Edirol PCR-800 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller  

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61 keys and over 50 controls put you in the driver's seat.

The PCR-800 USB MIDI keyboard controller provides a full set of tools for live or studio performance with 50 fully assignable controls including drum pads. The updated PCR Series has all the existing controls of the previous range, but adds exciting new features, such as velocity pads—perfect for playing drums and triggering sampler phrases. These precision pads can operate as buttons or velocity pads, and the handy LED indicators identify which of the two modes is selected. The crossfader allows control of two parameters
at the same time, and can be used to control synthesizer filters, DJ gestures, and more. The long-throw sliders can control eight track
faders and one master fader, or function as organ drawbars.

High-Quality Keyboard with Aftertouch

The ultra sensitive keyboard provides a wider dynamic range under your fingertips, while advanced aftertouch sensors allow you to play
more expressively. Smooth key action, keys shaped for comfortable glissando playing, silent operation, and stable key mounting all
contribute to the enhanced playability of these keyboards.

Intelligent Dynamic Mapping and Editor Software

Dynamic Mapping allows the PCR to automatically assign its physical controls to the most important parameters (e.g. in the current window
of the software being used). Fifteen user memory locations are provided for storing your favorite setups. When using software that's not compatible with Dynamic Mapping, you can manually configure the Control Map settings from the PCR itself or the included PCR Editor Software (Mac or Win).

Side Panel Connections for Streamlined Routing

The rear panel of the keyboard is free of connections so that you can easily have a computer display (e.g. LCD monitor), ASCII keyboard, mouse and mouse pad, or laptop computer behind the keyboard — in the ideal position for use. This is especially beneficial for educational users in classrooms where space is often restricted. All connections are located on the left side - USB, MIDI IN/OUT plus separate Hold and Expression pedal ports. The PCR keyboard works with USB bus-power. AC adaptor not required. (The optional PSB series AC Adaptor is sold separately.) A MIDI Merge capability from the MIDI input to either the MIDI output (or to the computer via USB) is also provided, and is convenient for advanced MIDI systems.

Features

  • 61 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch
  • High-quality key mechanism, Durable, stable body
  • 50 fully assignable controls
  • Editor software included (PC & Mac)
  • 18 velocity pads
  • Unique crossfader feature
  • "Dynamic mapping" - intelligent control assignment
  • Convenient side-panel connections
  • USB bus-powered
  • MIDI merge
 
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Too Bad its Discontinued because this Is one Beast of a machine!

By Deborah Jeffrey

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As a midi controller, the PCR-800s hardware connections give the user plenty of control options while reducing its footprint. The PCR-800 uses multiple methods to send midi data to other devices. The user can either connect the keyboard directly to the computer with its USB port or attach midi equipment to the PCR-800 via its one in one out midi interface. Its left side contains all the connections to plug in equipment and power cables. This frees up the space along the back side of the keyboard and allows one to place a computer keyboard or monitor directly behind the PCR-800. By utilizing the space behind the midi controller, the amount of space necessary for a musical workspace can be drastically reduced. Power to the keyboard is provided directly from a computer via the USB port or an optional DC wall adaptor. Unfortunately, the DC adaptor is not included and the consumer will be forced to spend another ten to twenty dollars if they are planning to operate the PCR-800 away from a computer.
The PCR-800s keys have a quality feel that makes them delightful to perform and compose on. The keyboard features a 61-key, or five octave range, that allows a musician to play nearly any piece without feeling like they are going to run out of room on a complex classical sonata or synthesizer solo. In addition, the keyboard can be transposed up another five octaves or down four to fit any necessary range. All of the velocity sensitive keys are firmly attached and do not wiggle, shake, or make noise as they are pressed while performing. The keys also have aftertouch, which allows the musician to alter a characteristic of a sound playing while a key is pressed down. Although the PCR-800 does not feature weighted piano-like keys that may allow one to play more expressively, its non-weighted design makes the keyboard action smoother and enables a performer to play quicker than on semi and fully weighted keyboards.
In addition to high quality keys, the PCR-800 possesses controls are that are just as superior. The PCR-800 boasts 9 knobs, 9 faders, and 27 buttons that can be customized to operate any midi software program or device. All of the controls are situated naturally on the top left and center of the keyboard. Each of the controls is made out of rubber and gives the user an easy surface to grip and operate. Assigning midi messages to each control is simple and quick using the keyboards interface since a controls assignment can be easily changed in about five button presses. For example, faders can be used to change the volume of a sound, knobs can be assigned to control the cutoff and attack of a sound, and buttons can be assigned to trigger drum samples or change sounds on the fly. After assigning the controls, the PCR-800 allows the user to save their control settings on one of 16 control maps. This would allow someone to make separate control maps for each computer program or device in use. The PCR-800 also has preprogrammed controls that enable a musician to quickly switch between control maps during a performance.
Probably the quality that sets the PCR-800 apart from its competition is the number of useful features found in this controller. In addition to the faders, knobs, buttons, and velocity sensitive pads which can be found on many other keyboards, the PCR possesses a DJ-style cross-fader. Using this would allow someone to trigger two separate sounds or control two different settings of their synthesizer at the same time. One practical example of the use of a cross-fader is to switch a device from monophonic to polyphonic. This operation would require two separate buttons to be programmed instead of simply using the cross-fader to do the task. Another feature typically not found on many keyboards and midi controllers is the midi merge function. This gives the user the capability to plug another midi keyboard into the PCR-800 so that both keyboards would control the same program or device. A musician could play one keyboard and utilize its controls while still using the controls of the PCR-800, making it very useful for live performance. The Edirol brand exclusive dynamic mapping function of the PCR-800 is specially designed for use with a computer. This allows the keyboard to instantly change the control map to best fit whatever computer software is currently in use. It will even switch based upon what window in the software the user is currently working in. This eliminates the need to constantly remap and change the controls of the PCR-800. Another interesting feature is the use of a D-beam modulation and pitch bend wheel. The D-beam controls pitch bend function on a horizontal axis and modulation, or effects, of a sound on its vertical axis. This design combines the two into one control and allows a performer to be extremely expressive. On the other hand, D-beam springs back to the zero position after being released. This would not allow one to leave modulation on after releasing the control and forces the musician to keep their hand on the D-beam if sustained modulation of a sound is desired.
The PCR-800s sheer number of controls and features will meet and surpass the needs of anyone interested in computer music. Its smooth playing action and high quality keys allow one to play complex piano pieces and fast synthesizer riffs expressively. The forty five assignable buttons, knobs, and faders give the user complete control over their music software programs and midi devices. In addition, the PCR-800s unique dynamic mapping and cross-fader control offer even more musical options that similar midi controllers do not. The PCR-800 delivers precisely what any keyboardist would want in a cost effective package, and I love using it for gigging as well as composition. Computer composers and synth module maniacs rejoice, your dream controller has finally come at last!

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