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M-Audio Announces Wireless USB MIDI Controllers

M-Audio announces its MidAir line of wireless USB MIDI controllers and interfaces featuring wireless technology from Frontier Design Group, including the MidAir 25 ($249.95; pictured with a MidAir receiver) and MidAir 37 ($299.95.) keyboard controllers.

The MidAir 25 offers 25 velocity-sensitive keys in a wireless chassis and delivers an effective range of 30 feet with the same real-time response and low latency as wired controllers. Users also get eight MIDI-assignable knobs, modulation and pitch bend wheels, assignable sustain button and a pedal input. The larger MidAir 37 offers 37 keys and adds nine assignable faders.

Each controller ships with the MidAir receiver, a 2.4GHz wireless interface that connects to a Mac or PC and relays MIDI data from the controller. The MidAir receiver also functions as a standard USB-MIDI interface, which allows users to work with other MIDI gear without the need for separate interfaces. Like many other M-Audio peripherals, the MidAir receiver is a class-compliant device, so no drivers are required.

The MidAir receiver can also be used without a host computer and connected directly to a standard MIDI instrument. Both controllers can be powered with either the included 9-volt DC power adapter or with standard batteries.

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