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QWERTY keyboards are for email, not music. Laptop musicians and DJs should look instead to the Faderfox Micromodul line of boutique German MIDI controllers, designed specially for DJ apps and live music software Ableton Live. They'll even fit right over top of your laptop keyboard— unless you planned on hitting AIM during your all-night set. Previously Europe-only, creator Mathias says he'll soon be shipping them worldwide. Stick them in an aluminum case, and you can go worldwide, too—once you explain to airport security that they don't control explosives.

Faderfox Live/DJ MIDI Controllers Hit 2nd Generation [Create Digital Music]