Cakewalk Announces New Line of Keyboard Controllers

New Line of Pro USB MIDI Controllers for Mac and PC from Cakewalk
Jan. 14, 2010 - PRLog -- January 14, 2010 - Cakewalk, the world's leading developer of powerful and easy to use products for music creation and recording, announces the launch of the A-PRO Series of USB MIDI Controllers for Mac and PC.  The A-300 Pro, A-500 Pro and A-800 Pro are a brand new line of keyboard controllers developed with Roland.

The A-PRO series focuses on intuitive real-time performance and ergonomic playability, making it perfect for soft synths in a live or studio setting.  These controllers combine the best of both worlds: Cakewalk’s legendary ease of use and Roland’s world-class engineering and keyboard expertise.  The new keyboards are:

A-300 Pro — 32-key USB MIDI keyboard
A-500 Pro — 49-key USB MIDI keyboard
A-800 Pro — 61-key USB MIDI keyboard

All A-PRO series keyboard controllers feature:

The feel of a Roland-quality Instrument

•    A superior key mechanism providing aftertouch and increased sensitivity for a wide range of expressive dynamics
•    Rounded key assemblies for smooth and comfortable glissando
•    Selectable velocity curves to fine tune the A-PRO to your playing style
•    Roland's proprietary FPT (Fast Processing Technology) USB driver provides ultra-low latency and ensures subtleties of performances are captured  

Eight Dynamic Pads

•    Precise velocity sensitivity makes the A-PRO a formidable controller for finger drumming
•    Hold function is perfect for triggering loops and sequences

Ergonomic design puts everything at your fingertips

•    Ultra-bright, backlit LED display makes it easy to monitor settings, especially when on stage
•    Controls and onboard settings are easily accessible and intelligently laid out
•    Over 45 fully assignable controls, including knobs, sliders, and buttons
•    Dedicated Transport section
•    Sure-grip Pitch Bend/Modulation Stick offers expressive control of both parameters simultaneously
•    Easy and streamlined connection with side panel ports

Total control

•    A-300 PRO Editor for Mac and PC makes it easy to customise the controller for use with your favorite synth or DAW
•    When working in ACT (Active Controller Technology) mode, DAWs like SONAR LE (also included with the keyboard) will remap parameters automatically
•    Trigger clips, video effects and transitions from your A-PRO musical performance using any video hardware with V-LINK support
•    Expand playability with Sustain and Expression Pedals (available separately)

The Production Plus Pack

•    Three inspiring virtual instruments for Mac and PC:
o    Rapture LE
o    Cakewalk Sound Centre
o    Studio Instruments Drums
•    SONAR 8.5 LE, a special version of Cakewalk’s professional recording software for Windows

Also making its debut is the A-500S, an inexpensive 49-key USB MIDI keyboard that shares many of the same design elements as the A-PRO series keyboards.  The A-500S also comes with the Production Pack Plus 3 software bundle.   It has three power options — USB, AC and also battery (4 x AA) — and features a 3-digit, 7-segment LED screen to easily monitor settings.  Compact and portable, the A-500S is perfect for anyone making music at home or in a project studio with a computer, academic institutions needing great sound at low cost, or live performances and mobile recording applications.  
The A-PRO series and the A-500S will be available in April 2010.

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