M-Audio has added to its Keystation Series with the Keystation 61es, a control solution that can be used with or without a computer. Features include a 5-octave semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keyboard that offers improved performance response as compared to basic keybed designs.
Performance controls include a pitch-bend wheel, assignable modulation wheel, assignable slider control and assignable foot-pedal connection. The unit also features transposition buttons and ability to send program and bank change messages. Weighing in at just 11 pounds, Keystation 61es can also be used while on the road.
With class-compliancy under Windows XP or Mac OS X, no driver installation is required. And because the unit features USB bus power, setup for use with any MIDI application is via plugging in the USB cable. Drivers are also included for Windows 95/98/Me/2000 and Mac OS 9.1 users. The optional power supply allows the Keystation 61es to be used as a stand-alone controller for hardware synthesizers and more. In addition to the above feature set, Keystation 61es ships with M-Audio’s Maximum Audio Tools software bundle.
The Keystation 61es is currently shipping and carries an MSRP of $199.95.
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