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Music Computing ControlBLADE

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Fulfill your destiny. The new ControlBLADE represents a new era in performance and value. Never before has it been possible to have this much power and functionality inside a single product at such a low price. The new ControlBLADE utilizes the latest Intel i5 and i7 processors, up to 32GB of RAM, GPU processing and open PCIe slots for expansion to let you create freely. Make your dream come true with the ControlBLADE.

ControlBLADE keyboard production stations are equipped with high-power computer cores (up to 10 times more powerful), run open operating systems such as Windows and Mac OS X, have vastly more expandability (up to 4 times more RAM memory and 136 times more disk storage), higher quality audio (24-bit / 96kHz vs 24-bit /48kHz), sequence, record and play more midi and audio tracks (up to 45 times more), and allow for the use of third party software, sounds and hardware controllers.
Because of this, keyboard production stations are far superior than keyboard workstations and can be used to compose, record, mix, and master complete songs ready for radio play, which keyboard workstations cannot.

In fact, many people today view keyboard workstations as merely hardware dongles for sound libraries, which is similar to a single VST that a keyboard production station can run. As demonstrated in real-world use, several of the keyboard workstations even include a software application which turns the keyboard workstation into a VST to be used inside of a DAW, something the ControlBLADE runs natively.

However in the past some would argue keyboard workstations are better integrated hardware control and software-wise, but that is no longer the case. The ControlBLADE comes standard with a 22" multi-touch touchscreen that allows you to directly control the software interface, eliminating any need for integration at all. This is revolutionary and is not just applicable to a set workflow like most keyboard workstations, but any software you may wish to use. In addition, there are now a number of dedicated hardware controllers, which are designed with the same philosophy of tight integration between hardware and software that you can simply plug into the ControlBLADE and use.

Our Design Philosophy: All Music Computing keyboard production stations were designed with the primary goal of creating a musical instrument with the power of a computer and not taking a computer and forcing it to become a musical instrument. Because of this, our products look and feels like traditional musical keyboards, which is vital to the creative processes. Cobbled together personal computer systems with random controllers and audio interfaces are rarely elegant or provide the stability required by today's professional musicians. Constructed from the very best materials and components and backed by superior support, we believe our products are some of the very best in the world today.

Powerful, Full-featured and Affordable: ControlBLADEs are powered by high-performance computer cores utilizing Intel® latest Core i-series® forth-generation (Haswell) processors that are perfect for today's demanding musicians and the virtual instruments and software application they use. Options include i5 and i7 quad core versions. The Windows 7 (64-bit) operating system is preconfigured 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.

Light, Compact and Built-Tough: The ControlBLADE is available in 61-Keys. About the same size as a typical keyboard controller, the ControlBLADE, brings true portability to the keyboard production station world.

The Goldilocks Principle: At Music Computing, we believe in providing our customers with what they need, when they need it. This means you can start with the base configuration for the ControlBLADE with an i5 quad-core processor, one (1) memory module and one (1) hard drive, and add more as you need it. Simply install an i5 or even an i7 processor when you need the extra power...no motherboard change is needed. That's the magic about the new ControlBLADE, it's the right size tool for your needs the day you purchase it, and it will stay the perfect tool for you for many years to come.

Lighten fast drives: ControlBLADEs can be outfitted with SSD (solid state drives) for ultra-fast bootup and loading of data and sound libraries. All ControlBLade 4 models (Windows version) now comes equipped with our new Hyperdrives...a fusion of SSD and 7200 rpm hard drives that are 4x faster, while offering up to 4TB in capacity.

Controls Galore: Built into each ControlBLADE with the Akai MPK-261 are a vast number of controls including: 61 semi-weighted full-size keys with aftertouch, 16 RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads each with 4 banks for 64 pads, 24 assignable Q-Link controllers include knobs, faders, and switches (8 of each), Revamped control layout with backlit LCD screen, USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input and output, Comprehensive transport & parameter controls for hands-on DAW integration, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator for advanced rhythmic and melodic manipulation, MPC Full Level,, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with dynamics and tempo, Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls with split mode for expressive performances, 2 assignable footswitch jacks and 1 expression jack.

Advanced Computing: Each ControlBLADE is equipped with the latest computing technologies including: USB2 and USB3/ HDMI, eSATA, DisplayPort, Wi-Fi, and much more. It's cutting edge computing for your musical needs.

Hear the Difference: The standard configuration for the ControlBLADE includes a 6-IN/2-OUT interface with audio stream support - USB 2.0 24-bit/96 kHz resolution. ControlBLADEs also offer Firewire ports in the event outboard audio I/O or other Firewire devices are needed.

Thousands of Sounds Included...Add Millions More: SonicSource™ by Music Computing is a virtual synth (VSTi) equipped with three sample-playing layers, two multi-effect racks, and a library of multi-sampled instruments. The sample playing layers allow blending of waveforms and instruments into a wall of sound or alternatively, the use of the three multi-timbral layers as a workstation. These layers can then be further processed through SonicSource's powerful multi-effect racks. Over 8GB of modern and vintage sounds such as those produced by legendary electric keyboards including the Rhodes electric pianos, Hammond and Vox organs, Hohner clavinets, and Moog synthesizers are present as well as effects like tape based delay lines, rotating speaker cabinets, guitar distortion pedals, wah wah, phasing, and flanging are included. Additional sound libraries will be made available from Music Computing in the near future. Video for SonicSource can be found here: SonicSource Demo.

All Your Sounds Together: Since the ControlBLADE (Win7) is capable of running virtually any Windows 7 music software or plug-in, you can install any number of third-party auto-sampling software to "clone" sounds from other keyboard workstations, synthesizers, sound modules or even virtual instruments. Imagine having all your favorite sounds at your finger tips plus more. That's the power of the ControlBLADE.
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Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Oscillators
Oscillators: *
ROM Size: Up to 32GB
ROM Resolution: 64 bit, 96 kHz
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Continuous Controller, Keyboard, Pedal, Pitch Wheel, Glide / Portamento, Velocity
Oscillator Notes:
+ Application dependant
+ Runs most soft synthesizers and samplers
Envelopes
Envelopes: *
Envelope Notes::
+ Application Dependant
Filters
Filters: *
Filter Modulation: After Touch, Keyboard, Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Velocity
Filter Notes:
+ Application Dependant
LFO
LFO: *
LFO Notes::
+ Application Dependant
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: Application Dependant
Timbrality: 100+
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split
Storage: Hard Drive, Internal, USB
Chips and Operating System
Windows 7 64-Bit
Mac OSX 64-bit
Case
Case: Keyboard
Keyboard: 61 keys, Semi-weighted, Plastic
Controls: Aftertouch, Buttons, Pads, Faders, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Pedal - Sustain, Switches, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
Display Type: LED, TouchView, Backlit
Display Notes: 10 - 22" Touch Screen
Dimensions (WxDxH): 36.5 x 10.5 x 5.75 inches
Weight: 22 lbs
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, XLR, Stereo Main
Inputs: 2 x 1/4" TRS, 4 x XLR
MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
DAC Bits: 24
DAC Frequency Rate: 96
Production
Year Released: 2015

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] musiccomputing.com
Pricing
Retail Street Price: $2,499 - $9,329 - convert
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