malletSTATION

The malletSTATION model EM1 is a full sized 3.0 octave adjustable range electronic mallet controller designed for all players in any genre, from the beginning student through the gigging professional.

The adjustable low note range function allows you to set the fundamental diatonic note of the instrument to what you need—low D xylophone? No problem! The malletSTATION is powered exclusively by Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices through USB Bus Power, allowing performance almost anywhere with minimal set-up and equipment.

Designed in collaboration with Keith McMillen Instruments, malletSTATION’s tech-forward design features KMI’s Smart Fabric Sensor technology allowing the silicone bar material to have an extremely sensitive, natural response, including mallet dampening and aftertouch control, and all can be easily tailored to your individual playing style.

The EM1 features a master control section, with 3 programmable faders, 4 programmable buttons, and the fixed function low note and octave shift buttons. In addition, three assignable pedal inputs allow for flexibility in performance such as sustain, expression, or any MIDI parameter of your choice. These controls are fully programmable through a software editor so changing your configuration is as easy as clicking a mouse.

The EM1 malletSTATION is the most affordable mallet percussion controller on the market. The ultra-thin, lightweight chassis allows for easy portability, and the flexible mounting options provide many different ways of using your instrument. This is the only controller that will grow with you throughout your playing career—from music apps on your phone or tablet, to professional digital audio workstations and sound libraries—your sounds, and even the instruments you play, are only limited by the software you run.

CONTROLS

43 1.75” (4.4 cm) x 5” (12.7 cm) soft silicone keys
3 MIDI assignable faders
4 MIDI assignable buttons
3 MIDI assignable ¼”pedal inputs
Bottom Note Range Shift up/down buttons
Octave up/down buttons
Natural feeling soft silicone keys, all-weather playing surface
MIDI Assignable buttons and faders for customized control and functions
3 MIDI assignable pedal inputs for expression and sustain
Steel Chassis Design for durability and stability
Optional MIDI Expander to use external MIDI Hardware (sold separately)
Flexible mounting on desktop, X-stand, or module mounts (sold separately)
Mounting plates, stands, cases, covers, and other peripherals available separately
iOS compatibility requires Apple Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter (sold separately)
CONNECTIONS
Full-size USB 2.0 Type-B jack
Mini-USB for connection to KMI MIDI Expander (sold separately)
3 ¼” Pedal inputs (1 expression, two switch)

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES

“Gap Cap” Accidental note covers
3m USB Cable
POWER SOURCE
USB Bus Power
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
1.6” (4.1 cm) H x 12.6” (32 cm) W x 49” (124.5 cm) L
22.5 lbs (10.20 kg)
MIDI DATA
Intuitive Online-downloadable Software User Interface for easy MIDI and parameter customization
Class-Compliant MIDI over USB
MIDI over 5-pin DIN (via KMI MIDI Expander, available separately)

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Hardware Computer Requirements-

For Mac –
Mac OS 10.6 (or greater)
Intel Core 2 Duo (or greater)
USB 2.0 (or greater) port

For Windows –
Windows 7, 8, & 10
USB 2.0 (or greater) port

Editor Software Computer Requirements-

For Mac OS –
Mac OS 10.10 or later
Intel Core 2 Duo (or greater)
USB 2.0 (or greater) port
100 MB free hard disk space

For Windows –
Windows 7, 8, & 10
64 bit
2.5 GHz processor (or greater)
4 GB RAM (or greater)
USB 2.0 (or greater) port
100 MB free hard disk space

Web Editor
Chrome, Opera or other Web MIDI capable web browser. To check compatibility with WebMIDI, go here: http://caniuse.com/#feat=midi

Manual Quick Start Guide

Manual (updated 7/16/18)
Pearl EM1 malletSTATION Manual 1.0.0

Quick Start Guide (updated 7/16/18)
Pearl EM1 malletSTATION Quick Start Guide

malletSTATION Editor Software

malletSTATION Editor for Mac OS X
malletSTATION Editor (OS X) | Alt. Link

malletSTATION Editor for Windows
malletSTATION Editor (Windows) | Alt. Link

Web-based malletSTATION Editor (must use in Google Chrome, Opera, or Brave)
malletSTATION Editor (Web MIDI)

NOTICE
Due to changes at PreSonus, Studio One Artist is no longer available to new malletSTATION owners. However, there are many sound library options online and most include free trial versions. We encourage you to explore the vast options available and have included links to some of the most popular versions below. Give them a try and enjoy your new malletSTATION!

Recommended Sound Software for Mac

Apple GarageBand (not included with purchase)
Apple’s Garageband for Mac is a great way to get up and running quickly with your malletSTATION.

You can find Garageband for Mac on the App Store at the following link – https://www.apple.com/mac/garageband/

Apple Mainstage (not included with purchase)
Apple’s Mainstage (Mac Only) is an industry-standard audio application for performing live. This program allows you the ability to assign any control to any fader, button, or pedal with ease. This software is commonly used in the marching arts, Broadway productions, and large musical tours.

You can find Mainstage on the Mac App Store at the following link – https://www.apple.com/mainstage/

Mainstage Template
After downloading Apple Mainstage use the template below to download presets for malletSTATION.
A Mainstage Template containing a variety of sounds already laid out for malletSTATION is available here – Pearl malletSTATION Mainstage Template 1.0

PreSonus Studio One 5 (not included with purchase)
Record, produce, compose, mix, master, and perform—all from a single, intuitive application. Only Studio One® 5 provides integrated tools that take you from initial inspiration to mastered production, from full-length album to setlist on stage. The standard for end-to-end production, Studio One is the DAW that does it all.

You can find PreSonus Studio One 5 at the following link https://my.presonus.com/studioonedemo

Recommended Software for PC

SampleTank 4 (not included with purchase)
SampleTank 4 Custom Shop is your introduction to the power of the new SampleTank 4 sound and groove creation workstation. Combining all the features of SampleTank 4’s award-winning sound engine with 50 all-new instruments and 200 MIDI loops, SampleTank 4 CS gives you the power to create full tracks in a single plug-in, then expand your sonic arsenal as needed.

You can find SampleTank at the following link https://www.ikmultimedia.com/demodownload/?a=sampletank-4-cs

Ableton Live (not included with purchase)
Ableton Live lets you easily create, produce and perform music within one intuitive interface. Live keeps everything in sync and works in real-time, so you can play and modify your musical ideas without interrupting the creative flow.
Live comes with a versatile collection of instruments, sounds, kits, and loops for creating any kind of music and provides a full complement of effects to tweak and process your sound.

You can find Ableton Live at the following link https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/

PreSonus Studio One 5 (not included with purchase)
Record, produce, compose, mix, master, and perform—all from a single, intuitive application. Only Studio One® 5 provides integrated tools that take you from initial inspiration to mastered production, from full-length album to setlist on stage. The standard for end-to-end production, Studio One is the DAW that does it all.

You can find PreSonus Studio One 5 at the following link https://my.presonus.com/studioonedemo

Recommended Software For IOS Devices

Apple Garageband for iOS (not included with purchase)
Apple’s Garageband for iOS is a great way to get up and running quickly with your malletSTATION.

You can find Garageband for iOS on the App Store at the following link – https://www.apple.com/ios/garageband/

IK Multimedia Sampletank CS (not included with purchase)
IK Multimedia’s Sampletank is a very powerful synth/sampling app for iOS devices. There are various melodic percussion instruments available through the Sampletank Store in the app.

You can find Sampletank for iOS on the App Store at the following link – http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/sampletankios/

malletSTATION Tutorials YouTube Playlist

malletSTATION Performances YouTube Playlist