Longstanding British electronic outfit The Black Dog has announced the launch of Machinewerks, a music-tech company that is currently raising funds for its first product, the CS X51 USB/MIDI controller. Said to have been born out of a frustration with the current crop of MIDI controllers available on the market, Machinewerks has designed its own, a unit which is boasted as “a beautifully designed and built USB/MIDI control surface for electronic musicians and DJs—100% programmable and compatible.” The sleek unit features 28 rotary knobs, seven faders, and 16 assignable buttons in a 4×4 matrix (each with responsive blue LEDs), all of which, as they say, can be completely custom programmed. A video explaining the inner workings of and inspiration behind the forthcoming controller can be viewed below, while full details can be read over on the company’s Kickstarter page, where early backers will recieve a unit from the first run of CS X51s for a seemingly reasonable £275.

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