Debuted at CES, Line 6's Mobile Keys MIDI Keyboards have received high acclaim from both colleagues and press alike. The Mobile Keys 25 and Mobile Keys 49 are the new, lightweight, ultraportable keyboards designed to control iOS music apps on Mac and Windows computers boast velocity sensitive keys and is equipped with pitch bend and modulation wheels for additional sonic control. We currently have one in the lab for a full written review that will be out shortly. The Mobile Keys MIDI keyboards will work with all iOS devices and has a nice accurate feel with quick program response. The Mobile Keys 25 (which has 25 keys) comes in at $150 while the Mobile Keys 49 (the 49 key version) clocks in at $200 retail. Check out the product breakdown video below.
NAMM 2012: Alesis MIDI Keyboards
Alesis has announced three new USB MIDI keyboard controllers at this year's NAMM show in California. The Q-series USB MIDI controllers can easily connect to any Mac, PC, iOS devices and other MIDI modules, samplers, and synthesizers. There is a Q61 (a 61-key controller), a QX61 (a 61-key controller with programmable drumpads, knobs, and faders), and a QX25 (a 25-key controller with drumpads, knobs and buttons). Check the full press release inside for more information and prices.
Novation USB/MIDI Keyboards Announced
Our people's over at Novation aren't exclusively in the DJ controller business. They also create some nice production products for the computer as well. Introducing their new Impulse USB MIDI keyboard line that are available in 25, 49, or 61-key models. Each keyboard has a large LCD display, eight rotary encoders, eight drum pads, and semi-weighted after-touch keys. All of the knobs, buttons, faders, and sliders can be mapped to the production software of your choice making the Impulse keyboards extremely versatile. Details inside.
Komplete Kontrol Keyboard Features [Video]
The all new Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards come in 25-key S25, 49-key S49, and 61-key S61 variants and they are perfectly mapped for the new Komplete 10 software making it much easier for users to control, navigate, and play the instruments and sounds within the new software. We've recently unboxed the new S49 Keyboard and our review is coming soon. In the meantime, check out the Komplete Kontrol feature details video to see what these keyboards have to offer.
Akai Advance Series Keyboards [Video]
Akai, the makers of the legendary MPC lineup of beat-making machines, has just announced their new flagship Keyboard controller series called Advance. The New Akai Pro Advance Series Keyboards will come in 25-key, 49-key, and 61-key variants and includes high-quality features such as the semi-weighted keybed, official MPC RGB backlit Pads, control knobs, rubberized mod & pitch wheels, and a high resolution full-color screen to view and change parameters.
Akai Advance Series Keyboards Preview [Video]
The New Akai Pro Advance Series Keyboards will come in 25-key, 49-key, and 61-key variants and includes high-quality features such as the semi-weighted keybed, official MPC RGB backlit Pads, control knobs, rubberized mod & pitch wheels, and a high resolution full-color screen to view and change parameters. Check out this quick Advance Keyboard walkthrough video with Jennifer from Akai and T-GUT from the djbooth.
M-Audio CODE Keyboards [Video]
M-Audio has just released its' intuitive new series of keyboards called the CODE. The CODE Series is a USB Midi Controller, which is available in 25, 49 and 61 keys. What makes the product so unique is that its' the first keyboard of its' kind to feature a built-in X/Y pad. The X/Y pad allows user control of effects and virtual instruments through the touch pad.
Samson Graphite 49 USB MIDI Keyboard
Samson has been making audio and digital equipment for quite some time, but I must admit that they've fallen off my personal radar until recently. For 2012 Samson has introduced a slew of new and exciting products and amongst them was the Samson Graphite 49 USB MIDI keyboard. This MIDI mappable keyboard has 49 keys, 4 huge trigger buttons, transport buttons, knobs, and so much more. This is a pretty powerful package for producers and DJ's in an affordable price. Check out the video and press release inside.
NI Announces Komplete Kontrol S-Series Keyboards [Video]
Native Instruments has officially announced their three new MIDI Keyboard controllers for music makers that will work flawlessly in conjunction with all of sounds and instruments in the brand new Komplete 10 software suite. The NI Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards will come in 25-key S25, 49-key S49, and 61-key S61 variants with different sizes and price points to appease different users.