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M-Audio Keystation 61es USB MIDI Controller

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Product Highlights
  • 61 Velocity Sensitive Keys
  • Semi-Weighted Action
  • Pitch Bend Wheel
  • Assignable Modulation Wheel
  • Assignable Volume Slider
  • USB Bus Powered
  • 5-Pin MIDI Output
  • Sustain & Volume Pedal Inputs
  • Includes Free Software

The Keystation 61es USB MIDI Controller from M-Audio is a velocity sensitive MIDI controller with 61 semi-weighted keys. It features a pitch bend wheel, an assignable modulation wheel, and an assignable volume slider. The Keystation 61es is USB bus powered and has a five-pin MIDI output for controlling external MIDI hardware. It can be used as a USB MIDI keyboard and a MIDI interface in studios and classrooms.

The Keystation 61es is class-compliant with Mac OS X, Windows XP, and 32-bit Vista, allowing for plug and play operation.

Compatible with many music education and music creation software titles
Input for optional power supply enables the device to be used to control external hardware MIDI devices
On/Off switch
Keyboard 61 keys
Controllers 2x Octave buttons
1x Advanced functions button
1x Volume slider
1x Modulation wheel
1x Pitch bend wheel
Ports 1x USB 2.0 (backward compatible with USB 1.1)
1x 5-pin MIDI output
1x Sustain pedal inputs
Compatibility DirectLink supported by:

  • Ableton Live 8.1.5 and later
  • Apple GarageBand 2009
  • Apple Logic Pro 9 and later
  • Pro Tools M-Powered 8.0.4 and higher
  • Pro Tools LE 8.0.4 and higher
  • Pro Tools SE 8.0.3
  • Propellerhead Reason 4
  • Propellerhead Record 1
  • Steinberg Cubase 5.5.1


Logic Pro 9.1 is only supported in 32-bit mode only. Reason 5 & Record 1.5 are not currently supported. Only the full version of Cubase is supported.
System Requirement (Minimum)
Mac OSX core MIDI
Operating System: OS 9.2.2 or higher with OMS 2.3.8 (included)
OSX 10.1.5, 10.2.8, 10.3.6, 10.4, 10.5.1
USB port

G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported
Windows Operating System:
Windows 98SE
Windows Me
Windows 2000 (SP4)
Windows XP (SP2)
Windows Vista 32, 64bit (SP2)
Win7 32, 64bit

Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported.
Size and Weight
Dimension L x W x H 39 x 9.4 x 3.6" (99.1 x 23.9 x 9.1 cm)
Weight 11 lb (5 kg)
M-Audio Keystation 61es USB MIDI Controller
  • Drivers CD-ROM
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    M-AudioKEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller
     
    4.4

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (16)
    • Portable (7)
    • Touch sensitive keys (7)
    • Versatile (5)
    • Responsive / good action (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • MIDI (9)
      • Electronic music (7)
      • Home studio (6)
      • Learning (5)
      • Amateur recording (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (10), Novice (4), Professional musician (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A solid and inexpensive choice

      I bought this so I can rock out with my friends, and maybe we will play some small gigs. It's also nice to have in my room for practicing. It doesn't have any...Read complete review

      I bought this so I can rock out with my friends, and maybe we will play some small gigs. It's also nice to have in my room for practicing. It doesn't have any synthesizer / samples so you have to plug it into a computer or something else if you want to get sound out of it!

      It's definitely the low-end of M-Audio gear. The higher end stuff has an overall nicer look, with more quality construction. However, if you just want a keyboard and a few controls, I think it' a good choice, especially for this price range.

      The key action is kind of stiff and not very heavily weighted. Obviously it's nothing like a real piano, but you get used to it.

      Most of the time I don't mind having 61 rather than 88 keys, but I found that if you are playing something where you need the full range, e.g. jazz, you don't have time to hit the octave button in the middle of a solo! It is small and light though.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Beware...

      Everything works fine except the velocity curve is non-adjustable and it's virtually impossible to get up to 127 (full volume) unless you take a hammer and start wailing on the keys.

      Everything works fine except the velocity curve is non-adjustable and it's virtually impossible to get up to 127 (full volume) unless you take a hammer and start wailing on the keys.

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      5.0

      Best of this tier.

