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Behringer UMX490 - USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller

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Behringer UMX490 - USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller

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Product Highlights

  • 49-Keys
  • 100 Software Instruments
  • 50 VST Effects
  • energyXT2.5 Music Software
  • NI KORE Player Sound Module
  • UCA222 Audio Interface
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista
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You Pay: $129.99

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The UMX490 from Behringer is a 49-note MIDI Controller that functions as an extremely flexible master keyboard with a control section that is suitable for a wide range of applications. MIDI addressable effects processors (such as delays, reverbs, etc.) and audio recording and editing software can all be controlled using the 22 assignable controllers.

The keyboard features 8 knobs, 10 assignable switches, a pitch bend and a modulation wheel, a pedal port and 1 fader, which collectively provide total control of any operating environment. Once you've assigned the parameters for a particular scenario, simply store it in your user preset. Additionally, the key-bed is custom-designed to deliver excellent responsiveness and playability.

The UMX490 also includes the company's UCA222 USB audio interface for accessing a PC or Mac computer's audio capability. You can use the interface to connect sound modules or other audio sources directly to any free computer USB port and listen to either the input or output signal via headphones, or through active studio monitors. The UCA222 also features an S/PDIF optical output for direct digital conversion.

Included are more than 100 Instruments and 50 effects plug-ins that feature a virtual e-piano and breathtaking synthesizer sounds. Tweak your sounds with tube amps and multi-FX, plus high-end studio reverbs, equalizers, compressors, choruses and much more. Also included is the Native Instruments' KORE PLAYER with a production ready 300MB sound library.

The controller ships with the energyXT2.5 Compact BEHRINGER Edition DAW software, making it easy to manipulate audio and MIDI files, and turning song ideas into CD or web-ready recordings. A cross-platform solution, the software includes its own multi-FX processor, built-in synthesizers and a drum machine, both of which can be accessed directly.

Because it needs to be ready for action in a variety of venues, the UMX490 can draw operating power from any free USB port on a PC or Mac computer, via 3 AA batteries, or an optional external power supply.

Velocity-sensitive USB/MIDI keyboard featuring 49 high-quality full-size keys providing programming versatility, real-time control and playability
USB/audio interface included for recording and playback of any digital music file - works with a PC or Mac computer with no setup or drivers required
8 real-time rotary controls plus 10 assignable switches
Allows for freely assigning MIDI control changes to the modulation wheel, volume fader and pedal port for ultimate flexibility
Full 128 tone range via the octave shift function with multi-purpose LED status indication
100 virtual instruments and 50 VST effects plus an unlimited number of sound creations
Included energyXT2.5 Compact BEHRINGER Edition music production software, a feature-rich audio/MIDI sequencer that loads almost instantaneously on all computer platforms
Native Instruments KORE Player with a production-ready 300MB sound library, including sounds from various categories that range from synthesizers, to acoustic instruments and drums
Separate MIDI Out allows controlling external samplers, synthesizers and other equipment
Runs via USB, batteries or an optional power adapter
Behringer UMX490 - USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller
  • USB Cable
  • U-CONTROL UCA222 Audio Interface
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    BehringerUMX490 - USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller
     
    4.5

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (6)
    • Portable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • MIDI (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (4)

      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      4.0

      Perfect Midi Keyboard

      By Damkko

      from Trois-Rivieres, CA

      About Me Pro Audio / DJ

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • DJ / Mixing

        Comments about Behringer UMX490 - USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

        Really easy to set up on Fl Studio, perfect for beginners !

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great controller!

        By Samuel

        from Athens, GA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daw Control
          • MIDI
          • Recording

          Comments about Behringer UMX490 - USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

          I use this keyboard to control a DAW on my Macbook Pro. Lovely bit of equipment, and it works fantastically! The keys feel great and the knobs are sturdy. One thing you might want to do is replace the usb cable included, as it sometimes overloads the macbook, "drawing too much power" from the usb ports. Lovely product!

