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M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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Product Highlights

  • 49 Keys
  • Velocity Sensitive
  • KeyRig Software for Windows
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • USB 2.0 and 1.1 Compatible
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP
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The KeyRig 49 MIDI controller keyboard from M-Audio can turn a Mac OS X or Windows XP computer into a fully featured keyboard workstation. The keyboard features 49 keys with synthesizer-like action. Ableton's Live Lite software provides recording and editing functions, while the M-Audio Key Rig software (Windows only) includes 4 virtual instrument modules.

The keyboard supports both USB 2 and 1.1 and draws power from either bus using the included cable. Features include the standard pitch and modulation wheels, an assignable volume slider, octave +/- buttons and sustain pedal input. The keyboard requires no additional drivers and provides "Plug and Play" functionality.

49-note velocity sensitive synthesizer action keyboard
USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 compatible
USB bus powered
Assignable modulation wheel and volume slider
Pitch bend wheel
Assignable octave +/- buttons
Includes M-Audio Key Rig software (PC only) and Abelton Live Lite for both Mac and Windows
"Plug and Play" installation on both Mac and Windows based computers
Keyboard 49 keys, velocity sensitive
Presets No
User Memory No
Controllers 1 x Pitch Bend Wheel
1 x Modulation Wheel
1 x Volume Slider
2 x Octave Shift Buttons
1 x Edit Mode Button
Output 1 x MIDI Out
USB
Inputs 1 x 1/4" Sustain Pedal In
Display No
Power Requirements USB power
Dimensions (WxDxH) 32.1 x 7.5 x 2.8" (815 x 191 x 71mm)
Weight 4.6 lbs (2.1kg)
System Compatibility Mac:
G3 800/G4 733MHz or higher
OS X 10.2.8 with 256MB RAM
OS X 10.3.4, 10.4, 10.5.1 with 512MB RAM
Native USB port required - G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported

PC:
Pentium III 800MHz
Windows XP SP2 Home and Professional Edition only
256MB RAM
DirectX 9.0b or higher 1

Please Note:

Windows 98, Me, NT, or 2000 not supported

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Specialties Includes Key Rig software (Windows XP only) and Ableton Live Lite music production software
M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    M-AudioKeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
     
    4.1

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (21)
    • Portable (15)
    • Responsive / good action (15)
    • Touch sensitive keys (12)
    • Good audio (8)

    Cons

    • No speakers (9)
    • Poor action (4)
    • Difficult to use (3)

    Best Uses

    • MIDI (23)
    • Electronic music (15)
    • Learning (12)
    • Travel (9)
    • Accompaniment (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (17), Novice (10), Professional musician (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good Basic Keyboard Controller

    This product delivers exactly what is advertised: a low-cost, low-frills, but capable USB keyboard controller. It worked immediately out of the box with Finale Allegro on Mac OS X. The only warning...Read complete review

    This product delivers exactly what is advertised: a low-cost, low-frills, but capable USB keyboard controller. It worked immediately out of the box with Finale Allegro on Mac OS X. The only warning I would make to potential entry-level buyers is to consider the size. 49 keys looks great on paper but be sure you accurately evaluate the working space you will need in order to accommodate this device and whether you really need all those octaves for the work you will do.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Music for Video Production

    I purchased this Keyboard so that I could create simple music loops in Garageband that I could use as backing tracks for short-films or videos I'm creating. It interfaces with Garageband quite well, but...Read complete review

    I purchased this Keyboard so that I could create simple music loops in Garageband that I could use as backing tracks for short-films or videos I'm creating. It interfaces with Garageband quite well, but the sensitivity of the keys makes it somewhat difficult to get a dependable sound from the program. This isn't software related, as I've a friend with a professional keyboard that doesn't experience the same issues.

    All in all, it will work, but just a little more professionalism in the device would have saved me hours of tweeking my recordings.

