M-Audio KeyStudio 49i Offers MIDI Controller, Realistic Piano Sound

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M-Audio is now shipping the KeyStudio 49i music production system, the first-ever USB keyboard controller to integrate a 2-in/2-out audio interface and on-board premium piano sound.

In designing the KeyStudio 49i keyboard, M-Audio engineers focused on the needs of songwriters: a keyboard controller, on-board premium piano sound, software General MIDI sound bank, audio/MIDI recording interface and DAW software compatibility.

This allows musicians to work in a number of different ways. Users can play the on-board piano as a stand-alone instrument—no computer or software required. The stereo-sampled emulation of a Steinway grand piano was crafted by the acclaimed Digidesign Advanced Instrument Research Group, and also features reverb for enhanced realism without a computer.

Users can also connect the KeyStudio 49i keyboard to a PC or Mac via USB and play a total of 128 sounds with the included M-Audio GM Module software. The keyboard incorporates a 2-input/2-output audio interface, allowing musicians to record vocals and instruments as well as listen to sessions and mixes from the audio outs or headphone jacks. A built-in mini-mixer enables balance adjustment between input sources.

Combined with the included Ableton Live Lite software, the KeyStudio 49i keyboard transforms a computer into a versatile music studio. Compatibility with Pro Tools M-Powered 7.4 also delivers seamless integration with the industry-standard music production software.

“We combine everything that songwriters need in a single, easy-to-use package so that technology is transparent to the creative process,” says Adam Castillo, marketing director at M-Audio. “The feature set and compact form factor are also ideal for classrooms. The KeyStudio 49i is a complete solution for songwriting and education applications that also allows for easy expansion in the future.”

The KeyStudio 49i is currently shipping and carries an MSRP of US$299.95.

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