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          4.0

          Solid unit, great value

          By Greg

          from York Co., PA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great features
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Electronic Music
            • MIDI
            • Virtual instruments

            Comments about Behringer UMX490 - USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

            I'm new to virtual instruments, so I was looking for something basic to get started. I use a Lexicon OMEGA as an interface to Reaper; I connect the UMX490 via MIDI cable (not USB). It worked perfectly from the start. No issues at all.

            I'm basically collecting the free VSTs out there to get some sounds that I want -- organs, synths, pads -- to fill out mainly guitar-based music. I'm no power user of midi controllers at this point, but the UMX490 has lots of options for controlling parameters and I'm pleased with how easy it is to get the UMX working with my virtual instruments. The 8 knobs and 8 buttons are more than I need currently, but now that I'm learning how all this works, I'm glad I'll have them.

            The unit itself is very solid feeling; buttons, knobs, slider and pitch/mod wheels seem sturdy. The 490 version is narrow enough that it sits nicely on my workstation, sharing the space with the computer keyboard in front of my monitor. I'm not a keyboard player, so the key action feels a little stiff to me, but that's probably just my inexperience.

            Since I already have a DAW that I like, I haven't bothered installing the Behringer recording software. I have been trying the Native Instruments KorePlayer, however, and have found one or two sounds that I like, but they clearly are holding back the really good stuff, hoping to demonstrate the capabilities of NI software sufficiently to get you to consider purchasing the more complete modules. Fair enough; I was really impressed with the acoustic drum kit patch, so...

            Also interesting was that the disc included lots of the freeware VSTs that you can find readily on the internet. This is helpful, since now you have a bunch to try right at your fingertips without going out to search for them.

            Overall, I am very pleased. Again, I'm new at this, but UMX490 probably was a good choice since it has features that I can grow into. The unit itself is high-quality and the included software is helpful. An actual computer interface is also included, so if you had no other recording gear, this unit has all that you need to get started.

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            5.0

            Great Deal for A Quality MIDI controller

            By RJLane

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Musician, Producer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
            • Easy to Navigate
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performing
              • Recording

              Comments about Behringer UMX490 - USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

              I'm mainly using this for studio recording, but also as a periodic session instrument controller. After having multiple bad experiences with some other lower quality boards I needed something sturdier. The UMX490 is built super solid, and while I haven't had it that long I'm guessing it will be here for a while! :)

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              4.0

              the UMX490 ,.... its a fair deal.

              By nthl0gik

              from near washington DC, virginia

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • It works with all my gear
              • NI kore SPM is sweet
              • Not too pricey
              • Very easy to set up

              Cons

              • Manual needs more info
              • The energy XT is no good

              Best Uses

              • Best with my FL studio 10
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Behringer UMX490 - USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

              i had mainly @ first used it connected within my fl studio 10. the VST synths i import thru it seem to communicate with the UMX490 just fine. though, i'm only wondering what actual MIDI devices it can manipulate thru the use of its on-board R1- R8/B1-B8 controls. i went to the behringer site and didn't really see any clear indication of what other hardware devices it could connect to & work with. the users manual i had a thought should be more explanatory, in that it could tell me what software could be affected/manipulated thru the knobs and data entry slider/MIDI numeric opcode control settings. overall its a decent quality device for the [$] i paid for it.

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              5.0

              Works Great

              By B Acoustics

              from New York

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Behringer UMX490 - USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                  Great price-performance value.

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                  4.0

                  Great Midi Controller for Price

                  By Newbie

                  from St. Paul, MN

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Awesome Color
                  • Clean Minimalist Design
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Portable
                  • USB powered

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Key Press Not Far Enough

                  Best Uses

                  • Electronic Music
                  • MIDI

                  Comments about Behringer UMX490 - USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                  A great midi controller for creating music on the PC.

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                  5.0

                  umx 490 rocks

                  By the meatman

                  from Atlanta

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Behringer UMX490 - USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller:

                    got it to play with fl studio. well let me tell ya. 5 star! it is [$]. need i say more? just use it!! if you want to play it like a keybord it is stiff but not slow. it is a midi for [$] did i say that already? the software needs a youtube show me. but im a slow man. i got it to network with my v amp 3 but i cant seem to stop playing it as a keybord. big fun!! did i mention its [$]

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