M-AUDIO SPEAKS TO ALL KEYBOARD PLAYERS WITH NEW ACCENT DIGITAL PIANO AND ACCENT MODULE AT NAMM

Cumberland RI, USA (January 21, 2016)—M-Audio (m-audio.com), synonymous with  innovative  music production technology, today announced two new products that will have a major impact on keyboard  players  everywhere:  the Accent Digital Piano and the Accent Module for MIDI   controllers.

3 Accent_group_10x8_mediaAccent  Digital Piano

Recognizing a need for an affordable 88-key digital piano that has the professional features, versatility, natural playing response and rich sound to meet any requirement, M-Audio has met the challenge  head-on with their all-new Accent Digital  Piano.

Easy to transport and set up, the Accent is ideal for piano students, stage and studio use, schools, theaters, and houses of worship. It has 20 built-in piano voices (such as Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Drawbar Organ, etc.) and the versatility to split or layer three voices simultaneously. Also included are  the superb  Steinway  piano samples  from AIR Music  Technology.  With 50 piano accompaniment styles to choose from (such as Slow Rock, Vienna Waltz, Jazz Pub, etc.), players can select the     perfect style for any solo performance situation. Professional  XLR outputs ensure a noise-free  connection  with the highest possible audio quality. Accent connects to any computer via the USB-     MIDI port for full 88-key control of virtual instrument software or plugins. For quality and value, Accent  has it all: Professional XLR connectors, great sound including AIR Steinway samples, full-size 88-key hammer-action  keyboard and control over your virtual  instruments.

Accent features:

  • Authentic hammer-action  weighted  88-key keybed
  • Professional XLR outputs for top quality audio and lowest possible   noise
  • 20 built-in voices, can split or layer two voices  simultaneously
  • Top-quality AIR Music  Technology  Steinway  piano samples included
  • Play along with 60 preset songs or record your own with the User Record mode
  • Duet mode with 50 accompaniment  patterns
  • Lesson mode divides the keyboard into two areas with the same pitch and voice
  • Built-in DSP with adjustable EQ, Reverb, and Chorus   FX
  • Transpose control,  built-in metronome
  • USB-MIDI and MIDI DIN output
  • Aux ¼” output; (2) ¼” headphone  outputs
  • Stereo 1/4” Aux input for playing along with external  equipment
  • Sustain pedal included
  • Optional Accent keyboard  stand available

Accent Module

When players want to convert their standalone  MIDI controller into a stage piano, free from the   restrictive encumbrance of a laptop computer, the M-Audio Accent Module is the perfect solution. This compact unit easily connects to any USB or 5-pin MIDI controller. With 20 built-in voices, it has the   ability to split or layer up to three voices simultaneously,  plus it includes the superb, world-renowned    AIR Steinway Piano and AIR Structure   VSTs.

Accent  Module Features:

  • USB MIDI hosting—when connected  via USB, it powers and communicates  with   controller
  • Connect any USB MIDI or 5-Pin MIDI controller to create music without the need for a laptop
  • 20 built-in voices, with the ability to split or layer two voices simultaneously
  • Includes AIR Steinway Piano and AIR Structure  samples
  • ¼” Headphone output for silent  practicing
  • (2) ¼” TRS line-level outputs for connecting  to any professional  PA system or recording   setup

“The Accent really fills a need for an affordable 88-key digital piano that feels great and has all the features and versatility a player could want,” said JC Sutherland, Product Manager for M-Audio. “The Accent Module is the ideal answer for anyone who wants that stage piano sound and feature-set and doesn’t want to deal with a laptop. The M-Audio Accents are going to make a lot of players very   happy.” 

U.S. pricing for the Accent Digital Piano and Accent Module will be $549 and $249 respectively.

Availability for both will be Q1  2016.

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