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  • Reviews of Music Computing's StudioBLADE?

    I came across a workstation keyboard named the StudioBLADE which is manufactured by a smaller company called Music Computing. Does anyone own one of these and wouldn't mind giving a brief review of the keyboard? My primary purpose of buying a keyboard is to compose music, and I'm considering either the Korg Kronos (when it comes out) or maybe this.

  • #2
    I think it is still vaporware.
    Moe---It puts the SINES in the basket, or else it gets the hose again.http://www.hotrodmotm.com

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    • #3
      It sounds sharp.
      Kronos, Fant.G8, PC3X, K2500RS, A6, Q, M3-61, Fant.X7, Motif 8, EX5(x2), V-Synth, K2000(x2), D50, JD800, JD990, JP8080, XP30, MC909, MC505, JX-10, JX-305, TR-707, Juno 1, DR-202, Radias, Triton Pro, Wavest. SR, EMX1, ESX1, ER-1, EA-1, R3, Poly 800, RS7000, FS1R (x2), RM1X, AN200, DX200, QY70, QY100, K5000S, OB-12, Maschine,ASR10,ASR88,ASR-X Pro, EPS,Virus B, Equinox,E-Mu XL-7,MiniAK, Synthstation,X-Station, XioSynth,TG33,Venom,V50,UltraNova,Z1,Spark,Moog LP Stage II, JP8000,Tetra,Supernova 2.

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      • #4
        Looks like a keyboard with a cheap PC built into it, or they also have another one that has a cutout to set a laptop into and connect it with either 2x USB or 1x USB and 1x firewire. Most of the components look like they're off the shelf and unless they're using a really nice keybed, it seems to be pretty over priced for what it is. Do you want a midi controller and a PC running VSTs or do you want a hardware synth?

        lots of gear and not a computer in sight.

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        • #5
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          Response from John from American Musical Supply on why I have received 2 used/damaged Korg M3's and 1 reboxed M3 from Guitar Center (a.k.a. why I'll never buy from AMS again): Footfall wrote:What you're experiencing with these units is the result of our warehouse crew intentionally "overpacking" this product.Current Korg Gear: KRONOS 88 (4GB), M50-73 (PS mod), RADIAS-73, Electribe MX, Triton Pro (MOSS, SCSI, CF, 64MB RAM), DVP-1, MEX-8000, MR-1, KAOSSilator, nanoKey, nanoKontrol, nanoPAD 2

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          • #6
            I'm considering either the Korg Kronos (when it comes out) or maybe this.


            Get the Kronos.
            Too many keyboards, not enough music.

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            • #7


              This is my take on the same thing. All together with software, I probably came in just under 2000$ For me, i'd rather have the flexibility to add and remove controllers and change the configuration as I need rather than be tied to something in a shell like that.
              Give me my moog, but **** off you american techno rockstar! people in countries I've never been to do it better than you!

              Computer Music Guide

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              • #8
                Here is a review (reasonably objective):
                http://musicindustrynewswire.com/2011/01/13/min3552_035711.php

                The owner of MusicComputing is Victor Wong, former CEO of OpenLabs. After he left OpenLabs he started a new company (Music Computing).

                The only thing potential problem I see with it is the keybed, which is an M-Audio Keystation ES -- http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Keystation88es.html

                This keybed is probably what allows the product to be so light (28 pounds for the 61 and 32 pounds for the 88). The StudioBlade products are available for purchase (not vaporware).

                If you are interested in this type of product you should also look at the OpenLabs products.


                The MusicComputing StudioBlade and OpenLabs neKo/miKo products are effectively Windows PCs with an integrated music keyboard, audio interface, and control surface. As Windows computers (now running Windows 7) you can run any software that runs on a Windows 7 PC.

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                • #9
                  After reading the review and looking at the pictures, I'd say it has some potential. I'm no fan of M-Audio keybeds, but I do like the touch screen and the ample knobs and pads.

                  If you factor in the cost of a USB keyboard, comparable knob controller, pad controller, the computer itself, touch screen, Windows 7 x64 and x32, various dedicated software, and audio interface, etc., you're probably paying $500-$700 over what it would cost to assemble a similar system in separate pieces. I guess it just depends on how badly you want it all in one box.

                  Their hardware upgrade prices are kind of steep, though. If I had one, I'd upgrade the RAM and HD myself and hook it up to a larger free-standing touch screen like the reviewer did.

                  It would be a nice Reaktor, Blue, and Omnisphere machine, though.
                  Kronos, Fant.G8, PC3X, K2500RS, A6, Q, M3-61, Fant.X7, Motif 8, EX5(x2), V-Synth, K2000(x2), D50, JD800, JD990, JP8080, XP30, MC909, MC505, JX-10, JX-305, TR-707, Juno 1, DR-202, Radias, Triton Pro, Wavest. SR, EMX1, ESX1, ER-1, EA-1, R3, Poly 800, RS7000, FS1R (x2), RM1X, AN200, DX200, QY70, QY100, K5000S, OB-12, Maschine,ASR10,ASR88,ASR-X Pro, EPS,Virus B, Equinox,E-Mu XL-7,MiniAK, Synthstation,X-Station, XioSynth,TG33,Venom,V50,UltraNova,Z1,Spark,Moog LP Stage II, JP8000,Tetra,Supernova 2.

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                  • #10
                    So, does that thing offer anything, hardware or software-wise, that can't be had by buying the components separately? I mean, aside from putting it all in industrial microwave case?
                    Hurrr. Derp, derp, derp.

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                    • #11
                      i'm pretty excited looks fancy

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                      • #12
                        Is that the "blue screen of death" on display there?

                        Too many keyboards, not enough music.

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                        • #13
                          It looks like a one-stop-shop for someone who wants to get into computer audio with everything but powered monitors and/or headphones. I agree with the Music Industry News reviewer that the buttons, knobs, and sliders all look like they came from Livid Instruments. I would not be surprised of the boards underneath and control circuitry are all from Livid too. It makes sense and jives with the "built with off-the-shelf components" look of the rest of the system.

                          Austin is a new Silicon Valley of sorts - lots of electronics and software companies forming and breaking.
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                          ...Music can be used to stimulate mass emotion, while mathematics cannot; and musical incapacity is recognized (no doubt rightly) as mildly discreditable, whereas most people are so frightened of the name of mathematics that they are ready, quite unaffectedly, to exaggerate their own mathematical stupidity.

                          G.H. Hardy in A Mathematician's Apology (London 1941).

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                          • #14
                            So, does that thing offer anything, hardware or software-wise, that can't be had by buying the components separately? I mean, aside from putting it all in industrial microwave case?


                            Both MusicComputing's StudioBlade and OpenLabs neKo/miKo come with software that allows you to configure and use the controllers. I think the OpenLabs product (Riff) also is a VST host.

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                            • #15
                              http://www.musiccomputing.com/ikeydock



                              They also offer this plugin version for those that want to provide their own laptop. I seem to have forgotten I blogged about it myself.
                              Give me my moog, but **** off you american techno rockstar! people in countries I've never been to do it better than you!

                              Computer Music Guide

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