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Review M-Audio Code 25 black MIDI keyboard. Where to buy it?

M-Audio is a business unit of inMusic Brands that designs and markets digital audio and MIDI interfaces, keyboards and MIDI controllers, synthesizers, speakers, studio monitors, digital DJ systems, microphones and music software. I’ll tell you how this post is built. First I’ll list the features of this M-Audio Code 25 black keyboard. Then you have a video or two, shopping links and useful comments from other users and then you have one of the most useful parts; comparison tables with similar keyboards so you can compare.

  • 25 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 attributable zones for divisions and layers
  • XY control pad attributable for HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 4 encoders three hundred and sixty attributable
  • 5 faders attributable
  • 5 attributable buttons
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED gives an instant display of each factor
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Powered by USB with 5-pin midi input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Input for power supply, not included.
  • Dimensions: 528mm x 257mm x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 2,6Kg
  • Color: Black

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This MIDI keyboard is usually priced at around €155/£133/$154 and offers a 25-key full-size keyboard with sensitivity and aftertouch, allowing you to tune or compose different musical ideas using the sample library you have in your favorite DAW.

It also offers 4 assignable zones for divisions and layers, 1 assignable XY control pad, 16 fully assignable velocity-sensitive trigger pads, 4 assignable knobs, 5 assignable faders, 5 assignable buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.

The M-Audio Code 25 can be USB powered, but also offers an external power supply input, which is not included. It provides a MIDI output.

Included with the product are Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 30 and Loom by Air Music Technology software.

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M-Audio Code 25 black vs M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4

The M-Audio Code 25 black MIDI keyboard and the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 is priced at €155/£133/$154, we will have a very interesting comparison due to the similarity in price. Let’s continue to the face-to-face:

  • The M-Audio Code 25 black offers 25 keys with aftertouch, and the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 offers 61 keys both with velocity sensitivity (intensity in MIDI language)
  • The M-Audio Code 25 Black also offers 1 assignable XY control pad, 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads, 4 assignable knobs, 5 assignable faders, 5 assignable buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • The M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 offers 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable knobs, 9 assignable faders, and transport buttons for DAW control.
  • Both are USB powered, and also accept external power supply input. Both also accept sustain pedal.
  • The M-Audio Code 25 Black includes Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology software, while the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 includes Ableton Live Lite and SONiVOX Twist Synth.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Code 25 black

M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4

  • 25 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 attributable zones for divisions and layers
  • XY control pad attributable to HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 4 encoders three hundred and sixty attributable
  • 5 faders attributable
  • 5 attributable buttons
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED gives an instant display of each factor
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Powered by USB with 5-pin midi input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Input for power supply, not included.
  • Dimensions: 528mm x 257mm x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 2,6Kg
  • 61 full-size speed-sensitive synthesizer action keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 assignable knobs
  • 9 assignable faders
  • Transport buttons for DAW control
  • Automation for popular DAWs: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and more
  • LCD screen
  • USB powered
  • Plug-and-Play Support
  • MIDI-USB connectivity
  • Input for sustain pedal
  • Included software: Ableton Live Lite and SONiVOX Twist Synth
  • The box also includes: SONiVOX Twist (Software), Ableton Live Lite (Software), USB cable, quick start guide, warranty and safety manual
  • Dimensions: 977 x 243 x 94mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 3.4kg

In this comparison we have again other M-Audio controllers, on one hand, the Code 25 that we have already analyzed, and on the other hand we have the Oxygen 61 Mk4 that offers 8 pads, 8 knobs, 9 faders, transport buttons. They are very similar controllers, however, being of the same price we can comment that the M-Audio Oxygen 61 MK4 is better due to the number of keys and their functions.

Here is a video of the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 keyboard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBFZlBwGpSU

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Oxygen 61 Mk4 review.