      By Drewlio

      from Shadow Hills

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

          Just a basic unit but it is such a step up from my last keyboard controller, which did not have touch sensitivity. These also have slightly weighted keys and it makes all the difference. Plus a great feeling of freedom stepping up from a 49 keyboard. Didnt think it was a big del because you can always record and change octave, but trust me, treat yourself!

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          5.0

          Sometimes Basic Is All You Need!

          By TJS

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Responsive / Good Action

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • MIDI

            Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

            This is a very basic controller. But it works great! The keys are semi-weighted and feel just as good as M-Audio's Axiom series of controllers. If you don't need DAW controls than this is a great easy to use keyboard controller!

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            5.0

            Excellent Fit and Buy

            By Scott

            from Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Responsive / Good Action
            • Touch Sensitive Keys

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Chamber Music
              • Concerts
              • Electronic Music
              • Learning
              • MIDI
              • School Bands
              • Travel

              Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

              Solid and heavy feel. Keys are balanced well. I use it in sound production and the 61 keys are perfect. Pluged it in and works great with Kontakt player.

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              3.0

              Beware...

              By Jeff

              from Dover, New Hampshire

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Inexpensive
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Poor Action

              Best Uses

              • Electronic Music
              • MIDI

              Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

              Everything works fine except the velocity curve is non-adjustable and it's virtually impossible to get up to 127 (full volume) unless you take a hammer and start wailing on the keys.

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              5.0

              GREAT

              By Hanky

              from Las Vegas, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Pre-programmed music
              • Realistic Sound
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

              • No Speakers

              Best Uses

              • Electronic Music
              • Learning
              • MIDI

              Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

              I use this midi keyboard to make songs on GarageBand and ableton.

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              4.0

              Not bad for its price

              By Joe

              from Minneapolis, MN

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Midi out
              • Portable
              • USB Bus-powered

              Cons

              • Key action a bit stiff
              • Slow pitch bend snapback

              Best Uses

              • Electronic Music
              • Home studio
              • MIDI

              Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

              I was looking for a simple 61-key controller with semi-weighted keys and USB-MIDI, and this was one of the few options out there.
              It's a very straightforward, plug-and-play controller. It's bus-powered and I appreciate the standard MIDI out in addition to the USB connection.
              Even though I normally play on a weighted keyboard, these keys feel a little stiff for a semi-weighted action. My old Roland A-33 was a lot easier on the fingers while being just as expressive. The pitch bend wheel is a little slow snapping back to zero. The case seems to be a little bit thicker (taller?) than it needs to be -- after all, I bought it with the intention of putting it on a shelf under my desk.

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              4.0

              Cheap & Fun

              By Steph44

              from Cleveland

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

                  This is a just a fun keyboard. Took it out and played with it immediately on my macbookpro without any problems. The keyboard has to be plugged into your computer to be heard so you have to have a good sound system to make it worth your while. A good, cheap investment.

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                  5.0

                  Very happy with this product!

                  By Beta119

                  from Boise, ID

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

                        Plug and play into our iMac without any problems. Great for my daughter who is just learning to play.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        4.0

                        KEYSTATION 61ES - perfect for studio use

                        By mike

                        from berlin md

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

                          Excellent controller - you can't beat it for the price

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                          5.0

                          Wonderful Keyboard for MIDI

                          By PhotoMan

                          from Orlando FL

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances

                            Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

                            I needed a full key size keyboard with the conventional MIDI plug in the back that would trigger my Yamaha MIDI tone generator. This unit fits the ticket perfectly. It has semi weighted keys along with a great feel to it also. The item is well built not too heavy. For an additional keyboard with a Korg Radias this is perfect !! Very nice product.
                            Comment--I wish that they had provided an AC adapter with this item. I had to buy one for $10 but it would have made the out of the box setup very easy. To all who read this this unit is USB powered only so if you want it as a stand alone you need a wall wart AC/DV converter 12Volt.

