Moog's Chris Stack (left) and EM's Geary Yelton
Moog Music MP-201 ($499)
The ergonomic and versatile Moog Music MP-201 multi-pedal was a clear standout among auxiliary hardware. The sturdy, all-metal unit is equally at home with hardware and virtual instruments and effects on both Mac and PC, and naturally, the MP-201 works seamlessly with other Moog devices. You can individually program its four outputs as analog signals (CV, gate or LFO) or MIDI data. Its four footswitches, treadle and rotary-encoder/pushbutton let you dance your way through a host of controller options. Dual-purpose backlit rings around the footswitches and an LCD provide essential feedback even onstage. MIDI (standard and USB) and analog (1/4-inch TS) outputs are conveniently arrayed along the back.