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Korg K-61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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While the words portable and affordable describe the K-61 USB-MIDI Studio Controller, they by no means define it. It features solid, full-size keys, ...Click To Read More About This Product

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While the words portable and affordable describe the K-61 USB-MIDI Studio Controller, they by no means define it. It features solid, full-size keys, and a selection of four velocity curves (including a fixed level”great for mimicking organs and early mono synths) that tailor the keyboard response to match any performer.

Octave shift keys provide access to the full range of notes, and the key transpose function lets you reach them comfortably”or instantly match the range of another performer.

Control Freak

The K-Series are graced with a variety of sophisticated controllers unusual for an instrument in this class. Performers will be happy to see a set of Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels, just like in Korg's RADIAS, MS2000B and microKORG synthesizers.

Is a joystick more your style? Korg has you covered. The innovative ClickPoint performs double duty, as either as an X/Y joystick or as a USB mouse to navigate through your softsynths or DAW software. This dynamic controller is a 3-axis, spring-loaded, fingertip joystick-trackball that is difficult to describe, but easy to use.

Two assignable switches can be set to either momentary or toggle operation, and both On and Off values can be set, opening up extended performance possibilities. These switches can even be set as Program Change up and down buttons. A pair of knobs can be assigned independently to any controller, and both transmit the full range of values.

Next to the keyboard you'll also find an assignable slider. And if you run out of hands operating all these controllers, the K-Series also includes an assignable foot switch input on the back panel. Even with all these individual controllers, the stylized K-Series retain a simple, intuitive and uncluttered presentation.

Onscreen Assignments

Using the free editor software that comes with the K-Series, you can create and save custom controller assignments”or scenes”in an easy, visual manner.

This editor software allows you to load the scene that matches your application into the any of the K-Series controllers, so that you don't have to reassign the same controllers manually”a real time saver! In addition, a number of pre-programmed template scenes are included, so you can instantly be up and running with many popular software synthesizers and music production programs.

The best-selling synth is now free!

Quite a claim, to be sure. But it's true. The new K-Series controllers come with a free M1 Le software synthesizer.

The M1 was introduced back in 1988 and went on to become the best selling synthesizer of all time”and defined the workstation category in the process. This software version perfectly reproduces the original M1 while taking advantage of the power and benefits of your computer interface.

The M1 Le contains all of the preset sounds and all of the PCM waveforms of the original, and a new browser/search function makes it easy to find that "perfect sound." In addition to stand-alone versions for both Mac and Windows, the M1 Le can be used as an RTAS, VST or AudioUnits plug-in instrument.

Want more? A special upgrade offer allows M1 Le owners to purchase the entire Korg Legacy Collection”DIGITAL EDITION at a very special price. Even more? Korg has included powerful demo versions* of software from Applied Acoustic Systems (Lounge Lizard EP-3, Ultra Analog VA-1, and String Studio VS-1), Ableton Live5, Korg Legacy Collection and Propellerhead Reason 3.0 to give you even more to enjoy right out of the box!

On the go. Or not.

Portability isn't just about size and weight. The K-Series can be powered directly from the same USB connection that allows it to communicate with your computer, so you can grab your K-Series controller and a laptop and make music anywhere. For more permanent applications, an optional AC adapter is available. In addition to the power plug and USB port, the rear panel also features a MIDI out port for controlling synthesizer hardware modules and other MIDI devices.

Now Bundled With 5 Cutting Edge Software Products!

Starting May 1, 2007, until further notice, Korg USA will be providing the Creative Kontrol Pack Vol.2 free of charge with the K61 and K61P! This dance music production software bundle consists of five of the most in-demand music software titles, configured for use with many of Korg's innovative products.

¢ "Live Lite 6 Korg Edition"

¢ "SampleTank 2 Korg Edition"

¢ "UVI Korg Edition"

¢ "Reason Adapted 3.0 for Korg"

¢ "MDE-X"

This bundle gives you a complete music production toolkit consisting of the leading applications for computer-based music making. Here's more information on each title:

"Live Lite 6 Korg Edition" - a lite, yet surprisingly powerful version of the cutting-edge Ableton "Live 6" loop-based audio/MIDI sequence software.

"SampleTank 2 Korg Edition" - a special version of IK Multimedia's standard-setting "rompler" plug-in software "SampleTank 2 Free", which comes with over 150 MB of custom sounds.

"UVI Korg Edition"”a special version of Ultimate Sound Bank's plug-in software with over 700 MB of drum kits and other sounds.

"Reason Adapted 3.0 for Korg"”a special configuration of Propellerhead's award-winning workstation software with a 'virtual rack' of synthesizers and effect processors.

"MDE-X" - the full version of KORG Legacy Collection's multi-effect plug-in software”19 great-sounding effects.

*The software companies and Korg don't offer support service for these software products.

*For version-up information and purchase of full-version, please refer to each manufacturers' website.

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61 velocity sensitive Keys
4 velocity curves

Assignable Controllers:
2 Knobs
2 Buttons
1 Slider
Octave Shift up/down buttons
Pitch Bend wheel
Modulation wheel
Footswitch jack


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Perfect for my application

By RMagley

from Arkansas

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This is just a fantastic controller when used in the proper setting. I keep mine on my desk at the office with Garage Band turned on and I want to make music, its right there. I can record or not if I choose. I love how the keys feel: they're lightweight and smooth. The built in sounds were much better than my more expensive Yamaha and the K61P is much more compact. The only thing I don't like about it is KORG's registration process which is very difficult on line.


Very Nice

By techno_doll

from KY

Do not listen to the haters below. They have no idea what they're talking about. I've had the K49 for well over a year now, and it still works splendidly. It does what it was intended to do. Just because it may not match up to others on the market, doesn't make it an inferior product. You can't beat it for the price.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Keyboard feels like a childs toy. I send it back the next day. It comes with a USB cord for power, but disables the midi out input. So make sure you buy a power supply.


Feels like a cheap plasic toy

By Kurt-oGto8

from NY

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Bought because I needed a controller and there was a cheap upgrade for the Korg Digital Legacy Collection from the packaged software included in the controllers box. I was imediately disappointed when a opened the box and saw how the the knobs and the tiny pitch and mod wheels were made of cheap, hard, and "hard to get a grip on" plastic. I thought I would sacrifice some controller features for the low priced software upgrade, but it was so bad that I had to return it and I got the M-audio Axiom61 (in which I am very happy with) in exchange.

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