Austin-based startup Music Computing has announced their new line of keyboard workstations.
The StudioBLADE and iKeyDOCK are complete, portable production stations, which either include a built-in Windows 7 64-bit PC with touch-screen and DAW software and virtual software instruments, or a docking system for any PC/Mac notebook.
- The StudioBLADE series are complete music production workstations powered by Intel processors and 64-bit Windows 7, and each model ships with a studio package with DAW (digital audio workstation), virtual instruments, mastering effects, and utilities to customize the exclusive ControlDAW MIDI control surface.
- iKeyDOCK keyboard workstations are designed to be compatible with both Windows and Mac notebooks. The iKeyDOCK provides a dockable solution for any notebook; simply plug-in and start playing.
The Music Computing StudioBLADE
A combination of hands-on control begins with the tilt and telescoping 10.1-inch touch panel (more than twice the size of most workstation screens), the 61-key synth action, or 88-key weighted piano action keyboard; and ControlDAW interactive knobs, buttons, and sliders, managed by GeoMIDI mapping software.
The large 64-button grid control surface, in addition to knobs and sliders, is a tool for musicians using grid-style programs like Ableton Live, or classic drum pad boxes like the Akai MPC. Music Computing’s TriggerGrid sample trigger player for drum pads turns the grid surface into a 64-pad virtual percussion instrument.
Each StudioBLADE also includes Studio One Pro from Presonus, a DAW solution with virtual instruments and mastering FX, plus 10GB of sounds. Music Computing’s included SonicSource VSTi soft-synth contains thousands of sound presets providing an 8GB starting point for both analog and digital textures.
“The StudioBLADE is one of the most powerful keyboard instruments ever built,” said company CEO, Victor Wong. Wong previously headed keyboard workstation maker Open Labs.
Pricing starts at $2599 (US/SRP) for the 61-key Intel Core2 base configuration with 24/48 audio, 2 combo XLR and 1/4-inch mic inputs with phantom power, 2 balanced outs, and headphone jack. Optional upgrades include 24/96 audio and 8 inputs, more RAM, and internal hard drives, to suit the user’s needs.