M-Audio Keystation 61 Keyboard Controller

61-key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Velocity-sensitive, Semi-weighted Keys, Pitch and Modulation Wheels, Transport Controls, and Bundled Software
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A Compact USB MIDI Controller for Your Studio or On the Go!

M-Audio's portable and versatile Keystation 61 USB MIDI controller keyboard gives you a great-feeling 61-key keybed in a very lightweight and compact unit. The Keystation 61 features velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys for smooth feel and expressive playability, letting you get the most out of your virtual instruments and software synths. This controller includes an assignable slider that doubles as a volume control, data up/down buttons, DAW transport controls, pitch bend and mod wheels, and more. It's also perfect for hooking up to your iPad for mobile song creation. Plus, you get a free download of Ableton Live Lite music creation software. Ignite your creativity with the M-Audio Keystation 61.

M-Audio Keystation 61 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard at a Glance:
  • 61 semi-weighted keys
  • Pitch, modulation and other control sources
  • USB power for convenience
  • Use with your computer or iPad
61 semi-weighted keys

The M-Audio Keystation 61 has 61 full-size keys with comfortable semi-weighted action. This makes it a great choice for players who want solid-feeling touch when playing virtual instruments. Its compact size makes the Keystation 61 perfect for use at a computer workstation or taking on the road!

Pitch, modulation and other control sources

To the left of the Keystation 61es keyboard are a pitch and a modulation wheel for control of these essential synth and MIDI parameters. The volume slider offers a bonus - it can be assigned to control any other MIDI value! Use it to add expression or perform a filter sweep while you record a sequence. Add that to a dedicated set of transport controls and directional keys (so you don't need to use a mouse) and you've got a complete system that's perfect for minimal setups.

USB power for convenience

The M-Audio Keystation 61 runs on USB bus power when connected to your computer. That means you don't need anything but a USB cable for both power and MIDI transmission! No more hunting for an extra outlet to set up your rig!

Use with your computer or iPad

You don't need to limit the M-Audio Keystation 61 to computer use. Using the Apple Camera Connector you can use this compact keyboard with your iPAD and your favorite music creation apps. The M-Audio Keystation 61 is the perfect travel companion for musicians on the go.

M-Audio Keystation 61 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard Features:
  • 61 full-size, velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keys
  • Two advanced function buttons for sending MIDI messages
  • Pitch and modulation wheels; volume/control slider
  • Transport controls for controlling your DAW without a mouse
  • Powered via USB or 9VDC power adapter (sold separately)
  • Mac OSX and Windows class compliant for plug-and-play
  • Works with iPad (iPad Camera Connection Kit required)
  • Advanced function button for programming
  • Input Jack for optional sustain pedal
  • Octave up/down buttons to extend keyboard range
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite and SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble virtual piano software
The M-Audio Keystation 61 is a versatile, portable, and affordable controller!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Semi-weighted
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain Pedal Input
USB 1 x Type B
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, 2GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, 2GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7.5 or Later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Height 3.6"
Width 39"
Depth 9.3"
Weight 11 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number KEYSTATION61II

Customer Reviews

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Exactly What I Needed

This keyboard was recommended to my by my sales contact at Sweetwater. I wanted a basic MIDI controller to replace an old keyboard that had broken and wasn't worth fixing. This certainly does the job. I had been interfacing with my DAW for many years using a MIDI cable , but this one, I hooked up via USB, my computer recognized it, and I was recording with it in no time. Doesn't even need a power cable, USB supplies the power.. The keyboard action is perfect for me as a non pianist... It has a lot of features I'll never use, but so what? Perfect!
Music background: Professional performer and home recordist

Good Controller

I bought this little controller as an upgrade to my 25 key controller; to active just wasn't cutting it for me. Maybe it's because I came from an 88 key digital piano which I had to sell to make payments on another studio purchase. I like the fact that it has full piano keys and not the "synth keys, "or as I like to call them "organ keys." The build quality is fairly solid in spite of the fact that its plastic, and included software was a nice touch. I've been enjoying the included piano and synthesizer plugins. Haven't done much with the DAW yet as I already have one that I use.The controller is basically plug and play, although there are some functions that don't work with Reaper like the transport section, but I hear this is normal for this particular controller. The lights on the option buttons are a real lifesaver-- well not lifesaver, but coming from the smaller controller to this, it is nice to see where you are on the larger scale of keys. Overall I'm very happy with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone wants to have a decent controller for a reasonable price.
Music background: Musician/Producer

Does exactly what it needs to do

Purchased this to use with a band I sub keys on instead of bringing my big Yamaha Motif. Pretty much a plug'n'play with Garageband on an iPad and I drive a Roland KC 350 amp directly from the iPad headphone jack. Controls match up to Garageband pretty well. Also downloaded the supplied software to my laptop, works reasonably well too. In addition to the USB midi, has midi DIN jack, and can accept an external power supply. Basically, gives me an 11lb stage-ready workstation when paired with the iPad. My only (very minor) complaint is that the keys are a little stiff but tend not to notice too much playing live.
Music background: 40 years off and on in bands

Just started using it

I have a panorama for home recording and I'm using this for live gigging. It's a little heavier than I thought it would be, but it's fine.. just builds muscle. The volume knob is flimsy, but overall, I hope it'll work for what I need. The price was right for what I need right now.
Music background: Music Production

does the job

Does the job, plug it straight into macbook air garage band. i used it to trigger my keyboard sounds in garage band: hammond organ, baby grand, rhodes, etc. no latency problems. i can adjust key sensitivity with garage band setting. octave buttons are a snap. lite weight to carry to recording studio. actual feel on keyboard is a little "too springy" but that seems to be the norm on most midi controller keyboards today.
Music background: musician
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