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M-Audio Keystation 49 USB Keyboard MIDI Controller

Key station 49 is a simple, powerful MIDI controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on your Mac or PC. It features 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys and a series of controls that expand the range of playable notes, expressive capabilities, and enhance your recording workflow. Use the octave range buttons; pitch-bend and modulation wheels; and transport and directional controls to play, perform, and record with your music software without using a mouse or track pad.

 

Key station 49 also includes a 1/4″ (6.3mm) sustain pedal input that lets you use an external control pedal, such as the SP2 (sold separately), for genuine piano sustain. For an easy-to-use and portable setup, Key station 49 is USB-powered, class-compliant, and supports USB-MIDI connectivity. Plus,

Key station 49 supports iOS connectivity with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately), enabling you to perform and compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices. Bundled with Key station 49 is a premium virtual instrument from SONiVOX. SONiVOX’ s Eighty-Eight Ensemble is a world-class piano instrument that authentically captures a 9-foot CD327 Steinway piano.

Meticulously recorded and expertly sampled, Eighty-Eight Ensemble provides every producer and performer the opportunity to infuse their compositions, recordings, and performances with the breathtaking realism of a world-class grand piano. Also included with Key station 49 is Ableton Live Lite – one of the most popular performance and production programs available in the world. A powerful music creation tool, Ableton Live Lite enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a fluid audio/MIDI environment. Explore sonic possibilities in real time whether on stage or in the studio. When you are satisfied with your work, Ableton Live Lite lets you save it or mix it down.

Product Features

  • 49 full-size, synth-action velocity-sensitive keys
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels provide dynamic performance capabilities
  • Transport controls let you control your DAW without reaching for the mouse
  • 6.3mm (1/4-inch) sustain pedal input for expressive performance
  • Includes SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble, a world-class virtual piano instrument

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Akai Professional LPK25 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for Laptops

Akai Professional LPK25 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for Laptops

Melodic performance in the palm of your hand. The LPK25 laptop performance keyboard is a USB-MIDI controller for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. It measures less than 13 inches across and weighs less than a pound to easily fit into a laptop case, backpack or messenger bag for extreme portability. Keyboard players who want to work with software on their computer will find that the LPK25 gives their laptop the keys they need to express themselves anywhere.

The LPK25 is a scaled-down relative to the MPK series of keyboard performance controllers. The diminutive keyboard is made up of 25 miniature, velocity-sensitive keyboard keys with synth action. The LPK25 contains an arpeggiator, which steps through chords automatically, assisting musicians with creating quick melodic ideas. Sustain, octave up and down and tap tempo controls round out the LPK25’s easy-to-learn layout. The LPDK25 works plug and play with Mac and PC and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. It has four memory banks for programming and recalling settings appropriate to different software programs you use. Create melodic and harmonic riffs in seconds, anywhere, with the LPK25.Create melodic and harmonic riffs in seconds, anywhere, with the Akai Pro LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard, a scaled-down relative to the MPK series of keyboard performance controllers. Made up of 25 miniature, velocity-sensitive keyboard keys with synth action, the LPK25 is a great choice for keyboard players who want to work with software on their computer. Measuring less than 13 inches across and weighing less than a pound, it easily fits into a laptop case, backpack or messenger bag for extreme portability.

The LPK25 contains an arpeggiator, which steps through chords automatically, assisting musicians with creating quick melodic ideas. Sustain, octave up and down and tap tempo controls round out the LPK25’s easy-to-learn layout. It offers plug and play capabilities with Mac and PC and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. And it has four memory banks for programming and recalling settings appropriate to different software programs you use.

Key Features

  • USB-MIDI controller works with virtually all audio software
  • 25 velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard keys
  • Arpeggiator, sustain button, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls
  • Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC requires no driver installation
  • Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag
  • Four programmable memory banks
  • Comes with editor software for Mac and PC
  • USB bus powered–no additional power cable needed
The Akai LPK25 keyboard controller.

Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag (see larger image).