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                            4.0

                            Simple and efficient

                            By Matt

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Touch Sensitive Keys

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • MIDI

                              Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

                              I live in a small apartment and live off a small budget, and for mostly these reasons the M-Audio 61es was the right product for me. I connect the keyboard to my Mac and speakers for the purpose of practicing various piano pieces and entering choral parts into a music program. Though I'd ideally have bought a fully-weighted and full-sized keyboard, it's just not in my budget or space confines, and the semi-weighted action of the 61es suffices for my uses (though I wouldn't dare play fast-tempo classical pieces). The keyboard is very intuitive and clean-looking, though I'd like some sort of reference to shortcuts somewhere on the keyboard itself.
                              Simply put, the keyboard does well what it is advertised to do: plug and play without complication.

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                              5.0

                              Great Match to Garageband

                              By The Sports House

                              from Andover MA

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Portable
                              • Pre-programmed music

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Electronic Music
                              • Learning
                              • MIDI

                              Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

                              I will qualify by saying we are by no means musicians. However this is a great product to pair with Garageband and is great for the kids as an introduction to music, as well as learning to enjoy the process of listening and making music. I expect we will get a lot of enjoyment experimenting with all the features of the Keystation together with Garageband. Great price through B&H.

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                              4.0

                              Great, Basic, MIDI Controller/Keyboard

                              By Nate the Whatever

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Portable
                              • Touch Sensitive Keys

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Electronic Music
                                • Learning
                                • MIDI

                                Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

                                This is a great MIDI controller for someone looking for the expanded range of a 61 key MIDI controller, but nothing more. The key action, while certainly better than the unweighted models, won't knock you over in amazement, but it's very functional. No frills, no nonsense. That's what this controller is. I've owned mine for over 3 years now and no problems.

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                                3.0

                                does it's job

                                By Steve the giant

                                from Bethpage, NY

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Portable
                                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                                Cons

                                • Poor Action

                                Best Uses

                                • Electronic Music
                                • Learning
                                • MIDI

                                Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

                                I use the product to record/play music at home.

                                It's durable, contains 61 keys, it works and it's not that expensive.

                                Keys could definitely be weighted better.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                I really do love this!

                                By Bree

                                from North Carolina

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Great quality
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

                                  I use this keyboard for writing my music at home and love the portability of it! I love how the keys are semi-weighted rather than not weighted at all like other keyboards. It helps with the "flow" like a real piano, although not as weighted, it gives enough pressure to help you put 'emotion' into your pieces. You do have to hook it up to a mac or pc (I have a mac..just plugged it in and opened Garageband and it worked :D) to be able to hear it...which can prove to be a downer if the power's out and you want to play some music. But I don't find that to be too much of a hassle.
                                  Overall I LOVE this purchase and am so excited that I got it. I was going to get the 88 key but this 61 key covers enough range for me :).

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                                  5.0

                                  A modern composer's best friend

                                  By Rotem the COmposer

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Novice

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • Limited Functions

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

                                  Plug and play, simple and easy midi control
                                  with enough range for most instruments parts
                                  great feel with the semi-weighted keys

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                                  4.0

                                  Solid product - plug and play!

                                  By Whenuwish

                                  from Orlando, FL

                                  About Me Novice

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                  • Bulky/Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Mobile DJ
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

                                  Works great. Semi weighted feel a bit weird at first. Plugged it right in and played great with GarageBand on a Mac!

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect with my iMac!

                                  By New to garage band

                                  from New Hampshire

                                  About Me Novice

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

                                        Keys have a good feel, pressure sensitve

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                                        4.0

                                        A solid and inexpensive choice

                                        By Jonny V.

                                        from Santa Barbara, CA

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                        • Limited Functions

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Events
                                        • Home Studio
                                        • Mobile DJ
                                        • Performances

                                        Comments about M-Audio KEYSTATION 61ES - USB MIDI Controller:

                                        I bought this so I can rock out with my friends, and maybe we will play some small gigs. It's also nice to have in my room for practicing. It doesn't have any synthesizer / samples so you have to plug it into a computer or something else if you want to get sound out of it!

                                        It's definitely the low-end of M-Audio gear. The higher end stuff has an overall nicer look, with more quality construction. However, if you just want a keyboard and a few controls, I think it' a good choice, especially for this price range.

                                        The key action is kind of stiff and not very heavily weighted. Obviously it's nothing like a real piano, but you get used to it.

                                        Most of the time I don't mind having 61 rather than 88 keys, but I found that if you are playing something where you need the full range, e.g. jazz, you don't have time to hit the octave button in the middle of a solo! It is small and light though.

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