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Yamaha KX61 USB Keyboard Studio Controller  

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  • Yamaha

    Play your computer like a musical instrument.

    The Yamaha KX-61 Keyboard Studio Controller is made slim and small to fit your bedroom studio but gives you big performance through smart software integration. It provides a dedicated DAW control section, assignable synth control section with templates, and over 300 one-touch phrases for instant arpeggiation. Impressive software bundle includes editor software, Cubase AI, HALion One, and thousands of dollars of sounds, top-name VST instruments, and rebate coupons and services.

    The KX Series USB Keyboard Studios were conceived and designed to support creativity and MIDI music composition without getting in the way. Based on a range of innovative features with advanced software integration and connectivity via a single USB cable, these control keyboards help create an efficient environment that supports traditional music production workflow.

    They also feature a range of drum, guitar, bass, keyboard, and other musical phrases built in, minimizing the need for complex manual MIDI data programming. Complete compositions can easily be created with just one finger. Yamaha keyboard know-how offers feel and response that provide optimum musical control and comfort for smooth production.

    The KX Series USB MIDI Studio was built for discerning keyboard players for use on stage or in the studio, featuring a high-quality Yamaha keyboard, numerous creative control features, and advanced integration with Steinberg DAW products. The KX Series is the next step in Yamaha's philosophy of hardware and software integration. Discerning keyboard players will appreciate the genuine Yamaha keyboard action while composing and recording seamlessly with Steinberg Cubase AI and its many creative options.

    The KX Series enables easy song creation with its built-in arpeggio function. Inspired by the Motif ARP phrases, these arpeggios can be played back by the included HALion One softsynth using sound content from the Yamaha Motif or the VST Mega Pack Bundle featuring exclusive content from IK Multimedia, BFD, and Arturia. A dedicated control section on the KX enables complete control of sounds and content.

    The KX USB Studio includes Cubase AI, a special "Advanced Integration" version of Steinberg's legendary music production software. Cubase AI is conveniently controlled via a dedicated control section on the KX, turning it into a complete music production solution.

    The KX Series is also bundled with the X Factor DVD from Yamaha. This DVD contains a massive collection of sounds and VST instruments from industry leaders like IK Multmedia, Sonic Reality, FXpansion, Arturia and Keyfax. In addition to the bundled sounds there are thousands of dollars worth of rebate coupons and added values from Antares, ASK Video, Broadjam, Electronic Musician , Electrix, Garritan, KeytoSound, Obedia, Steinberg and Tunecore.

    Advanced feature and software integration
    The design of the KX series control keyboards is based on in-depth research into the latest software-based music production and workflow approaches. Control capability has been refined for optimum compatibility with DAW software, software-based tone modules from major manufacturers, and the workflow methodologies they involve. There are transport functions to control DAW recording and playback, assignable buttons that can be assigned to a range of functions to suit individual needs, control templates for 30 different types of software tone modules… everything needed for smooth music production is right at your fingertips.

    AI functions provide high-level Cubase integration
    In addition to the bundled Cubase AI4 software, the KX series provides high-level integration with Steinberg Cubase 4 and Cubase studio 4 DAW applications. You can open any edit window with a single button, add instrument tracks right from the controller keyboard, and automatically switch control templates for different software tone modules when tracks are switched, as well as other advanced functions to facilitate a smooth, efficient workflow. Quantize and delete functions are pre-assigned to the assignable keys so you can start MIDI production without the need for complex setup procedures.

    Phrase factory offers an extensive range of built-in one-touch phrases
    The KX series features a built-in arpeggiator with more than 500 pre-programmed phrases. Select an instrument and style, then simply hold the appropriate notes on the keyboard to play or enter the MIDI phrase data. For example, a guitarist could create a demo by entering all the required parts other than guitar by using the arpeggiator, and then overdub the actual guitar tracks. The KX series makes it easy to create background music for your home page, backing for solo practice, and much more.

    Four control knobs plus templates for 30 software tone modules
    In addition to advanced control of DAW software, the KX series keyboards feature control templates for 30 different software tone modules built in. The most commonly used parameters for all 30 tone modules are automatically assigned to the keyboard's four real-time control encoders. When using Cubase the appropriate control templates are automatically selected when switching tracks, so you won't be distracted by having to change settings manually.

    KX editor for versatile parameter assignment
    The KX editor application, downloadable from the Yamaha website, allows detailed parameter assignment and editing for the four encoders and assignable buttons. You can create different parameter sets for production and performance, or for different types of music, and simply switch them as required.

    Velocity curve control for optimum response with individual tone modules
    Keyboard velocity response can be adjusted in six steps to match a wide range of tone modules and sample players. Optimum matching of player, keyboard, and tone module means maximum playing comfort and fluid performance.

    USB power compatible
    Since the KX series keyboards are compatible with USB bus power, they can be simply plugged into a USB port and used without a separate power adaptor.

    Expression pedal and external MIDI tone generator connectivity
    Since the KX series keyboards are compatible with USB bus power, they can be simply plugged into a USB port and used without a separate power adaptor.

    Features
    • Advanced feature and software integration
    • AI functions provide high-level Cubase integration
    • Phrase factory offers an extensive range of built-in one-touch phrases
    • Four control knobs plus templates for 30 software tone modules
    • KX editor for versatile parameter assignment
    • Velocity curve control for optimum response with individual tone modules
    • USB power compatible

    Make making music easier with a KX controller. Order now.

