updated 04:35 pm EDT, Tue July 1, 2008
M-Audio Sono 61,88
M-Audio has released two new digital keyboards with built-in audio interfaces for songwriters and performers. The ProKeys Sono 61 and ProKeys Sono 88 are designed for keyboard artists who write, record and/or perform their music. They are compatible with MME and Mac OS X Core MIDI and require a minimum of a 1GHz G4-based Mac with 512MB RAM and a native USB port and are compatible with Mac OS X 10.3.9 and higher. The two keyboards differ primarily in the number of keys available, the 61-key ProKeys Sono 61 retails for $450 and the 88-key ProKeys Sono 88 retails for $550.
The keyboards feature semi-weighted keybeds with advanced scanning technology, increasing the user's control over dynamics. Both models feature sounds sampled from a Steinway grand piano. The ProKeys Sono 61 provides four other instant-access sounds, including bright piano, electric piano, organ and clavinet. The ProKeys Sono 88 adds strings and choir for a total of seven on-board instruments. Each features a 128 sound General MIDI set with drums and percussion.