M-Audio Ships New Keyboards

Nov 13, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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M-Audio is now shipping three new Evolution keyboards: the MK-461C (pictured), MK-449C and MK-425C.

The 61-key MK-461C features 34 assignable controllers including nine 35mm Alps faders, 12 rotary knobs, 10 buttons, pitch bend and modulation wheels, and a sustain pedal input. All controllers can be programmed via the numerical keypad to create custom setups. The MK-461C also includes 10 preconfigured presets that make it usable with plug-ins, virtual instruments and host applications. The keyboard also offers features such as assignable velocity curve, fader drawbar mode and expanded support of MIDI messages to include RPN/NRPN and SysEx messages. The Controller Mute feature allows users to alter the position of any fader or rotary controller without affecting the settings of the software. The Snapshot feature sends all current front panel settings to the receiving MIDI application or device. The MK-461C also acts as a USB-to-MIDI interface with a standard MIDI Out jack. As with all Evolution products, the MK-461C is class-compliant, so no drivers are required when using Windows XP or Mac OS X. The MK-461C can be completely bus-powered for total mobility or used with the included power supply.

The new Evolution MK-449C offers all of the professional functionality of the MK-461C in a shorter 4-octave keyboard with 49 full-size touch-sensitive keys. It offers 30 assignable controllers including eight knobs and nine sliders for complete control over software synthesizers and sequencers.

The MK-425C features 25 full-size velocity-sensitive keys and a total of 21 assignable controllers including eight rotary knobs, pitch bend and modulation wheel. It also boasts a Transpose function, octave shift, program and bank change, 10 nonvolatile program memory buttons (stored even when power is disconnected) and a sustain pedal input. The bus-powered MK-425 also gives users the ability to program while they play.

All three keyboards ship with an extensive software bundle featuring a dedicated librarian program that gives PC users the ability to save, edit and share keyboard setups. Also included are Sound Studio II, a powerful MIDI and audio sequencer with VST plug-in support; Music Teacher, a tutorial program that teaches users how to play the keyboard; MusicPlanet, an array of professionally recorded samples; and a large selection of VST plug-ins and virtual instrument demos.

All three new Evolution products are currently shipping. MSRPs are: MK-461C, $329.95; MK-449C, $259.95; MK-425C, $189.95.

For more, visit www.m-audio.com.

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