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M-Audio Code 61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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The Code 61 is a marvel of efficiency in MIDI controller design. Somehow, M-Audio has manged to fit this much control into a small, lightweight and efficient keyboard controller footprint. In a chassi... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Code 61 is a marvel of efficiency in MIDI controller design. Somehow, M-Audio has manged to fit this much control into a small, lightweight and efficient keyboard controller footprint. In a chassis that measures less than two feet across, you get 61 keys with aftertouch, 16 backlit drum pads, 9 faders, 8 knobs, an XY Pad and bundled software. Expression pedal input as well.

The Keys
The keyboard itself feels great. Somewhere between hammer action and synth action, this blocked-end key design provides enough resistance for an accomplished player to be able to really dig in and get the most out of the patches he or she is using. There is room enough on this keyboard to input any bass line you are likely to need, and you can fit most chord shapes into the available key space as well.

The Pads
In addition to 61 velocity sensitive keys with aftertouch, you get 16 backlit drum pads. These are automapped to typical MIDI drum layouts, and they can be reassigned to any MIDI note number and stored in a preset. The pads supply a satisfying tactile experience and just like the keys, are easy to get used to and play ex The Code 61 is a marvel of efficiency in MIDI controller design. Somehow, M-Audio has manged to fit this much control into a small, lightweight and efficient keyboard controller footprint. In a chassis that measures less than two feet across, you get 61 keys with aftertouch, 16 backlit drum pads, 5 faders, 4 encoders, an XY Pad and bundled software.

The Faders and Knobs
The Code 61 comes with five assignable faders, four individual and one master. Use them for mixing tracks, live control of clips, or use the master for fade in and fade out. Below each fader is a track button that can be used to mute and solo individual tracks in your session. These are also tremendously useful in live DJ applications. The Code 61 additionally includes four encoder knobs that, like the faders, can be assigned to any continuous controller parameter. Probably the most common application for knobs in a MIDI controller is for panning assignment, and that is typically where they are auto apped, but these knobs can be edited to control other functions within your DAW.

The XY Grid
Especially useful for controlling synthesizer patches and for inputting articulations such as vibrato and pitch bending into timbres that are emulating acoustic instruments. Like all of the control features of the Code 61, the XY grid can easily control parameters outside of their automaps. In fact, the X versus the Y can be independently programmed to attach to other parameters, or even parameters within separate sound sources.

The Automapping
Every major DAW is addressed in the automapping templates. Buy with confidence. If you have a super obscure DAW or you created one of your own or you are travelling to another planet where things are done differently, you can reassign these automaps to reflect the particularities of your DAW or the way you prefer your DAW to be set up. In the majority of cases, you'll be able to plug it in and go.

The Software
M-Audio Code controllers each now come with a free copy of AIR's Loom and Hybrid 3 virtual synthesizers. Loom is an award-winning modular additive synthesizer plug-in with a shape-shifting Morph Pad that makes it easy to create rich, swirling, and captivating sounds. Loom takes a unique modular approach to additive synthesis, a synthesis technique that involves combining simple waveforms together to create complex sounds, by allowing anyone to select from and combine 30 editable modules. Create anything from wobbles, ethereal pads, ambient soundscapes, and much more. The programmable Morph Pad brings your Loom patches to life by morphing between user-defined variations of your patch, adding motion and momentum that continues to evolve.

Hybrid 3.0 is the next generation in synthesis. This high-definition virtual synthesizer combines the coveted warmth of analog synths with a full range of futuristic digital manipulation capabilities. The result is the best of both worlds ” a virtual instrument with a comprehensive set of precisely adjustable parameters that can sound like a synth you remember or something no one has ever heard before.

FEATURES

61-note, semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch and four assignable zones
16 fully assignable backlit drum pads
XY pad
USB Bus powered for portability and ease of use
5 Pin MIDI Input, and Output jacks allowing you to control your favorite synths
Fully assignable controls for mod wheel, pitch wheel, pads, knobs, faders, buttons, and transport control including XY pad with Mackie Control and HUI modes
Buttons are assignable to macro ASCII commands, letting you use your favorite DAW macros at the push of a single button
Expression and Sustain pedal inputs
6 digit LED display
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M-AudioCode 61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
3.3

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5.0

Awesome Keybed

By Fleck

from Los Angeles

Pros

  • Drums Pads
  • Hid
  • Keybed
  • Mackiehui

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about M-Audio Code 61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

      Bought this after trying it out at local Guitar Center. Keybed is great, right up there with keyboards three or four times its price. Not piano weighted, but the keys offer very "piano-like" pushback.

      Drum pads feel great and are velocity-sensitive.

      Best overall feature may be the ability to switch the buttons to HID mode and assign keystrokes to them. So what can do is assign, let's say, "Command S" to one of the buttons and just hit that on your keyboard when you want to save your project (in Logic at least). 9 buttons x 4 banks = 36 assignable HID controls.

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      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice semi-weighted keyboard, good size, lots of features

      By Johnny D

      from Tampa.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about M-Audio Code 61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

      Bought a Code 49 as a second keyboard to a dual keyboard set-up. Liked it so much that I swapped my other 49 ( M-Audio Oxygen ) for the Code 61. It's rather complicated to program, at least for me, to Mainstage 3. But, it can do awesome things that a smaller controller can't do. It's large enough to split the upper and lower keys for my Hammond B3 patches. Layering patches with different instruments enables me to have three or four sections of the keyboard instantly ready. The entire Code series is also very good looking. Knobs and faders are very good and sturdy.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      As suspected, right out of the box there are problems

      By Chris the dudicle

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Functional

      Cons

      • Not Functional
      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

      • Junk?

      Comments about M-Audio Code 61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

      I was a little wrong with M-Audio after having some of their other MIDI controllers, but this one just had so much going on I put my fears aside and went for it. Big mistake! Right out of the box after only minutes of use I realized that this piece of junk was not going to cut it: random MIDI dropouts (your playing stops sending notes through to the computer) and stuck/held notes. The last nail in the coffin was looking up this issue online and 1) realizing that this is a problem MANY are encountering and 2) seeing M-Audio support's poor response ("check your usb cable" / "blah blah blah"), look, just admit that you made a faulty product. If I have to troubleshoot MIDI drop-outs right out of the box using YOUR USB cable ... guess again! This is the last time I'll be trying any of their products for awhile! I'm a touring musician and obviously on stage, on the road, a keyboard that is sketchy right out of the box doesn't belong in my tour rig.

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