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KS2 - Two Keyboard MIDI Stack

KS2

The KS2 two-keyboard stack is a great way to get started with Hauptwerk. It gives you a total of 16 organ pistons which can be used as combination pistons, couplers, or other organ controls. They can even carry out Hauptwerk menu commands. 

The stack plugs directly into the USB ports of your computer. It incorporates reliable, well-proven M-Audio MIDI keyboard technology, but re-packaged in a much more organist-friendly format. Use the stack on its own, or combined with a MIDI pedalboard. Can be placed on a table, desk or other convenient surface, or built into an existing console.

The stack is guaranteed for one year.  See Our Selling Policy for the terms of our guarantee.

Features at a glance
* two full-size 61 note keyboards
* 8 pistons per keyboard
* semi-weighted touch
* substantial bolted MDF chassis - no wobble!
* requires no external power supply and no batteries (draws power from USB connections)
* requires no MIDI-to-USB converter
* non-scratch feet (which may be removed if stack is to be bolted down)
* option to connect swell pedals
* option to attach additional pistons
* option to add music stand
* finished in black  (goes with anything!) Other colours are available
* can be transported in boot or back seat of most cars
* fully compatible with Hauptwerk (keyboards compatible with Miditzer)
* a generic pdf User Guide is available from our Downloads page
* needs 3 available USB ports

Computer requirements
The KS2 should work with any reasonably up-to-date computer whether PC or Mac. The necessary drivers may already be installed. If not, they can easily be downloaded free from the M-Audio website (
www.m-audio.com). If in doubt, go to the M-Audio website, select your operating system and check that drivers are available for the following devices:
*
Keystation 61
* Ekeys

The stack is not in itself a musical instrument. It only works in conjunction with suitable software (eg Hauptwerk). Obviously, your computer must also meet the requirements for your chosen software.

Note: You will need 3 free USB ports to connect the stack (and you may need a further 2 for the Hauptwerk dongle and a MIDI pedalboard.) If your computer does not have sufficient ports, you can use a USB hub to expand it.

Physical dimensions
Overall width (side to side)                880 mm
Overall depth (front to back)              395 mm
Height with feet                                  190 mm
Height without feet                             180 mm
Length of keys                                  137 mm
Vertical separation of keyboards           70 mm
Keyboard overhang                             22 mm
Bolt down sockets (with feet removed)  4 X M4

Keyboard touch
The keys are taken from M-Audio Keystation 61 MIDI keyboards and have exactly the same touch, which the manufacturer describes as “semi-weighted". We wouldn’t claim that this touch is completely perfect from an organist’s point of view - the contact point is a little too low - but in our opinion it still provides a perfectly workable solution and an enjoyable playing experience.

Pistons
The 16  pistons can be configured to do almost anything in Hauptwerk. Most obviously they can be used as combination pistons, but they can also carry out menu commands. Particularly useful ones are to advance the registration sequencer, or to start and stop the built-in recording. The pistons are not numbered, but they are grouped for ease of identification.

The pistons cannot be used in Miditzer  (but you can use your computer keyboard for this purpose).

Swell pedal connection
The rear panel of the KS2 includes two stereo jack sockets to which standard keyboard expression pedals can be attached. Useful if your pedalboard has no swell pedals (or not enough). Simply bolt additional expression pedal(s) to your pedalboard and pass the lead(s) up to the back of the stack.

Auxiliary piston ports
The rear panel of the KS2 provides two 9-way D sockets to which up to sixteen additional pistons (or other switch-type inputs) can be attached. One use for this feature is to add toe pistons to a pedalboard which doesn't have any (or not enough).

 MIDI output channel
Each MIDI output is on channel 1 which is suitable for Hauptwerk. For a small additional cost, one extra piston can be fitted to each keyboard to select the output channel (1 - 16). This is necessary if the stack is to be used with certain other software, including Miditzer and jOrgan. This is not required for Hauptwerk use. Piston output is always on channel 1.

£575


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