PANDA 61-key Professional Studio MIDI Keyboard / DAW Controller
WD-PANDA61 - 61-key Professional Studio MIDI Keyboard
This professional studio MIDI keyboard mirrors some of the best of the market in features and customization ability. Armed to the teeth with various control points, worlde have designed this unit as the perfect all in one solution for professional MIDI recording and editing.
61 Full-Size Keys (5 Octaves)
The PANDA61 packs in 61 full size piano keys, making it a great choice for both live and studio work. The keys are unweighted, which is ideal for synth playing, and have a smooth glossy finish to them.
Pitch Shift and Modulation Wheels
Smooth rolling wheels for pitch shifting and modulation give the user the ability to bend notes and apply varying degrees of modulation in real time. This can be done either whilst recording or post recording if your DAW allows for on the fly automation recording.
Packed full of Features
9 smooth channel faders allow you to mix levels within your DAW at the touch of a finger. 8 function knobs can be assigned as MIDI controllers for your DAW's rotary functions, such as panning, cut-off and resonance, and much more. It also features a drum pad section for the percussionist in all of us. The keyboard even has the option to plug in assignable footswitch controllers.
Assignable Transport buttons
One of the great features of this keyboard controller is the transport section. With 6 labeled buttons for play, stop, record, scrub left, scrub right and fast forward, it's incredibly easy to navigate around your DAW recording session. These buttons can also be assigned to any instantaneous function you want.
8-piece Drum Pads
8 rubber drum pads make it super to play in drum patterns. It's perfect for fleshing out those beats with an authentically human feel. The pads are assigned by default to the most common MIDI notes for a software drum kit (C2 Bass Drum).
Worlde have made this the ultimate do everything MIDI controller by giving the user complete control over the internal software of the controller. You can map every knob, button, key, or pad to any MIDI signal. In addition you can choose from 6 different velocity curves for the keys, so you can customize the playability to your personal playing style. You can also customize many other software settings as detailed in the manual.
- 61 full size keys (non-weighted) - 5 Octaves
- Pitch bend and modulation wheels
- 9 assignable faders
- 8 continual rotary function knobs
- 8 rubber piezo drum pads
- 6 assignable transport buttons
- 5-pin DIN MIDI In/Out
- 2 assignable footswitch jacks
- 6 velocity curves to choose from
- Runs on 9v AC power OR USB power
- USB interface, adaptable to USB 2.0 (FULL SPEED)
- Compatible with Win 7 / Win XP and Mac OSX
- Dimensions: 94 x 6.5 x 27cm
A Good Deal14 October 2017I'll start with the bad: the keyboard itself is unweighted, has a slightly spongey feel and they keys have a bit of horizontal movement, so if you like a solid piano action you'll probably hate it, but if you're used to organs or synthesisers you won't care. The ABS plastic case feels a bit cheap, and the rotary controllers stand a bit too far off the case for my liking, so I'd recommend a padded soft bag or hard case if you're planning to gig with it, but on the positive side it's incredibly light...paired with a smartphone/tablet and a MIDI adaptor you'd have the most portable keyboard rig ever. Where this keyboard really shines is the control surfaces and I/O. I also own a Behringer UMX61, and the Panda has more controllers, is easier to program thanks to the display, and does a lot more like split and layering (and the keys aren't that much worse TBH). Two assignable pedal control inputs is nice, and unlike the Behringer it has MIDI in as well as out, which is great if you want to add pedal banks or other keyboards without USB. You'd have to spend anywhere up to twice as much to get something significantly better, so overall this is great value.