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M-Audio Ships ProKeys 88sx Digital Stage Piano

Lightweight unit delivers excellent piano and keyboard sounds (February 17, 2006)

M-Audio, a leading provider of creative tools for computer-centric musicians, is proud to announce shipment of the ProKeys 88sx digital stage piano. This new keyboard offers many of the features of the popular ProKeys 88 in an ultra-lightweight package.
 
The ProKeys 88sx stage piano features an 88-note keyboard with high-quality semi-weighted action, allowing the unit to weigh in at only 17 lbs.?ideal for gigging musicians. Where most digital stage pianos cram as many as 128 instruments into limited space, the ProKeys 88sx dedicates all of its memory to seven sounds that players rely on constantly?devoting extra attention to the multi-layer stereo samples of a Yamaha C7* concert grand.
 
Piano 2 is designed to really cut through in popular music. Electric pianos are covered as well, including a sweet Fender Rhodes, a vintage Wurlitzer and a classic Yamaha DX7. Theres also a percussive Hammond B3?and the Clavinet has ?funky totally nailed. On-board reverb and chorus complete the package.
 
Unlike most stage pianos, the ProKeys 88sx also doubles as a USB MIDI interface and controller for recording and playback with PC or Mac?including class-compliancy with Windows XP and Mac OS X. The ProKeys 88sx also incorporates MIDI performance controls including pitch wheel, modulation wheel, two footswitch inputs (both sustain and sostenuto) and expression pedal input. A standard MIDI Out jack allows control of outboard MIDI gear as well. The unit ships with an M-Audio Sustain Pedal.

The ProKeys 88sx includes two 1/4 stereo headphone jacks right up front?perfect for practicing or teaching privately. Audio spec highlights include 20Hz - 20kHz frequency response and 108dB dynamic range.
 
?The ProKeys 88sx joins our popular ProKeys 88 to further support M-Audios positioning as a major force in the digital stage piano arena, says Adam Castillo, marketing director at M-Audio. ?Many players need an ultra-lightweight stage piano without sacrificing great sound quality. The finely-tuned multi-velocity layered samples on the ProKeys 88sx deliver better sound than anything in this price range.
 
The ProKeys 88sx carries an MSRP of $449.95.

*M-Audio and ProKeys 88sx are trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. All other product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Avid Technology, Inc. These trademarks of the other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during M-Audio's sound model development.



About M-Audio

M-Audio, a part of Avid Technology, Inc., is a leading provider of creative tools for todays electronic musicians and audio professionals. Founded in 1988, M-Audio now has independent offices in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France and Japan, as well as independent distribution in most of the rest of the world. M-Audios ability to parlay advanced technology into affordable products has led the company to win some of the international audio communitys highest praise and awards. M-Audios mission of ?Redefining the Studio delivers new levels of control, virtualization and mobility that transform the way computer-centric musicians compose, perform and live their creative lives. In addition to manufacturing its own product lines like the popular Delta audio cards, Studiophile reference monitors and USB MIDI controllers, M-Audio also wholly owns Evolution Electronics, LTD., and distributes other best-of-class products such as Ableton Live, Way Out Ware TimewARP 2600, Wizoo virtual instruments, Glaresoft iDrum, iZotope processing solutions and GForce virtual vintage instruments. In 2002, the Company successfully launched a product line that brings professional-quality audio to the consumer electronics market.


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