    Reviewed by 35 customers

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    4.0

    Great Value Piece

    By bridgemann

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Electronic Music
      • Learning
      • MIDI

      Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

      Used for basic Midi, very fun and easy to play around with. Installation (or lack thereof) couldn't be any simpler on this controller, particularly with OS X. The keys do have a spring feel to them, which personally is a non issue. If durability is a priority for what you are looking for go up in price, this is great for in-home stationary fun. The wheels on the left seem to be made very well however the volume control doesn't feel very durable just be careful with it. All in all a really great piece of hardware for the price-point, just be nice to it.

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      5.0

      Excellent product

      By Motown Prof

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • MIDI

        Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        This is a really outstanding product. Just plug in the USB and it plays MIDI instruments. I use it to play virtual instruments on Pro Tools, so there is some routing/virtual patching involved in Pro Tools. But the keyboard is fantastic. The keyboard sensitivity is also good. It doesn't come with a sustain pedal, but I don't need a sustain pedal for the electronic music I produce. It's also portable and lightweight, so it's easy to carry from one location to another.

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        5.0

        great midi controller

        By Josh

        from seattle, wa

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

        • No Speakers

        Best Uses

        • Learning
        • MIDI
        • Travel

        Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        I use this controller with both garage band and logic pro 9 and it works perfectly. It's small enough to fit on my desk and not take up too much room.

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        4.0

        very practical

        By SergiotheMOTU

        from Washington DC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Portable

        Cons

        • Poor Action
        • Poor Instructions

        Best Uses

        • Learning
        • MIDI
        • Travel

        Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        This controller is a classic. Spongy but responsive keys. Playable and light.It works great with the iPad.

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        3.0

        B&H Great - KeyRig software Vista no go

        By Parent with student

        from Montague, NJ

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • Difficult to Use

        Best Uses

        • MIDI

        Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        The Keyboard and our experience with B&H was great. Unforatunately the KeyRig 49 software was not able to work on Windows Vista and M-Audio was not helpful. Thankfully I was able to use on another set of software that I got for my kids

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        5.0

        KeyRig 49 Review

        By mark

        from Knoxville, TN

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Pre-programmed music
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • No Speakers

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Electronic Music
        • MIDI
        • Travel

        Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        I use the keyboard to create tracks of original music.

        It's lightweight, great for live performance, highly functional as a controller. VERY flexible tool. No power cord needed.

        Large On-Board hard Drive would be nice.

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        4.0

        KeyRig 49

        By Herby357

        from Greensboro, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Electronic Music

          Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

          I purchased the KeyRig 49 to use with a new ProTools LE program I recently picked up. In the past I've on a Keystation 49 and various other synthesizers and controllers. The KeyRig is a great value for the money. I also purchased the SP2 sustain pedal.

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          3.0

          Works, but extremely cheapy feel

          By Michael Biggins AKA Blackout

          from NYC

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Poor Action
          • Unrealistic sound

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Electronic Music
          • MIDI

          Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

          After playing with this for a little bit I just don't like they keys or the pressure response, it's just too plasticy feeling and I think I am going to return it and spend a little more and get a 61 key weighted keyboard.

          For the price, it works though on the cheap.

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          5.0

          keyrig 49 rocks

          By Dj MayheM

          from Phoenic Arizona

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

          • Too big

          Best Uses

          • Electronic Music
          • MIDI

          Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

          Simple to use in my productions.

          Usb plug an play is very convenent.

          It's sort of big witch is not a + but still ok.

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          3.0

          Music for Video Production

          By Jagged Light Productions

          from Canberra, Australia

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

          • Difficult to Use
          • Poor Action

          Best Uses

          • Electronic Music
          • Learning
          • MIDI
          • Travel

          Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

          I purchased this Keyboard so that I could create simple music loops in Garageband that I could use as backing tracks for short-films or videos I'm creating. It interfaces with Garageband quite well, but the sensitivity of the keys makes it somewhat difficult to get a dependable sound from the program. This isn't software related, as I've a friend with a professional keyboard that doesn't experience the same issues.