Product Features

  • 25-key USB MIDI keyboard controller gives you expressive performance with computer-based digital audio workstations, sequencers, and more
  • 25 velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard keys are highly portable; writing sessions, capturing ideas and studio use with nearly all music creation software
  • Built-in arpeggiator provides melodic inspiration and versatile patterns for modern music production
  • Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC; no driver installation required. Perfect for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, Digital Performer, Ableton, etc
  • USB-powered; no additional power cable needed
  • Sustain button, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls ensure your ideas translate from head to hardware
  • Includes editing software for Mac and PC; easily customize the keyboards’ MIDI commands to fit your workflow

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Behringer FCA610 Firepower Midi Interface

Audiophile 6 In/10 Out, 24-Bit/96 kHz FireWire/USB Audio/MIDI Interface with MIDAS Preamplifiers

Product Features

  • Audiophile FireWire interface connects your instruments, mixer, etc. with your computer for recording and playback
  • High-resolution 24-bit/96 kHz converters for high-end audio quality
  • Ultra-low latency operation under Windows XP, Vista, 7 (32-bit) and Mac OS X
  • Stereo Headphone output with dedicated Level control
  • Dual high-bandwidth FireWire connectors for more flexibility

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Alesis Q25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

The Q25 is a 25-note, velocity-sensitive, MIDI keyboard controller with USB and traditional MIDI ports that enable you to connect to almost all MIDI equipment including software and sound modules. Thanks to Pitch and Modulation wheels, backlit Octave Up and Down buttons, and a Volume/Data Entry slider, you can add expression, range, and dynamics to your performances quickly and effortlessly.

Product Features

  • 25-key USB MIDI keyboard controller provides the ideal surface for composing and performing music with computer-based digital audio workstations, sequencers, and more
  • 25 velocity-sensitive keys ensure a dynamic performance
  • Pitch and Modulation wheels add musical expression; perfect for emulating the nuances of specialized musicians via DAW software
  • Octave Up and Down buttons extend the note range without taking up critical desktop space
  • Sustain pedal input and MIDI output for pro-level functionality and versatility
  • Single USB cable simplicity delivers both data and power
  • Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software is included to get you creating right out of the box

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Korg nanoPAD2 Slim-Line USB MIDI Pads – Black

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Korg NanoPad2

Dynamic-sensing pads and X-Y touchpad provide excellent response to your fingertips. View larger

Korg NanoPad2

NanoPad2 works with the free Korg Kontrol Editor software.

NanoPad2 Slim-Line USB Pad Controller

Each of the NanoSeries2 ultra-compact and low-profile USB-MIDI controllers fit perfectly in front of your laptop computer or desktop keyboard, offering impressive control while conserving valuable set-up space. Simply connect a single USB cable, and you’ve got a music production studio on your desk at home or on the go. For entering drum parts, the NanoPad2 is the top choice. It boasts 16 responsive pads and an X-Y touchpad, just as on the Kaossilator Pro.

Sixteen pads in a compact body

Like all NanoSeries2 controllers, the NanoPad2 had to be compact, lightweight and sized to work well with any laptop or desktop computer. In addition, the NanoPad2 also had to pack in 16 great-feeling and dynamic-sensing pads–as well as leaving room for the X-Y touchpad. The Korg NanoPad2 does all this and more. In fact, there are four banks of pad assignments, providing a total of 64 pad assignments.

Korg NanoPad2

Compact, lightweight and sized to work well with any laptop or desktop computer. View larger
Dynamic Trigger Pads Capture All Your Performance Nuances

The sixteen velocity-sensitive pads provide excellent response to your fingertips, and also realistically convey the playing feel to your sequencer or DAW software, ensuring that your drum parts will be full of life. By switching between the four scenes, you can experience 64 different pad assignments.

Create Musical Phrases Using the X-Y Touchpad, Touch Scale, and Gate Arp Features

The X-Y pad can be used to control multiple synthesizer parameters. In addition, the new “Touch Scale” function lets you intuitively play phrases on the X-Y touchpad, just as on the Kaossilator. You can choose from sixteen different scales, and specify the root key and note range to ensure that your performance stays within your song. The “Gate Arp” function, borrowed from the Kaossilator Pro, transmits note data based on tempo; Tap tempo and tempo sync are supported. Combined with the Touch Scale, the Gate Arp allows you to play tempo-synchronized phrases and rhythms simply by stroking the X-Y pad or playing the pads.

Korg Kontrol Editor Software

The NanoPad2 works with the “Korg Kontrol Editor” software–available free on the Korg website. Load it into your computer, and use it to make detailed customized settings. For example, the minimum and maximum values for each control change message can be specified.

