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M-Audio Keystation 61ES 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Semi-Weighted Keys (OLD MODEL)

4.4 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews
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  • 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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Product Description

The M Audio Keystation 61es is an affordable USB-MIDI controller keyboard. The 61es offers semi-weighted keys that give you the feel of a piano in a compact, affordable MIDI controller. Ideal for a multitude of music creation and education applications, the Keystation 61es offers you modulation and Pitch Bend Wheels, plus assignable buttons and a slider for hands on control. The Keystation 61es is class compliant and features true plug-and-play operation under Windows XP and Mac OS X. Features 61 note full-size velocity sensitive, semi-weighted keyboard Powered by USB (cable included) Pitch bend wheel Assignable modulation wheel Sustain pedal socket (pedal not included) Assignable slider Function button for programming Assignable data up/down buttons MIDI Out socket USB to MIDI OUT interface DC power input for stand-alone use (adapter not included) Programming Options Octave Shift Transpose Program Change Bank LSB Bank MSB MIDI Channel MIDI Out from USB Reset All Controllers Wheel Assign Slider Assign Easy Control Controls in M-Audio keyboards aren't buried mysteriously in obscure menus. The keys have a second layer of functions, allowing you to program MIDI control information directly from the black and whites. Here's how it works: Press the MIDI/Select button. Press keyboard note whose label corresponds to the parameter you wish to change. Use the Data Entry slider to select the value or enter numeric values by pressing the keys labeled with numbers.

Product Information

Item Weight 14.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 39 x 9.2 x 3.7 inches
Shipping Weight 14.1 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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ASIN B0002H0GF0
Item model number US71010
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4.4 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #36,479 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#146 in Musical Instruments > Keyboards > MIDI Keyboards & Equipment > MIDI Controllers
#616 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Computer Recording
Date first available at Amazon.com August 19, 2004

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I was surprised at the low price of this keyboard considering it has 61 semi-weighted keys. I thought maybe it wouldn't be such great quality but I was pleasantly surprised.

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.
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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.

Enjoy!
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I take piano playing very seriously, and if you want to bring out your true magic the 61es is the most affordable, efficient, brilliant semi weighted piano out there right now. Loved it since the day i got it, built well, it can take a beating.
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.
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I use this keyboard with GarageBand for which it is well suited. Setup was dead easy, and the keys are very comfortable.
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I got mine for $99 because there was a scratch on the box or something. I am not a pro musician. This is one of my first instruments. I played around with some casio's and yamahas at pawn shops and thought they looked too beat up and cheesy. Anyway, it has been great fun. It works fine on windows 7 64bit. I downloaded the drivers from their website. If you are reading this you must be able to access the internet to get windows 7 64bit drivers.

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.
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PROS: Great price for a 61-key MIDI controller keyboard, especially since it has its own built-in interface. Amazon's no-hassle return policy made experience as pleasant as it could be.

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.
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First let me say I'm not much of a musician. I bought this for keyboard input for Garage Band and Logic. It works as expected. There was no setup necessary, just plug it in, turn it on and go. Both programs recognize it automatically.

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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