Behringer UMA25S - Teclado MIDI (USB, 460 x 220 x 46 mm, 2200 g)
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- Etapa Performer y productor con 25 de teclado, teclas de tamaño completo Plus half-action
- Interfaz de audio USB integrado para conectar instrumentos y mezclador a su ordenador para grabación y reproducción
- Potente estación de trabajo de audio digital software energyxt2 multiplataforma compacto Behringer Edition incluido.
- Editor de audio Audacity, Software de podcasting completo y más de 100 instrumentos virtuales además de más de 50 plug-ins de efectos incluido.
- 21 controladores se puede almacenar en presets de usuario: 8 Knobs asignables, 8 botones (opción transport-control), 2 ruedas, 1 fader y 2 puertos de pedal
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Teclado de control USB/MIDI ultra compacto de 25 teclas con 8 Knobs asignables, 8 botones (opciÃ³n transport-control), 2 ruedas de modulaciÃ³n, 2 puertos de pedal ( expresiÃ³n y sustain) entradas y salidas stereo de linea RCA. Entrada de micro y salida auricular. Midi out. Plug-and-play Mac OS X and Windows.bolsa de transporte y micro headset. Alimentado via USB. Posibilidad adptador NO incluido....
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The keys are touch sensitive, but they can be configured in different ways, where in one configuration pressing softly on a key maps to a soft note but pressing hard on a key maps to a loud note. I prefer the configuration where the velocity is fixed, which maps to notes always being played at full volume and requires only a tiny touch to play notes. The way the keys respond to touch is configured by pressing one of the buttons and then selecting among four choices, which is done with one of rotary knobs across the top-right of the mini-MIDI keyboard.
There is an LED display (red), which is another reason I selected this mini-MIDI keyboard, since it is helpful to be able to see the value when adjusting and setting various MIDI parameters and so forth.
Yet another outstanding aspect of this mini-MIDI keyboard is that it has both USB and standard MIDI ports, so you can connect it to a computer via USB, but you also can connect it to a standard MIDI hub, MIDI device, or MIDI interface using a standard MIDI cable.
It has Line-In and Line-Out RCA outputs for stereo audio, and there is a headphone connector and a microphone connector. It also has connectors for standard expression and sustain pedals (1/4" TRS or whatever). And it has guitar-strap mounts on the sides, which is interesting if you want to play it while standing in a way similar to an electric guitar.
This mini-MID keyboard runs on power from the USB cable when connected to a computer or USB hub, and it also will run on three "AA" batteries, and it has a port for a DC power supply, but the batteries and DC power supply are not included, so if you want to use a DC power supply, then you need a 9V 200mA power supply with negative (-) inside and positive (+) outside for the connector (a.k.a., "barrel negative center"), where the Jim Dunlop ECB03 Dun C/B Adaptor Eliminator is a nice hum-reducing power supply unit with the correct specifications, output, and barrel negative center.
Jim Dunlop ECB03 Dun C/B Adaptor Eliminator
However, the mini-MIDI keyboard does not require much power, so if you are connecting it to the computer with a USB cable, it uses the USB power with no problems, although for example on a Mac Pro (Apple) you want to connect it to one of the USB ports on the Mac Pro rather than to a USB port on the Apple Display, since the Mac Pro USB ports have more power. I have not tried connecting it to one of the USB ports on the Apple Display or keyboard, but generally when a USB device needs power it is better to connect it to a USB port that provides more power.
The Behringer user guide is very detailed, and it explains everything in clear and easily understood steps, which is the way I discovered how to configure the keys to be fixed volume and to require only a tiny touch. The default configuration for the keys is to be velocity sensitive, which maps to needing to press hard to get full volume for a note and was not what I wanted.
Another useful thing this mini-MIDI keyboard does when it is connected to a computer via the USB port is that you can connect the standard MIDI Out cable to external MIDI devices and then configure the keyboard for "MIDI THRU" operation, where in addition to being a MIDI keyboard, it can control other MIDI devices on the same MIDI chain or whatever.
For reference, I am not an expert on MIDI, but it is making more sense, and I am working on some MIDI courses from macProVideo and Groove 3. And as noted part of the reason for selecting this particular mini-MIDI keyboard is that it has all the controls (buttons, rotary knobs, and so forth) for doing pretty much everything that can be done with MIDI in terms of commands, instructions, and so forth. I do not understand everything it is capable of doing, but I know enough about MIDI at present to state that this mini-MIDI keyboard does everything about which I have read, including all the stuff I read but do not really understand.
