Unleash your creative potential with the M-Audio Keystation 61 MK3, the undisputed leader among MIDI keyboard controllers. This musical powerhouse, compatible with both Mac and PC, makes music sequencing and virtual instrument playing a breeze. This model, a member of M-Audio’s esteemed Keystation series, is favored by industry professionals and budding musicians alike.
The Keystation 61 MK3 showcases 61 semi-weighted, full-sized, velocity-sensitive keys, offering both a broad range of playable notes and an impressive variety of expressive possibilities. The comprehensive control suite provides a seamless recording workflow, expanding your capabilities without introducing unnecessary complexity.
Musicians will find enhanced creative freedom with the Keystation 61 MK3. Its fully assignable octave range buttons, pitch-bend and modulation wheels, volume slider, and transport and directional controls, ensure a smooth playing and recording experience. The 5-pin MIDI output lets you connect to your preferred hardware synth, while the 1/4″ (6.3mm) sustain pedal input facilitates the use of an external control pedal like the M-Audio SP2 for an authentic piano sustain.
Weighing in at a light 9.0 lbs., this compact and durable instrument is ideal for live performances and music producers seeking an intuitive, natural-feeling keybed in their studios. The Keystation 61 MK3 is USB-powered and class-compliant, supporting USB-MIDI connectivity for a quick, simple setup. It also supports iOS connectivity with the Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter (sold separately), allowing you to compose and perform with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices.
The Keystation 61 MK3 package includes a suite of premium software like Ableton Live Lite and MPC Beats, renowned for their powerful music creation tools. It also includes the AIR Music Tech Mini Grand, Velvet, Xpand!2, TubeSynth, Electric, and Bassline, offering a wide variety of sounds from acoustic pianos to vintage analog synthesizers. Other helpful tools such as Skoove, Melodics, and Touch Loops are also part of this package, providing piano lessons, skill-building exercises, and a range of sample sounds to kickstart your music production journey.
The Keystation 61 MK3 comes with a USB cable, software download cards, a user guide, and a safety and warranty manual. For power, it relies on USB or a DC 9 V, 500 mA center-positive power supply, which is sold separately and is not required when using a PC or Mac. The dimensions are 39.2” x 7.44″ x 2.68″, making it a perfect fit for any desk, studio, or stage setup.
With the M-Audio Keystation 61 MK3, you are not just buying a MIDI controller, but investing in a versatile tool that enhances your musical journey, providing a pure player experience. Please consult M-Audio.com/support for the most recent software system requirements. For Windows users, a minimum of Windows 7 is needed, while for Mac users, macOS 10.11 is required, along with an available USB port.