June 10, 2004
The newest addition to M-Audio's Keystation series of products,
the Keystation 61es, is now available. This control solution can be used
with or without a computer.
The Keystation 61es features a 5-octave semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive
keyboard that offers improved performance response compared to basic keybed
designs. Performance controls include a pitch bend wheel, assignable modulation
wheel, assignable slider control, and assignable foot pedal connection. The
unit also features transposition buttons and the ability to send program and
bank change messages. Weighing in at just 11 lbs. (5 kg), Keystation 61es is
equally suited for mobile and studio use.
Class compliancy under Windows XP or Mac OS X enables the user to get started
immediately–no driver installation required. Since the unit features USB bus
power, setup for use with any MIDI application is as simple as plugging in
the USB cable. Drivers are also included for Windows 95/98/Me/2000 and Mac
OS 9.1 users. The optional power supply also allows the Keystation 61es to
be used as a stand-alone controller for hardware synthesizers and more. Keystation
61es ships with M-Audio's Maximum Audio Tools software bundle to allow users
to instantly start creating music.
The Keystation 61es is currently shipping and carries an MSRP of $199.95.