Modular MAWZER Controller, a Reality in July?

We first heard about the Mawzer modular control surface over two years ago. In CDM time, that’s like the Bronze Age. The idea was appealing enough: assemble controller layouts by plugging in different modules in whatever combination you like, Lego-style. (See below for someone using actual Legos; that’s another story.) Building specialized music hardware from scratch and dealing with production issues takes time, though, so for quite a while the Mawzer has been off the radar screen. Surprise: the Mawzer is nearly here. The modular controller prototype has been making the rounds in performance. As of last month, the Mawzer’s …

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More on Mawzer: Modular, Custom Control Surface

We had an early look last week at the upcoming Mawzer Control Surface, a modular box that lets you combine faders, knobs, and controls via plug-and-play modules to form whatever control box you can imagine. Since then, the Mawzer folks have gradually been feeding us more details. Finally we have a high-res image to drool over (also shown at right; click for full version), which shows a configuration for DJs and laptop musicians. Looks like top-quality gear if they can pull it off. Mawzer has also posted a preliminary module list: POT : 4 potentiometers FAD : 1 fader 10cm …

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Musikmesse: Customizable, Modular Mawzer Control Surface

Want to go Sasha one better and customize your own modular control surface for all of your software? The Mawzer gives new meaning to the term plug and play. You start with a simple backplane and plug in various modules such as faders, buttons, and knobs, assign MIDI controls and you're good to go. Even better is the ability to tear down and reconfigure the surface as needed. Enclosed in a flight-case, the Mawzer looks rugged enough for gigging. Cost of entry is high at around $700 for the backplane, while individual modules range from $30 to $180 for an …

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