The M Audio Keystation 61es is an affordable USB-MIDI controller keyboard. The 61es offers semi-weighted keys that give you the feel of a piano in a compact, affordable MIDI controller. Ideal for a multitude of music creation and education applications, the Keystation 61es offers you modulation and Pitch Bend Wheels, plus assignable buttons and a slider for hands on control. The Keystation 61es is class compliant and features true plug-and-play operation under Windows XP and Mac OS X. Features 61 note full-size velocity sensitive, semi-weighted keyboard Powered by USB (cable included) Pitch bend wheel Assignable modulation wheel Sustain pedal socket (pedal not included) Assignable slider Function button for programming Assignable data up/down buttons MIDI Out socket USB to MIDI OUT interface DC power input for stand-alone use (adapter not included) Programming Options Octave Shift Transpose Program Change Bank LSB Bank MSB MIDI Channel MIDI Out from USB Reset All Controllers Wheel Assign Slider Assign Easy Control Controls in M-Audio keyboards aren't buried mysteriously in obscure menus. The keys have a second layer of functions, allowing you to program MIDI control information directly from the black and whites. Here's how it works: Press the MIDI/Select button. Press keyboard note whose label corresponds to the parameter you wish to change. Use the Data Entry slider to select the value or enter numeric values by pressing the keys labeled with numbers.
The Keystation 61es is a 61-note USB keyboard with velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keys that is designed to easily integrate in any computer music environment. Class-compliancy with Mac OS X, Windows XP, and Vista (32 bit) delivers true plug-and-play setup. The Keystation 61es is also compatible with many music education and music creation software titles, making it ideal for classrooms and studios alike. More advanced users can control software synths, external sound devices, and more with the assignable slider, and pitch and mod wheels. This sleek, compact keyboard is USB bus-powered and requires no external power supply.
88-Key Semi-Weighted USB MIDI Controller
Pitch bend and modulation wheels are ideal for controlling synths, samplers, etc.
Easily assign the control slider to different parameters of sound modules or software.
61-note velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action
61 keys means no constant hitting of an octave switch, an annoyance with smaller controllers. The semi-weighted action gives you a piano feel, and since it's velocity sensitive, your dynamic playing is accurately sent as data.
Pitch bend and modulation wheels
These are ideal for controlling synths, samplers, etc.
Volume/assignable control slider
Easily assign the control slider to different parameters of sound modules or software, for further control over your sound.
Advanced function button for programming
When the Advanced Functions button is pressed, the keyboard goes into "Edit Mode." In Edit Mode, the keys on the keyboard are used for selecting functions and entering data. Black keys are used for selecting functions, while the white keys are used for data entry and channel selection.
Sustain pedal input (pedal sold separately)
Add a sustain pedal, such as the M-Audio SP-1, for piano-like pedal control of your notes' duration.
Built-in USB MIDI interface
Easily interface with most MIDI software using the built-in USB MIDI interface. The standard MIDI "out" jack routes MIDI signals from the keyboard or computer to your external devices.
The 61es grabs power from the USB port on your computer. You can also purchase a 9VDC power adapter.
Mac OS X and Windows XP class compliant
Enjoy plug-and-play operation with both Mac OS X and Windows XP. Ableton Live Lite music production software is included, so you can make music right away on either platform.
What's in the Box
M-Audio Keystation 61es USB Keyboard, USB Cable, User's Manual, Ableton Live Lite Software