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Korg microKEY61 USB Keyboard Controller

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Korg microKEY61 USB Keyboard Controller

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  • 61 Velocity-Sensitive Mini-Keys
  • Modulation Wheel
  • Pitch Bend Wheel
  • Octave Shift Buttons
  • Includes 5 Virtual Instruments
  • KORG KONTROL Editor for MIDI Mapping
  • Dual USB Ports
  • Mac OS X, Windows XP/Vista/7 Compatible
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The microKEY61 from Korg is a slim, lightweight, 61-Key USB powered controller with velocity-sensitive "Natural Touch" mini-keys. It has been designed to maximize playability while still integrating into a compact production setup.

The microKEY is equipped with Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels to add expression to your MIDI performances. The Key Transpose feature allows you to transpose the pitch of the keyboard up or down in semitone steps. Octave Shift buttons let you extend the note range of the keyboard by 3 octaves in either direction. Edits to advanced MIDI parameters, such as the Modulation Wheel's control change number and the keyboard's velocity curve can be made using the included KORG KONTROL Editor software. This can be useful in customizing the microKEY to give you greater control over a virtual instrument, or to accommodate harder or softer keyboard playing styles.

Two USB ports (Type A) allow the keyboard to act as a USB hub, making it easy to connect additional equipment such as drum pad controllers or external hard drives. The controller also includes 5 virtual instruments and a discount coupon for purchasing software from Ableton's "Live" series.

Controller

Thin, lightweight, and USB-powered for quick and easy setup
61-key, velocity-sensitive "Natural Touch" mini-keyboard designed for comfortable playing feel
Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels to add expression to your performance
Octave Shift and Key Transpose features allow access to the full MIDI note range
Dual USB ports for connecting other USB devices such as drum pad controllers and external hard disks to your setup

5 Virtual Instruments Included

Toontrack's drum sound module "EzDrummer Lite", giving you a library of realistic drum sounds (download)
"Lounge Lizard Session," the sound module from Applied Acoustics Systems, known for its expressive electric piano sounds
Applied Acoustics Systems' "Strum Acoustic Session," the physical modeling software synthesizer that lets you "play" acoustic guitar parts with the expressiveness of an acoustic instrument
"Ultra Analog Session", also by Applied Acoustics Systems, the analog modeling synthesizer acclaimed for its analog-style synth sounds
"Korg Legacy Collection Special Bundle", which contains the following software titles: the MS-20 analog monophonic synthesizer, the Polysix polyphonic synthesizer, the Mono/Poly analog synthesizer, the M1 music workstation, the Wavestation digital synthesizer and the MDE-X effect plug-in

KORG KONTROL Editor

Included MIDI mapping software allows you to set the keyboard to respond to one of 8 distinct velocity curves, or set a fixed velocity value. This is useful in customizing the microKEY to your personal playing style. In addition, the modulation wheel's control change number assignment can be edited and its range can be customized by setting minimum and maximum values. This can be used to control specific parameters of a virtual instrument, or to increase or decrease the sensitivity of the Modulation Wheel
Keyboard 61 Mini-Keys with Velocity-Sensitivity
Controllers 1 x Pitch Bend Wheel
1 x Modulation Wheel
2 x Octave Shift Button (up/down)
Connectors 2 x USB Type A
1 x USB Type B
Power Requirements USB Bus Power (<500mA consumption)
System Requirements Mac:
Apple Macintosh with USB Port, Mac OS X10.5 or Later
Windows:
Computer with USB port, Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (32bit), Microsoft Windows
Vista SP2 (32bit, 64bit) or Windows 7 SP1 (32bit, 64bit)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 33.5 x 5.5 x 2.1" (850 x 139 x 54 mm)
Weight 2.2 lb (1kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 5.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 37.0 x 7.4 x 3.0"
Korg microKEY61 USB Keyboard Controller
  • USB Cable
  • EzDrummer Lite License
  • Lounge Lizard Session License
  • Strum Acoustic Session License
  • Ultra Analog Session License
  • KORG KONTROL Editor
  • Korg Legacy Collection Special Bundle License
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    KorgmicroKEY61 USB Keyboard Controller
     
    5.0

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    5.0

    Great Keyboard...Great Price

    By Peter John

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Artist, Engineer, Engineerproducer, Producer, Songwriter, Songwriterartist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy Controls
    • Free Software
    • Lightweight
    • Not bulky

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Great For Small Studios

      Comments about Korg microKEY61 USB Keyboard Controller:

      Fits nicely on my desktop without wasting real estate. I needed a controller for Studio use with software B3, Rhodes, and Piano. Of course, one keyboard will not fit the bill perfectly for three distinctly different feeling instruments but I found that after a few takes I could more than get what I needed. Octave up/down button works like a charm! Set up was a breeze...plugged it in and it just worked...Boom! "Micro" keys are obviously shorter but I got used to it in no time.

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      5.0

      Perfect Solution

      By RBKEYS

      from BRIDGEPORT, MI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

      • Registration Nightmare

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Chamber Music
      • Learning
      • MIDI
      • Travel

      Comments about Korg microKEY61 USB Keyboard Controller:

      This keyboard is the perfect size for me. I had a M-Audio Axiom 61 which was a great piece of equipment but it was just to big. With the Korg Microkey 61 I'm able to set it up next to my computer keyboard. The small footprint fits easily in an unused portion of my desktop. The 61 keys give me a large enough range for most projects. The keys have a good feel and touch. One huge bonus is the software included. The Korg Legacy Collection is amazing!!! It's not a limited addition or trial version; it's the real deal!! Add in the virtual instruments included and just the software justifies the cost!! The only complaint I have is registering and installing the software. The process is clumsy to say the least and it took several attempts before I was able to load all of the programs. Highly recommended..

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