Behringer Motör 61 Midi Keyboard Controller [Review]


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The Behringer Motör 61 was announced in this year’s PLS Gearfest and I couldn’t be happy myself at the news.

All that sleek built, nine touch-sensitive, motorized faders (useful for automation), eight rotary encoders and eight velocity and pressure sensitive performance pads.

It will bring out the best in any live performer, movie scorer or anyone else who wants to write music and make it sound so awesome.

I’ve got my hands on a pair that I believe is something else.

This is the stuff of legends, to be honest. Mind you.

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Sexy Beasty Design

At first look, the Behringer Motör 61 is a savage but sexy beast. It has full control-surface functionality with 61 keys that are semi-weighted.

It also has aftertouch features that would really do well integrated with vibratos and other synthesizer effects.

The motorized faders are the best thing about this keyboard. With a great set of such, you could record automation and work it seamlessly for pre and post editing. The motorized faders were originally part of the company’s X32 digital mixing consoles.

Combined with a 61 semi-weighted keybed and these faders being touch sensitive, you know you’re in for a good time.

I was actually amazed that these are 60mm faders. There’s a lot of stuff to go through.

Their touch-sensitive functionality also guarantees a sharp edge towards finally editing your stuff without having to move or mistakenly adjust anything.

One thing they’ve really improved on though is the keybed set. Previous Behringer MIDI keyboard controllers were quite clanky when you used them. They produced lots of noise albeit very smooth key transitions.

Of course, this comes with:

  • eight velocity trigger pads,
  • a dedicated transport control (it works with most high-level DAWs), and it has…
  • a bright LCD to tell you the functions of the motorized faders.

Integrating Features

You have the best backlit velocity sensitive triggers and great controllers for your VST instrument. While the Behringer Motör I’ve been able to test didn’t have any software bundle to go with it, I decided to “ride it” with the Cockos Reaper DAW.

Setup didn’t take so much time. I just had to load its drivers and voila. It takes a bit of time to setup though since it didn’t come with its own integration software (which shouldn’t be a hassle since this isn’t mine to begin with).

But when I got it right, I started to load up my favorite synthesizer using my VST, assigned some controls to my motorized faders and I got things sounding pretty neat and powerful.

While I believe it has lots of potential once Behringer ships it with its software, at this point, it feels as if it was designed to work with DAWs and less with what Behringer might ship it with.

Of course we all know that it might just be a DAW they made with some features that integrate it directly to a much suitable DAW, but still, this takes the cake very much.

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