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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Keystation Mini 32 - portable keyboard for your laptop, iPad or desktop computer!
The Keystation 32 Mini features 32 low-profile, velocity-sensitive mini-keys. Even with the super small size, M-Audio managed to fit 4 assignable controls. It has three buttons and a knob for real-time control of your DAW and virtual instruments.
Another surprising feature is the selectable velocity curves. This isn’t something usual found on a keyboard this price, and they’ve even included a velocity curve for drum programming. Using a keyboard for entering drum parts is a huge time saver compared to clicking with your mouse.
Making the Keystation 32 Mini super easy to use, it is USB bus-powered and class compliant so you can just plug it into your computer or iPad Camera Connection Kit and start playing.
The Keystation 32 Mini also includes Sibelius First notation software. Sibelius First usually costs $99.99, and the Keystation 32 Mini is only $79.99, making it an incredible value. An even more amazing value is the fact that you can upgrade to the full Sibelius 7 with the Sibelius 7 Competitive Crossgrade. In other words, for under $300 you can get Sibelius 7 and a keyboard!
As implied by the name, the Keystation 32 Mini does feature mini keys. If you are a keyboard player, or have fat fingers like me, the mini keys might not be your thing. If that is the case, check out the i2 GarageKey 37, which features full sized keys and is still very portable.