M-Audio Accent Module

Stage Piano Module with 20 Built-in Instrument Voices, Split and Layer Capability, and USB MIDI Hosting
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Turn Your MIDI Controller into a Piano

Do you own a MIDI controller? Sweetwater has an excellent suggestion: turn it into a stage piano with the M-Audio Accent Module. The Accent Module supports USB-MIDI hosting: when it's connected to your bus-powered MIDI controller via USB, it not only communicates with it but powers it as well. If you're a gigging keyboardist, this diminutive module offers the ultimate in portability. You'll find the Accent's 20 built-in instrument voices - including the stunning AIR Steinway samples - to be sonically rich and rewarding. The M-Audio Accent Module is fitted with a headphone output and 1/4" TRS line-level outs for connection to pro-audio gear.

M-Audio Accent Module Features:
  • Supports USB-MIDI hosting: powers and communicates with bus-powered MIDI controller
  • Works with any USB-MIDI or MIDI-DIN controller without need for a computer
  • 20 onboard voices; split or layer up to 3 simultaneous voices
  • Outstanding AIR Steinway Piano and AIR Structure samples included
  • 1 x 1/4" headphone output; 2 balanced 1/4" TRS line-level outs
Turn your MIDI controller into a piano with M-Audio's Accent Module!

Additional Media

Accent Module User Manual

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Modeling
Number of Presets 20 voices with AIR Steinway piano samples
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/8" (aux in)
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" (line out), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
MIDI I/O In/USB
USB 1 x Type A
Height 3.25 inches
Width 14.35 inches
Depth 5.75 inches
Weight 3.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number ACCENT MODULE

Customer Reviews

1.5/5
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2.5/5

My Take On The M-Audio Accent Piano Module

The reason I bought the Accent Piano Module was because I wanted to have a piano that had no latency. While my DAW (Reason 8) has only a little latency, it was enough that I couldn’t play in the groove, and there was always a timing issue and my playing would fall apart. There was a time that MIDI sound modules were abundant, and even affordable. Now everything is software based, and the hardware is super expensive. I did some research and discovered the M-Audio Accent Piano Module – and it didn't cost much to buy! After a long time on back-order, I finally got mine. So how does it sound? Well there are 20 voices to choose from. In my opinion they are all just OK. Nothing spectacular. The acoustic piano sounds just OK. The main problem I have with it is the samples in the upper register cut off too soon, instead of getting a nice sustain that fades out. The electric piano, organ, and string sounds are pretty good. Most of the other sounds are just OK, and a couple of them are pretty useless. I would have liked to see a bunch more patches available than just 20, and It would have been really cool if you could edit your own! Navigating the menus and choosing sounds is pretty easy. There just aren’t that many options in each menu to get lost in, unless you are programming a split or layer setup. If you want to do that, expect to have to read the manual for a while, and you should have some familiarity with sound module operating systems. The built in chorus and reverb sound decent. You get a bass, mid, and treble setting, which is good to adjust your voice closer to your taste. The unit is in a metal enclosure, with a plastic front, with plastic knobs and faders. They don’t feel cheapo, but they aren’t of high quality either. The unit doesn’t have a big footprint. It’s a bit smaller than a standard 1 space rack unit size. The module does come with an AC adapter, which isn’t mentioned anywhere. I’ve been using the module thru Reason 8’s built in MIDI instrument rack extension. So I am playing the module though it’s MIDI in. I can see also if I had to quickly put together some equipment to play live, I could grab the piano module, my controller, and USB cable – plus an amp, and I would be in good shape. If I wanted to have a rich high quality piano sound for recording, you won’t find it here. In the end the piano module does what I needed. I get a module with no latency that has some OK piano sounds, reverb, chorus, and bass, mid, and treble settings, and it didn't cost me a whole lot of money.
Music background: Composer
1/5

another piece of junk

This box sounds like crap *****. even mainstage pianos sound way better
1/5

Not For Me

Sounds aren't very good. I bought it not really caring about the sounds. I was hoping to output the sound to an amp for zero latency monitoring while recording the midi at the same time. But there is no midi out. Maybe the piano has it, but the stand alone module doesn't. Got no response when I asked M-Audio support about it. Sorry I blew the $200.
Music background: Long time player
See also: M-Audio, M-Audio Synthesizers