M-Audio Keystation 61ES 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Semi-Weighted Keys (OLD MODEL)
- Programming Options include: Octave Shift, Transpose, Program Change, Bank LSB, Bank MSB, MIDI Channel MIDI out for USB
- 61 note full-size velocity sensitive, semi-weighted keyboard.
- MIDI Out socket. USB to MIDI OUT interface. DC power input for stand-alone use (adaptor not included)
- Function button for programming. Assignable data up/down buttons.
- Powered by USB.
- Reset all controllers, Wheel assign, Slider Assign.
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I thought at first that the keys were a little bit "springy", but I soon got used to them. So much so that when I went back to my old Yamaha keyboard (not weighted), the Yamaha felt terrible. This M-Audio lets you play nice and subtle.
There's not much to this keyboard, just a couple of very smooth acting wheels (pitch and modulation), a volume slider and a couple of function buttons. It all seems well-made and the keyboard is heavier than I expected.
I was pleased to find that when I took it out of its box, plugged in the USB cable and opened GarageBand, everything worked perfectly, immediately. No messing about.
It works well with GarageBand (not tried it with anything else), and being powered by the USB cable means it's dead easy to plug in and start playing.
At this price, I can't see how you can go wrong.
This keyboard had a great feel to it, once you get used to the slight springyness of the keys (as compared to a piano). Setup was incredibly easy, just plug it in and turn it on, USB powered. Works with Garage Band and Logic Pro.
I use the music program Logic Pro 9 on my Mac, and it works wonderfully with this keyboard. You can play so many different instruments. I prefer the simplicity of this product compared to other keyboards; the pitch bend and modulation wheels are easy and fun to use, and the octave change buttons extend the notes, as if you have more keys.
If you buy this keyboard, I would recommend the M-Audio SP-2 US65010 Sustain Pedal Piano Style Sustain for Keyboards for another great effect. It adds a whole other layer to your music. Just plug it in the back of the keyboard, and it has the perfect resistance for different sustain levels.
Get an sp-2 pedal and lock on a steinway software instrument setting on your garageband or logic and boom! Your will play god's whispers.
The velocity sensitive keys all work and are pretty intuitive. It is not as sensitive or realistic as a piano, but who cares, it's 20lbs instead of 2,000lbs, and can play thousands of different sounds.
This is a midi controller, does not have speakers of its own, and does not have sounds of its own, you will have to hook it into a computer.
It comes with abelon live lite which is a program that has some synthesized sounds and recording capabilities. Neither of which I have used. There are lots of free synthesizer programs you can get too.
If you are new to synth music like me, I would suggest finding some free programs on the internet and playing around with them on your keyboard before deciding if you want to get something like this to make note progression more intuitive.
I was contemplating getting casio's priva for like $400, glad I didn't because this is plenty for me to learn some stuff on. I'm mainly interested in playing around with making psytrance music, and having something that I can feel comfortable with my 3yr old daughter having a bit of gentle fun with.
It's big enough you can rest it on your lap, but it is a bit unwieldy. I'd say it's a bit bigger than 3 full size computer keyboards.
Made in China, all visible parts plastic with exception of connectors. The bottom can be unscrewed, for repairs I assume.
CONS: I had to return this item twice for two different reasons, both having to do with the shoddy plastic parts with which this item is made. The first time, one of the key-depressing mechanisms was broken causing that key to click loudly every time you played it. The second time, the modulation wheel was broken, causing it to slip downward while you played (which of course makes your notes bend flatter and flatter).
I'm not going to give this item a third try. I think I'll invest a little more money into something a little more substantive. Proceed with caution if you're considering this item.
Since I'm not using it as a replacement for a piano, the 61 keys are no problem. It took a little getting accustomed to using the keys to change the range though. Response is good and the feel is OK to me - then again, as stated before, I'm not much of a musician.
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