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Korg Keystage MIDI 2.0 Controller with Polyphonic Aftertouch (49 Keys)

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Korg Keystage MIDI 2.0 Controller with Polyphonic Aftertouch (49 Keys)
Key Features
  • Features MIDI 2.0 Property Exchange
  • Unparalleled Integration and Control
  • Keybed with Outstanding Touch Response
  • Polyphonic / Channel Aftertouch + MPE
Built for producers and stage performers, the Korg Keystage is a 49-key MIDI controller keyboard featuring MIDI 2.0 integration and an advanced keybed that supports polyphonic aftertouch and MPE compatibility. The controller features eight rotary knobs with dedicated OLED displays as well as a main OLED display.
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Korg Keystage Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2At a Glance
  • 3Inspiration Doesn't Wait
  • 4Express Your Musical Self
  • 5Official Ableton Live Integration
  • 6Seamless DAW Control
  • 7MIDI 2.0: The Future of Music Now
  • 8Take Your Performance on the Road
  • 9Powerful Software Bundle

Built for producers and stage performers, the Korg Keystage is a 49-key MIDI controller keyboard featuring MIDI 2.0 integration and an advanced keybed that supports polyphonic aftertouch and MPE compatibility. The controller features eight rotary knobs with dedicated OLED displays as well as a main OLED display.

With MIDI 2.0 bidirectional communication, all parameters are automatically mapped and labeled for fast and easy setup. The controller also includes a powerful arpeggiator, an array of chord modes, an integrated audio interface, and official integration with Ableton Live.

At a Glance
  • MIDI 2.0 Property Exchange for unparalleled integration and control
  • New keybed design with Polyphonic / Channel Aftertouch and MPE compatibility
  • Powerful arpeggiator, chord modes, and streamlined workflow
  • Parameter-dedicated OLED screens for instant visual feedback
  • Integrated audio interface with direct stereo output for live performances
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Official Ableton Live integration
  • Includes Korg Gadget Producer Bundle, wavestate native LE, and Ableton Live 11 Lite
Inspiration Doesn't Wait
  • Say goodbye to time-consuming MIDI mapping, guesswork, and uncaptured inspiration. When the muse strikes, you need to capture your musical ideas quickly and precisely—Keystage allows you to do just that.
  • Keystage is at the forefront of keyboard innovation, being the first to truly tap into the potential of MIDI 2.0. Simply connect the keyboard to compatible software, and Keystage automatically assigns parameters and even displays their names on its crystal-clear OLED screens. Each screen is paired with a  dedicated knob for real-time adjustments, meaning you always see the parameters assigned and their exact values, empowering you to make informed decisions and act on your musical instincts without breaking your creative stride.
  • Experience the magic of immediate plug-and-play connectivity with Keystage. It's compatible with most DAWs and provides unmatched official integration with Ableton Live and Korg Gadget.
Express Your Musical Self
  • Keystage empowers musicians to reach new heights of musical expression.
  • A newly developed semiweighted keybed with excellent touch and response provides an immersive playing experience. Keystage goes beyond feel alone, with support for both channel and polyphonic Aftertouch, and MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression). This versatility lets you manipulate a vast array of sources, transmitting nuanced subtleties that add an extra layer of richness to your music and live performances.
  • Keystage's arpeggiator is extraordinarily powerful and offers features that go well beyond what any other MIDI Keyboard out there has to offer. The vast selection of patterns is complemented with unparalleled customization options including aftertouch-trigged ratchets, randomization, gating, and more.
  • In addition, Keystage's chord mode benefits from a suite of ready-to-use inspiring 32 chord sets. These can be used out-of-the-box, or fully customized and saved into any of the extra 32 user set slots. Because each set can have one chord assigned to each chromatic note of an octave, you can be sure you won't run out of chords! Chords can even be replayed in different ways, including a strumming mode for realistic guitar-like playing.
  • Keystage allows you to express your musical self effortlessly thanks to a seamless and streamlined workflow. Gone are the days of dealing with cumbersome and frustrating controllers. Keystage ensures a clean and efficient musical experience.
Official Ableton Live Integration
  • Keystage offers official integration with Ableton Live, one of the most popular DAWs in the industry, putting both transport and device control at your fingertips. As the go-to choice for live performance musicians, Live’s innovative dual Session/Arrangement view, smooth clip triggering, looping, and powerful production tools cater to countless musical styles.
  • Keystage offers deep integration with Ableton Live, providing seamless control over Live's transport functions and device control.
  • Device control allows Keystage to detect the device currently active in Live, and then automatically maps to the first 8 parameters. When switching devices, Keystage dynamically reconfigures itself in real time for an uninterrupted and fluid experience, which keeps you in the zone.
  • Both Ableton Live and Keystage are MPE-compatible, enabling enhanced flexibility and creative possibilities in your music. Live's powerful Drift synthesizer (available with version 11.3) leverages MPE to offer even more expressive capabilities.
  • Additionally, Keystage comes bundled with Ableton Live 11 Lite as part of its software suite. Ableton Live 11 Lite is a beginner-friendly version of Live, providing many of the core features to help you kickstart your journey in music creation and performance.
Seamless DAW Control
Keystage offers immediate, seamless plug-and-play compatibility with most popular DAWs, giving hands-on control of your most important playback / transport controls.

