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M-Audio Keystudio 49-key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

by M-Audio
| 6 answered questions

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  • 49-note, synth-action keyboard (This product has been reclassified as KeyRig49 by M-Audio.)
  • Connection and power via a single USB cable
  • Instant installation on Mac OS X. Drivers for Windows are available from M-Audio, but no playback or editing software is provided.
  • Sustain pedal input
  • Assignable modulation wheel and volume slider
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00125OD9Q
  • Item model number: 99005236410
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,850 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 2, 2008

Product Description

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Harness the power of your Mac music software with M-Audio's KeyStudio USB keyboard controller. KeyStudio makes it easy to command a library of virtual instruments, audition loops and compose songs in GarageBand, Logic and other Mac-compatible applications. The sleek controller features 49 synth-action keys plus pitch bend and modulation wheels, sustain pedal input and more. Simply connect it to your Mac OS X computer with a single USB cable and start playing.

Harness the power of your music software. Click to enlarge.

Assignable volume slider and edit mode for accessing advanced functions.

Pitch and assignable modulation wheel.

49-Note, Synth-Action Keyboard
The KeyStudio keeps things simple with a 49-note keyboard and basic controls. Use the octave up and down buttons to hit higher and lower notes, and the pitch bend and modulation wheels for added expression.

Get Started Instantly
The Keystudio will install instantly on Mac OS X computers--just plug and play. Of course, it works great on Windows machines too.

Powered by the USB port on your computer, the Keystudio makes a perfect controller for GarageBand, Logic or other music applications.

Assignable Functions
You can easily set up the KeyStudio to work the way you want. You can assign the modulation wheel and volume slider for convenient control of functions like volume, pan or portamento (for just a few examples).

The assignable octave +/- buttons can be set to adjust octave shift, program change, bank MSB, transpose, Bank LSB, or MIDI channel change settings.

The "edit mode" button allows you to control advanced functions via the keys themselves, changing anything from octave to bank or program info.

Easy Connections
Because the Keystudio is powered by your computer's USB bus, all you need for connection and power is the included USB cable.

You can also add a standard sustain pedal for more piano-like expression, using the quarter-inch input on the back of the keyboard.

What's in the Box
M-Audio KeyStudio USB keyboard, USB cable, Printed KeyStudio Quick Start Guide

Product Description

KeyStudio 49-Note USB Keyboard Controller for Mac Music Software - Harness the power of your Mac music software with M-Audio s KeyStudio USB keyboard controller. KeyStudio makes it easy to command a library of virtual instruments audition loops and compose songs in GarageBand Logic and other Mac-compatible applications. The sleek controller features 49 synth-action keys plus pitch bend and modulation wheels sustain pedal input and more. Simply connect it to your Mac OS X computer with a single USB cable and start playing.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It works with Sony Acid Pro out of the box-no driver install!
Bogus Exception
I think my biggest complaint is probably the key action; the keys feel VERY fake, much too springy, almost no resistance.
Hexydes
Wait until the manufacturer releases the new driver before buying this product.
Lujosalgo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By D. Allen on April 6, 2010
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Okay Look a couple disgruntled customers gave bad reviews about a product that does exactly what it's advertisements claim. 49 keys check, non-weighted keys;check, play 4 octives whithout using octive shift;check, pitch bend;check, modulation;check, assignable midi;check. Plug and Play, no driver installation needed with most every DAW not just Garage Band or Mac Products.Those people don't know what they are talkin about or what kind of equipment they are looking for frankly. I use a Sony Vaio with Windows Vista 64 bit, my DAW is FL Studio. It works fine. No, it doesn't make any sounds unless you have a program that it can communicate with, then there is no sound that is known to man that it want make for you, if only you now how to instruct it. It's not the keyboard's fault if you don't know how to use it. This keyboard is more for people who are into music production and have not progressed far enough or have not decided that they want to invest a couple of grand in a more serious keyboard, it's absolutely worth a [...] bucks. My advise to the lady is that if hubby doesn't know how to make his own melodies and background music, then just get him a toy Casio keyboard he'll love that. The only thing I would complain about is that the keys are not weighted, but I know that when I bought, it's a work around though. You just have to get used to the sensitivity, it would be nice if you could manually adjust the sensitivity setting to your personal touch. Good Keyboard not Great. There are no great keyboards @ [...] bucks!
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Bogus Exception on January 10, 2010
For $100, this is a really solid MIDI controller. The pitch and vibrato are a nice rubber and move smoothly. The pitch bend even returns to 0 smoothly when released.

This isn't a $1000 controller, but the keys are full size and are velocity sensitive. They lack weight, which may put some off that are looking for a nice weighty bounce from the keys.

It works with Sony Acid Pro out of the box-no driver install! There is a nifty 1/8" to USB adapter for using a mic and headphones on your PC/laptop at the same time from one USB. This device requires a driver installed, and the SW is either with the unit or dl from the net (what I did). I haven't opened the CDs yet, as I really don't need them. I think one has a DAW on it, just in case you don't have one. Now that I think about it, if the one misguided reviewer had had her husband install the DAW, he could have made all the sounds he wanted.

The one thing I really like is the 'edit mode', which I didn't think I'd need. It lets you reassign the controls to send different signals to your DAW. You can use the octave up/down to change programs, for example, or use the keys to select one by number. You can even re-assign the volume control to do things like reverb!

Pluses have to also include that it is 100% USB-powered. No extra power supply hanging around.

pat
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Apple on November 6, 2010
Just got it for my 12-year-old boy who has asked for a keyboard to use with his MacBook, and the one at Apple Store has too few keys(25) with higher price tag. He's very happy with this one because it doesn't come with all the other complicated control buttons on the top, and he's not complaining about the light-weight keys even though he's played "real" piano for five years. The best part is how easy for him to hook this up with his MacBook..........just connect the UBS, that's all. No power cord or batteries to deal with, and no installation CD needed at all. It worked immediately.

I am happy with the price. It really meets both my boy's and my expectations.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Saucier on August 26, 2009
This is a few-frills keyboard, but it feels good to play and does exactly what it's supposed to very well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sewingpianist on February 21, 2012
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I as a college music professor do lots of note entry with Finale and Sibelius, and having
a smallish, portable controller like this one makes my note entry go so much faster. Any
product by M-Audio is always flawless, in my experience, and this one is no exception. And
what a bargain!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Petross on January 4, 2011
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My need was simple: I needed a midi-enabled keyboard to serve as an input device for music sequencing software. I had no need for complex features within the keyboard itself; all of that functionality takes place within the software. I had no need for 88 keys--just enough to be practical and not have to constantly be adjusting octaves. I wanted to plug it in and use it immediately on my Mac.

The M-Audio Keystudio is exactly all of those things. Its functionality is perfectly simple. It has 49 notes--just about right for entering a one line or instrument at a time. Its keys are pressure-sensative (though they are quite light and not at all like a piano). I plugged it in, and it worked.

It won't win any awards for its solid construction or keyboard dynamics--but for simple MIDI inputting it is great. I recommend it for exactly that.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa W. Earnest on May 2, 2011
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I had read reviews of several different keyboards and was a little skeptical about purchasing this particular model. I made the decision to purchase it on the basis of the price and feeling fairly assured it would work with the computer that I have. I was right! It was a plug-n-play keyboard. I had no issues hooking it up to my iMac and using it with the FInale PrintMusic program. It is small enough that I can put it right on the table where my iMac is located but it is big enough to include all the notes/keys that I need. I am very pleased with the purchase.
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