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NAMM 2013: Samson’s DJ/Producer Controllers, MD13 + MF8

NAMM 2013 has been relatively quiet in comparison to previous years in terms of new products being announced and showcased, but it has given us a bit more time to wander off the beaten path to see what some of the pro audio companies were up to. It didn’t disappoint – as it turns out that Samson Technologies is entering the MIDI controller game with two new controllers that we had a chance to see exclusive prototypes of.

The MD13 (top) and MF8 (bottom) controllers are clearly made to compete with similar offerings from Korg and Akai. While we weren’t able to play with anything close to a final unit in terms of the quality of the controls (the pads, knobs, and faders are all not final or functional), we’ll see how they end up feeling and what price range they’re in upon release.

We’re excited to explore a bit more off the beaten path tomorrow at NAMM to see what other hidden secrets the show holds – for more NAMM 2013 coverage:

  • Giles Dickerson

    I own both of these, you guys in the comments are completely mistaken. The knobs and faders all feel really thick and buttery and are pretty large actually. The size is perfect across the bottom of my macbook. For portable mixcontrols and controlling a software synth like Thor these are ridiculous.

  • wardtf

    >MD13

    GOOD
    + Pad placement
    + Extra controls

    BAD
    – Size of extra controls
    – Browse knob is ugly
    – Not sexy

    >MF8

    GOOD
    + Nothing

    BAD
    – Everything

    • wardtf

      Conclusion:

      The pad placement idea of the MD13 is a great idea, the size of the controls make it suck…

      The MF8 would be nice if the controls where bigger/higher or even compactible for chroma caps..

  • DurtyEnglish

    tiny ass knobs ? haha is that a hobbit controller ?

  • fingerface

    NO THANK U