     

    KX61 USB Keyboard Studio Controller Specifications:

    • Keyboards: 61 keys (Initial Touch)
    • Sequencer: Arppegio, each 342 type
    • DAW Software compatible with the remote control function
    • Windows CUBASE 4, CUBASE Studio 4, CUBASE AI, SONER 6
    • Macintosh CUBASE 4, CUBASE Studio 4, CUBASE AI, Logic 7.2, Digital Performer 5.1
    • * Function to be controlled differ depending on the software
    • Controllers
    • Pitch Bend Wheel: 1
    • Modulation Wheel: 1
    • Assignable Encoder knobs: 4
    • Panel Switches: 37
    • Power Switch: 1
    • Connectors
    • MIDI Connectors IN x 1, OUT x 1
    • FOOT SWITCH Phone Connector x 1 (Not availavle FC3)
    • USB Connector TO HOST Connector x 1 (USB bus Powwered)
    • DC-IN 1
    • Display: LCD 16 x 2 Characters backlit LCD
    • Power Consumption: AC Adapter 3.5 W, USB Bus Power 0.6 W
    • Dimensions (W x D x H): 937 x 343.9 x 114.6 mm
    • Weight: 4.5kg
    • Accessories: AC Adapter PA-130(U) or PA-3C(others), CD-ROM x 2, USB Cable x 1, Owner's manual
    • KX Series Keyboards System Requirements
    • Windows Vista
    • Computer: 1 GHz or faster Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron family processor, with USB terminal
    • RAM: 1 gigabyte minimum
    • Windows XP Professional/XP Home Edition
    • Computer: 750 MHz or faster Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron family processor, with USB terminal
    • RAM: 128 megabytes minimum
    • Macintosh
    • Compatible OS: Mac OS X 10.3.3 or later
    • Computer: PowerPC G3 or later processor, with USB terminal
    • RAM: 128 megabytes minimum
    • Cubase AI System Requirements
    • Windows
    • Compatible OS: Windows XP Professional SP1/XP Home Edition SP1/Windows Vista (32-bit)
    • CPU: 1.4 GHz or faster Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron family processor
    • RAM: 512 megabytes minimum
    • Hard Disk: 400 megabytes free space, minimum
    • Macintosh
    • Compatible OS: Mac OS X 10.4 or later
    • Computer: 1 GHz or faster PowerPC G4 or later processor, or 1.5 GHz or faster Core Solo or later processor
    • RAM: 512 megabytes minimum
    • Hard Disk: 400 megabytes free space, minimum
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    5.0

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    5.0

    Excellent midi controller for the money!!

    By americanweirdo

    from atlanta, ga

    I've had this keyboard for a couple of weeks now and it has made a world of difference in my recording efficiency. Not the sturdiest piece of equipment I've seen, but it IS made of quite rigid plastic.Setting up takes some effort, definitely not for midi noobs.Comes with Cubase AI4 which is pretty great!The Arpeggiator section is amazing!! I like using it with NN-XT drum samples in Reason. It's perfect for that sort of thing, and with endless options.Limitless tweakability once you truly get the hang of it.Excellent choice!!!

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    5.0

    USB/MIDI Studio Controller Keyboard.

    By FuzzyHumbucker

    from Monroe, LA

    I have a modest little home studio and produce my own music. I've been dabbling in guitars, drums, keys, vocals and production as a hobbyist for about 10 years. For me, the Yamaha KX61 is a good studio controller / MIDI Keyboard for the budget conscience producer. My old MIDI keyboard went down so I needed a new midi keyboard. I also wanted a control surface to help speed up the creative process a little. I usually do a lot of takes and it slows things down when you have to keep reaching for the mouse or pc keyboard. I'm often recording alone and it's not always possible to setup shop right next to the PC. Since purchasing the KX, even when I'm recording something that doesn't require a keyboard such as guitar, vocals, percussion, etc. I still drag the KX61 over and use the control surface functions. It works well with Cubase AI which is included. I haven't tried it with any other sequencer but pretty much hassle free with Cubase. You also get a nice assortment of VSTi software (ie virtual instruments). There are several good VSTi synths and a VSTi Drum package with several kit sounds available. Most of the included VSTi software is a scaled down version but all are usable and offer up some great sounds. The KX61 has a built in arpeggio function that seems like it would be pretty cool. I've played around with it a little and it makes for some interesting possibilities. A cool feature for sure.The Key action DOES NOT have a weighted/semi-weighted feel. Feels more like a synth. If you aren't too picky the action is usable. Certainly not bad considering the price. Works for me.It's definitely made things easier and more fun for me and it didn't break the bank. I'd recommend it.

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    5.0

    Great Controller for the money

    By RO3Audio

    from New Jersey

    If you have a bunch of vst instruments in your DAW already and you need a "Studio only" solution to keyboards, this is it. Especially with the recent price drop, this is a solid alternative with a bunch of free extras like the yamaha S90 piano sample. It has built in DAW transport section that is handy when you need to keep redoing parts over and over.The built in arp section is a nice bonus. The overall quality is decent for the price and yamaha makes a good product. USB powered too!

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