Music Computing announced their brand new line of keyboard workstations for both gigging musicians and any size recording studio, are now shipping. The StudioBLADE and iKeyDOCK are complete, portable production stations, which either include a built-in Windows 7 64-bit PC with touch-screen and DAW software and virtual software instruments, or a docking system for any PC/Mac notebook.
The StudioBLADE series are complete music production workstations powered by Intel processors and 64-bit Windows 7, and each model ships with a total studio package with DAW (digital audio workstation), virtual instruments, mastering effects, and utilities to customize the exclusive ControlDAW MIDI control surface. Support for 2 additional monitors allows for total workspace customization.
A powerful combination of hands-on control begins with the tilt and telescoping 10.1-inch touch panel (more than twice the size of most workstation screens), the high-quality 61-key synth action, or 88-key weighted piano action keyboard; and formidable ControlDAW interactive knobs, buttons, and sliders, managed by GeoMIDI mapping software.
The large 64-button grid control surface, in addition to knobs and sliders, is a powerful tool for musicians using grid-style programs like Ableton Live, or classic drum pad boxes like the Akai MPC. Music Computing’s TriggerGrid™ sample trigger player for drum pads turns the grid surface into a massive 64-pad virtual percussion instrument.
Each StudioBLADE also includes Studio One Pro from Presonus, a highly respected DAW solution complete with virtual instruments and mastering FX, plus 10GB of sounds. Music Computing’s included SonicSource™ VSTi soft-synth contains thousands of sound presets providing a giant (8GB) starting point for both analog and digital textures.
“With remarkable audio processing capabilities like ‘drag and drop mastering,’ the StudioBLADE is one of the most powerful keyboard instruments ever built,” said company CEO, Victor Wong. “At just 28 pounds and 36-inches in length, the 61-key version of the StudioBLADE is a truly portable all-in-one ‘grab and go’ solution for the gigging musician, or a home studio user with limited space.”
Pricing starts at $2599 (US/SRP) for the 61-key Intel Core2 base configuration with 24/48 audio, 2 combo XLR and 1/4-inch mic inputs with phantom power, 2 balanced outs, and headphone jack. Optional upgrades include 24/96 audio and 8 inputs, more RAM, and internal hard drives, to suit the user’s needs.