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Acorn Masterkey 61 - USB MIDI Controller

You Pay: $91.99
Product Highlights
  • 61 Velocity Sensitive Keys
  • Assignable Fader
  • 4 Assignable Knobs
  • Modulation and Pitchbend Wheels
  • Sustain Pedal Input
  • USB Class-Compliant (Plug and Play)
  • USB Bus Powered
  • PreSonus Studio One Artist Software
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

The Masterkey 61 from Acorn is a 61-key, velocity sensitive USB MIDI controller with a compact design that fits perfectly on a computer desk while providing all the control needed for unfettered creativity. The keys have a dynamic and fast response ideal for programming bass lines, drums, or synthesizer lines. The keyboard ships with a copy of PreSonus Studio One Artist software, but is compatible with any standard MIDI software program.

Four assignable knobs and an assignable single fader provide real-time control of instrument or mix parameters, even while playing. Rubberized pitch bend and modulation wheels allow for further articulation. The three-digit LED display provides navigational feedback making it quick and easy to find the right menus for changing MIDI channels, sending out program changes, transposing or programming the real-time controls. Octave buttons instantly shift the keyboard range up and down.

The Masterkey 61 is USB class-compliant, which means that no drivers are needed for supported operating systems. Simply plug the keyboard into a USB port on the computer and the operating system does the rest. The included Studio One Artist software is a powerful recording and production platform that allows for working quickly and staying focused. It offers unlimited tracks and plug-ins, employs extensive use of drag-and-drop, and is easy to learn.

Masterkey 61
  • 61-key, velocity sensitive synthesizer-style keyboard
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels (assignable)
  • Single assignable fader
  • Four assignable MIDI knobs for real time control
  • Octave shift buttons extend the range of the keyboard 4 octaves up and 3 octaves down
  • Three-character red LED segment display
  • Sustain foot switch input jack, auto-sensing (foot switch not included)
  • Quick-toggle between real-time functions Octave, Transpose, Program Change and MIDI Channel
  • Advanced MIDI functions
  • USB class-compliant - no driver needed
PreSonus Studio One Artist
  • Recording and production software
  • Unlimited audio tracks, MIDI tracks, virtual instruments, buses, and FX channels
  • Elegant single-window work environment
  • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
  • Content browser with convenient sort options and preview player
  • Intuitive MIDI-mapping system
  • Real-time audio time-stretching and re-sampling
  • Automatic delay compensation
  • Advanced automation
  • Instantly configures to PreSonus audio interfaces
  • Compatible with ASIO, Windows Audio, and Core Audio compliant audio interfaces
  • Twenty-five 32-bit "Native Effects" and virtual instrument plug-ins
  • Over 4GB of third-party software, loops and instruments
System Requirements Mac
PowerPC G4 1.25GHz, Intel Core Solo 1.5GHz processor (PowerPC G5, Intel Core Duo, Intel Xeon processor or better recommended)
OS X
1GB RAM (2GB RAM recommended)
DVD-ROM drive
1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
Internet connection (for software authorization)

PC
Intel Pentium IV 1.6GHz or AMD Athlon 64 (Turion) processor (Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz EM64T or better, AMD Athlon 64 3000+ or better recommended)
Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7
1GB RAM (2GB RAM recommended)
Low latency audio sound card
DVD-ROM drive
1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
Internet connection (for software authorization)
Power Requirements USB Bus Powered
Dimensions (WxDxH) 35.4 x 7.5 x 3" (900 x 191 x 76mm)
Weight 7.5 lb (3.4kg)
Acorn Masterkey 61 - USB MIDI Controller
  • USB Cable (6ft)
  • Software DVD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    AcornMasterkey 61 - USB MIDI Controller
     
    4.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (7)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Versatile (4)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (5)
      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Professional recording (3)
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      5.0

      great!

      By KindaGrumpyGuy

      from CapeCod

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Acorn Masterkey 61 - USB MIDI Controller:

        Plug in, load DP8 and play. Nothing to it.

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        5.0

        Perfect in every way!

