M-Audio Keystation 61 MKII

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61 full-sized keys with natural feel.

Step into computer-based music creation and performance with the Keystation 61 keyboard controller from M-Audio. Keystation 61 is a simple, powerful MIDI controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on your Mac or PC. It features 61 full-size velocity-sensitive keys and a series of controls that expand the range of playable notes, expressive capabilities, and enhance your recording workflow. Use the octave range buttons; pitch-bend and modulation wheels; and transport and directional controls to play, perform, and record with your music software without using a mouse or trackpad. Keystation 61 also includes a 1/4" (6.3mm) sustain pedal input that lets you use an external control pedal, such as the SP2 (sold separately), for genuine piano sustain.

Pure Player Experience
Lightweight and durable, Keystation 61 is perfect for traveling musicians who want to take command of music software during live performances or producers who wish to add an intuitive MIDI controller with a natural feeling keybed to their studio. For an easy-to-use and portable setup, Keystation 61 is USB-powered, class-compliant, and supports USB-MIDI connectivity. Plus, Keystation 61 supports iOS connectivity with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately), enabling you to perform and compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices.

SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble
Bundled with Keystation 61 is a premium virtual instrument from SONiVOX. SONiVOX's Eighty-Eight Ensemble is a world-class piano instrument that authentically captures a 9-foot CD327 Steinway piano. Meticulously recorded and expertly sampled, Eighty-Eight Ensemble provides every producer and performer the opportunity to infuse their compositions, recordings, and performances with the breathtaking realism of a world-class grand piano. Use the combination patches to layer strings, synth pads, and choral pads with the high-fidelity piano samples and create evolving, lush soundscapes and textures.

Ableton Live Lite
Also included with Keystation 61 is Ableton Live Lite - one of the most popular performance and production programs available in the world. A powerful music creation tool, Ableton Live Lite enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a fluid audio/MIDI environment. Explore sonic possibilities in real time whether on stage or in the studio. When you are satisfied with your work, Ableton Live Lite lets you save it or mix it down.

  • 61 full-size velocity-sensitive keys with natural piano feel
  • USB-MIDI connection for playing virtual instruments and more
  • Transport and directional buttons let you operate your DAW from the keyboard
  • Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls for expressive performances
  • USB-powered and supports plug-and-play connectivity to your Mac or PC
  • Lightweight design for easy setup and portability
  • iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, a powerful music performance and creation software
  • Includes SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble virtual piano instrument

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Good Value Controller with a few caveats

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Comments about M-Audio Keystation 61 MKII:

I use this keyboard as a 2nd keyboard for live (loud!) playing. It seems solidly built, is light (10 lbs), and is relatively small. Powered by USB from my main synth.

The semi-weighted keys seem overly stiff to me, but it may just take time to get used to them. The velocity seems biased to the high side, difficult to play quietly. There are no velocity curves or adjustments in the Keystation itself. However, most sound generators will allow you to select/adjust incoming velocity.

1st Keystation 61 shipped to me had a problem where a couple of pitches would sound the incorrect notes. This wasn't the keys, but somehow certain pitches got mangled. Music123 took it back right away and sent me a replacement very quickly. Kudos to M123 service!

Overall a great value and very convenient to use!

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