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M-Audio 9900-52239-10 KeyRig 49 USB Keyboard Controller
- 49-note velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboard
- USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 compatible > works with most computers
- instant installation on Mac OS X and Windows XP computers > just plug and play
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The M-Audio KeyRig 49 turns your Mac or PC into a versatile keyboard workstation. Featuring a 49-key, synth-action USB MIDI keyboard and the award-winning Key Rig software for the PC, KeyRig 49 makes it easy to start composing and performing music with a computer. Use KeyRig 49 to play Key Rig's virtual instrument sounds, or audition loops and compose songs with M-Audio's Session, Apple's GarageBand, Ableton's Live Lite (included) or other music-creation programs. The KeyRig 49 keyboard also includes professional features like pitch and mod wheels, an assignable volume slider, octave +/- buttons and sustain pedal input. It's powered via a single USB cable and works instantly with computers running Mac OS X or Windows XP.
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The keyboard itself if identical as far as I can tell. Also included is a USB audio I/O dongle. This is a MIDI keyboard but the MIDI to USB adapter is internal so there is just a USB port on the keyboard.
I read many of the reviews on here as far as quality and it seems people don't know the differences in types of electronic keyboards. You cannot expect the feel of a $1000+ instrument from a $100 MIDI keyboard.
This isn't an "electric piano" or synthesizer. It has unweighted keys. It DOES NOT have the feel of a piano keyboard. It produces NO sound without software. All it does is send MIDI signals to the PC and the software does the rest. Overall quality (FOR WHAT it IS and is NOT) I would says is very good.
I did have some setup issues at first that seemed to be driver related but I found out the issue was my fault. It would not work with my USB extension cable. IF you need a longer cable than the one included go purchase a longer USB printer cable, same thing.
I use REAPER DAW software and SAVIHOST VST plugin host, it worked great with both.
Things you should know about this:
-Is not a keyboard! Makes no sound on its own! Only controls MIDI signals in your computer!
-Totally USB-powered! One cord! It's awesome!
-Keys are not weighted! Don't get butthurt about it, it's not a piano!
-I don't know how to play piano, I don't know three farts and a queef's worth about MIDI, and I'm still making music on this thing on my first day owning it! So you can too!
Buy this controller!
Amazon lists the dimensions of this keyboard as "72 x 7.5 x 2.8 inches" but it's really more like 33 inches long. I'm mentioning that because buying a gig bag online was hard (I actually still don't have one that I think is snug enough) without the stated dimensions being off by a factor of 2.
My only disappointment with this MIDI controller is that its USB power requirements are more than what an iPad 3 will deliver. For some reason for my hyper-portable setup I don't want to have to plug in a powered USB hub so I'm going to take a look at other MIDI controller options, like the Line 6 Mobile Keys 99-072-0515 49-Key Midi Controller, which also has 49 keys and is a little larger so it might not seem so dinky in my gig bag (Gator 49 Note Keyboard Gig Bag (GKB-49), with internal measurements of about 36 x 13.5 x 3.5 inches).
The Maudio keyrig has plenty of octaves and even a volume knob that controls your current track that most do not. Everything else is pretty standard. I own a mac, so It was literally plug and play for me. (logic pro and pro tools).
I also own the M Audio Axiom 49. Same amount of keys, except the Axiom is 299.99 and has faders and an LCD screen. Honestly, I never touched the faders once. The semi weighted keys are nice, but when recording midi, you're using it for drums, synths, brass, everything. Semi weighted sometimes isn't all that important if you're just laying down some VST type stuff.
Does what it says, for dirt cheap. That's all that can be said.
The keys feel great, just as weighted as my upright electric organ. All I needed to do was plug this thing in and windows detected it fine and so did my music software. I didn't even use the disc that came with it because my music studio software had everything I needed. It works perfectly. I have already recorded several tracks using this as my primary input. I have used it for leads, keys, pads, sequences, drums and just everything else I wanted it for. No problems at all, it feels solid, I am really pleased with the quality and the price.
The USB cable is kinda short. The USB input on the keyboard is on the far left and my PC is on the far right of my desk. So, the cable management is tight. This could be easily remedied with a USB HUB or a longer cable. That means more money though.