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Yamaha KX8 USB Keyboard Studio Controller  

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    Refined for optimal compatibility with DAW software!

    The Yamaha KX8 USB Keyboard Studio was 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, the KX8 control keyboard helps create an efficient environment that supports traditional music production workflow.

    The Yamaha KX8 features 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. Of course Yamaha keyboard know-how acquired and refined through years of experience offers feel and response that provide optimum musical control and comfort for smooth production.

    The design of the KX8 USB control keyboard 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 module everything needed for smooth music production is right at your fingertips.

    In addition to the bundled Cubase AI4 software, the KX8 provides high-level integration with Steinberg Cubase 4 and Cubase Studio 4 DAW applications. You can open edit windows with a single button, add instrument tracks right from the controller keyboard, and automatic switching of control templates for different software tone modules when tracks are switched, as well as other advanced functions, 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.

    KX8 owners can register at www.mpsn.com to receive the new X Factor DVD from Yamaha ( for the $4.95 cost of shipping and handling) . 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 these VSTi sounds there are thousands of dollars worth of rebate coupons and added values from Antares, ASK Video, Broadjam, Electronic Musician, Obedia, Steinberg and Tunecore on the X Factor DVD.

    Features

    Keyboard: 88 keys, GHS Keyboard (Initial Touch)

    • Sequencer:
    • Arpeggio: Each 342 type
    • Others: 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
    • (* Functions to be controlled differ depending on)
    • 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 available FC3)
    • USB Connector: TO HOST Connector x 1 (USB bus Powered)
    • DC-IN: * Functions to be controlled differ depending on the software
    • 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): 1340 x 445 x 157 mm,
    • Weight: 15.1kg
    • Accessories: AC Adapter PA-130(U) or PA-3C (others), CD-ROM x 2, USB Cable x 1, Owner's manual
     

    KX8 USB Keyboard Studio Controller Specifications:

    • 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
    • Hard Disk: 400 Megabytes Free Space, 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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