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Avid KeyStudio Keyboard

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49-key, velocity sensitive, synth-action keyboard with Pro Tools SE software for instant musical satisfaction.

Powered by the same technology behind many of today's greatest hits, Avid KeyStudio instantly transforms your Mac or PC into a full-featured recording studio. The streamlined combination of Avid hardware and software”the 49-note, velocity-sensitive M-Audio KeyStudio keyboard and Pro Tools SE music creation application”makes it easy to turn your inspiration into a professional-quality song. Just connect the keyboard to your computer, fire up the software, choose from over 100 different instrument sounds, and start playing. You can build out your composition with loops from the huge included library, then add effects, polish your tracks, and share them with the world.

Make music in minutes
With integrated learning and creation tools, Pro Tools SE makes it easy to start creating all styles of music”from hip-hop and electronic, to pop, funk, jazz, rock, and blues. There's a wide array of music creation templates and a huge (3GB) audio loop library so you can play along with drum grooves or add your own percussion, bass and instrument lines.

Professional 49-note keyboard
Whether you're just getting started or playing professionally, one touch will tell you that the 49-note KeyStudio keyboard is a pleasure to play. That's because the KeyStudio is built with the same M-Audio technology used by music professionals on stage and in studios around the world.

Play piano, synths, and more
Use the 49-note KeyStudio keyboard to play the huge virtual instrument library in Pro Tools SE. The software includes over 100 studio-quality virtual instruments”from piano, organ, and synth, to guitars, bass, strings, and percussion”so you can create complete songs without a band.

Effects galore
Pro Tools SE turns your computer into a full-featured recording studio, complete with powerful effects to mix your tracks together. Make professional-sounding mixes by applying reverb, delay, EQ, compression, chorus, flanger, and many others. Pro Tools SE also delivers classic guitar amp and distortion effects to create great guitar sounds”without a noisy amplifier.

Ready for the future
If you want even more tracks, effects, virtual instruments, and loops in the future, the included M-Audio Micro USB interface is also compatible with Pro Tools M-Powered software”the same recording software used by studio professionals around the world.

FEATURES
  • 49-key, velocity-sensitive, synth-action keyboard
  • Assignable modulation wheel for for vibrato and filter effects
  • Volume slider
  • Pitch bend wheel for expressive performances
  • Octave and transpose buttons to change the octave and key
  • Sustain pedal input
  • On/off switch
  • Holes for wire-framed music stand (sold separately)
  • Power and connection via USB cable
  • Pro Tools SE software
    • Award-winning Pro Tools composing, recording, editing, and mixing features
    • Mix up to 24 tracks (16 audio tracks, 8 virtual instrument tracks)
    • Integrated learning tools make it easy to create music
    • Built-in composing features, including MIDI sequencing and Score editing
    • Includes over 100 different virtual instruments
    • 20 powerful, pro-quality effects including reverb, EQ, and guitar amp/distortion effects
    • Comes with over 3GB of audio loops to quickly construct songs and ideas
    • Easily record up to two instruments at once
    • Compatible with PC and Mac computers
    Micro USB interface
    • 1/8" stereo input to record microphones, CD/MP3 players, and more
    • 1/8" stereo output for connecting headphones or speakers
    • USB connector

    Ready to make music? So is the KeyStudio. Order yours today and make music right away!

    SPECIFICATIONS
    Compatibility
      Hardware compatibility
      • ASIO 2
      • WDM
      • Mac OS X Core Audio
      Minimum System Requirements (PC)
      • Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate; Windows XP Home or XP Pro (SP3 or greater)
      • 1.8GHz multi-core processor (Intel or AMD)
      • 5400 RPM hard drive
      • 2GB RAM for Windows 7 64-bit; 1GB RAM for Windows XP and Windows 7 32-bit
      • 2 available USB ports for included hardware
      • Adobe Flash Player 10
      Minimum System Requirements (Mac)
      • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or greater, or Mac OS X 10.6.1 or greater
      • 1.8 GHz multi-core processor
      • 5400 RPM hard drive
      • 1GB RAM
      • 2 available USB ports for included hardware
      • Adobe Flash Player 10
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      AvidKeyStudio Keyboard
       
      3.7

      (based on 12 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      80%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Functional (7)
      • Easy to use (6)
      • Good quality (6)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Best Midi Keyboard I've Used So Far

      Why the complaints on included Protools SE software?
      For your notice, any included software shouldn't be taken seriously. I just throw the software in trash and use the keyboard with my...Read complete review

      Why the complaints on included Protools SE software?
      For your notice, any included software shouldn't be taken seriously. I just throw the software in trash and use the keyboard with my DAW.
      I already have a DAW software before buying the keyboard. If you don't have a DAW software, please get one first before buying a keyboard, because all included software are just a joke or "free trial" to get you to buy the main upgraded software. So don't rely on included software - just take your keyboard. I learned this after trying to use inluded Protools software that came with my M-Audio interface. After that, I trash whatever additional software I get from whatever gear I buy.

