Korg microKEY Stories December 3, 2015

expiredHome Recording: Mackie LE CR3 speakers $80 (Reg. $100), iRig portable MIDI keyboards from $45 (Reg. up to $80), more

As part of its continuing Cyber Week deals, Guitar Center is offering the Mackie Limited Edition CR3 3-inch Multimedia Monitors (Pair) for $79.99 shipped (matched in Musician’s Friend’s Cyber Week sales). That’s 20% below the regular $100 price tag, and the first notable price drop we have seen on this model. Ranked as the best newly released studio monitors on Amazon, the active Limited Edition CR3s have a 2-way driver system, with a 80Hz – 20kHz range, TRS/RCA/1/8-inch TRS connectivity and all-wood cabinets.

Not only do the Limited Edition version of these speakers look much better than the standards in our opinion, they are also less expensive right now. While the LEs only have a 4+ star rating from a few Amazon customers, the base model CR3 monitors have 4.5/5 stars from 350.

Announced back in October, the new IK Multimedia iRig Keys portable Mac/PC USB keyboard controllers are seeing their first decent price drop at Guitar Center. The iRig Keys 25-key edition is available for $44.99 shipped and the 37-key version is down to $59.99 shipped. They hit Amazon and other retailers earlier this month at $70 and $80 respectively and haven’t dropped since.

They feature velocity sensitive keys, back-lit assignable hardware controls, octave switcher, a collection of free software and will work with your Mac (and maybe PC) right out of the box. Reviews are light considering how new they are, but just about all of the iRig keyboards have 4+ star ratings on Amazon.

Down below you’ll find more Cyber Week deals on MIDI keyboards, interfaces, NI hardware and more:

Korg microKEY Stories December 2, 2015

expiredHome Recording: M-Audio 61-Key MIDI Keyboard $85 (Reg. $169), M-Audio’s best selling monitors $99 (Reg. $150), more

Woodwind & Brasswind (97% positive over the past 12 months w/ 68,733 total ratings) via Amazon is offering the M-Audio Keystation 61 II 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for $84.99 shipped right now. That’s about half the price it still fetches at Guitar Center/B&H and is the best price we can find.

Perfect for beginner and experienced musicians alike, this is a full-size 61 key MIDI controller with touch sensitivity, pitch bend/modulation wheels and hardware transport to control playback in Logic (or other DAWs). It comes with SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble (“a world-class virtual piano instrument”). Rated 4.2/5 stars from 150 Amazon customers.

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Also from Woodwind & Brasswind on Amazon, you can grab the M-Audio AV42 Professional Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair) for $99 shipped (price appears in cart). That’s $50 under the average selling price, $30 below the B&H sale price and the best we can find.

As well as being the best selling powered speakers (don’t require an amp) on Amazon, they have 4-inch polypropylene-coated woofers, 1-inch Ferro fluid-cooled silk cone tweeters, RCA inputs and more. They are rated 3.9/5 stars from only 30 Amazon customers, but just about all the M-Audio monitors have 4+ ratings from hundreds.

Head below for the rest of today’s best home recording deals including MK II M-Audio interfaces from $80, more MIDI controllers from $40, Amazon music deals and much more:

Korg microKEY Stories November 27, 2015

Black Friday Home Recording: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB interface $100 (Reg. $150), MIDI keyboards, more

Amazon has the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Audio Interface for $99 shipped (matched at Sweetwater for Black Friday). That’s about $50 under the original listing, $1 under our previous mention and within $10 or matching the best pre-owned prices on Guitar Center.

With two high quality mic-pres (inputs) and 24-bit/96KHz sample rate, we are most certainly talking about a higher recording quality than your built-in option. It has a metal unibody design, is bus powered and will work with your Mac right out of the box with: “Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples.” It has a 4.4/5 star rating from over 600 Amazon customers.

Along with its musical instruments/production Black Friday deals, Amazon is offering an extra 20% off a long list of gear including guitars, acoustic guitars, accessories, keyboards and more using code MUSIC20OFF at checkout.

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