M-Audio Keystation 61ES 61-Key Semi-Weighted USB MIDI Controller


M-Audio Keystation 61ES 61-Key Semi-Weighted USB MIDI Controller


Price: $142.77

This is an in-depth review of the M-Audio Keystation 61ES 61-Key Semi-Weighted USB MIDI Controller

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This is a great, inexpensive MIDI Controller, perfect for electronic musicians, DJ’s, remixers and composers. The Keystation 61ES from M-Audio is a 61-note USB keyboard with velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keys, which give enough pressure to help you put ‘emotions’ into your pieces. With this baby you can easily control external sound devices and software synths. More advanced users can play around with the assignable slider and pitch and mod wheels. This MIDI controller easily integrates in any computer music environment and delivers a true plug-and-play setup. The unit is equipped with both USB and MIDI outs, which can function simultaneously. It works with all operating systems, such as Windows XP, Vista (32 bit) and Mac OS X. The M-Audio Keystation 61ES is also compatible with most of the music creation software titles, such as Garage Band and Logic Pro, as well as music education software, which makes it great for studio, as well as classroom use. Another cool aspect of the Keystation 61ES is its portability, since it weights only 11 lbs. This unit is USB powered only, so if you want to use it as a stand alone, you need to buy  an extra 9VDC power adapter, which costs around $10. If you decide to buy this keyboard, I would recommend buying the M-Audio SP-2 US65010 Sustain Pedal Piano Style Sustain for Keyboards as well, for another great effect. It adds a whole new layer to your music. Just plug it in the back of the keyboard and start playing. It has the perfect resistance for different sustain levels.

All in all the M-Audio Keystation 61ES is a durable, sleek, simple, efficient and cheap MIDI controller, that can help take your music to a new level.


10 Programming options, with Advanced Function button, include Octave Shift, Transpose, Program Change, Bank LSB, Bank MSB, MIDI Channel, MIDI Out from USB, Reset All Controllers, Wheel Assign and Slider Assign

Volume slider doubles as assignable control slider

Separate Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels

Assignable Advanced Function button for programming option access

Assignable data Up/Down buttons

3 dedicated LED indicator lights for assignable buttons

USB MIDI interface for computer connectivity, software sequencer and plug-in input and control

Class compliant with Windows XP and Mac OS X, plug-and-play USB without installing drivers

Keyboard powered by USB, Mac OS X and Windows drivers on CD-ROM

Dedicated MIDI Out routes data from keyboard or computer to external MIDI devices



Keyboard 61 Semi-Weighted Action Keys with Velocity Sensitivity Presets

No User Memory

1 x Pitch Bend Wheel
1 x Modulation Wheel
1 x Volume/Assignable Control Slider
1 x Advanced Functions Button
2 x Octave Up/Down Buttons
1 x Sustain Pedal Input
1 x Power Selector Switch Output 1 x MIDI Out
1 x USB Inputs 1 x 1/4″ Phone Sustain/Expression Pedal In
1 x 9 Volt DC Power In Display No Dimensions 41 x 11.5 x 5″ (1041.4 x 291 x 125mm) Weight 11 lb (5 kg)

System Compatibility:

OS X V. 10.1.5 or greater*
OS 9.2.2 with OMS 2.3.8*

**Native USB Port Required, G3/G4 Accelerator cards not Supported Specialties 61 Semi-Weighted Keys
Plug and Play USB MIDI

Conclusion Rating
The M-Audio Keystation 61ES 61-Key Semi-Weighted USB MIDI Controller is a very popular, efficient and cheap MIDI controller
4 stars

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