Picked up the M-Audio KeyStudio e49 at Best Buy on the way home.

Setup was:
1) Run GarageBand
2) Plug keyboard into Mac
3) Start playing

As soon as I plugged it in, GarageBand was like “hey, you have a MIDI device!”
It works great!

Now I just need to learn how to play. =)

Keyboard Cleaning

I don’t know if you remember, but a while back I cleaned my home keyboard and posted the gross pictures of what I found inside.

Well, now I’ve done the same for the keyboard I’ve been using at work for the past 6 years.

Here’s a sample:



If you dare see what was *inside* the keyboard, you can view all the photos.

Not for the faint of heart.

Microsoft and Apple Keyboards

I took my new Apple keyboard to work… I may keep it there for a while, since I like the feel of it.
I don’t really need it at home, since I mostly use my laptop, which has a similar keyboard built-in.

Here it is at work, side-by-side with my Microsoft ergonomic keyboard that I’ve been using for the past several years. I think I’ll take the Microsoft one home and clean it out, it has around 6 years of arm hair and crumbs in it. Should make for some good stomach-churning photos. =)

Apple Goodies

Today I got iLife ’08, iWork ’08, and the new Apple Keyboard.

The keyboard is nice, similar to the MacBook keyboard, but with a rougher surface on the keys that feels nice.

The keys have a nice smooth action and the design is sleek. My only complaint so far is that the spacebar makes a different sound than the rest of the keys, and it’s slightly annoying in comparison. But all in all, a solid keyboard.