Nektar Impact iX 49, iX 61 Controllers Integrate With 11 DAWs

Nektar_Impakt_iX-49_ControllerNektar has announced availability of their Impact iX 49 and iX 61 control keyboards.

The Impact iX keyboards offer standard USB keyboard controller functionality as well as Nektar DAW integration, with 11 supported DAWs.

The full-size keyboards feature pitch bend, modulation wheel and a foot switch jack for connecting a sustain pedal. Being USB class compliant the keyboards can be plugged easily into the computer or iPad, no drivers required. Continue reading

Arturia Debuts KeyLab 88 Controller Keyboard at Musikmesse

Arturia_KeyLab_88Musikmesse 2014: French gear-maker Arturia today announced the latest (and largest) in its KeyLab series, KeyLab 88, its 88-note MIDI keyboard controller and hybrid synthesizer solution.

KeyLab 88 is a MIDI keyboard controller with a hammer-action Fatar keybed, which comes with Arturia’s Analog Lab software synth (for Mac and PC), which has over 5,000 TAE (True Analog Emulation) presets. Continue reading

Nektar Debuts Two New Impact Keyboard Controllers

Nektar_Impact-LX61Musikmesse 2014: Today, gear maker Nektar announced the release of their new Impact LX25 and Impact LX61 budget USB MIDI controller keyboards.

The Impact LX61 (top right) is a 61-note velocity sensitive, synth-style keyboard with pitch bend, modulation wheel, 9 faders, 9 MIDI buttons, 8 pots, 8 pads, transport control, 3-digit LED display, foot switch and USB sockets. Continue reading

Arturia Unveils KeyLab MIDI Keyboard Controllers at Musikmesse

Arturia-KeyLab-25Today music software and hardware company Arturia revealed its new KeyLab range of professional-grade MIDI keyboard controllers with all-new accompanying Analog Lab synthesizer software at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany.

KeyLab 25 (pictured, right) features 25 keys with velocity sensitivity for performance flexibility. The smallest, most lightweight, and simplest of these three professional-grade MIDI keyboard controllers, the KeyLab 25 is ideally suited to travelling musicians, mobile music producers, and performance-orientated DJs alike.

Complimenting that full-size keyboard is a feature-packed panel with two clickable encoders; 12 encoders; nine sliders; pitch bend and modulation wheels; six backlit transport controls; 15 backlit buttons; octave up/down buttons; and an informative 32-digit LED screen to enrich the performance experience and aid speedy software navigation. This controller is compatible with any third-party software and hardware, and is bundled with MIDI Control Center software. The keyboard controller also has rear panel-mounted MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, Expression Pedal, Sustain Pedal, Aux foot switch, Breath control, and USB connections.

KeyLab 49 and KeyLab 61

The larger KeyLab 49 (pictured, right) and KeyLab 61 MIDI keyboard controllers maximize performance and expression, with 49- and 61-note full-size keyboards which feature both aftertouch and velocity sensitivity. KeyLab 49 and KeyLab 61 feature a more extensive set of physical controls with an additional 16 back-lit pressure-sensitive pads for beat-making or triggering chords.

Arturia-KeyLab-49KeyLab 25, KeyLab 49, and KeyLab 61 all come complete with an all-new version of Arturia’s Analog Lab synthesizer software solution. Arturia developers explained,

“With all-important parameters pre-mapped to the MIDI keyboard controllers themselves, users have hands-on, instant control over the huge library of 5,000 presets by internationally-renowned sound designers. These presets are taken from all eight of Arturia’s acclaimed TAE® (True Analog Emulation) synthesis-powered Mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP2600 V, Jupiter-8V, Prophet 5, Prophet VS, and Oberheim SEM V soft synths, as well as the Wurlitzer V software recreation of the classic Wurlitzer 200A electric piano, providing the immediacy of a hardware synthesizer with the flexibility of a software-based solution. Moreover, Multi mode allows several sounds to be played simultaneously with the addition of effects, layer/split functions, and a Chord mode — perfect for getting the most out of those TAE soft synths without having to delve deeper into sound design. And with 200 Multi patches conveniently organised by musical genre, inspiration and creativity are a given, thanks to Analog Lab!”

