Acorn Masterkey 25 - USB MIDI Controller

Acorn Masterkey 25 - USB MIDI Controller

Acorn Masterkey 25 - USB MIDI Controller

B&H # ACMK25 MFR # MASTERKEY 25
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Product Highlights

  • 25 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
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The Masterkey 25 from Acorn is a 25-key, velocity sensitive USB MIDI controller, perfect for portable computer music creation 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 25 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 25
  • 25-key, velocity sensitive synthesizer-style keyboard
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels (assignable)
  • Single assignable fader
  • 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
UPC: 859383002138
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Acorn Masterkey 25 - USB MIDI Controller
  • USB Cable (6ft)
  • Software DVD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    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 4 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) 18.5 x 7.5 x 2.3" (470 x 191 x 57mm)
    Weight 4.2 lb (2kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.2 x 9.0 x 4.2"
    Masterkey 25 - USB MIDI Controller is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Masterkey: elegance and ease The Masterkey 25, usb midi controller is the perfect no frills analog device for your soft synths. Most dials are preset by your favorite DAW software, but all functions are able to be edited, and the previous setting configuration is saved when powered down, which is a life saver for touchy software side tweaking. The octave +/- makes the 25 key board completely practical as a second tier synth. I've seen usb controllers with dozens of dials and buttons, but what this lacks in on hand analog control, it makes up for with the edit function. So, if you don't have several grand to drop on a vintage Korg, crack open your piggy bank and get this affordable portal to the synths of yore!
    Date published: 2012-05-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Masterkey featuring Pre Sonus Artist One It is a true force; not to be taken lightly. If not today; definitely tomorrow. For this is the future. This is the ground floor of Pre Sonus DAW systems, so it is just a taste. However, you cannot beat the bang for the buck of Studio Artist One; although, Pro must be so much better, if Artist is their jumping off point. The sound quality is awesome, learning curve is small and the payoff large, as you drag and drop sounds, loops, and effects into your project. Think about it, most DAW systems are old, and antiquated. Bog down with mounds of useless code the causes problems in today's computers. Whereas; Pre Sonus has streamline their product within the last two years, for the power and abilities of today's computers; not the ones built some fifteen, twenty years ago. Other DAWS beware, Pre Sonus is here; and their packing a very serious contender! Now, on the flip side, I received my copy of Artist, with the purchase of Acorn's Masterkey 25 keyboard that is not up the level of Artist One; keys to slippery for me, but I lack dexterity. I feel in the hands of a true keyboardist it would be quite fair enough; for the input of musical data; and worth it for Pre Sonus's DAW program alone.
    Date published: 2012-02-09
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not compatible with bundled software The midi controller does not work with the Studio One Artist software it was sent with. I contacted Studio One support and they said this problem happens and the only way to fix it is to upgrade to Version 2...in other words spend more money. This may be a good midi controller but unfortunately I don't know right now because I'm saving up to have to buy another software program just to get it working.
    Date published: 2012-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent 25 key MIDI Controller I use this controller on my desk as an aid for transcribing music scores into notation applications. Although bare-bones(with a price to match) it works very well for this purpose.
    Date published: 2015-12-01
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