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EXPRESSIVE E Touché

It’s all touchy/feely, but can this exciting new controller add some much-needed expression to your music? Dave Gale swipes to find out…

Designers are always coming up with new ways for us to take control; either designing instruments from the ground up, like the Eigenharp, or redesigning the faithful music keyboard, as ROLI has with the Seaboard. Yet for many keyboard diehards, all that’s required is an additional controller that might nestle next to old faithful, offering something more than a touchscreen, fader or a mod wheel. That’s where the Touché comes in.

Opening the box for the first time, you can immediately tell that this is a piece of quality equipment. Looking rather like a sustain pedal, with a large, rounded rectangular area sitting proud, the Touché looks and feels great, with a neoprene-esque finish to the base, and a nice piece of dark wood on top. Towards the lower end of the unit, there are two large and flushmounted buttons, with an infinite-pot style encoder in the middle. Upon removing it from the box, you’ll find it to be reassuringly heavy.

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About MusicTech

2017 has been an exciting, innovative year for new music-making technology, from machine-learning plug-ins to laser-guided microphones and from scientifically crafted, point-source monitors to boutique synthesisers, the past 12 months has offered up new variations on classic gear and inventive new creative tools for making and recording music. We pay tribute to the best gear of the year in our roundup, with our winners compiled by a fusion of reader votes and our expert panel. Elsewhere this issue, we have the second part of our new A-Z series with Gear4Music, chat to MPG Award-winning mastering engineer Mandy Parnell and Grammy-winning producer and engineer Mark Rankin, and cast of our eye to the future with tutorial content in the latest iterations of Live and Reason. Additionally, you’ll find all the latest reviews from the likes of Toontrack, Dynaudio, Sonokinetic and more.It's been an excellent year for the music-technology industry, and MusicTech as a magazine. Here’s hoping 2018 will be equally as fruitful… enjoy the issue.