Keystation 61 mkII to quiet

My new Keystation is very quiet compared to my other MIDI keyboard. I already tried a factory reset but no change. Is there a way to adjust the velocity curve?
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  • Hello,

    Thanks for posting. Sorry to hear you're having trouble!

    There is no velocity curve adjustment on the Keystation MKII series. It should send out MIDI velocity from 0-127. If it seems quiet, first we want to find out if its the Keystation or the instrument/software you're playing with it.

    We can test with a free MIDI monitoring program. Here are a couple:

    Windows: MIDI-OX

    Open MIDI-OX with all other programs closed. In the Options>MIDI Devices section, select your controller ports from the MIDI Input menu. Click OK.
    Now MIDI-OX will simply list all incoming MIDI messages.


    Mac: MIDI Monitor

    Open MIDI Monitor with all other programs closed. In the "Sources" section, check the boxes for your controller's ports.
    Now MIDI Monitor will list all incoming MIDI Messages.


    Each program will show Note On / Note Off messages when playing keys, along with the velocity value between 0-127. Does the keyboard reach 127 on louder hits?

    If it does, then we know the Keystation is working just fine and that it is your software or sound module that is applying some type of volume change or a velocity curve.

    Let me know what happens! Feel free to share a screen shot of the monitoring software if it's a bit confusing.
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  • Ok so I tested the output with MIDI-OX and "7F" seems to be the maximum for most of the keys.
    But to reach "7F" I have to hit incredibly hard and I'm afraid that sooner or later I will break some keys with that much pressure.. Is that normal?


    Thanks for your help!
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  • So is it normal that I have to press the keys that hard? And what does "7F" stand for?
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  • Based on my 3 M-Audio product purchases over the years, my experience with M-Audio has been somewhat disappointing, and after reading this thread I see things have not changed.

    I own the previous model of the Keystation—the Keystation 61es. In order to reach key velocity values of 0x7F I basically need use considerably more force than is reasonable. I know this can be subjective but I've got a couple of high-end synths to compare to. Now, this thread is about the Keystation 61 mk2, the second revision of the product, and users are reporting a problem that existed in the previous revision. Do you think I would recommend this product to a friend?

    Well, that's exactly what I was about to do, thinking that the new mk2 would have addressed the core issues. Evidently that's not the case. In short, M-Audio had resources to add a handful of buttons and change the shell colour, while the core issues remained unaddressed.

    I realise this is a 'budget' controller but guys there's no excuse for not fixing this, and here's why: the velocity issue is one of those things that can easily be fixed in firmware. It's not a hardware issue, it's a calibration problem. Somewhere in the code there is a sensitivity parameter that can be tweaked, and the problem would be solved. It's a 5-minute job for any programmer.

    It's infuriating that the product is actually good, yet it's crippled by sloppy firmware. I suspect, however, that the Keystation firmware was not designed to be upgrade-able, in other words, there's no way to flash new firmware, which is understandable given how functionally simple this product is. But at least fix it before you release an mk2.

    The reason I'm here is because I was going to recommend the Keystation 61 to a friend whose daughter is learning piano. Seeing as the old problems have not been, and will evidently never be, fixed, I can't recommend this product or any other M-Audio products.
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  • I’m disappointed
    Still the same with the 61 MK3. I was hoping for a firmware update that would add a way to select different velocity curves, but I guess M-Audio doesn't even care enough to fix these issues within multiple hardware generations.
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