NAMM 2014: Behringer Motor 61 - Moving Faders On a Keyboard

Pads, rotaries and aftertouch      23/01/14

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Behringer have added full-sized MIDI controller keyboards to their ever expanding range. Here at the NAMM 2014 show, we saw the new Motor 61 and Motor 49 models. With 9 motorized faders as well as 8 pressure and velocity sensitive backlit pads each with four switchable banks you get a considerable number of controls. I was also pleased to see that the keyboard features aftertouch.

I'm pretty sure that this is the first MIDI controller keyboard with moving faders, at least nine of them, though you do need to be powered from an external PSU to get them moving, working bus powered will not provide enough juice.

Available in Spring Summer this year, the MOTOR series are pretty agressively priced at around $449 Motor 61 and $349 for the Motor 49




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Uli_B    Said...

Behringer Motor 61 - Moving Faders On a Keyboard*

*at least for the first few weeks of the product's life

23-Jan-14 02:53 PM

audionerd    Said...

Looks nice, especially since this would be the first keyboard with which you could do a motorized Hammond drawbars setup. In that regard: would be nice if it also offered a 'shallow triggering' option, so that the note-on is generated at the start of pressing down on the key, similar to an organ.

23-Jan-14 04:33 PM

Mex    Said...

"*at least for the first few weeks of the product's life"

BCF controllers are still going strong after 6 years. Can't say the same for Mackie's.

23-Jan-14 05:53 PM

Nick B    Said...

Yeah my BCF is still going after many years

23-Jan-14 10:04 PM

Adriaan Taylor    Said...

Yes they totally need an 88 version with that setup.. maybe 16 pads..

23-Jan-14 10:05 PM

MTBUR    Said...

perhaps behringer could make an cheap copy of poly analog synth with motorized knobs like mephisto vermona ? it woulb an intant killer of moog even the mean time before failure is extremly short !

24-Jan-14 04:38 AM

David Kowaleski    Said...

Does this work with Mainstage so that when you scroll through patches, the faders will instantly match the on-screen levels? If so, when can I buy it??

01-Feb-14 11:41 AM

DeBrione    Said...

Whats missing from this is another big deal regarding Behringer products. Three year full warranty for all their new product lines including the Motor line of keyboards. Know of any other manufacturer that's going to stand behind their product like Behringer? Pretty damn confident in their QC and engineering if you ask me. And FWIW my cheap ass UMX610 feels and plays as good as the $600+ controller from Novation and feels waay better than anything from M-Audio. I personally can't wait for the Motor 61 to be released, I still can't believe that their price point for the board is $299. Do I think it will be reliable and solid? Hell yeah. I for one am really looking forward to running Reaper with it.

08-Mar-14 02:50 AM

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