Mac OS X Compatible Keyboard Production Stations

Music Computing announces DawBLADE while ControlBLADE 61 & 25 goes Lion      10/11/11
Music Computing, the makers of all-in-one keyboard production stations and multi-touch touchscreens, has announced its new line of Mac OS X compatible keyboard and music production stations.
ControlBLADEs are all-in-one music production stations complete with piano keys, drum trigger pads, knobs, sliders, thousands of sound presets and software for live and studio use. They allow users to compose, record, mix, and master songs that are ready for radio or direct Internet distribution.
Music Computing tells us that the new models of ControlBLADEs are powered by high-performance Mac Mini computers utilizing Intel Core i-series latest-generation processors that are perfect for today's demanding musicians and the virtual instruments and software application they use. Options include i5 and i7 dual and quad core versions. A PR person told us, "The Mac OS X operating system is perfect for music production and can run virtually any software application or plug-in. Capable of running over 500 plug-ins at once, sequencing thousands of tracks simultaneously, and storing millions of sound presets, the ControlBLADE packs a serious punch for the money."
ControlBLADE is available in a 25-Key and 61-Key models. About the same size as a typical keyboard controller and weighing only 22-lbs (61-key) / 13-lbs (25-key)...fully loaded - Music Computing believe that the ControlBLADE brings true portability to the keyboard production station world.
Built into each ControlBLADE are a vast number of controls including: 8 velocity sensitive trigger pads, 2X Assignable Pedal Interfaces, 8X Assignable Faders (61-key only), Pitch Bend Wheel and Modulation wheel, 6 Buttons for MTC, Master Volume Fader (61-key only), 8 double Function button with shift, providing 15 functions like (PROGRAM,CHANNEL,CURVE,OCTAVE,TRANSPOSE,BANK M, BANK L, DUAL, SPLIT, MUTE, AFTER TOUCH, CONTROL ASSIGN and etc), 10X numeric pad with +/- buttons, Built-in Memory, which can store/load 6 groups of user's parameters, MIDI/OUT, and MIDI/IN.
ControlBLADEs all come with built-in Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth and even Thunderbolt.
The standard configuration for ControlBLADEs include a 24bit-48 kHz audio I/O with two (2) combo XLR & 1/4" mic/instrument 48V phantom power inputs, two (2) balanced outputs and a stereo headphone jack. The optional upgrade gives you a 24bit-96 kHz audio I/O with two (2) combo XLR & 1/4" mic/instrument 48V phantom power inputs, six (6) 1/4" balanced inputs (line-level), two balanced outputs and a stereo headphone jack.
Victor Wong, CEO, Music Computing, had this to say, "We are always striving to provide more advanced and user-friendly products to our customers, our new line of Mac OS X compatible keyboard and music production stations clearly demonstrates our dedication and inventiveness to that goal."
New to the Music Computing lineup is the DawBLADE, an ultra-compact Mac OS X compatible music production station.
Powered by the same Mac Mini computer as the ControlBLADE, but even more miniscule in size at 18" x 10" x 3" and 11-lbs, the DawBLADE is designed for anyone needing a powerful Mac-based computer with an integrated controller.
Built into each DawBLADE are controls with feedback and GeoMIDI midi mapping software. The controls present the user with four (4) banks of eight (8) plus one (1) master channel strips each with three (3) mappable encoders with LED indicator light rings, one (1) knobs for panning, solo and mute buttons and a high-quality fader. An 8X8 grid of lighted pads (64 total) is also provided that can be used as drum pads or as a trigger for sequences, etc. Controls for note-repeat enabled software and transport buttons are included as well as real-time feedback between the controllers and software.
Available connection ports include USB, Firewire 800, Thunderbolt, HDMI and Bluetooth, allowing the user to integrate any number of audio interfaces, video displays (including iPads) and third-party peripherals.
Support for all Mac OS X compatible products are provided from Music Computing including unlimited remote sessions for the first 30 days where the company can connect to the production stations via the Internet to help setup and train the user as well as lifetime email and trouble ticket support. In addition, the computer core also qualifies for direct Apple support and the user can even purchase Apple Care extended warranty if they so choose.
Pricing and Availability:
All products are currently shipping and prices start at $2,199 for the ControlBLADE (Mac OS X version) and $2,499 for the DawBLADE. More information:

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3 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Benedict Johnson    Said...

If you're used to playing a laptop rig live, I guess this all-in-one device would be quicker to set up on stage.

Other benefits?

10-Nov-11 07:52 AM


MPS    Said...

You would not look like you are sitting at a laptop playing back a canned show?

This seems like a pretty good idea, but it sure is expensive.

10-Nov-11 10:30 AM


Mattsynth    Said...

Very nice job in grouping all this hardware into one unit but this has been done twice before without success. The problem is the ever changing world of electronics. This workstation rig will be obsolete within 3 years. I still say you are better off with seperate componets so you can upgrade pieces one at of time. This would make a very cool stand alone sampler that would free up my studio computer. I will have to call this company to see if they could make up something for me.

11-Nov-11 08:22 AM


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