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May 11-The Keyboard MIDI Control Surface for Mixing

When it comes to mixing, a lot of engineers will tell you there’s nothing quite like a good piece of hardware with real faders. Some synthesizers nclude faders for real-time control over the sound you’re playing, however you may be able to program these to control the faders in a recording program’s mixer. Several keyboards, such as Nektar’s Panorama series or M-Audio’s Advance controllers, have templates you can load so all the various hardware controls (which may also include rotary controls and switches) are pre-mapped to useful functions in various pieces of software.

Nektar’s Impact LX88+. LX61+, and LX49+ keyboards can also function as control surfaces for Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, Garageband, Logic, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Sonar, and Studio One.

Or, your program may have a MIDI Learn function that makes it easy to map controls to mixer functions. Either way, you’ll find that being able to move a physical fader can be a lot more fun, and improve workflow, compared to constantly clicking and dragging on a screen.