USB Power for an Uncluttered Setup

Just connect a single USB cable from your computer to the NanoPad2, and you’ve got a quick and portable music production system. Power and USB-MIDI data travels down the same wire for a clean, efficient workspace.

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Novation Launchpad Mini USB Midi Controller for Performing and Producing Music with iPad, Mac and PC

Novation LaunchPad Mini

Designed for the iPad generation to produce and perform music immediately. View larger

Launchpad Mini is the compact version of the celebrated Novation Launchpad performance controller. Designed for the iPad generation, Launchpad Mini features 64 three-color launch pads that let you play loops, sounds, effects and more to produce and perform music immediately with your iPad, PC or Mac.

Designed to get you making music right out of the box, Launchpad Mini is entirely bus-powered from your iPad, PC, or Mac. It comes with a suite of software, including Ableton Live Lite, for your Mac or PC, plus the Launchpad App for iPad. Launchpad for iPad includes a pre-loaded professional sound library that you can use instantly to create unique performances, turning Launchpad Mini into an integrated performance instrument. In addition to the built-in sounds, you can import additional sound packs or even your own sounds when you need them. Complete your performance with filters and DJ style effects, and then share your creations with the world.

Novation LaunchPad Mini
The 64-Pad Mini Music Controller

Launchpad Mini’s brightly illuminated grid of 64 three-color pads can trigger loops, samples, and events as well as controlling effects on your iPad or computer. Launchpad Mini integrates perfectly with Ableton Live, just like the Launchpad S. Trigger clips and scenes, control volumes and sends and much more — and Ableton Live Lite is included with your Launchpad Mini. Plus, get hands-on control of FL Studio 11 using Launchpad Mini’s 64-pad grid. Stickers are included to label the keys as you want.

Novation LaunchPad Mini
Launchpad App for iPad

Produce and perform music instantly on your Launchkey Mini with the included Launchpad app for iPad with its built-in samples, loops and effects. Import your own sounds or choose from a constantly updating library of premium packs to launch.

Novation LaunchPad Mini
Create and Perform Anywhere

Launchpad Mini is both compact and sturdy enough to withstand life on the road; it’s easy to transport and instantly ready to perform. It’s lightweight too–smaller and lighter than an iPad. Launchpad Mini is also totally bus-powered; there’s no need for a power socket whether on your iPad or computer.

Novation LaunchPad Mini
Great with Your Computer

Control Ableton Live (Lite version included), FL Studio and a wide range of additional DJ, VJ and music software. And use multiple controllers for even more flexibility.

Novation LaunchPad Mini

Part of the growing range of Novation Launch products.

Launchpad Mini is part of the growing range of Launch products from Novation. Use multiple Launch family products together to unleash awesome performance possibilities: pair Launchpad Mini with its big brother, the Launchpad S, enhance your lead or bassline capability with Launchkey or Launchkey Mini performance keyboards, and add high-quality rotary controls with Launch Control. Use them together with the Launchpad and Launchkey Apps for iPad.

Product Features

  • The 64 mini-pad music controller
  • New #1 Novation Launchpad app for iPad
  • Connects to any iPad via the camera kit (not included) and is powered from an iPad
  • Combine with Launch key, Launch Control or Launchpad S for even deeper integration with your software
  • Use 1, 2, 8, or even 16 Launchpad Minis connected to a PC or Mac for ultimate control over your favorite software

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MIDI Power!: The Comprehensive Guide

From how MIDI works, to how to connect devices through it, to how it integrates into a computer environment, “MIDI Power!, Second Edition” is a comprehensive reference guide to MIDI. The book provides an in-depth look at MIDI, its messages, and protocols, and the information necessary to navigate it with ease. Readers learn when to use MIDI, how to edit MIDI, what technology uses MIDI, what software uses MIDI, and how MIDI is integrated into computers and what that implies for musicians, sound designers, and audio enthusiasts. “MIDI Power!, Second Edition” provides complete coverage of MIDI hardware and software, is suitable for both Mac and Windows platforms.

Product Features

  • Format: book.
  • Category: Literature.
  • Series: Book.
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation.
  • Latest Technical Development.

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How MIDI works

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