Fun keyboard combo: Prodikeys

Combining a regular PC keyboard with a MIDI musical keyboard, the Prodikeys utilises a PS/2 connection and ships with software that lets you learn how to play or simply create your own melodic concoctions using the built-in rhythms and samples.

It’s a fantastically fun product and serves its intended purpose well. When used as a regular keyboard, a plastic cover creates a palm rest over the musical keys. Like most multimedia keyboards on the market, CD player controls, Web shortcut and programmable shortcut buttons are present.

The MIDI keyboard has 37 keys with octave shifting, as well as pitch shifting and note sustaining capabilities, and we experienced no latency problems during usage.

Once the supplied software has been installed, Windows will recognise the MIDI device. As well as using it with the bundled software, you will be able to use it with third-party applications. The DM software it ships with is a lot of fun and contains many built-in rhythm patterns that kids and musical newbies can manipulate, as well as featuring many songs that you can learn how to play. Up to 128 different instruments can be played using the keyboard, and many more rhythms and learnable songs can be downloaded from the Creative Web site.

You can record your compositions easily and then save them in WAV, MP3 or MIDI formats, and play them back or edit them in another program. It is the perfect PC peripheral for the user who wants to make music with a PC, but does not want to spend a fortune on software or dedicated hardware.

In brief: Creative Prodikeys
Inexpensive, fun to use and very easy to install, the Prodikeys is a great tool for the seasoned musician or the musical newbie who wants to start making music on a PC.
Price: $199
Vendor: Creative
Phone: (02) 9021 9800
URL: http://australia.creative.com

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