Edirol introduce the PCR-300, PCR-500, PCR-800 USB MIDI Keyboard Controllers

Setting New Standards in Portable MIDI Control

Introducing the next generation of EDIROL’s popular MIDI keyboard controllers. In addition to providing more physical controls than previous models, the PCR-300 also offers new innovative and intuitive controls. This controller is solidly built, and optimized for both music production and live performance.

Models incude…

Edirol PCR-300

A 32-note velocity-sensitive MIDI Keyboard Controller with 50 assignable MIDI controllers, 18 velocity pads, a crossfader, a software editor, MIDI input and output, and both sustain and expression pedal connection.

Edirol PCR-500

A 49-note velocity-sensitive MIDI Keyboard Controller with 50 assignable MIDI controllers, 18 velocity pads, a crossfader, a software editor, MIDI input and output, and both sustain and expression pedal connection.

Edirol PCR-800

A 61-note velocity-sensitive MIDI Keyboard Controller with 50 assignable MIDI controllers, 18 velocity pads, a crossfader, a software editor, MIDI input and output, and both sustain and expression pedal connection.

50 x Assignable Controllers

The new PCR Series offers all the controls of previous models, but with the addition of even more controls that allow players to maximize the playability and operability of their MIDI hardware and software.

Assignable Controls & 18 x Velocity Pads

The new PCR Series has all the existing controls of the previous range, but adds exciting new features, such as velocity pads — perfect for playing drums and triggering sampler phrases. These precision pads can operate as buttons or velocity pads, and the handy LED indicators identify which of the two modes is selected.

Unique Crossfader & Long-Throw Sliders

The new Crossfader allows control of two parameters at the same time, and can be used to control synthesizer filters, DJ gestures and more. The new longer-throw sliders can control eight track faders and one master fader, or function as organ drawbars.

High-Quality Keyboards with Aftertouch

The new ultra-sensitive keyboards provide a wider dynamic range under the player’s fingertips, while new aftertouch sensors allow the keyboardist to play more expressively. Smooth key action, keys shaped for comfortable glissando playing, silent operation, and stable key mounting all contribute to the enhanced playability of these keyboards.

Intelligent “Dynamic Mapping” and Editor Software

Dynamic Mapping allows the PCR to automatically assign its physical controls to the most important parameters (e.g. in the current window of the software being used). Fifteen user memory locations are provided for storing your favorite setups. When using software that’s not compatible with Dynamic Mapping, you can manually configure the Control Map settings from the PCR itself or the included PCR Editor Software (Mac or Win).

Side Panel Connections for Streamlined Routing

The rear panel of the keyboard is free of connections so that you can easily have a computer display (e.g. LCD monitor), ASCII keyboard, mouse & mouse pad, or laptop computer behind the keyboard — in the ideal position for use. This is especially beneficial for educational users in classrooms where space is often restricted. All connections are located on the left side – USB, MIDI IN/OUT plus separate Hold and Expression pedal ports. The PCR keyboard works with USB bus power. AC adaptor not required. (The optional PSB series AC Adaptor is sold separately.) A MIDI Merge capability from the MIDI input to either the MIDI output (or to the computer via USB) is also provided, and is convenient for advanced MIDI systems.

Mylo uses Novation software and hardware!

Electronic music guru Myles MacInnes (aka Mylo) has been one of the busiest men in the music business for the last three years, playing with his band on numerous sell-out headline tours and at all the major festivals, as well as DJing across the globe. Now, Myles has decided to settle back into his studio for a while to work on his new album, armed with Novation controllers and soft synths.

Unlike performing with his band, in which he plays with a quartet of sonic pioneers, in the studio Myles works alone. In the centre of his rig sits a ReMOTE 25 SL, which he uses to navigate his way round Propellerheads Reason and Ableton Live. Myles was blown away by the simplicity of Automap and the amount of time he saved not having to assign parameters on his MIDI controller:

I’m not very technical so I’m always full of wonder when things just work. It’s magical! I couldn’t believe how easily the ReMOTE SL connected up with both Reason 3 and Live 6. Tweaking parameters was always such a hassle with the mouse – not any longer. I think I’m going to make an acid-house album.

Amongst his arsenal of software plug-ins lives a Novation Bass Station and V-Station, which now form much of the primary ingredients in his new album material. About the Bass Station, Myles comments:

I wish I’d had this when I was making the first album! It’s fantastic! Hundreds of fat, squelchy bass sounds and a simple and intuitive interface. What more could you want?.