The E-Mu Xboard 49 USB/MIDI Controller is an ideal MIDI controller for studio and stage use with 49 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch and 16 programmable realtime controllers. It also... Read More
The E-Mu Xboard 49 USB/MIDI Controller is an ideal MIDI controller for studio and stage use with 49 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch and 16 programmable realtime controllers. It also includes the Xboard Control editing software, a full version of E-Mu's Proteus X2 Software Sound Module with 3GB of sounds plus the Mo'Phatt X (hip-hop/dance), Planet Earth X (world) and Protean Drums X (drums and percussion) expansion libraries for an additional 1,500 sounds.
The Xboard Control software provides an intuitive desktop interface that lets you create custom templates for all your favorite hardware and software instruments. The Xboards also allow you to set discrete MIDI channels for each controller and offer unrivaled realtime control and performance features, including Snap Shot, that lets you send multiple program changes and controller values by pressing a single button, and Xboard Latch Mode that enables you to define a section of the keyboard as on/off triggersâperfect for drum loops. Ultra-portable. Runs on USB, battery, or AC power.
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Ever since i got this back in October last year 2007, I been using this everyday. I even bought alot of the sound expansion packs. I use Chicken Translator software to convert soundfonts to Proteus X and Emulator X. Now I'm making my own sounds and patches. This is a great keyboard for any stage of level your on in music.
This keyboard has a nice feel to it; firm without being stiff. Can't really compare it to too many other boards, haven't had the experience. Things I don't like: - no transport keys. - controllers aren't "endless". - no banks of controllers - patch changes are somewhat awkward to browse. Things I like: - controllers are smooth and continuous, and not notched. - keyboard feel. The real value is in the Proteus X2 full version with Mo'Phatt X (Hip-Hop/Dance), Planet Earth X (World) and Protean Drums X (Drums and Percussion) expansion libraries. I have Proteus X LE that came with my 1212m card. I love the library, and already have about 5 titles. I contemplated upgrading to the full version of Proteus X2 (or Emulator X2). I am moving to a portable/laptop solution and knew I wouldn't be using the 1212m card with the laptop and thus would have no approved hardware to run E-MU instruments. I certainly didn't want to invest in sampler/library that I wouldn't be able to use on the laptop. No need to think about it any more! If you bought this for the library alone (and converted to a usable sample format if Proteus X isn't you thing - chicken system translator!) it'd be worth the price by itself.
The XBoard controller is used in my home studio. The primary reason for purchasing was the size and USB power. It sits under my computer desk on a slide out tray normally used for the computer keyboard. So it is out of the way until needed. The keys have a good feel, but are a little 'springy'. The Velocity sensing is very hard to get consistent. However, since I always extensively modify any MIDI performances in software this is not a problem. The 16 CC faders work well, but because of their position and size are difficult to use in real time. However they work well with 'MIDI Learn' features of all of the software that features this. The controls for sending patches, changing channels, etc. are reasonable but take time to operate. Especially when you have to use some of the piano keys to key in parameters. Portability is a big plus with this keyboard because it is powered by USB and also works with my Notebook computer really well. When used with ASIO4ALL, the latency is nearly instantaneous. Power is also optionally with batteries, so this keyboard can also work standalone. My Keyboard came with some EMU ProteusX LE software that I have been using extensively. Especially the Protean Drums set of samples that were offered as a bonus - hundreds of drum kits, of which many are very realistic and can be tweaked to your satisfaction. Overall, this keyboard has never faltered or caused problems (5 months) and I have used it daily, so it is very valuable to me and because of its fit into my studio, it is a gem. Some of the results can be found at johnnypumphandle.com
I purchased this unit because I was so impressed by the xboard 25. The unit hase the same quality as the xboard 25 yet it has more keys! The unit is sturdy, and the unit is a snap to use. The full size keys are great especialy if you have large fingers. The software included is easy to install and even easier to use.The Proteous X LE sound module is fantastic. The unit even has Ableton Lite 4 for E-MU. I use this with a PC and I have to tell you I am very impressed wtih the units performance!
I purchased the E-MU Xboard 49 USB/MIDI controller as the master keyboard for my PC-MIDI setup, and it has been everything I wanted and more. The 49 light-weighted keys, pitch and mod wheels, and the 16 rotary knobs are all great features of this compact and flexible USB/MIDI controller. I used to use it to control instruments in Propellerhead's Reason 3.0, and other soft synths, and now I find myself using it much more with the rest of my keyboard rig, controlling the same soft synths, and my stage piano. The XBoard 49 is an extremely easy to learn controller; it only took about an hour and a half of playing around to figure out how to control my soft synths, and edit parameters with the onboard controls. For any computer musician who is on a budget, I would recommend you check out the E-MU XBoard 49 USB/MIDI controller, and perhaps you will enjoy using it as much as I have.
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