been easier thanks to the tremendous power of controllers in 2020. Here’s the controller that reigned supreme this year.
WINNER: Arturia KeyStep Pro
Lit up by our Gear of the Year headlights as soon as we first laid hands on it back at NAMM, the KeyStep Pro combines many of the best sequential elements from its sizeable product range into a single device, making modular manipulation amazing fun. Its central selection area features four coloured tracks that add to its ease of use. To the right, you’ll find 16 step buttons that can be linked together to provide up to 64 steps in a single pattern, while five rotary encoders provide performance control, as well as the ability to send MIDI CC information.
Highly commended: Sensel Morph Controller
To hell with keyboards. Sensel shakes things up with the Morph, providing a unique way to interact with your sounds. Choose your rubberised overlays and place them on the controller one at a time. Once in position, a strip of white LEDs will glow to provide tracking and feedback.
- Arturia MicroLab
- Roland A-88 MK II
- Novation Launchkey MK3
- Presonus Atom SQ
- ROLI LUMI Keys 1
- Akai MPK Mini MK3
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