      So back to the keyboard - I love the fact that it's velocity-sensitive and wide range. It's perfect for its price. I've been working with it and it has no problems so far.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good keyboard, bad software

      Upon opening the box of the keyboard you're greeted with the Avid Keystudio Keyboard, Pro Tools SE software and a USB Interface. The keyboard itself is truly very nice and I have no problem...Read complete review

      Upon opening the box of the keyboard you're greeted with the Avid Keystudio Keyboard, Pro Tools SE software and a USB Interface. The keyboard itself is truly very nice and I have no problem with it. It's made well and seems sturdy, the keys feel durable and the wheels and buttons are strong. However with any of the Avid products the driver (The program used to run the USB Interface) is not compatible at this time with Windows 7, and I also heard it had a problem with the newest Mac OS Snow Leopard but I cannot confirm that. I spend roughly 6 or 7 hours going through pages upon pages of help and resources on the internet looking to see if anyone else had the same problem and if there was any fix. I found a fair bit of people who have also experienced the same problem. So with that being said if you have any operating system other than Windows 7 and Snow Leopard this keyboard would work perfectly for you, otherwise save yourself the time and frustration and buy something else
      The Avid Keystudio Keystation comes with the Keystudio Keyboard, Prol Tools SE software and the USB Interface. The Keystudio has a pitch bend and modulation wheel, volume switch, octave up and down buttons and an edit mode for MIDI recording and controlling.
      As far as the keyboard goes it has outstanding quality, strong durable plastic, keys that feel sturdy and buttons that you can actually feel click when you press them. However the Software and Interface leave a lot to be desired.
      For the price it's not terribly expensive it's a good base starter if you're just getting into MIDI.

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      (28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good keyboard, bad software

      By Morgan Schrader

      from Maryland

      Comments about Avid KeyStudio Keyboard:

      Upon opening the box of the keyboard you're greeted with the Avid Keystudio Keyboard, Pro Tools SE software and a USB Interface. The keyboard itself is truly very nice and I have no problem with it. It's made well and seems sturdy, the keys feel durable and the wheels and buttons are strong. However with any of the Avid products the driver (The program used to run the USB Interface) is not compatible at this time with Windows 7, and I also heard it had a problem with the newest Mac OS Snow Leopard but I cannot confirm that. I spend roughly 6 or 7 hours going through pages upon pages of help and resources on the internet looking to see if anyone else had the same problem and if there was any fix. I found a fair bit of people who have also experienced the same problem. So with that being said if you have any operating system other than Windows 7 and Snow Leopard this keyboard would work perfectly for you, otherwise save yourself the time and frustration and buy something else
      The Avid Keystudio Keystation comes with the Keystudio Keyboard, Prol Tools SE software and the USB Interface. The Keystudio has a pitch bend and modulation wheel, volume switch, octave up and down buttons and an edit mode for MIDI recording and controlling.
      As far as the keyboard goes it has outstanding quality, strong durable plastic, keys that feel sturdy and buttons that you can actually feel click when you press them. However the Software and Interface leave a lot to be desired.
      For the price it's not terribly expensive it's a good base starter if you're just getting into MIDI.

      (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      GREAT BARGAIN

      By SLIDER

      from MIAMI FL

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Surprising Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Avid KeyStudio Keyboard:

          Works great with Pro Tools SE. If you already have the current Pro Tools installed, there's no need to re-install it. Very important - make sure the keyboard is plugged in and turned on BEFORE you open Pro Tools. Otherwise the program doesn't recognize the keyboard because it didn't load the settings.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Midi Keyboard I've Used So Far

          By Zed

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Music production

            Comments about Avid KeyStudio Keyboard:

            Why the complaints on included Protools SE software?
            For your notice, any included software shouldn't be taken seriously. I just throw the software in trash and use the keyboard with my DAW.
            I already have a DAW software before buying the keyboard. If you don't have a DAW software, please get one first before buying a keyboard, because all included software are just a joke or "free trial" to get you to buy the main upgraded software. So don't rely on included software - just take your keyboard. I learned this after trying to use inluded Protools software that came with my M-Audio interface. After that, I trash whatever additional software I get from whatever gear I buy.

