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Keystation II Series

49-, 61- & 88-Key MIDI Controllers

Step into computer-based music creation and performance with the Keystation II Series keyboard controllers from M-Audio. The Keystation II Series are simple, powerful MIDI controllers designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on your Mac or PC. Available in 49-, 61- & 88-key sizes, the Keystation II Series MIDI controllers provide users with full-size velocity-sensitive keys and a series of controls that expand the range of playable notes, expressive capabilities and enhance the recording workflow. With the inclusion of octave range buttons, pitch-bend / modulation wheels and transport / directional controls, users can play, perform and record with their music software without using a mouse or trackpad. Additionally, the Keystation II series also includes a 1/4” (6.3mm) sustain pedal input that lets musicians and producers use an external control pedal, such as the SP2 (sold separately), for genuine piano sustain.


Keystation II Series Features

  • 49, 61 & 88 full-size velocity-sensitive keys with natural piano feel

  • USB-MIDI connection for playing virtual instruments, controlling recording software and more

  • Transport and directional buttons let you operate your DAW from the keyboard

  • Pitch bend, modulation and octave controls for expressive performances

  • USB-powered and supports plug-and-play connectivity to your Mac or PC

  • Lightweight design for easy setup and portability

  • iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)

  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, a powerful music performance and creation software

  • Includes SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble, a virtual piano instrument that captures a 9-foot CD327

    Steinway piano

  • Includes AIR Music Tech Xpand!2, a multitimbral all-in-one workstation

    Software Content Overview

    Bundled with the Keystation II Series is a full-featured software suite providing users with instant creative potential with access to a world-class DAW and thousands of premium virtual instrument patches

  1. Ableton Live Lite – one of the most popular performance and production programs available in the world. A powerful music creation tool, Ableton Live Lite enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit musical ideas in a fluid audio/MIDI environment. Explore sonic possibilities in real time whether on stage or in the studio. When you are satisfied with your work, Ableton Live Lite lets you save it or mix it down.

    SONiVOX’s Eighty-Eight Ensemble is a world-class piano instrument that authentically captures a 9-foot CD327 Steinway piano. Meticulously recorded and expertly sampled, Eighty-Eight Ensemble provides every producer and performer the opportunity to infuse their compositions, recordings and performances with the breathtaking realism of a world-class grand piano. Use the combination patches to layer strings, synth pads and choral pads with the high-fidelity piano samples and create evolving, lush soundscapes and textures.

Xpand!2 is a multitimbral workstation offering four active sound slots, or parts, per patch. Each part is provided with its own MIDI channel, Note Range (Zone), Mix, Arpeggiation, Modulation, and Effects settings—an excellent method for creating individual parts. Harnessing the four parts together to build one amazing Patch is where Xpand!2 reveals its true power. Using everything from wavetables and FM synthesis to sample playback, the expert sound design team at Air Music Tech has carefully created thousands of ready-to-play Xpand!2 patches.

M-Audio Keystation 49 II

M-Audio Keystation 61 II

M-Audio Keystation 88 II