Pricing and Availability: KeyLab 25, KeyLab 49, and KeyLab 61 will soon be available to purchase from Arturia’s online store or any authorised Arturia dealer.

Summer NAMM 2012: Korg Demos microKEY USB-Powered Controllers

korg microkey usb midi controller familyAt the 2012 Summer NAMM Show, Korg is showing the latest models in its series of microKEY USB-Powered Keyboards and MIDI Controllers.

The microKEY-37 (available now; MSRP $79.99) is now joined by the portable microKEY-25 (expected ship date: September ’12; MSRP $69.99) as well as the five-octave microKEY-61. Geared for the studio musician, the microKEY-61 (expected ship date: late summer 2012; MSRP $179.99) comes with effects plug-ins and the exclusive Legacy Collection Suite – a collection of software versions of some of Korg’s most iconic synthesizers.

The microKEY can be used to create a compact and customized MIDI command center. Adding a measure of flexibility and control, the microKEY 37- and 61-key models both can also serve as a USB hub. Two USB ports (Type A) can accommodate the addition of a Korg nanoPAD2, nanoKONTROL2 or any other USB device.

The Mac- and PC-compatible microKEY devices also run on USB power, making them well-suited for on-the-go laptop musicians. For musicians working from an iPad, the microKEY-25 can be used to control apps such as the Korg iMS-20 via MIDI (see korg.com for more details).

All microKEY models feature velocity-sensing mini keys, using the same “Natural Touch” keybed found on the Korg microKORG XL and microSTATION. The microKEY also accurately conveys the dynamics of the user’s performance to any software package.

Octave Shift buttons, when used in conjunction with the Key Transpose function, enable the full range of notes in the MIDI specification to be covered. For added expression during a performance, the 37- and 61-key models feature a pitch bend wheel and modulation wheel. The 25-key model features a built-in arpeggiator, a sustain/tap button, and an assignable joystick for pitch bend, modulation, or any other control change.

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Akai Professional MPK88 Keyboard Controller

akai-mpk88-control-keyboardMusikmesse 2009: Akai introduced the Akai Professional MPK88- a professional performance keyboard controller with MPC production controls.

The MPK88 offers a premium, fully weighted, hammer-action keyboard, plus MPC pads, Q-Link controls, and a selection of MPC technologies.

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CME Intros Extra-Girly Pink MKey/UKey Controllers

At the 2009 NAMM Show, CME launched a special edition of their 49 note M-Key and U-Key controller keyboards in a vibrant pink finish.

It looks like CME is joining other companies trying to reproduce the hit Daisy Rock has had with its line of girly guitars.

CME’s M-Key, which is already available in hushed grey, has an ultra-slim, full action semi-weighted keyboard with velocity sensitive keys, a programmable joystick, and various other controls. It includes connections for USB, MIDI, and two pedals which are compatible with switch and expression control. M-Key is class compliant for both Windows and Mac (Vista/XP and OS X).

The CME U-Key Mobiletone keyboard, which is also available in White and Blue, has full-action semi-weighted keys, a built-in 64-polyphony high-quality sound module and an internal speaker driven by a digital amplifier. The U-Key comes with more than 20 user-defined controllers, including a joystick, trigger pads, an encoder for data entry, and pedals. All controllers are fully-programmable and each function can be easily set up and saved for later loading by pressing certain keys. USB powered and compatible with both Windows XP/Vista and Mac OSX, the U-Key is a great solution for composing on laptops.

Pricing:

  • The Pink M-Key is now available for $99.00 US MSRP
  • The Pink U-Key is now available for $209.00 US MSRP