Kenton broke the mould, CME came in with the WIDI full duplex 1in1out MIDI system and now M-Audio have joined the party.
The new MidAir line of wireless USB MIDI controllers and interfaces has been announced. Featuring wireless technology from Frontier Design Group â€“ they make the Tranzport wirelss MIDI control for DAW , MidAir products allow the musician to eliminate one more wire from their studio or stage setup.
The new MidAir 25 (bearing a resemblence to the Oxygen8 V1) gives you the classic 25 key controller in a totally wireless chassis. The MidAir 25 and the included MidAir receiver - both 2.4 GHz wireless devices - give an effective range of 30 feet with the same consistent, real-time response and low latency as wired controllers. Users also get eight MIDI-assignable knobs, mod and pitch bend wheels, assignable sustain button and a pedal input. The larger MidAir 37, which includes all of the core features of the MidAir 25, ups the number of keys to 37 and adds nine assignable faders. With both the MidAir 25 and the MidAir 37, keyboard players no longer have to be anchored to a host computer or a rack of gear sitting in the backline.
Each controller ships with the MidAir receiver - a 2.4GHz wireless interface that easily connects to a Mac or PC and relays MIDI data from the controller. The MidAir receiver also functions as a standard USB-MIDI interface, which allows users to work with other MIDI gear without the need for separate interfaces. Like many other M-Audio peripherals, the MidAir receiver is a class-compliant device - no drivers required.
M-Audio will also ship the MidAir wireless MIDI interface after the release of the controller versions of this technology.
â€œWireless MIDI hasn't made it into the mainstream until now,â€� explains Adam Castillo, marketing director for M-Audio. â€œWe felt the time was right to integrate available wireless technology into our proven keyboard designs to create a product that truly speaks to the future of keyboard instruments. The MidAir 25 and MidAir 37 give keyboard players a new level of freedom to perform wirelessly on stage; and anytime you can eliminate a cable or two in the studio, itâ€™s a move in the right direction.â€�
The MidAir 25 is currently expected to ship in June and carries an MSRP of USD $249.95.
The MidAir 37 is currently expected to ship in July and carries an MSRP of USD $299.95.
The MidAir wireless MIDI interface is currently expected to ship in August, pricing to be announced.