Packed with many of the features that have made other M-Audio® keyboards so popular, the new MidAir 25 delivers 25 velocity-sensitive keys in a totally wireless chassis. The MidAir 25 and the included MidAir receiver—both 2.4 GHz wireless devices—deliver an effective range of 30 feet with the same consistent, real-time response and low latency as wired controllers. Users also get eight MIDI-assignable knobs, mod and pitch bend wheels, assignable sustain button and a pedal input. The larger MidAir 37, which includes all of the core features of the MidAir 25, ups the number of keys to 37 and adds nine assignable faders. With both the MidAir 25 and the MidAir 37, keyboard players no longer have to be anchored to a host computer or a rack of gear sitting in the backline.
Each controller ships with the MidAir receiver—a 2.4GHz wireless interface that easily connects to a Mac or PC and relays MIDI data from the controller. The MidAir receiver also functions as a standard USB-MIDI interface, which allows users to work with other MIDI gear without the need for separate interfaces. Like many other M-Audio peripherals, the MidAir receiver is a class-compliant device—no drivers required.
The power of these new controllers is not limited to the world of soft synths and DAWs; the MidAir receiver can also be used without a host computer and connected directly to a standard MIDI instrument. Complete with preset and octave +/- buttons as well as assignable physical controllers, the MidAir 25 and MidAir 37 allow users to take control of any MIDI instrument—no cables required. For greater flexibility, both controllers can be powered with either the included 9V DC power adapter or with standard batteries.
M-Audio will also ship the MidAir wireless MIDI interface after the release of the controller versions of this technology.
“Wireless MIDI hasn't made it into the mainstream until now,” explains Adam Castillo, marketing director for M-Audio. “We felt the time was right to integrate available wireless technology into our proven keyboard designs to create a product that truly speaks to the future of keyboard instruments. The MidAir 25 and MidAir 37 give keyboard players a new level of freedom to perform wirelessly on stage; and anytime you can eliminate a cable or two in the studio, it’s a move in the right direction.”
The MidAir 25 is currently expected to ship in June and carries an MSRP of USD $249.95.
The MidAir 37 is currently expected to ship in July and carries an MSRP of USD $299.95.
The MidAir wireless MIDI interface is currently expected to ship in August, pricing to be announced.
M-Audio, a part of Avid Technology, Inc., is a leading provider of creative tools for today’s 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-Audio’s ability to parlay advanced technology into affordable products has led the company to win some of the international audio community’s highest praise and awards. M-Audio’s 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, GForce virtual vintage instruments, iZotope processing solutions, Way Out Ware TimewARP, and Wizoo virtual instruments. In 2002, the company successfully launched a product line that brings professional-quality audio to the consumer electronics market.