M-Audio CTRL 49 - Keyboard and MIDI Controller with Mackie/HUI Control

M-Audio CTRL 49 - Keyboard and MIDI Controller with Mackie/HUI Control

M-Audio CTRL 49 - Keyboard and MIDI Controller with Mackie/HUI Control

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Product Highlights

  • 49 x Semi-Weighted Keys
  • 4.3" High-Resolution Screen
  • Dedicated Interface Controls
  • Real-Time Control for Plug-In Parameters
  • 9 x Faders & 8 x Buttons
  • Mackie/HUI Controls for DAW Control
  • Pitch Wheel, Mod Wheel & Octave Buttons
  • Included Music Software & Effects Bundle
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M-Audio CTRL 49 overview

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The M-Audio CTRL49 is a keyboard and MIDI controller providing 49 semi-weighted keys. At the top of the device is a 4.3" full-color display whose features can be controlled by means of dedicated interface buttons. Using the screen in conjunction with these controls, you can achieve tactile, real-time control over VST plug-in parameters and VST instruments. Additionally, nine faders and eight buttons with Mackie/HUI control afford you a seamless command over your DAW of choice, providing you, the engineer, with the opportunity to automate fader moves and operate transport controls with the touch of your fingers.

Traditional MIDI-Controller features abound, such as pitch bending and modulation control via two wheels on the left of the controller, as well as octave-shifting buttons and touch pads. Furthermore, the CTRL 49 includes Virtual Instrument Player software, Ableton Live Lite, and other noted plug-ins.

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M-Audio CTRL 49 - Keyboard and MIDI Controller with Mackie/HUI Control
  • Software Bundle
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    M-Audio CTRL 49 specs

    Keys 49 x semi-weighted keys
    Controls 9 x faders
    8 x buttons
    1 x pitch wheel
    1 x mod wheel
    2 x octave shift buttons (-/+)
    Display Screen 4.3" / 10.9 cm high-resolution
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 16.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 37.0 x 15.0 x 5.5"

