M-Audio cracks the Code and releases new MIDI controller keyboards

It's taken a while - the original announcement came at NAMM 2015 back in January - but M-Audio has finally released its new Code range of MIDI keyboards.

With its Mondrian-esque design, the Code Series is certainly striking. As is often the case, there are 25-, 49- and 61-note models, all of which share some common specs:

  • Smooth-feel, semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch
  • 16 velocity-sensitive pads with LED feedback
  • Touch pad for X/Y axis control
  • USB Bus powered for portability and ease of use
  • 5-Pin MIDI Input, and Output jacks allowing you to control your favourite synths
  • Assignable pitch & mod wheels, knobs, faders, buttons (with macro ASCII support), and transport control with Mackie Control and HUI modes
  • Split keyboard with four assignable zones
  • Expression and Sustain pedal inputs
  • 6-digit LED display

Each keyboard also ships with a software bundle that includes Ableton Live Lite, AIR Music Technology Loom and Hybrid 3. Automatic mapping to a range of popular DAWs is promised.

Prices are £150/$299 for the Code 25, £190/$349 for the Code 49 and £230/$399 for the Code 61. Find out more on the M-Audio website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.