- 8 rotary nobs that can be used to control functions like tempo, pan, effects, etc.
- 8 faders that can be used to control volume, effects, etc.
- 9 buttons that can assigned to functions like start/stop, mute, changes, etc.
- Pitch and modulation controls for bending and modulating sounds in realtime.
The rear of the PCR-30 is fairly simple. As shown below, there are several inputs/outputs. These include, from left to right: (1) Power, (2) USB, (3) Midi In/Out, and (4) sustain and expression pedal inputs. Note that the built in USB interface means you will not need a USB/MIDI adapter for this keyboard to work with your Mac. If the keyboard, as some earlier keyboards do, featured only MIDI in/out, you would need such an adapter.
Software. The PCR-30 comes with drivers specifically for OS X, and updated for 10.3 Panther. In addition, Edirol has a special program for editing the function of the buttons, sliders, and knobs on the keyboard that runs in both OS 9 and OS X, as well as Windows.
Templates. You may wonder how best to keep track of all the buttons and sliders on the PCR-30. The answer is that Edirol provides a PDF Template that can printed and used to write your functions on. In addition, they offer pre-made templates for popular audio applications include Reason and ProTools among many others. No word yet on whether GarageBand will get its own template, but I wouldn't doubt it.
Size and Weight The PCR-30 is a small, but substantially built piece of equipment. It's size is just under two feet wide and about 9 inches deep. This makes for a comfortable fit on a medium sized desk, and can easily be tucked away when not in use. The PCR-30 weighs about 5 and a half pounds.
Pricing. The PCR-30 offers quite a punch for its price. The Apple Store carries the PCR-30 for $199 including free shipping. However, online music retail specialists offer the PCR-30 for less. For example, ZZounds.com offers the PCR-30 for $170 with free shipping.