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Gigbag: December 2002

Edirol PCR-50 USB Keyboard Controller

Sporting too many features to list here, Edirol’s PCR-50 keyboard controller is the answer to MIDI users’ prayers. The programmable/real-time controller for sequencers, synthesizers and hardware sound modules has 34 controls (knobs, sliders, buttons, wheels), 25 of which are assignable. The key action is velocity sensitive. Like a lot of the newer MIDI devices on the market, the PCR-50 is USB-enabled, meaning you don’t have to search in vain for a computer with MIDI inputs. The 49-key PCR-50 has a little brother, the PCR-30, with 32 keys.

Planet Waves Chordmaster

Ebm7sus4/F#. Know that chord? Doubt it. We made it up. You could search for it in Planet Waves’ Chordmaster electronic guitar-chord dictionary, but don’t waste your time. Use the dictionary’s LCD touchscreen to find the chords you need. More than 4,000 voicings fit inside the little wonder, which itself fits easily into your guitar case. And how politically correct are the people at Planet Waves? The Chordmaster can be set to display chords for both lefties and righties.

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