M-Audio is now shipping Evolution’s new UC-33e, a compactcontroller designed for use with any computer/MIDI setup. The UC-33eallows instant and simultaneous controls of up to 47 differentparameters via its 24 assignable rotary controllers, nine assignablesliders and 14 assignable buttons including a 10-button keypad.
Thirty-three nonvolatile memory locations allow quick and easy setupchanges. The UC-33e can be used with a conventional MIDI setup for liveperformances or as a remote controller for an existing studio rack.When used in stand-alone mode, the MIDI Out can be used to send MIDIcontroller data to a MIDI rack. The UC-33e comes with preconfiguredsettings for use with a variety of popular plug-ins, virtualinstruments and host applications (including presets for PropellerheadReason’s Malstrom, Subtractor, ReDrum, Dr.Rex, NN-19 and Mixer).The unit also ships with five color overlays for the front panel,customized for popular software programs such as Ableton Live, plus ablank template that users can tailor to their personal setup needs.
The UC-33e’s controller mute function mutes the output of allcontrollers, allowing users to position them before tweaking, therebypreventing parameters such as filter cut-off or amplitude levels fromchanging abruptly during performance. The unit also features a drawbarmode for the sliders, which greatly enhances the experience of playingvirtual instruments such as Native Instruments’ B4 virtualHammond organ.
The UC-33e ships with an extensive software bundle featuring adedicated librarian program that gives PC users the ability to save,edit and share keyboard setups. Also included are Sound Studio II, apowerful MIDI and audio sequencer with VST plug-in support; MusicTeacher, a tutorial program that teaches users to play the keyboard;MusicPlanet, an array of professionally recorded samples; and a largeselection of VST plug-ins and virtual instrument demos.
The UC-33e carries an MSRP of $329.95 and is now shipping. For more,visit www.m-audio.com.