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Now Shipping: M-Audio Keystation 88es

M-Audio is now shipping the new Keystation 88es USB MIDI controller.

M-Audio is now shipping the new Keystation 88es USB MIDI controller.

With 88 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys, the Keystation 88es incorporates a built-in USB MIDI interface for Macs and PCs, including a separate MIDI Out jack for controlling MIDI hardware. Pitch bend and modulation wheels are accompanied by an assignable volume/control slider, advanced function button for programming and assignable data up/down buttons, as well as sustain and expression pedal inputs.

Class compliancy with Windows XP and Mac OS X allows for plug-and-play setup. The 22-pound unit is bus-powered, so one USB cable is the only connection required. The unit ships with M-Audio’s Maximum Audio Tools software bundle, as well as a 6-foot USB cable.

MME and Mac OS X Core MIDI technology make the Keystation 88es compatible with most popular music education and studio software. Minimum system requirements for PC are Windows 98SE/Me/2000 (SP4)/XP (SP1). Minimum system requirements for Mac are OS X 10.1.5 (native USB port required; G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported).

Programming options on the Keystation 88es include Octave Shift, Transpose, Program Change, Bank LSB, Bank MSB, MIDI Channel, MIDI Out from USB, Reset All Controllers, Wheel Assign and Slider Assign. MSRP: $299.95.

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