M-Audio Introduces KeyRig 49

M-Audio, a leading provider of creative tools for computer-centric musicians, is proud to announce the KeyRig 49™ USB keyboard controller. This 49-key keyboard builds on M-Audio’s experience in designing highly functional controllers at affordable price points. It also includes M-Audio’s award-winning Key Rig software (PC only) and Ableton Live Lite M-Audio Enhanced Edition software so users can start making music right away.

The KeyRig 49 controller turns a Mac or PC into a versatile keyboard workstation. Its 49-note, synth-action keyboard makes it easy to start composing and performing music with a computer. The package is an ideal addition to M-Audio’s Session™, Apple’s GarageBand or other music-creation programs, making it easy to play virtual synths, audition loops and compose songs.

The KeyRig 49 keyboard also includes professional features like pitch bend and mod wheels, an assignable volume slider, octave +/- buttons and sustain pedal input. The unit is powered via a single USB cable and works right out of the box with computers running Mac OS X or Windows XP—no driver installation needed.

KeyRig 49 also includes M-Audio’s award-winning Key Rig software—a single virtual rack that covers all of the basic needs of today’s keyboardist. Compatible with most PC environments, Key Rig delivers four great-sounding modules for stand-alone or plug-in use—SP-1 Stage Piano, MS-2 Polyphonic Synthesizer, MB-3 Tone Wheel Organ, and GM-4 General MIDI Module. The master section allows users to route, split, layer and mix these four powerful modules in whatever way best suits their performance and recording needs. A master effects section also allows for adding a common effect in addition to the individual effect section included with each instrument.

The included Ableton Live Lite 6 M-Audio Enhanced Edition software offers many of the new features found in the award-winning Live 6 application. Live software allows users to compose, record, remix, improvise and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment, and can be used with Key Rig software.

“M-Audio has always been a pioneer in USB controllers and related personal/mobile studio products,” says Adam Castillo, marketing director at M-Audio. “The KeyRig 49 represents our ongoing efforts to bring the greatest functionality and value to our customers. This affordable keyboard delivers professional quality for use with just about any music application.”

The KeyRig 49 is currently expected to ship in early 2007 and carries an MSRP of $129.95 US.

About M-Audio

M-Audio, a part of Avid Technology, Inc., is a leading provider of innovative tools for today's computer musicians and audio professionals.

Founded on the belief that cost should never stand in the way of creativity, the company's products deliver the latest production and performance technology at accessible price points. M-Audio has received numerous industry accolades, including Music Trades' "Company of the Year" and "Fastest Growing Company" distinctions. The company's award-winning and comprehensive product line includes PCI-, FireWire- and USB-based audio interfaces; USB/MIDI keyboard controllers, stage pianos, microphones and preamps, reference monitors; and DJ tools. M-Audio was acquired by Avid Technology Inc. in August 2004 and is now part of the Avid audio division along with Digidesign and Sibelius.