Currently Supported DAWs:

  • Ableton Live (Official Integration)
  • Korg Gadget (Official Integration)
  • Logic
  • FL Studio
  • Cubase
  • Studio One
  • Digital Performer
  • Pro Tools
  • Cakewalk
  • GarageBand
MIDI 2.0: The Future of Music Now
  • MIDI 2.0 is one of the most exciting developments in electronic music production in decades. But what exactly is it?
  • The MIDI Association explains on its official website, MIDI 2.0 means two-way MIDI conversations. Until now, MIDI 1.0 messages went in one direction: from a transmitter to a receiver. MIDI 2.0 is bidirectional, and changes MIDI from a monologue to a dialog.
  • Thanks to new MIDI-CI (Capability Inquiry) messages, MIDI 2.0 devices can talk to each other, and autoconfigure themselves to work together.
  • Keystage utilizes MIDI-CI Property Exchange messages to communicate with other devices. It retrieves information such as which Control Change (CC) parameters should be linked and the appropriate names to display for each parameter. This means that Keystage can talk with a wide range of MIDI 2.0 compatible devices and exchange information in both directions. This exciting feature extends not only to software plug-ins, such as the ones included with Keystage, but also to hardware devices.
  • Since MIDI 2.0 Property Exchange is compatible with MIDI DIN cables, Keystage opens up opportunities for seamless integration with existing devices, paving the way for new and exciting possibilities on the horizon.
  • Furthermore, backwards compatibility is not an issue with Keystage. It can still communicate using MIDI 1.0 with devices that do not support MIDI 2.0.
Take Your Performance on the Road
  • Keystage is not just an incredibly powerful MIDI controller packed with features; it is the ultimate master keyboard you've always desired to control your live rig.
  • Equipped with direct stereo output, simply connect Keystage to your computer and directly link to the sound system without the need for additional gear that takes up valuable space.
  • The semiweighted AT keybed not only provides exceptional playability, but Keystage is also surprisingly lightweight, weighing in at just 4.2 kg / 9.3 lb for the 49 key version and 5.0 kg/11.02lbs for the 61 key version. Its slim and portable design allows for easy transportation, while its robust build ensures durability during long gigs and travel.
  • Keystage also offers flexible customization options. You can modify settings directly through the menu or conveniently adjust them using the Korg Kontrol software on your computer.
  • Keystage includes a dedicated expansion plate that can be attached at two different angles, making it ideal for tablets and other devices. On the 61-key model, you have the flexibility to adjust the placement of the plates in two different positions, providing a stable and solid surface to place your laptop.
  • With Keystage, you have everything you need to make the stage your own.
Powerful Software Bundle
Keystage comes bundled with an incredible software set that provides all the tools needed to take your music production to the next level:

The bundle includes:

  • Korg Gadget Producer Bundle
    • Korg Gadget is the best all-in-one music production software and plugin collection; the intuitive user interface provides over 40 small synthesizers and drum machines called Gadgets, that you can freely combine for music production. 
    • Keystage includes the Korg Gadget Producer Bundle: this is a version equipped with most of the features and Gadgets that the Korg Gadget 2 software offers. 
    • The deep integration between Korg Gadget and Keystage makes it possible for Gadget’s parameters to be synced on Keystage automatically, as well as having extended transport control that will make using Gadget even easier and faster.
  • wavestate native LE
    • Explore the full potential of Keystage by pushing its capabilities to the limits with wavestate native LE, which offers numerous patches utilizing Poly and Channel Aftertouch, all fully compatible with MIDI 2.0. (Currently, only the standalone version supports MIDI 2.0.)
    • wavestate native LE is a partially limited version of wavestate native, the fully compatible software counterpart to the hardware wavestate synthesizer. 
    • wavestate native LE is virtually the same as wavestate native, except only one plug-in instance can be active at a time on a given DAW project.
  • Ableton Live and more
    • Keystage comes with a diverse variety of music software from different manufacturers. This includes the mighty Ableton Live 11 Lite, with which you will be able to experience Keystage’s official Live integration power.

Korg Keystage Specs

Item Type
USB/MIDI Controller Keyboard
Keyboard
49 Full-Size Keys with Semi-Weighted Action
Aftertouch
Channel/Mono or Polyphonic Aftertouch
Number of Pads
No
Expression Controls
1x Pitch Bend
1x Modulation
8x Knob
Transport Controls
Yes: Record, Stop, Play, Loop, Click/Metronome
Display
Main Display: Monochrome OLED
Secondary Display: Monochrome OLED
Sequencer
No
Connectivity
Audio I/O
2x 1/4" TRS Balanced or Unbalanced Stereo Main Output (1 Stereo Pair)
MIDI I/O
1x DIN 5-Pin Input
1x DIN 5-Pin Output
USB I/O
1x USB-B (USB 2.0, Audio/Media Playback, Host Connection, MIDI)
Wireless
No
Compatibility
OS Compatibility
macOS
Included Software
Ableton Live Lite
Mobile App Compatible
No
Power
Power Requirements
AC/DC Power Adapter (Not Included), USB Bus Power
AC/DC Power Adapter
KA-350, 5 VDC at 500 mA (Included)
Power Consumption
4 W
Physical
Color
Black
Included Accessories
Music Rest, USB Cable
Dimensions
32 x 9.2 x 3.2" / 81.4 x 23.4 x 8.2 cm
Weight
9.3 lb / 4.2 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
12.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
34 x 13 x 5.4"

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