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A Mother's Touch

Review | Sound On Sound, Mar 1989
Roland A50 Mother Keyboard

Roland have left the business of making MIDI controller keyboards up to others for at least three years, but have now just released two new models. Paul Ireson gets carried away with Roland's latest mother keyboard, the A50.

Akai MX1000 & PM76

Review | Music Technology, Apr 1992
MIDI Master Keyboard/Piano Sound Board

Take a well-facilitated MIDI master keyboard and add a piano module and you have the basis of Akai's MX1000 - a "dumb" controller with a voice. Simon Trask plays and listens.

Akai MX73

Review | Music Technology, Dec 1986
MIDI Master Keyboard

With an ever-expanding range of hi-tech music equipment, Akai seem intent on carving out a sizeable market niche for themselves. Simon Trask checks out their first MIDI controller.

Akai MX76

Review | Music Technology, May 1989
MIDI Master Keyboard

Akai's new MIDI master keyboard boasts a weighted six-octave keyboard and new terminology for its features. Simon Trask decides MIDI control is more than a simple matter of feel.

Big Mother

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Dec 1984
Roland Mother System

Roland's innovative MIDI set-up; Mother Keyboard, Planet-P piano voice module, Planet-S synth module, and the impressive Super Jupiter... an in-depth test.

Bit MIDI Master Keyboard

Review | Music Technology, Dec 1986

Another MIDI controller, this time from the people who brought you the Bit One synth. Simon Trask uncovers one or two tricks up the Italian designers' sleeves.

Casio AZ1 Remote Keyboard

Preview | Music Technology, Feb 1987

The Phase Distortion people breathe new life into the remote strap-on MIDI controller. Simon Trask wonders if up front keyboard-playing will catch on this time.

Cheetah

Review | Micro Music, Mar 1990

John Renwick guides us through the Cheetah Series of keyboards

Cheetah Master Series 7P

Review | Music Technology, Sep 1989
Controller Keyboard

As synth and sampler expanders become more popular, the demand for an affordable master keyboard increases. Simon Trask puts Cheetah's latest - and best test.

Cheetah MK5 Controller Keyboard

Preview | Music Technology, Feb 1987

Chris Jenkins looks at a master keyboard of a very different kind, from the people who brought you drum machine and sampling add-ons for home computers.

Cheetah MK5V MIDI Master Keyboard

Review | Sound On Sound, Jan 1988

As the world of musical synthesis shrinks ever more into a 19" black box format, where do we find the MIDI master keyboard to persuade these expander modules to give up their sounds? Since the big manufacturers currently seem reluctant to give us soundless MIDI keyboards, is there a small company we can turn to who can supply us with the equipment we need? David Mellor lets the cat out of the bag.

Elka MK88/MK55

Review | Music Technology, Mar 1988
Master Keyboard Controller

Two new master keyboards from Elka change Deborah Parisi's mind about the merits of silent keyboards.

Fuss In Boots?

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1987
Cheetah MK5 MIDI keyboard

A master MIDI keyboard for under £100 may sound like a joke to you, especially when it is sold by Boots, but Jay Chapman quickly stopped laughing when he plugged it in. Find out why...

Kawai M8000

Review | Music Technology, Oct 1987
MIDI Controller Keyboard

This new full-sized MIDI keyboards controller from Kawai has the capability to control an entire MIDI system. Deborah Parisi reports.

Masters of the Universe

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1988
Elka Master Keyboards

With rack expanders forever dropping in price, the concept of one 'master' keyboard capable of controlling all MIDI devices in a system becomes more appealing by the minute. And with the MK88 and MK55, Tony Wride believes Elka have fulfilled the promise of MIDI and produced the ultimate master keyboards, jam-packed with features.

Novation MM10

Review | Music Technology, Aug 1992
Portable MIDI Keyboard Controller

It makes no sound, but it makes a lot of sense.

Orla Commander C80

Review | Music Technology, Jun 1993
MIDI Controller Keyboard

Simon Trask takes command of Orla’s 88-note weighted keyboard, and brings the sensitivity of the concert pianist to this MIDI module interface. Will the C80 respond?

Orla Master Keyboard

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1988

As more musicians finally begin to wake up to the benefits of using a dedicated master keyboard, Paul Ireson checks out two recent examples from Orla, the DMK7 and DMK8.

Performance Power

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Jun 1985
Yamaha's QX1 Sequencer, KX88 Master Keyboard, TX816 Modules

Yamaha's professional FM sequencer master keyboard and FM modules.

Remote Control

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, May 1986
Oberheim Xk

Oberheim's first master keyboard has a load of clever facilities, but a price-tag high enough to give it some stiff competition. Simon Trask files his report.

Roland A30

Review | Music Technology, Jan 1993
MIDI Keyboard Controller

A mother of invention?

Roland A50 & A80

Review | Music Technology, Jun 1989
MIDI Keyboard Controllers

As MIDI equipment becomes more and more sophisticated, the job of a MIDI controller keyboard becomes more and more demanding. Simon Trask takes the A train with Roland's latest MIDI controllers.

Roland AX-1

Review | Music Technology, Apr 1993
MIDI Keyboard Controller

'Walk tall, walk straight and look the world right in the eye' - as Val Doonican once said. Now you can with Roland's portable MIDI keyboard controller, designed for those with a severe case of guitar envy. Nicholas Rowland discusses the angle of the dangle

Roland MKB200 MIDI Controller Keyboard

Review | Music Technology, Mar 1987

Roland's latest MIDI controller is certainly an improvement over their previous efforts, but the competition has got tougher, too. Simon "Chops" Trask gives the new MKB the once-over.

Roland Mother Keyboard System

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1984

A new prestige keyboard line-up that fuses traditional modular synthesis concepts with the latest interface technology. The complete system surveyed by Dan Goldstein.

 

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