M-Audio Keystation 49 and 61 MK3 - Frequently Asked Questions

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KeystationMK3 Main2 Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for just the right controls or are looking to get started with the right USB MIDI controller, the Keystation 61 MK3 is a simple, powerful MIDI controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on your Mac or PC. This article walks through a number of frequently asked questions about the M-Audio Keystation 61 MK3.


Frequently Asked Questions



What software comes with the Keystation MK3?

Bundled with your purchase of the Keystation 49 or 61 MK3, you will receive the following software titles to get you started:

  • Pro Tools First - Industry standard audio recording and production software. Pro Tools First introduces you to all of the same tools used by industry leaders. 
  • Ableton Live 9 Lite - Top-tier music production software used by professional musicians around the world. 
  • Mini Grand by AIR Music Tech - Powerful and detailed virtual piano plugin featuring detailed samples of 7 selectable piano models.
  • Velvet by AIR Music Tech - Virtual electronic piano plugin with 5 legendary electric pianos to choose from. 
  • Xpand by AIR Music Tech - Multi-timbral virtual instrument plugin packed with tons of electronic, orchestral and acoustic voices. 


Does the Keystation MK3 require a power supply?

No, the M-Audio Keystation 49 and 61 MK3 is USB-bus-powered, which means that it is powered directly by your computer's USB port when connected with a USB-A to USB-B cable.


Do I need to install any drivers to use the Keystation MK3?

The Keystation 49 and 61 MK3 is a class-compliant device, meaning that it is plug-and-play and does not require any drivers to be installed. This also means that it will work and is supported on virtually all current Mac and Windows operating systems, including Mac OS X 10.13 and Windows 10.


Will the Keystation MK3 work with my Windows and Mac OS X computer?

Yes! The Keystation 49 and 61 MK3 is a class-compliant device, meaning that it will work and is supported on virtually all current Mac and Windows operating systems, including Windows 10 and Mac OS X 10.13.


Will the Keystation 61 MK3 work with my iOS device?

Yes!  To use the Keystation 61 MK3 with your iOS device, connect it to your iPad or iPhone using the iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) which enables you to perform and compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices. Be sure to find the correct lightning or 30-pin adapter type to match your iOS device.

See the following link for a great guide and video on Connecting USB Audio Interfaces, MIDI Controllers, and Keyboards to the iPad


I have connected a sustain pedal but it works the wrong way around. What do I do?

The polarity of the sustain pedal is calculated by the keyboard when it is powered up. On power up, the sustain pedal is assumed to be in the OFF position. If the pedal is sustaining when in the Off position (pedal is not depressed), connect the pedal while the keyboards is turned off and make sure the pedal is not depressed while the keyboard is powered on. 


What are the Advanced Functions for the Octave buttons?

The Octave + and - buttons on the Keystation MK3 can be used to control 7 total functions. Press the Advanced button to enter the Edit mode and then press one of the first 7 black keys to choose a function (each key is labeled on the body of the keyboard).

  1. Octave
  2. Transpose
  3. Program
  4. Bank LSP
  5. Bank MIDI
  6. Channel
  7. CC*

* When selecting CC, use the numbered keys to choose the CC value you would like to send and press the Enter key to select and exit Edit mode. 


Can I use the keyboard to cycle through sounds in my plugin?

To remotely change the sound or preset of your instrument plugin, a program change can be sent using an advanced function of the + and - Octave buttons on the Keystation MK3. To do this:

  1. Press the Advanced button
  2. Press F#2 (the black key labeled "Program")

Now the Octave + and - buttons will send an incremental/decremental program change that will cycle up and down through the presets in your plugins. Press the keys on the keyboard while cycling through your sounds to find a sound that you like. 


Can I change the MIDI channel on the Keystation MK3?

Yes! It's easy:

  1. Press the Advanced button to engage Edit mode.
  2. Press one of the 16 Channel keys (D2 to E4) to choose a MIDI channel.

The Octave buttons can also be assigned to step up and down through MIDI channels. 


What is Mackie/HUI?

Mackie/HUI is a control surface protocol initially developed by Mackie and Digidesign for use with the Mackie Control Surfaces, like the Mackie Control Universal. The protocol was then adopted by many DAWs to allow compatibility with the hardware. Since then, it's become common for other controllers and keyboards to emulate this protocol to help users map out their control surfaces more universally and without hassle.

The Keystation MK3 series can send Mackie/HUI messages from the transport and directional controls to help you easily map to your favorite DAW. 


How do I use the transport and directional controls in my software?

The directional buttons and transport buttons use either MIDI, Mackie Control, or HUI protocols to control certain functions in your software/DAW. Press the Advanced button and then the key labeled DAW to cycle through the different assignments. 

  • Mackie Control - Green
  • HUI - Red
  • MIDI - Orange

Because Mackie Control and HUI are so universal, it's easy to assign the controls with virtually any DAW. Refer to the article below for a quick-setup with your favorite DAW:


Can I reset the controller to the factory default settings?

Yes! To reset the controller to factory defaults:

  1. Power off the Keystation 61 MK3.
  2. Hold down the buttons + and simultaneously until step 4.
  3. Power on the Keystation 61 MK3.
  4. Release the buttons. 


My Keystation is turning on but won't make any sound in my software. What do I do?

This may happen if the MIDI channel was accidentally changed on the keyboard. The easiest way to resolve this is to either factory reset the keyboard or assign the keyboard back to your preferred MIDI channel. 

Also, the volume fader sends a generic volume message (CC7) that may affect volume in your software automatically without any manual assignment of the control. Check that the volume fader is in the up position to guarantee a volume control in the software and/or plugin is not turned down. 


Additional Resources

  • M-Audio Keystation 61 MK3 Quickstart Guide
  • Troubleshooting Class-compliant USB Computer Peripherals
  • Troubleshooting USB MIDI Devices on Mac
  • Mac OS - Problems with MIDI Devices after and Update
  • Optimizing your system, Improving Performance, and Managing Latency

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