M-Audio Code 25 black vs Novation Impulse 49

The M-Audio Code 25 black MIDI keyboard is priced at €155/£133/$154 when the Novation Impulse 49 is priced at €223/£205/$228, with a difference of $83. Let’s go head-to-head:

  • The M-Audio Code 25 black offers 25 keys with aftertouch, and the Novation Impulse 49 offers 49 keys both with velocity sensitivity (intensity in MIDI language)
  • The M-Audio Code 25 Black also offers 1 assignable XY control pad, 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads, 4 assignable knobs, 5 assignable faders, 5 assignable buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • The Novation Impulse 49 offers 8 backlit Drum Pads, 9 55mm faders, 9 assignable buttons, 8 rotary knobs, 6 transport keys (rec, play, stop, pause) and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • Both are USB powered, and also accept external power supply input. Both also accept sustain pedal input. Code 25 has a volume pedal input and Novation has an expression pedal input.
  • The M-Audio Code 25 Black includes the Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology software, while the Novation Impulse 49 includes the Xcite+ Software Pack, with Ableton Live Lite.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Code 25 black

Novation Impulse 49

  • 25 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 attributable zones for divisions and layers
  • XY control pad attributable to HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 4 encoders three hundred and sixty attributable
  • 5 faders attributable
  • 5 attributable buttons
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED gives an instant display of each factor
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Powered by USB with 5-pin midi input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Input for power supply, not included.
  • Dimensions: 528mm x 257mm x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 2,6Kg
  • 49 semi-weighted keys and Aftertouch
  • Full DAW control and plug-in operation
  • 8 Backlit Drum Pads
  • 9 Fader of 55mm
  • 9 assignable buttons
  • 8 rotary controllers
  • 6 transport keys
  • Pitch and modulation wheels
  • 2-octave keys
  • Arpeggiator
  • Beat-Roll and Clip-Launch buttons
  • LCD screen
  • USB connection
  • Connections for expression and sustain pedals
  • MIDI in/out
  • Automap-Control-Software
  • Includes Xcite+ Software Pack, with Ableton Live Lite
  • Size: 846 x 332 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 5kg

In this comparison we have two very similar controllers, on the one hand, the M-Audio Code 25 that we have already analyzed and the Novation Impulse 49 that offers 49 keys, 8 pads, 9 faders, 9 buttons, 8 knobs, 6 transport buttons and pitch bend and modulation wheels. The latter is better due to its amount of functions and also its semi-weighted keyboard, also have a higher price.

And here is a video of the Novation Impulse 49 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Novation Impulse 49 review.

M-Audio Code 25 black vs Arturia KeyLab Essential 61

The M-Audio Code 25 black MIDI Keyboard is priced at €155/£133/$154 and the Arturia KeyLab Essential 61 is priced at €239/£215/$240. Let’s take a look at the face-to-face:

  • The M-Audio Code 25 black offers 25 keys with aftertouch, and the Arturia KeyLab Essential 61 offers 61 keys both with velocity sensitivity (intensity in MIDI language)
  • The M-Audio Code 25 Black also offers 1 assignable XY control pad, 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads, 4 assignable knobs, 5 assignable faders, 5 assignable buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • The Arturia KeyLab Essential 61 offers 8-speed sensitive pads with Aftertouch, 1 pushable encoder, 9 rotary knobs, 13 assignable buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • Both are USB powered, and also accept external power supply input. Both also accept sustain pedal.
  • The M-Audio Code 25 Black includes the Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology software, while the Arturia KeyLab Essential 61 includes the Arturia Analog Lab 2, Ableton Live Lite and UVI Grand Piano software.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Code 25 black

Arturia KeyLab Essential 61

  • 25 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 attributable zones for divisions and layers
  • XY control pad attributable to HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 4 encoders three hundred and sixty attributable
  • 5 faders attributable
  • 5 attributable buttons
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED gives an instant display of each factor
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Powered by USB with 5-pin midi input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Input for power supply, not included.
  • Dimensions: 528mm x 257mm x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 2,6Kg
  • With 61 speed-sensitive keys
  • 8 speed-sensitive pads with Aftertouch
  • 1 pulse able encoder
  • 9 rotating knobs
  • 13 buttons
  • Transport section with 4 function switches
  • LCD screen
  • Tone and modulation wheel
  • Mode of interpretation of chords
  • Compatible with Mackie/HUI protocol
  • USB port
  • MIDI output
  • Connection for sustain pedal
  • Input for power supply (not included)
  • Native USB support
  • Includes Arturia Analog Lab 2, Ableton Live Lite and UVI Grand Piano software
  • Dimensions: 882 x 76 x 248mm (width x height x depth)
  • Weight: 3,3Kg

