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Edirol announced the PCR-1 at Winter NAMM, a new combo device that integrates a USB bus powered 24-bit/96kHz audio interface into a 25-key MIDI keyboard controller. The PCR-1 measures a mere 1-3/16" thick, weighs under 3 pounds & offers a wide variety of audio & MIDI features.

Edirol has devised a new technology known as "S.L.I.M." (Short-stroke Low-profile Impact Mechanism) which allows a compact MIDI keyboard to maintain reasonable playability.

This 25-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller offers full 128-step velocity sensitivity and the same control map support as its larger PCR siblings. The assignable controls can be assigned to send any MIDI message. Also, like the other PCRs, it offers 16 on-board Memory locations for saving control maps for your favorite software applications.

The audio features include stereo RCA input/outputs as well as a stereo mini headphone connection which doubles as an optical digital S/PDIF Port. The PCR-1 offers support for Mac & PC with WDM, ASIO, & Core Audio drivers.

The PCR-1 lists for $370 and will be available in February.

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