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ControlBLADE 5 (61-key) MacOS X


Product Description


ControlBLADE 5 – controller-based keyboard production station.

With the new ControlBLADE 5, Music Computing furthers the concept of integrating industry leading controllers into its computer platform to create instruments that are more powerful and better integrated with software applications.

Starting with the most powerful and advanced computer core we’ve ever used in a ControlBLADE, the new Gen5 models can accommodate the latest i5 and i7 processors as well as up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of hard disk storage on the primary system drive, and up to 4TB with the optional data drive. The ControlBLADE 5 comes equipped with over 8,000 sounds and effects.

Currently the ControlBLADE 5 is available with the Akai MPK261 or the M-Audio Axiom 2nd Gen controllers. Additional options will be made available as we receive additional customer and manufacturer’s requests.

Audio is greatly enhanced in the ControlBLADE 5 due to the available full 1U rackspace. A variety of audio interfaces are available as an option.

The ControlBLADE can be configured with a 10″ or 22″ multi-touch touchscreen. It can also be ordered without a touchscreen, which can then be used with an existing LED or TV you may already have.

Starting at just $2499, the new ControlBLADE 5 represents a powerhouse in music production on a economical budget.


Music Computing, Inc. is an authorized Apple Mac Developer.
Apple, Mac, Mac OS X and Snow Leopard are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
All Apple products are purchased on the behalf of the user directly from Apple as a courtesy. We are not a reseller of Apple products.

ControlBLADE for Mac OS X

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 dual-core (2.8GHz) / Core i7 dual-core (3.0GHz)


RAM Memory:
Number of Slots: 2
Size of RAM:4GB / 16GB
Maximum Amount of RAM: 16GB


Hard Drive:
2 Drive Bays: See above configurator for options.


Optical Drive:
DVD/CD Burner: Built-in (61-key), optional external slim-line (25-key)


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),
Apple bundled software: See for complete list


Operating Systems:
Mac OS X (Lion)


USB: 4 X USB 2.0 Port
FireWire: Firewire 800 Port
Thunderbolt: (up to 10 Gbps)
Internet: Ethernet 1000BASE-T and Built-in Wi-Fi
External Port
Bluetooth: External Port


Construction Material: Anodized aluminum and injection molded plastic


Size: 36.5"(L) x 10.5"(D) x 5.75"(H) (61-key) (Height not including touchscreen)


Fully-Loaded Weight: 22-lbs (61-key)


Designed and Assembled in Austin, Texas

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The Straight Word From Real People: At Music Computing, our main focus is on the users of our products. It's our belief everyday people who use our products are the best spokespersons for our company. Here are just some of the things they are saying...

"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)

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