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Martin Delaney gets to grips with two new MIDI controllers from Faderfox that could make your software feel like hardware…

FADERFOX

Contact Faderfox | www.faderfox.de

Glancing at their website, it’s obvious that while Faderfox like to make compact MIDI controllers, they’re not shy about taking on big custom jobs with built-in light shows. Their new PC12 and MX12 are somewhere in the middle, however, with the same footprint as the ‘classic’ Elektron hardware products such as the Machinedrum or Analog Rytm. That’s always been a good platform for a control surface– big enough to fit a fair number of knobs and buttons, but not so big that it’ll hog your desk space. Obviously, Elektron users are going to be very interested in these, because they’ll rig up so nicely with their instruments, but nobody is left behind – these controllers are just as useful connected to other hardware via MIDI cables, or computers via USB.

QUALITY CONSTRUCTIONS

The PC12 has 72 knobs and 12 multifunction buttons; the MX12 has 24 knobs, 12 faders (60mm) and 24 buttons – there’s also a larger push button encoder for setup functions. The cases are aluminium and each has two MIDI DIN inputs and two outputs, as well as a USB connection and an ethernet style port (cable not included) which can be used to daisy-chain two of these devices for USB power and control messages. All connections are on the right end of the box, so it’s possible to neatly align two of them on a table or in a rack. A simple 4-digit LCD display shows the current status as controls are moved. With solid rubber feet, it isn’t going to slide around. The PC12 and MX12 both show typical high-quality Faderfox construction – they’re not cheap, but they don’t feel cheap, either. The proportions are indeed the same as the classic Elektrons – I put them next to my Machinedrum and checked! Elektron also sell a stand to hold both of these together, or one with an Elektron. Other than the control layouts, these two are very similar, so we’re discussing them as a pair.

Key features

● System requirements PC or Mac with a free USB port, or any USB hub.

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Though it was only a few issues ago that we contemplated the future of music, we came to the realisation that the future is now! With more effects at our disposal than ever before, we tour the modern arsenal of plug-in effects, tools and software that you might not even realise existed! Elsewhere, we speak to the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff about his production and DJing ethos, and join Detroit-based artist Klayton, whose love of 80s electronic and metal bands has borne many fruitful projects, not to mention an amazing studio. We put Hans Zimmer Strings to the test, as well as a slew of new pieces of gear and software in our expanded reviews section. Additionally, there’s 4 new tutorials for Live, Logic, Cubase and Pro Tools, brand-new tips, retrospectives and our Essential Guide series draws to a close with a 101 to recording. We hope you enjoy the issue!
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