Its 25 keys have a short-stroke, low-profile impact mechanism SLIM and, while they’re standard width, the keyboard feels a little clunky. Despite these minor reservations, the PCR-M1 remains a very good choice for DJs, VJs, and anyone who wants to add an extremely compact yet still playable and functional controller to their gig bag. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audience is coming from. Nine additional buttons to the left of the keyboard perform functions such as octave shift, transpose, enter, back, cancel, and transport control functions. The controls include a single infinite rotary encoder that affects whatever parameter you have selected and eight assignable knobs that send MIDI values to their assigned destinations.

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Previous post More Free Operator Sounds: The controls include a single infinite rotary encoder that affects whatever parameter you have selected and eight assignable knobs that send MIDI values to their assigned destinations. Pitch-bend and modulation controls take some getting used to.

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Backpack digital musicians seeking even more portability, the PCR-M1 remains the holy grail of thin keyboards. I was pleasantly surprised by the keyboard feel but I never could get used to the mod and pitch bend controls.

Fortunately, this is made relatively easy with the inclusion of some plastic overlay templates and a software editor. This is the same territory in fact, that M-Audio mapped out with its highly successful Oxygen 8.

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I used the PCR-1 to control a variety of software instruments running on my Mac G5 in both standalone and plug-in mode and found it to be extremely responsive. Peter Kirn – June 21, Please read our Privacy Policy. Its eight knobs and six buttons all assignable are reassuringly positive and a Shift function means that all knobs and three of the buttons can be remapped instantly, making for 27 controllable parameters per map.

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Edirol, who has been in the controller game longer than most, have clearly aimed it at the computer musician who wants to slip this thing into a backpack along with a laptop and go.

Next post Behringer Gear: Cons Keys feel a bit clunky. The four buttons alongside the rotary encoder can be used to set MIDI channel, select banks, change programs, and other common operations. The button arrangement is logical, functional and complete. For all its extensive functionality, including both MIDI In and Out and sockets for Roland expression pedals, populating the 16 control-map save locations could result in some head-scratching for folk who don’t like reading manuals.

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Despite these minor reservations, the PCR-M1 remains a very good choice for DJs, VJs, and anyone who wants to add an extremely compact yet still playable and functional controller to their gig bag. It has the sleek lines of its stablemate and Edirol seem to have had portability in mind – there’s even a padded neoprene gig bag in the box.

Its 25 keys have a short-stroke, low-profile impact mechanism SLIM and, while they’re standard width, the keyboard feels a little clunky. Nine additional buttons to the left of the keyboard perform functions such as octave shift, transpose, enter, back, cancel, and transport control functions.

So where does the PCR-M1 fit in? Pros Easy to lug around. It measures a mere one inch thick and weighs just a bit over eidrol lbs.

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All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more. The VJs in the house will welcome the inclusion of a V-Link connector, allowing you to link your musical performances to video. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audience is coming from.

In place of the usual wheels or joystick are a short metal bar, used for modulation, and a rubberized oval-shaped pitch bend control.

A simple three-character LED is available to indicate current values. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.

The overall build quality is excellent, although the unusual design of the pitch-bend and modulation controls takes some getting used to. Other controllers these days, from the likes of Novation and M-Audio, come already set-up for use with leading software instruments, so I was a bit disappointed that I had to spend the time creating my own templates.

A three-character LCD offers a limited view of what’s going on and there’s a fair few button-press combinations to master. Like most controllers of this type, it includes standard width keys.

The short keys and shallow action are a necessary compromise but the keyboard feels solidly made, quite unlike the cheap-feeling keys found on too many other controllers. That said, PCR Editor software is bundled, and you can download pre-authored control surface templates from edirol.