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iControl offers tactile interface to GarageBand

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Fri April 8, 2005

iControl for GarageBand

M-Audio has unvieled, , which gives users total tactile control over GarageBand. It provides users with dedicated transport buttons and jog wheel, eight rotary encoders for track functions like volume or pan, or effects parameters in GarageBand's EQ or any other AU plug-in. Also available is dedicated mute, solo, and record-enable buttons. The USB-powered iControl is automatically recognized by GarageBand; it will ship in May for $180.

iControl's eight rotary encoders are easily assigned to track functions like volume and pan, or to parameters for effects such as GarageBand's EQ or any other AU plug-in. iControl also provides dedicated mute, solo and record-enable buttons for each track, plus a master volume fader. iControl is USB bus-powered, class-compliant, and automatically recognized by GarageBand, making setup easy.


  • 8 endless rotary encoders assignable to control volume, pan, aux bus sends or effects
  • 7 mode buttons assign encoders to control tracks or effects
  • 8 sets of Mute, Solo, and Record-enable buttons
  • +/- buttons assign the group of eight encoders to additional banks of eight tracks or effect parameters
  • master volume fader
  • dedicated transport buttons: Play, Stop, Record, Fast Forward, Rewind, Rewind to Start, and Project Cycle on/off
  • jog wheel for easy song positioning
  • Option button for future enhancements
  • USB bus-powered--no power adapter required
  • additional MIDI 5-pin MIDI input jack for control by external MIDI keyboard
  • class-compliant driver
  • automatically recognized by GarageBand for easy setup

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