M-Audio Keystation 61es

M-Audio Keystation 61es

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Keystation 61es, 61-Key MIDI Keyboard from M-Audio in the Keystation series.

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M-Audio Keystation 61es tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: M-Audio
  • Model: Keystation 61es
  • Series: Keystation
  • Category: 61-Key MIDI Keyboards
  • Added in our database on: 06/08/2004

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M-Audio Keystation 61es user reviews

Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 39 reviews )
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JayDMusic's review

M-Audio Keystation 61es
This is a review of the M-Audio Keystation 61es. I was watching a video on YouTube of a young producer using a MIDI keyboard. When I started producing 2 years ago, I needed something like that, because, I as well am a young producer. I wanted my first keyboard to be easy. I was ignorant, but out of luck, I picked a great MIDI keyboard, the M-Audio Keystation 61es. The USB port influenced my choice because I didn't know a thing about MIDI, or any type of connection. I was only familiar with USB, so I took the first big leap when it came to producing and purchased this keyboard for $150 off of eBay. I was extremely excited for it to come because it was a promising piece of equipment. There are a couple options, but keeping it simple. One of them was the ability for a sustain pedal, like a real piano. This is one of the couple essential features on this board.


When it arrived, I was happy because I had gotten just the correct amount of keys. It's no studio piano with 76 or 88 keys, but it's not a compact board with 25 or 49 keys. This was nice because it was a happy medium between the two. I was happy that it fit nicely on my desk. The keys itself are pretty solid. They don't seem thin, and they're semi-weighted, giving the action of a real piano. The setup itself was a breeze. In retrospect, I don't even think I had to install anything. I think that the simple USB connectivity made drivers unnecessary. There isn't much of "channel selection" because it's such a simple keyboard, but the octave up and down buttons were useful, as well as the solid pitch bend and modulation wheels. In terms of the manual, I never had to look at it.


I have been using it for around a year and a half. The thing I like most was the ease of connectivity and compatibility. It was a breeze to install, and works in almost every DAW. I didn't try any other models before I bought it because really, I didn't need to. A con of this board was the lack of faders or knobs. However, if you are just doing some simple keyboard/melody work into your DAW, faders and knobs are just a luxury, not something that is essential. The price was fantastic, as I had gotten it $50 off. I recommend this MIDI Controller to anybody who really needs to get started with a simple, efficient, and easy-to-use MIDI keyboard.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

M-Audio Keystation 61es
For this price, you can't expect many features.. pitch wheel, 61 semi weighted keys, transpose buttons, that can be programmed to multiple uses as i.e. transposition, program changes, etc. as is the module wheel and the volume slider.. i don't need extra knobs or such, that i use my mp-7 for, so for the basics this is sufficient


Powered via usb or (optional) power supply.. easy to set up (if you need to set up the buttons at all) and easy to use..

so far i haven't had any problems.. the device (as most other controller in this price range) is plastic, but as long as you don't drop it, it should be all fine ;)


It's sufficient for a 61 keys midi controller..

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: baggysound ( 9-, 2005)

beigemusic's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Although no longer"

M-Audio Keystation 61es
Bought by chance, I needed a keyboard master with enough buttons (61)
Connectors usb or midi


Touching a little soft, waterfall-type
You use it, it works, no complex configuration to achieve


I've had 6 or 7 years old, I'm not sure I would do this choice. Current models have more opportunity to interact with the DAW.

torto-proton's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good feeling but lacks options"

M-Audio Keystation 61es
I chose for the number of keys because I used to make melodies than to control groundwater, samples, etc ...
The price also motivated me in my choice.
There is a USB socket (if used with a computer keyboard is USB powered), taking "midi-out", a jack for a pedal, a 9V power supply socket when using wireless USB .


Touch is not bad for the price. It is light, but hey we made it.
The manual is simple (the keyboard is simple).
There is a "pitch bend", a "modulation" wheel, a slide volume, two buttons to raise and lower octave, and "advanced functions" button knob that must be used to change the midi signals from certain keys but I have not tried yet.


I use it for 3 years, I have not tried other models before except electric piano Yamaha.
I love the simplicity, lightness and the number of piano keys.
He clearly lacks some buttons to assign actions, it is a shame. The plastic is not very costal, attention to shocks.
The value for money is not bad, how all the M-audio gear that I bought.
If I had to buy one, I'll take one with more buttons to assign, even put € 50 more.

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