Fulfill your destiny. The new ControlBLADE 5 (Windows version) 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 5 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 5.
All keyboard workstations are computer based now. Contrary to popular belief, all modern day keyboard workstations are simply computers with a processor running an operating system and software connected to hardware controllers, piano keys, and an audio interface. This is just how they work today.
However, there is a dramatic difference between keyboard workstations and the ControlBLADE, which is a keyboard production station. Keyboard workstations use low-powered processors, run proprietary Linux operating systems and are closed hardware and software-wise, thereby severely limiting their capabilities.
ControlBLADE keyboard production stations on the other hand, 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.
As shown by the reference chart, it is clear that although all modern day keyboard workstations are just computers attached to a keyboard, controller, and audio interface running software, the ControlBLADE…priced competitively, dominates its competition.
The Truth About Laptop Music Production: As shown in the chart, the Core i3-3220 desktop processor has a score of 1537 verses a score of 1502 for the i7-3630GM laptop version. Please note this is only CPU performance and doesn't even take into account the better performance you will get from a desktop motherboard and RAM versus ones found inside a laptop. In addition, often times the power management of the laptop will automatically decrease the performance of the CPU to conserve power, thereby further degrading the processing power of the laptop.
This is exactly why we have refused to use laptop components for our products, because they simply are not sufficient for professional use in our opinion. In fact even the Celeron processor in our ControlBLADE ES all-in-one keyboard production station priced at $999 out performs most high-end i7 laptops priced over $2,000!
While it is possible to create beats and songs using a high-end laptop, the user will quickly run out of processing power or RAM and will have to constantly "bounce-down" tracks to free up CPU power and memory. This takes time, interrupts the creative process and renders the midi track into audio, which cannot then be changed if the user decides to substitute in another instrument or even move the notes around in the editor of the DAW.
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.
GPU: ControlBLADEs (Windows version) all comes with GPU streaming prodessors and 1GB of video memory for accelerated performance.
See More Clearly: ControlBLADEs can be outfitted with an optional telescoping and tilting 10" or 22" touchscreen that adjusts to your desired viewing angle, making it extremely ergonomic to use. The high resolution and large size of the touchscreens allows you to see the entire project plus plug-ins and other software interfaces all at once, providing unsurpassed access to software controls. In most cases you can control anything you see on the screen instantly. The need to pre-map physical controllers is no longer needed. Simply touch the software control on the screen and you're in command. Perfect for working on the fly with your favorite software or something you just installed. For detailed editing or use with software not designed for touchscreens, which may have tiny controls too small for the human finger to command, we recommend using the optional wireless computer keyboard and mouse. The 10" touchscreen is single touch while the 22" is single touch for Mac OS X but 2-touch for Windows 7. ControlBLADEs also provide two (2) additional external video ports so the user can run up to three (3) monitors simultaneously in cloned or extended desktop mode when using the 10" touchscreen but only one (1) additional external video monitor for a total of two (2) when using the 22" touchscreen. (Please note the 10" touchscreen comes mounted to the chassis standard, but the 22" utilizes a table top stand. However, the 22" can be custom mounted to the chassis also for an additional cost of $100).
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.
Room to grow: ControlBLADE 4 (Windows version) now have four (4) open PCIe slots (low-profile) for expansion, making them more versatile than ever.
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.
Ground-Breaking Price: In the past, keyboard production stations or keyboard workstations outfitted with external computers were relatively expensive, leaving the average person to only dream about owning one. Well-equipped ControlBLADEs start at only $2,499, making them an affordable tool virtually any musician can afford.
Built in Austin, Texas: Music Computing has created a partnership with a manufacturing company in Austin, Texas and has full access to virtually all equipment needed to produce its products on site and on demand. Our shopbots, pick and place machines, brake presses, and design computers are all standing at attention, ready to build the Music Computing instrument of your dreams, allowing us to custom configure and ship products out usually within a few weeks after the order has been placed.
