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This month on WLPR we’re focusing on gear. Specifically gear that won’t break the bank, and delivers on its promises.
Last week I shared with you my top picks for budget-friendly audio interfaces. And today we’re continuing our February series with my top picks for USB Controllers.
Trying to identify the best USB Controller for Logic Pro users has become a pet project for me.
You see, there seems to be no end to the controllers optimized for Ableton Live. But what about the rest of us???
Today Logic Pro has Live Loops, a Step Sequencer, Samplers, and Smart Controls for producing music. And Logic Remote on the iPad is still the only “controller” out there that ties all this together.
In my opinion, It’s time for a developer to create a controller optimized for Logic!
Now I still believe Logic Remote on the iPad is the best control surface out there. But for some, an iPad might be a touch expensive. Or maybe using a screen to perform feels a bit weird.
So although there isn’t a USB controller that does it all yet, I do think there are some pretty cool options.
After researching, buying, and examining what’s available, I’ve landed on 2 Controllers.
These don’t break the bank, and have some fun extra features to add to your Logic tool kit:
Both the Launchkey Mini and Komplete M32 have advanced integrations with Logic Pro.
For example, the Launchkey Mini features:
- Session Mode – which allows you to navigate, record-enable, solo and mute your tracks
- Drum Mode – which adapts the drum pads specifically for finger drumming
- Device Mode – which allows you to use the 8 rotary knobs for direct control of Smart Controls (without having to map External Assignments)
- Volume, Pan, and Sends Modes – which allows you to use the 8 rotary knobs for volume, pan, and send adjustments
Plus the Launchkey Mini comes with its own unique features:
- A standalone Arpeggiator, which is built into the controller and completely customizable
- A standalone Chord Trigger, which is also built into the controller and customizable
- 3rd party instruments and plugins thanks to Novation’s Plugin Collective
Whereas the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol M32 features:
- DAW Mode – which allows you to use the 8 rotary knobs for adjust volume, pan, mute and solo of tracks in Logic
- Extension Transport – which gives you deep control over playback, recording, count in and metronome, tap tempo – all from the controller
- MIDI Mode – which allows you to map Smart Controls across 4 pages of MIDI Controls
- OLED Screen – which tells you exactly what controls you are affecting, just by touching the rotary knobs. No more guessing!
Plus the Komplete Kontrol M32 comes with its own unique features:
- Comes with Komplete Start instrument bundle – plus some select software instruments from Native Instruments
- Arpeggiator, Scale, and Chord Modes when using Komplete Kontrol in Logic Pro
And that’s just the highlight reel! So be sure to check out today’s video 🙂