Roland A-49 - MIDI Keyboard Controller (Black)

Roland A-49 - MIDI Keyboard Controller (Black)

Roland A-49 - MIDI Keyboard Controller (Black)

B&H # ROA49BK MFR # A-49-BK
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Product Highlights

  • 49 Velocity Sensitive Keys
  • D-BEAM Controller
  • MIDI Out
  • Control Pedal Inputs
  • USB Bus Powered
  • SONAR LE Software for Windows
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Color: Black

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Roland A-49 overview

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The black A-49 from Roland is a slim-line USB/MIDI controller featuring 49 full-size keys. It is easy-to-use while retaining a professional-quality feel. The keys have a rounded shape for executing more comfortable glissandi, while exhibiting low mechanical noise and eliminating vertical shake. Strong yet lightweight, along with low demand USB bus powering makes the controller the perfect choice for mobile use.

Aside from the obligatory modulation/pitch wheel and octave and transpose buttons, the controller features the company's D-BEAM that responds to the performer's hand gestures for creating unusual modulation possibilities. The keyboard can assign all its controllers automatically for full utilization of an external SuperNATURAL sound module such as the INTEGRA-7, or be used as a second keyboard for controlling synthesizers with onboard SuperNATURAL sounds, such as the JUPITER-80 and JUPITER-50.

The recessed rear panel keeps the connectors tucked away without impeding the placement of a computer monitor. The two knobs, two switches, and the D-BEAM controller are all easily accessible and arranged to allow for fast and fluid workflow. Octave buttons offer immediate control of the key scale, and a transpose button adjusts the scale in semitone steps. LED indicators provide visual feedback of the octave/transpose settings.

Other settings can be accessed via the Function button, which allows the keys to perform additional tasks printed above the keyboard. Using an optional Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit allows the keyboard to provide pro-playability while retaining mobility when working with iPad apps.

49 full-size keys with velocity sensitivity
Lightweight and compact
Easy to use
Two knobs, two switches, and D-BEAM controller
USB bus powered, no AC adapter required
Bundled with Cakewalk SONAR LE software
UPC: 761294502105
In the Box
Roland A-49 - MIDI Keyboard Controller (Black)
  • USB Cable
  • A-49 CD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    Roland A-49 specs

    Keyboard 49 keys with velocity
    Interface USB
    Controllers 1 x Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever
    2 x Buttons S1, S2, assignable
    2 x Buttons Octave +/-
    1 x Button Transpose
    1 x Button Function
    1 x Button SuperNATURAL
    1 x D-BEAM Controller
    2 x Knobs C1, C2, assignable
    1 x Foot Pedal Hold (pedal optional)
    1 x Foot Pedal Expression (pedal optional)
    Connectors 1 x 5-pin MIDI Out
    1 x USB Type B Computer
    1 x 1/4" TS Hold Pedal
    1 x 1/4" TRS Expression Pedal
    Display 1 x LED Power Indicator
    6 x LED Octave Indicators
    Power USB bus (98 mA current draw)
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 32.9 x 7.2 x 3.3" (836 x 182 x 84 mm)
    Weight 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 34.8 x 9.0 x 5.1"

    Roland A-49 reviews

    A-49 - MIDI Keyboard Controller (Black) is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ideal Midi Keyboard At the price point I believe this is the best midi keyboard. It has a minimal design, without too many knobs or pads. And the keys feel great compared to other keys at this price point. Perfect for the musician who just wants the best keys possible at an attractive price point. To my knowledge there isn't anything that comes close to this at under 200. When this was made, it had all the best features. I would like them to add blue tooth, I think all midi controllers should have this now. ( That being late 2016, but at the time this was designed it was not common. ) Also you have to install the firmware to make it work correctly, which seems unnecessary. And the infrared controller is not super useful, I'd rather have an xy touch pad. While the infrared controller can work, the resolution is not great enough to be as useful as other inputs at this price point. Maybe if they replaced the sensor with a more accurate way to interact with no touch then it could be more interesting. In summary, I wish I was buying this exact version but released in 2016 with blue tooth and a more useful input than than the infrared sensor. But I'm still buying this, because there is nothing better in terms of how the keys play and feel. It has the perfect weight. And you really don't want fully weighted keys unless they are perfect. To me these keys feel perfect.
    Date published: 2016-09-29
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from un-impressive! We can put a man on the moon and return him to earth, but we can't seem to make a midi keyboard that behaves and feels like a keyboard. Just another midi keyboard with lousy touch and meaningless controls.
    Date published: 2013-08-23
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Confusing functionality! We can send a man to the moon, but we can't seem to build a simple keyboard that behaves like a keyboard. Aftertouch that has nothing to do with touch? Hand waving controls - feels like a theremin. Just give me a keyboard that behaves like a keyboard!
    Date published: 2013-08-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Controller I bought this for my son. �He says it is a good controller and likes it. �He would like for the keys to be weighted better but it is a good value for the cost.
    Date published: 2018-02-18
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