          All in all, it will work, but just a little more professionalism in the device would have saved me hours of tweeking my recordings.

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          5.0

          Good price and useful

          By entacto

          from los angeles

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

          • Poor Action

          Best Uses

          • MIDI

          Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

          I use this for my home recording setup, most of the time to make a drum beat and control all my soft synth, 49 keys are just about enough size to sit on my table not to short not to long, the keys feel a bit light, but again for the price i couldn't complain, i comes with the keyrig vst, you'll need to update the software prior to use it, otherwise the key verification would not work.anyway I recommend this keyboard especially for home or studio work.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          It's ok

          By TexasGal

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good price value

          Cons

          • POOR QUALITY

          Best Uses

          • Learning
          • MIDI

          Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

          The keys are not too easy to press down and feel kind of cheap. I guess you get what you pay for! The sound is also very low.

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          4.0

          So far, so good

          By terrajavier

          from Sunrise, Florida

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Responsive / Good Action

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Electronic Music
            • Learning
            • MIDI
            • Travel

            Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

            I had already owned the original version of this controller. This new version works the same way. Keys are light (synth-style) and as long as you set up your software correctly, it works fine. Notice that USB plug on the back of controller feels loose. I checked other controllers and that's the way the are. I think it's done on purpose to have wiggle room if you drop the controller and its cable comes out.

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            4.0

            Good Midi Keyboard

            By DJ3C

            from Bronx,New York

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Pre-programmed music
            • Responsive / Good Action

            Cons

            • No Speakers

            Best Uses

            • Learning
            • MIDI

            Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

            I use this product with fruity loops and it works great with every single vst. It is a plug and play which I like about it and you can also program the unused buttons and keys to do whatever you want. It is a little heavy though and it won't feel like a piano. But it is great for it's low price.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            It's been a disapointment

            By frustrated

            from Seattle

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                  the key rig software and control panel are not user friendly for this particular product

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                  4.0

                  Great keyboard at a great price

                  By Irvinegolfer

                  from Irvine, ca

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • MIDI

                    Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                    great beginning keyboard that works good with garage band. Easy hook up to the MAC with the supplied USB cord.

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                    4.0

                    Solid, basic controller

                    By GoKart

                    from Minneapolis, MN

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Electronic Music
                      • Learning
                      • MIDI

                      Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                      It's a basic controller that does exactly what it's supposed to do.

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                      4.0

                      Cool feel

                      By NTG

                      from Northern, MI

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                      • No Speakers

                      Best Uses

                      • Writing music

                      Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                      Works with my Sibelius software. However, I had to shut down some programs running ing the background as there was a delay between the key strike and the sound (and the note placement.) This may be from the computer being a few years old. I'm happy with the product for the price paid.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      JUST AMAZING!!!

                      By Quantum3

                      from Cordoba, Argentina

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Software
                      • Nice price
                      • Quality feel
                      • Realistic Sound
                      • Responsive / Good Action
                      • Touch Sensitive Keys
                      • Works perfect on Mac OSX

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Electronic Music
                        • MIDI

                        Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                        I use the product for composing music in general (electronic, soundtracks, etc) and it's great for that.

                        The whole keyboard is quality looking and the keys has a great response to touch. They feel perfect when playing.

                        The included software is great and it came with a large amount of great sounds as well. It's upgradeable to the latest version for free and it brings even more fantastic sounds!

                        It's exactly what I wanted!

                        Works perfect on MAC OSX

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                        4.0

                        Great and simple

                        By Crispin

                        from New York

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Portable
                        • Responsive / Good Action
                        • Touch Sensitive Keys

                        Cons

                        • No Speakers

                        Best Uses

                        • MIDI

                        Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49 - USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                        Ease to use
                        Plug and play
                        Works great with garage band

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