            So back to the keyboard - I love the fact that it's velocity-sensitive and wide range. It's perfect for its price. I've been working with it and it has no problems so far.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best use of my money in a long time!

            By Krowfayce

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording

              Comments about Avid KeyStudio Keyboard:

              I'm so glad I purchased this! I thought I was going to need to find a piano to record my songs, but I'm very satisfied with the sound quality from this keyboard as well as the amount of keys. This was better than the MIDI controllers in my audio classroom in school, soundwise. I also like that it comes with the M-Audio Micro

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good controller

              By Celtic_Blaze

              from Layton, UT

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional

              Cons

              • Se Sucks

              Best Uses

                Comments about Avid KeyStudio Keyboard:

                Great keyboard, not so great software. Totally worth the price though.

                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                No compliants

                By Arsenic

                from Pembroke, NC

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Producing

                  Comments about Avid KeyStudio Keyboard:

                  There really is nothing bad i can say. it does everything i need it to do and i can take it pretty much anywhere i need to.

                  (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Certainly used

                  By stan

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Not Functional

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Avid KeyStudio Keyboard:

                      The keyboard had seen some hard use, and the CD was broken, making the keyboard unusable.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      as long as you follow the directions....

                      By my-friend-joe

                      from Warren, OH

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Avid KeyStudio Keyboard:

                        This thing is a lot of fun for a little money. Works great with my Windows7 laptop. Requires 2 open USB's, 1 of which doubles as input/output, I have to run that output to my amp, the regular connection from my computers audio out is over-ridden or something. The included software offers a wide variety of voices/instruments. The keys aren't as sensitive as I'd hoped but they are graduated... I hope you have as much fun as I do with it.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great Cheap Starter Keyboard for Newbie

                        By Prodcrab123

                        from Vancouver, BC Canada

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Cheap Keyboard
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Eco Keyboard
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Practicing

                          Comments about Avid KeyStudio Keyboard:

                          As a new musician who doesn't have any keyboard skills, this keyboard is not to big and not to small for a newbie and was the best economically priced keyboard for a newbie like myself. As a newbie I liked the fact that that it has the note key letters on it so you can learn where the middle "C" note is located so you learn to play the piano and I have improved dramatically since receiving this 5 months ago. I like the fact that it comes with Avid software so a newbie keyboardist and music producer could hit the ground running to start creating music. This is a great starter for parents with young kids interested in producing music but can't afford a keyboard that cost hundreds. This keyboard gives you a lot a great price point, when on a budget.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          protools SE Problems

                          By Buzz

                          from Bear, DE

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Practicing

                              Comments about Avid KeyStudio Keyboard:

                              Ptotools may not recognize hardware on some systems. Boards say it is possible to work around this, but it may take some time.

                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Does not work with Vista

                              By Paj

                              from Suburban Philly

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              See all my reviews

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                              Pros

                              • Good Quality

                              Cons

                              • Not Functional
                              • Pt Se Does Not Work Vista

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Avid KeyStudio Keyboard:

                                PT SE works with XP and Win7 but not Vista (!?) and there is no patch or upgrade. I believe PT SE is also included in VocalStudio and another AVID offering. XP and Win7 but not Vista---how does that happen? I bought this as a spare for an older system but it will have to go back.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Very Good

                                By heqtbaq

                                from 29 palms , CA

                                About Me Experienced

                                See all my reviews

                                Ask me a question

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Functional
                                • Good Quality
                                • Improves Sound
                                • Software Included

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Concerts
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Avid KeyStudio Keyboard:

                                  Unpacked the unit today and loaded the software with no problems ... even on an overloaded vista PC ! After hookup I was pleasently suprised with the sound , versatility and with the feel of the keyboard . The software is great and works well , providing many useful features . I am certain that this unit will pay for itself many times over and will provide a lot of enjoyment in the process . While it may be true that professional musicians might want more extensive software and a larger keyboard , one has to keep in mind the very affordable cost of this unit when comparing .

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