Music Computing has announced a new line of Mac OS X compatible keyboard and music production stations, the ControlBLADE keyboard workstations and DawBlade music production workstations.
ControlBLADE keyboards are all-in-one music production stations complete with piano keys, drum trigger pads, knobs, sliders, thousands of sound presets and software for live and studio use.
The new models of ControlBLADEs are powered by Mac Mini computers utilizing IntelCore i-series processors. Options include i5 and i7 dual and quad core versions.
ControlBLADE is available in a 25-Key and 61-Key models. About the same size as a typical keyboard controller and weighing 22-lbs (61-key) / 13-lbs (25-key).
Built into each ControlBLADE are a vast number of controls including: 8 velocity sensitive trigger pads, 2X Assignable Pedal Interfaces, 8X Assignable Faders (61-key only), Pitch Bend Wheel and Modulation wheel, 6 Buttons for MTC, Master Volume Fader (61-key only), 8 double Function button with shift, providing 15 functions like (PROGRAM,CHANNEL,CURVE,OCTAVE,TRANSPOSE,BANK M, BANK L, DUAL, SPLIT, MUTE, AFTER TOUCH, CONTROL ASSIGN and etc), 10X numeric pad with +/- buttons, Built-in Memory, which can store/load 6 groups of user’s parameters, MIDI/OUT, and MIDI/IN. ControlBLADEs all come with built-in Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth and even Thunderbolt.
The standard configuration for ControlBLADEs include a 24bit-48 kHz audio I/O with two (2) combo XLR & ¼” mic/instrument 48V phantom power inputs, two (2) balanced outputs and a stereo headphone jack. The optional upgrade gives you a 24bit-96 kHz audio I/O with two (2) combo XLR & ¼” mic/instrument 48V phantom power inputs, six (6) ¼” balanced inputs (line-level), two balanced outputs and a stereo headphone jack.
“We are always striving to provide more advanced and user-friendly products to our customers,” said Victor Wong, CEO, Music Computing. “our new line of Mac OS X compatible keyboard and music production stations clearly demonstrates our dedication and inventiveness to that goal.”
The company also introduced its DawBLADE Mac OS X compatible music production station.
Powered by the same Mac Mini computer as the ControlBLADE, but more compact in size at 18″ x 10″ x 3″ and 11-lbs, the DawBLADE is designed for ‘anyone needing a powerful Mac-based computer with an integrated controller’.
Built into each DawBLADE are controls with feedback and GeoMIDI MIDI mapping software. The controls present the user with four (4) banks of eight (8) plus one (1) master channel strips each with three (3) mappable encoders with LED indicator light rings, one (1) knobs for panning, solo and mute buttons and a high-quality fader. An 8X8 grid of lighted pads (64 total) is also provided that can be used as drum pads or as a trigger for sequences, etc. Controls for note-repeat enabled software and transport buttons are included as well as real-time feedback between the controllers and software.
Available connection ports include USB, Firewire 800, Thunderbolt, HDMI and Bluetooth, allowing the user to integrate any number of audio interfaces, video displays (including iPads) and third-party peripherals.
Support for all Mac OS X compatible products are provided from Music Computing including unlimited remote sessions for the first 30 days where the company can connect to the production stations via the Internet to help setup and train the user as well as lifetime email and trouble ticket support. In addition, the computer core also qualifies for direct Apple support and the user can even purchase Apple Care extended warranty if they so choose.
All products are currently shipping and prices start at $2,199 for the ControlBLADE (Mac OS X version) and $2,499 for the DawBLADE.
See the Music Computing site for details.