StudioBLADE for Mac OS X
Music Computing has released a Mac OS X compatible version of the StudioBLADE keyboard production station.
StudioBLADEs are music production stations 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.
The new models of StudioBLADEs are powered by Mac Mini computers utilizing Intel Core i-series processors. Options include i5 and i7 dual and quad core versions. They are capable of running 500 plug-ins at once, sequencing thousands of tracks simultaneously, and storing millions of sound presets,Music Computing says.
StudioBLADEs are available in 61-key and an 88-key versions, for live or studio use. The keys are velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted action. Pitch and Mod wheels as well as octave up and down buttons with indicators are also included.
StudioBLADEs come with built-in Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth and Thunderbolt.
StudioBLADEs are equipped with a built-in telescoping and tiling 10" touch screen that adjusts to your desired viewing angle. StudioBLADEs also provide one additional external video ports so the user can run up to two monitors simultaneously in cloned or extended desktop mode.
The standard configuration for StudioBLADEs 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.
Built into each StudioBLADE are Music Computing's ControlDAW midi controller and GeoMIDI midi mapping software. ControlDaw presents the user with four banks of eight plus one master channel strips each with three mappable encoders with LED indicator light rings, one knob for panning, solo and mute buttons and a fader. An 8X8 grid of lighted pads (64 total) is also provided that can be used as drum trigger pads, a Monome (with appropriate software) or as a trigger pad for sequences, etc. Controls for note-repeat enabled software and transport buttons are included as well as feedback between the controllers and software.
Each StudioBLADE is preinstalled with Music Computing's SonicSOURCE vst containing thousands of sounds as well as Studio One Artist (DAW), which also includes thousands of sounds and effects. For those who would like to clone their hardware keyboards and sound modules, third-party software can be installed and used in the StudioBLADE.
More information: Music Computing
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