You can browse or download the Behringer user guide at the Behringer website and verify this for yourself, and it does MIDI Machine Control, CC, GS/XG parameters, and a lot of other stuff which at present makes absolutely no sense to me, but it is nice to know that I can experiment with it when it starts to make a bit of sense.
Yet another thing you can do with this mini-MIDI keyboard is to use a swivel desktop stand, so that when you need to use it next to the computer you can swivel it into position but otherwise can swivel it out of the way, and I use the following desktop swivel stand for this purpose, which works very nicely, where the key is to use the four rubber "dots" that come with the unit to keep the mini-MIDI keyboard from moving when it is on the swivel stand, which for reference originally is intended for use with notebook computers but works very nicely for the Behringer mini-MIDI keyboard, as you can see in the photograph I added to the listing, where there are several ways to mount the desktop swivel stand to a table or workbench, noting that I also did a review of the desktop swivel stand, which has more detail on how it works and how to attach it to a table or desktop:
332B Notebook/Laptop Extension Stand Desktop Clamp
Summarizing, this is a very nice, full-featured mini-MIDI keyboard with a complete set of MIDI command and control functionality.
* Pitch bend and Mod Wheel controllers
* many continuous MIDI controllers (sliders, knobs, wheels, etc.)
* input jack for expression pedal (another continuous controller)
* input jack for sustain pedal
* all controls quickly and easily assignable with minimal programming
* USB connection AND MIDI connection for more options
* USB powered to reduce cable mess
* very small keyboard with assignable functions
* easily programmed presets
* small footprint and low height
* reasonable price
This list eliminates pretty much all the competition. I was left with the UMA25S, and there really weren't a lot of other choices, as in none at this price and this size. The problem for me was that it was made by Behringer. If you've been around for a while, you may remenber when Behringer was not regarded highly by many professional musicians. But I took a chance, having no other real options, and I'm happy to report that this little controller turned out to be amazing! Behringer has been making major strides in quality; I just didn't know it.
The operation is easy. To program a knob for any continuous controller is fast work with MIDI-Learn. That is, if you can click on a Breath Control event in your DAW and send it to the UMA25S, it can learn it, making for quick set-up. Click Edit, then touch the knob you want to program. Then hit the LEARN key, send the data to the device, and hit "STORE." All done. If you must program the number without MIDI-Learn, the procedure is only a little more involved, but still fast. Save knobs into presets so they will be quickly recalled without having to program them each time. Presets are just as easy to set up, and you can have 16 presets.
The keyboard is a little different with "half-action." That means it barely moves when you push a key. I thought that would make it hard to express with a full range of control, but I was wrong. It's all there, and you get used to it very quickly.
The UMA25S comes with a shoulder-strap. I thought that was a cheesy addition, and mocked it until I tried it. Ok, I have to admit, once again I was wrong. The shoulder-strap is a darned good idea. I actually LIKE it. No need to act like a rock-star; it's just convenient, and the small footprint gets even smaller when you hang it up on a hook when you're done.
Set-up on a Mac consists of plugging in the USB cable and turning on the device. Immediately, Apple's Audio/MIDI Setup recognizes the device and gives you access to it in your applications. You can customize the driver in Audio/MIDI Setup, but there's not much to do; it's pretty much automatic. I can't speak for Windows, but I would assume it's not difficult.
With virtual instruments demanding more and more continuous controllers for expression, vibrato, timbre, pitch, and so forth, this device is a VERY useful addition to any MIDI studio. Setup and programming are easy. Performance feels very natural, and it's easy to control two or three knobs at once, sliding your fingers along their perimeters and developing gestures that work them in consort, as for expression, vibrato speed, and vibrato depth, which work best when altered together. Program them side-by-side and you can actually work them together with some practice.
Note, for beginners: this is a controller. It produces no sounds of its own. A device like this requires that you understand MIDI commands: they generally include a channel, an ID, and a value, at the minimum. When used with a Digital Audio Workstation such as Digital Performer, Logic, or Pro Tools, the channel is not an essential part of the output unless you are multi-recording (the DAW patches it through to its proper destination via individual MIDI tracks). It can default to channel 1, making setup of continuous controllers even faster.
This is perfect for controlling virtual instruments. While it only has a two octave range, a very conspicuous button allows you to change octaves instantly, making most everything playable except for continuous multi-octave runs or arpeggios. Those can be edited to play back as if they were continuous. I have a Kurzweil 2600 88-key MIDI controller/synth/sampler for the big stuff. I needed something fast and agile for quick recording and editing. This does not replace the Kurzweil, it enhances my studio with a very powerful, quick, device that can be stowed out of the way and retrieved when you need it. Just remember to turn it on before you boot your DAW, and leave it on until you quit.
Excellent device! I could not be more pleased.