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M-Audio Code 61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller   

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Professional, full-featured MIDI controller for a working musician's price.

The Code 61 is a marvel of efficiency in MIDI controller design. Somehow, M-Audio has manged to fit this much control into a small, lightweight and efficient keyboard controller footprint. In a chassis that measures less than two feet across, you get 61 keys with aftertouch, 16 backlit drum pads, 9 faders, 8 knobs, an XY Pad and bundled software. Expression pedal input as well.

The Keys
The keyboard itself feels great. Somewhere between hammer action and synth action, this blocked-end key design provides enough resistance for an accomplished player to be able to really dig in and get the most out of the patches he or she is using. There is room enough on this keyboard to input any bass line you are likely to need, and you can fit most chord shapes into the available key space as well.

The Pads
In addition to 61 velocity sensitive keys with aftertouch, you get 16 backlit drum pads. These are automapped to typical MIDI drum layouts, and they can be reassigned to any MIDI note number and stored in a preset. The pads supply a satisfying tactile experience and just like the keys, are easy to get used to and play ex The Code 61 is a marvel of efficiency in MIDI controller design. Somehow, M-Audio has manged to fit this much control into a small, lightweight and efficient keyboard controller footprint. In a chassis that measures less than two feet across, you get 61 keys with aftertouch, 16 backlit drum pads, 5 faders, 4 encoders, an XY Pad and bundled software.

The Faders and Knobs
The Code 61 comes with five assignable faders, four individual and one master. Use them for mixing tracks, live control of clips, or use the master for fade in and fade out. Below each fader is a track button that can be used to mute and solo individual tracks in your session. These are also tremendously useful in live DJ applications. The Code 61 additionally includes four encoder knobs that, like the faders, can be assigned to any continuous controller parameter. Probably the most common application for knobs in a MIDI controller is for panning assignment, and that is typically where they are auto apped, but these knobs can be edited to control other functions within your DAW.

The XY Grid
Especially useful for controlling synthesizer patches and for inputting articulations such as vibrato and pitch bending into timbres that are emulating acoustic instruments. Like all of the control features of the Code 61, the XY grid can easily control parameters outside of their automaps. In fact, the X versus the Y can be independently programmed to attach to other parameters, or even parameters within separate sound sources.

The Automapping
Every major DAW is addressed in the automapping templates. Buy with confidence. If you have a super obscure DAW or you created one of your own or you are travelling to another planet where things are done differently, you can reassign these automaps to reflect the particularities of your DAW or the way you prefer your DAW to be set up. In the majority of cases, you'll be able to plug it in and go.

The Software
M-Audio Code controllers each now come with a free copy of AIR's Loom and Hybrid 3 virtual synthesizers. Loom is an award-winning modular additive synthesizer plug-in with a shape-shifting Morph Pad that makes it easy to create rich, swirling, and captivating sounds. Loom takes a unique modular approach to additive synthesis, a synthesis technique that involves combining simple waveforms together to create complex sounds, by allowing anyone to select from and combine 30 editable modules. Create anything from wobbles, ethereal pads, ambient soundscapes, and much more. The programmable Morph Pad brings your Loom patches to life by morphing between user-defined variations of your patch, adding motion and momentum that continues to evolve.

Hybrid 3.0 is the next generation in synthesis. This high-definition virtual synthesizer combines the coveted warmth of analog synths with a full range of futuristic digital manipulation capabilities. The result is the best of both worlds ” a virtual instrument with a comprehensive set of precisely adjustable parameters that can sound like a synth you remember or something no one has ever heard before.

FEATURES
  • 61-note, semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch and four assignable zones
  • 16 fully assignable backlit drum pads
  • XY pad
  • USB Bus powered for portability and ease of use
  • 5 Pin MIDI Input, and Output jacks allowing you to control your favorite synths
  • Fully assignable controls for mod wheel, pitch wheel, pads, knobs, faders, buttons, and transport control including XY pad with Mackie Control and HUI modes
  • Buttons are assignable to macro ASCII commands, letting you use your favorite DAW macros at the push of a single button
  • Expression and Sustain pedal inputs
  • 6 digit LED display

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M-AudioCode 61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
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Disaster

By Pickled Prunes

from Pacific NW

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Pros

    Cons

    • As Bad as Advertised
    • Not Functional
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • Doorstop

    Comments about M-Audio Code 61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

    Despite all the bad reviews, I gave it a try because of a large mail-in rebate offered by M-Audio. Sure enough, mine had a dead key as well. Beyond that, the sensitivity of the keys and pads was inconsistent, the keys were wobbly and unevenly spaced and the latency was insane. (about 1/4 second) I tried it both USB and MIDI out and the latency was the same. This was purchased to replace an 20+ year old MIDI keyboard that had no perceivable latency.

    That said, it integrated with Pro Tools seamlessly so I considered giving it a second chance. I called M-Audio tech support to see if we could figure out the latency and sensitivity issues. First he told me that a keyboard can have no inherent latency... apparently wrong. Next he told me to increase my ASIO buffer size to reduce latency... absolutely wrong. That's when I said goodby.

    So my mind was made up for me and I exchanged it for a different brand. My first Impulse is to tell you what I bought but I don't think I'm supposed to in these reviews. I will say that my latency problem is magically gone.

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    Uneven Keybed, Not Compatible with Piano Synths

    By Biff

    from Xenia, OH

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      • Difficult To Use
      • Poor Quality
      • Uneven Keybed

      Best Uses

        Comments about M-Audio Code 61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        After I received the Code 61, I noticed that the keybed was very uneven (some keys much higher than others), so much so that sliding my hands over the keys for position changes was disorienting. If you look closely at the overhead image of this product, you will see that the keys are uneven, and are spaced with large gaps in some places. Wanting to give the Code 61 another chance, I exchanged it for another; the second unit had an exaggerated version the same problem. I contacted M-Audio and was offered a direct-from-the-factory replacement; the third unit was no better than the second with a dramatically curved and uneven keybed. Even if I were to try and overlook the physical condition of the keybed, the velocity response of the Code 61 is not appropriate for the dynamic piano performances I need, and seems to be designed for EDM/beatmaking applications.

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