In this last comparison we have, the M-Audio Code 25 Black that we have already analyzed before, and the Arturia KeyLab Essential 61 that offers 61 keys, 8 speed-sensitive pads with Aftertouch, 1 clickable encoder, 9 rotary knobs, 13 buttons and tone and modulation wheel. As in the previous comparisons, the Arturia KeyLab Essential 61 has certain advantages and is somewhat better because of its number of keys.

Here is a video of the Arturia KeyLab Essential 61 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Arturia KeyLab Essential 61 review.

M-Audio Code 25 black vs M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII

The M-Audio Code 25 black MIDI keyboard is priced at €155/£133/$154 and the M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII is priced at €169/£155/$169, but the difference is so small that this may vary depending on which store we ask. Let’s go to the face-to-face:

  • The M-Audio Code 25 Black offers 25 keys with aftertouch, and the M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII offers 88 keys both with speed sensitivity (intensity in MIDI language)
  • The M-Audio Code 25 Black also offers 1 assignable XY control pad, 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads, 4 assignable knobs, 5 assignable faders, 5 assignable buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • The M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII also offers the transport and directional buttons to operate DAWs and software and Pitch Bend, Modulation, and Octave controls.
  • Both are USB powered, and also accept external power supply input. Both also accept sustain pedal, Code 25 has a volume pedal input and the Keystation has an expression pedal input.
  • The M-Audio Code 25 Black includes Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology software, while the M-Audio Keystation 88 MKII includes Ableton Live Lite and SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble plug-in, a virtual piano instrument that captures a 9-foot Steinway CD327 piano.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Code 25 black

M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII

  • 25 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 attributable zones for divisions and layers
  • XY control pad attributable to HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 4 knobs attributable
  • 5 faders attributable
  • 5 attributable buttons
  • Pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED gives an instant display of each factor
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Powered by USB with 5-pin midi input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid thirty and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Input for power supply, not included.
  • Dimensions: 528mm x 257mm x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 2,6Kg
  • 88 speed-sensitive full-size keys
  • USB MIDI connection for playing virtual instruments, controlling recording software and more
  • Transport and directional buttons to operate with DAWs and software
  • Pitch Bend, Modulation and Octave Controls
  • USB powered
  • Supports Plug-and-Play connectivity with Mac and PC
  • Lightweight design
  • IOS support using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, a powerful software sequencer for music creation and live performance
  • Includes the SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble plug-in, a virtual piano instrument that captures a 9-foot Steinway CD327
  • USB port
  • 1 MIDI port
  • 6.3mm Expression Pedal Jack
  • Jack for 6.3mm sustain pedal
  • Operates via USB or optional power supply
  • Approximate dimensions: 1346 x 240 x 100mm
  • Weight: 7,30Kg approx.

In our first comparison we have two MIDI keyboards of the same brand, very different due to their functions, on one hand, the M-Audio Code 25 Black offers functions such as: 1 XY pad control, 16 pads, 4 knobs, 5 faders, 5 buttons and more, on the other hand, the M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII offers transport buttons, pitch bend controls, modulation and octave controls. If you need a keyboard that offers 2 octaves and a lot of control features, the M-Audio Code 25, and if you’re focusing more on just the keyboard and need an 88-key keyboard, the M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII will be the choice.

Here is a video of the M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Keystation 88 MkII review

Where to buy the M-Audio Code 25 black

Thomann

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  • Usually the Best price.
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Amazon

  • Free Shipping and the possibility of shipping in one day with Amazon Premium.
  • Full Guarantee but they are no experts in music equipment.
  • Sometimes a better price.
  • He’s got worse stock than Thomann.

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