        By Biggie B

        from Santa Barbara CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Mobile DJ
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Acorn Masterkey 61 - USB MIDI Controller:

        I compose music with the masterkey very simple, its exactly what i wanted in a usb controller keyboard keys are smooth an the sensitivity is great. pitch bends are excellent, modulator as well . only thing that bothered me was the amount of keys im able to hit at the same time before it goes out of sync with my program? it might just be that my computer is slow

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        4.0

        Good for the price

        By dmorache

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Acorn Masterkey 61 - USB MIDI Controller:

          I am a theatrical sound designer who was looking to be able to compose more of my own stuff for shows. This MIDI controller did just the trick for the price. It's lightweight, fits on the desk, and worked immediately just plugging the usb into my computer.

          The keys feel just a little bit cheap, but for what I using it for, this controller does the trick!

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          5.0

          Exceeded My Expectations.

          By Tango

          from San Diego CA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Acorn Masterkey 61 - USB MIDI Controller:

          The price for this keyboard is a steal, the bundle software alone costs the $, the keyboard feels quite solid not flimsy, the keys are quite silent and feel pretty solid as well, over all it's a great controller, I would definitely buy an 88 if Acorn ever decides to make one.(The Bundle software is upgradable to Studio one 2 for free)

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          5.0

          Great Intro MIDI Controller

          By Jay S

          from Jersey City, NJ

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Hooks Up Easily
          • It works
          • Lightweight
          • Recognized By Software
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Acorn Masterkey 61 - USB MIDI Controller:

          I bought the Masterkey 61 USB MIDI Controller by Acorn to use with FL Studio to make music. I am a complete beginner to the field and mainly bought it to help record melodies and beats in my head.

          Whats great - It works. It hooks up easily. All software programs recognize it. I've tried it with FL Studio, Pro Tools, Studio One and Reason.

          What's not great - Nothing.

          Overall - If you are a beginner, it works great and is sturdy. If you are more advanced, I'd imagine you'd want a MIDI controller with more features. I don't see why you'd need this, though, since most software programs handle everything you can think of.

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          5.0

          MASTERKEY 61 FITS THE BILL PERFECTLY!

          By P.C.Payne

          from Los Angeles, Ca.

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Acorn Masterkey 61 - USB MIDI Controller:

            My very first keyboard. I saw this in the B&H Source Guide and although I had not heard of "Acorn Instruments" It's description seemed to fit what I was looking for,(responsive keys for creating bass lines and drum-beats). When I noticed that The Masterkey 61 also came with a full edition of Studio One Artist,this basically made it an easy decision. Thanks also to B&H for the free shipping! This keyboard seems to respond well indeed to my touch. I had a little trouble initially connecting to my Mac, but a phone call to Acorn Instruments resulted in extremely responsive and timely customer service! "Craig" said he'd have someone call me back and within a few minutes "Justin" from Acorn Instuments was WALKING ME THROUGH THE CONNNNETION PROCESS! (I had just bought my Mac and was not familiar with connecting "Midi" devices). Also my son, plays the bass and keyboards and I can't keep him off of the Masterkey 61... This keyboard and the company seem VERY RESPONSIVE! I certainly recommend The Masterkey 61 to ANYONE, pro or novice who wants a very solid and responsive keyboard controller!!! -P.C.Payne of Los Angeles, Ca.

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            4.0

            Well worth the price!

            By Moore

            from North Carolina

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Acorn Masterkey 61 - USB MIDI Controller:

              I'm using this mainly as a controller for softsynths and for that, it works great. The volume slider is already mapped to controller 7 and it's easy to remap the buttons to use as controllers or octave up and down options. The keyboard is a bit spongy but for the price, you can't beat this thing!

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              4.0

              Sweet and Bitter

              By Tune Dude

              from Santa Clarita, CA.

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Acorn Masterkey 61 - USB MIDI Controller:

                I'm pleased with the simplicity of the set up. The usb midi controller is just what I needed in weight, size, performance and elegance- The price is just right too. B&H came through with a good shopping, ordering and delivery experience I was expecting. Thanks.

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