What if you had a MIDI controller that’s custom-tailored to each of the plug-ins you regularly use? And I’m not talking a pre-mapped MIDI keyboard or anything like that – but a full-blown plug-in control surface, complete with a colour screen? Keyboards from Nektar and Native Instruments got us pretty close, but so far, there’s nothing quite like the MP MIDI Controller on the market. Let’s take a closer look.
MP MIDI Controller
The MP MIDI Controller is able to tranform your virtual synthesizers and effects into desktop-bound, tactile variants of themselves. The unit has as many as 32 knobs that you can easily map onto parameters from the sizeable touchscreen. On the DAW side, a VST/AU host plug-in transfers information between the active plug-in and the controller. The host is compatible with all major DAWs on PC and Mac.
In a way, the MP MIDI Controller is like a universal plug-in remote control. Apart from freeing you from the mouse, it lets you tweak parameters simultaneously – just like you would on an analog synthesizer. A unit like has the potential to make you see your favourite plug-ins in a whole new light. Any effect or VSTi becomes a performance instrument or a piece of outboard with a virtual heart.
I’m really digging this, even if I’m already satisfied with where my hybrid workflow is at the moment. I also like the unit’s sleek and classy design, the all-wood veneers, and that massive screen.
The MP MIDI Controller is available for pre-order now, with initial shipments planned for the end of January 2021. The introductory price is EUR 650 (sans European VAT), which I don’t think is too expensive for that sort of thing.