Got Questions or Need Support? Music Computing is operated by avid musicians and technology geeks who are passionate about music and their work. This is a standing requirement for being part of the company, which means there will always be answers and help when you need it.
Ready to Order? Our online store is available 24/7 for you to place your order. You can configure the products exactly the way you want them and get it shipped out usually within a few weeks after you place the order. You can also call and talk to any of our friendly sales associates or contact a company referral member near you.
ControlBLADE for Windows 7
Number of keys: 61
Type of keys: Semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch(MPK261) or 61 full-size, synth-action velocity-sensitive keys(Oxygen 61)
Processor Type: Core i-series
Processor Options: Core i5 quad-core (3.30GHz) / Core i7 quad-core (3.60GHz)
Number of Slots: 4
Size of RAM: 4GB / 8GB
Maximum Amount of RAM: 32GB
HD Bay: 1TB HyperDrive (SSD/7200RPM) Standard. Upgradeable to 1TB/2TB/4TB (HyperDrive) or SSD (solid state drives) see above configurator for options.
Number Available: Four (4) low-profile
DVD/CD Burner: Built-in
Audio Interface Options:
See above configurator for options.
Midi Mappable: 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.
TouchScreen: Optional 10" single-touch touchscreen (1024 x 576) resolution or 22" single-touch Mac OS X & 2-touch Windows touchscreen (1080p / 1920 x 1080) resolution.
External Monitor Support: One DVI, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort for triple display support in clone or extended desktop mode when using the 10" touchscreen, but only two (2) total monitors when using the 22" touchscreen.
Music Computing software: SonicSource (VSTi with thousands of sounds and effects),
Third party software: Studio One Pro (Full Version) Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
Microsoft: Windows 7 Home (64-bit)
USB: 4 X USB 2.0 Port + 2 X USB 3.0
FireWire: (Optional) One Internal Firewire 400 Port + 2 External Firewire 400 Port
MIDI: IN / OUT/ OUT
Internet: Ethernet 1000BASE-T
eSata: External Port
Display Port: External Port
Construction Material: Anodized aluminum and injection molded plastic
Size: 36.5"(L) x 10.5"(D) x 5.75"(H)(Height not including touchscreen)
Fully-Loaded Weight: 22-lbs
Designed and Assembled in Austin, Texas
"I am a proud owner of the StudioBLADE 61-key and I can tell you that you won't be disappointed!" -- Pablo (StudioBLADE Gen1)
"I am a producer based out of Philadelphia. I have been using products made by Victor for over 3 years now. The reliability is excellent. I've had the StudioBLADE for 2 weeks now and it's pretty nice. Ed is very knowledgeable so should you encounter any problems Ed can definitely point you in the right direction." -- Lee (StudioBLADE Gen1)
"I got mine and dude let me tell you.............. This thing is awesome. Victor Wong is the man for making this product. He also knows how to take care of his customers. I am working on a new record and all I am using is the StudioBLADE." -- Gerry (StudioBLADE Gen1)
"I have been using Intel Core2duo and Quad processors and nothing compares to speed and stability that I have experienced with the Xeon processors. All my software installs have gone smoothly without a hitch (including Native Instrument and EastWest stuff). I'm loving the power and dependability that these processors and extra ram have given me. Thanks so much to Music Computing for designing such an incredible workstation and beast." -- John (StudioBLADE Gen2)
"Victor I sincerely want to express my appreciation for what you have done to my board. I LOVE IT, IT LOOKS LIKE QUALITY. Once again you've made me proud to be an owner of your products. Again THANK YOU!!!!!" -- Jason (StudioBLADE Gen2/Type R)
"Unbelievable piece of art and equipment made right here in the good ole USA! -- Richard (StudioBLADE Gen2)
"This product is absolutely amazing and thank you very much for existing. I can't believe this thing exists for the price it does, but the fact that i'm sending a message with her is conformation. -- Jon (ControlBLADE)
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.