    M-Audio CTRL 49 reviews

    CTRL 49 - Keyboard and MIDI Controller with Mackie/HUI Control is rated 2.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from M-Audio CTRL 49 should be CTRL 61 Do NOT buy thisM-Audio CTRL 49 keyboard if you are a Keyboard-Player! I recently bought this keyboard, but it's just too small to play. When playing any sound libraries -Piano, Rhodes, Strings, etc, you have to keep pressing the octave transpose key to access the needed range of any the instrument. M-Audio really need to make a 61 key model for it to be of any use to a musician. Apart from being too small to play, it is one of the best controllers I've ever used. I really wish companies like Zoom & M-Audio would listen to their customers!
    Date published: 2017-02-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from VIP software buggy or incompatible with many VST's Unfortunately I have come to the point with this product that I have decided I will be best off to just return it for a refund while that is still an option. The controller hardware itself is nice, but it is really designed for the VIP plugin management software to be the control center of the setup. It is an amazing idea I was totally sold on, but the truth you will find out the hard way if you buy this setup is that you may or may NOT be able to keep VIP running on your system depending which plugins you have. So your experience with the CTRL49 may or may not be as seamless as they would like you to believe. It was very impressive just lightly browsing around in it trying different presets out. The problems came when I started installing other VST's. They claim VIP can manage ALL of your VST's -- simply stated, they're lying. It is VERY buggy, crashing outright when I point it at Analog Lab 2 for example. I would strongly encourage you to research the specific plugins you expect to be able to use and manage with VIP on your CTRL49 before you buy one and MAKE SURE you have REAL USERS telling you it works properly. This is especially true for Arturia products such as Analog Lab 2 and V Collection 5. Nobody has either of these working properly with any version of VIP software. But don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself over at the Akai Professional/M-Audio community/Alesis/etc. forums. For those who do not know this, InMusic Brands owns all of these brand names and others, and the same forums site runs under several domain names. (one login works for all of them) Some have been asking for help with VIP and Arturia plugins for over a year. All anybody is getting out of Akai/M-Audio/VIP/InMusic is hot air. Empty promises of a magical VIP version 3 update in February came and went undelivered. I'm just trying to help you understand what you're getting into if you are looking at one of these. Then you're going to have to decide whether you can believe the manufacturer telling you VIP works with plugin A, B, and C. They lied about Analog Lab 2. Ultimately if the VIP functionality they are selling you on is important to your decision to buy this controller, then you should ask yourself whether you would still buy it if the only way you will be able to manage your collection of VST plugins is through your DAW and controller interface -- no VIP software and maybe even no color display and controls on the CTRL49. (I'm not sure yet on this yet) Again, just trying to help you understand what you're getting yourself into. Me, I can now see with the benefit of experience that the claims about VIP are largely vaporware. They are big ideas, and great ones at that -- but they just aren't delivering on those lofty sounding goals in June of 2017. The gist of the users on the M-Audio/Akai/etc. forums seems to be the chances are better the VIP software support will just go POOF and leave everybody who bought controllers that rely on it high and dry. Me, I'm taking steps to get a refund. I wish I could say otherwise because I really like what this setup offers. I can just see that what it offers is a mirage.
    Date published: 2017-06-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great keyboard, VIP works well with it Here goes my first product review. This is my 3rd midi keyboard. Before I used a 2nd gen (blue) M-Audio Oxygen 61 key midi keyboard, and a 1st gen Akai mpk mini. This is without a doubt a much more high-end product compared to the other two. Physical product: It both looks and feels very nice. The keyboard keys are semi-weighted and feel nice enough. A huge step up from the non-weighted keys on my other controllers. I can't really compare it with other semi-weighted controllers since I don't have another one. I did try out the Akai MPK249 in store a few months ago, and I think it felt better than the CTRL, but the CTRl doesn't feel bad at all. I personally would like more resistance to the keys more like piano keys. The drum pads are nice. Much more responsive than the MPK minis. Knobs have a slight resistance to them which is good. They spin all the way around. Faders and buttons are fine as well. They keyboard seems well-made. I don't have any complaints about it.I suppose a minor complaint is that the keys are unevenly spaced. Not terrible but if you look at it, there are some slightly larger-than-normal gaps. It doesn't affect playing. Software: This is arguably the more important half of the keyboard controller. It is highly tweakable/customizable. If you don't like how the keyboard & pads play/feel, you can change their sensitivities and curves. The faders and transport controls are easily configured to the DAW of your choice. The controller has default configurations for a few popular DAWs. Setting it up in Reaper was real easy. I think the number of functions they were able to assign to each button. The buttons below each fader can arm, mute, solo, or select each track. There are four banks for the drum pads, allowing 48 unique pads. You can use the controller as a regular MIDI controller, setting CC control signals to the knobs/buttons/pads. I know through the VIP software, there are four banks for the knobs and buttons as well, but if you want to use the keyboard without VIP, it looks like you're limited to 1 bank for the knobs and buttons. (someone correct me if I'm wrong). VIP Software However, the main reason for getting this keyboard is for the VIP software. It is really neat. To start off, you use VIP to scan all of your different VSTs. I've got Reaktor 6, Kontakt 5 in, as well as Eighty EIght, Hybrid, Loom, Vacuum Pro, and Xpand!2 which either comes with VIP or as separate downloads for getting the CTRL. If you don't already know, the VIP software allows you to browse your whole patch/vst library right on your keyboard. There is less fidgeting between your keyboard and computer in order to browse your patches and map/edit your controls although you can do everything you need on the computer if you need (and some things are easier/faster). A neat feature of VIP are Multis. In multis, you can add 8 different VSTs on 8 different channels and combine them in various ways ( muting, soloing, changing the volume). You can also add up to 4 different effects on each channel. There is a lot more I can say about VIP, and still some things I haven't yet learned/discovered (like Set Lists), but this review is horribly cluttered. Perhaps if anyone would like I could do a video review and/or walkthrough. I know there's only been one unboxing of it on YT. Overall, the keyboards been great. Learning VIP and how to navigate via the keyboard has a bit of a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, it's not bad. Included VSTs are also great. (Eighty eight has some great pianos/keyboards, Hybrid is a great subtractive synthesis VST.) Also included is a key for Ableton Live 8 lite and a host of AIR VST effects.
    Date published: 2016-09-09
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