M-Audio Keystation 49 II | 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Pitch-Bend & Modulation Wheels
If you are looking for a simple yet powerful MIDI controller, M-Audio Keystation 49 II is for you. It has 49-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Pitch-Bend and Modulation Wheels. It is useful for composing digital music and playing virtual instruments. It is semi-weighted velocity sensitive keys with 1/4-inch sustain pedal input for dominant performance. It has octave range buttons, thus the pitch bend and modulation wheels, and the transport controls. Inclusions are SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble, a world-class virtual piano instrument, and Ableton Live Lite. It is ideal for beginners and advanced players.
Keystation 49 II Pros and Cons
Pros: The Keystation 49 is very simple, powerful MIDI controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on your PC, iOS devices, and Mac. It is compatible with iOS using the iPad Camera Connection Kit but sold separately. You can also use it with Logic Pro X on the latest Mac OS. It is recommended to buy the sustain pedal. It has 49 full-size velocity sensitive keys, series of controls that expands the playable notes that can enhance your powerful capabilities, and streamline the workflow of yours.
Being a versatile keyboard controller, this is perfect for musicians who are traveling and who take command of music software during the live performances and producers who are looking to add intuitive MIDI controller with a natural-feeling in their studio.
It features being a PRO without breaking the bank. You can use the octave range buttons which are the pitch-bend and modulation wheels. You can also transport and has directional controls to perform, record and play through the music software without touching the trackpad or mouse.
It can easily integrate into any computer music environment because of it is class compliant and USB-powered and supports USB-MIDI connectivity. It offers 49 semi-weighted, synth-action keys.
It lets you operate the Digital Audio Workstation or DAW from the keyboard because of its transport and directional buttons. It is lightweight and portable for its portability and easy to set up.
Cons: One customer said that it was a pain in the ass when registration process on the M-Audio site took him two hours to get it completed including several calls to M-Audio to finish it. He wasn’t able to download the Soni-Vox-eight (Steinway) grand piano sample to work. Although the M-Audio staff were friendly and helpful, they have to make sure that the process will be easier for the consumers.
Some consumers even mentioned that they cannot play the piano because power supply or speakers included in it. But you have to plug this into your computer. One of the M-Audio support apologized of this consumer’s experience and explained it to her that the Keystation 88 is a MIDI controller which requires an audio source such as the computer and an audio software on it.
M-Audio Keystation 49 II Conclusion and Rating
Consumers gave a rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars. The MIDI controller is suitable for beginners and advanced players. It is compact yet enough octave range to accommodate most needs. The price is worth it.