Music Computing has introduced ControlTOUCH which they describe as your laptop's new best friend.PR person told Sonic State, "The world keep changing and that's no different for music production and performance. Traditional instruments are giving way to computer-based alternatives and the key is to bridge the two worlds without stifling creativity or getting lost in the technology."
Music Computing say that, the world's first integrated controller, ControlTOUCH keyboard controllers are designed for the modern day musician who requires traditional keyboard controller features along with a video display and touch screen controls. They say that ControlTOUCH allows you to concentrate on your music creation or performance and less on the technology behind them. Theey tell us that ControlTOUCH instantly transforms your laptop or desktop into a full-blown keyboard production station.
Victor Wong, CEO, Music Computing, told Sonic State, "The ControlTOUCH was designed to allow the user to focus on a musical instrument instead of a laptop. This is something I strongly believe is important to the creative process."
Here's more details in Music Computing's own words...
Cross-platform: The ControlTOUCH is designed for use with Windows 7 or Mac OS X. Simply plug the USB cables into your laptop or desktop and the ControlTOUCH is ready to go for Windows 7. For Mac OS X, just install the included touchscreen driver and it too will be ready for immediate use. Once the drivers have been installed into your laptops and desktops, you can connect the ControlTOUCH to either one without re-installing the drivers for a quick-change when necessary.
Thousands of Sounds: Included with each ControlTOUCH is Music Computing's SonicSource Producer, a virtual synth (VSTi / AU) containing over 3,000 sounds and equipped with three sample-playing layers, two multi-effect racks, and a library of multi-sampled instruments. The sample playing layers allow blending of waveforms and instruments into a wall of sound or alternatively, the use of the three multi-timbral layers as a workstation. These layers can then be further processed through SonicSource's powerful multi-effect racks.
Over 8GB of modern and vintage sounds such as those produced by legendary electric keyboards including the Rhodes electric pianos, Hammond and Vox organs, Hohner clavinets, and Moog synthesizers are present as well as effects like tape based delay lines, rotating speaker cabinets, guitar distortion pedals, wah wah, phasing, and flanging are included. Additional sound libraries will be made available from Music Computing in the near future.
Pricing and Availability:
The ControlTOUCH comes complete with the 10" touchscreen and is $599 for the 25-key version and $699 for the 61-key version. More information:
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