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Korg KONTROL49 49-Key MIDI/USB Controller

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The Korg KONTROL49 49-Key MIDI/USB Controller combines intuitive design, great feel, familiar hardware, and detailed displays into a comprehensive controller for all your MIDI needs. Equipped with 40 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Korg KONTROL49 49-Key MIDI/USB Controller combines intuitive design, great feel, familiar hardware, and detailed displays into a comprehensive controller for all your MIDI needs. Equipped with 40 assignable control elements--including the Vector Joystick--the KONTROL49 provides musical dexterity when working with soft-synths, MIDI modules, or any DAW.

The 49 full-sized keys feature the same great touch and feel proven in Korg's professional workstation instruments. 8 velocity curves let you tailor the response to your own playing, or to a specific application. Octave shift buttons provide full access to the entire 128-note range. The Vector Joystick offers simultaneous control of 2 separate parameters. A pair of assignable switches can toggle 2 independent functions, or provide incremental up and down control to a single parameter. The main panel has 8 assignable sliders and 8 assignable rotary encoders. Each slider/encoder pair shares a backlit LCD to display its current functions. 3-level color-coding keeps controllers grouped together visually. 16 illuminated and velocity sensitive trigger pads can perform any MIDI function. You can connect an assignable footswitch and footpedal (both optional) to the back panel to provide elements of hands-free performance.

In addition to a MIDI input and a pair of MIDI outputs, the back panel features a USB port, allowing direct connection to your computer. While an AC adapter is included, bus-power via the USB connector is also supported.

The KONTROL49 comes with a CD-ROM of demo software: Korg Legacy Collection, Lounge Lizard EP-2 by Applied Acoustic Systems, Sample Tank 2 Korg Edition, Native Instruments VOKATOR, and Reason 2.5 from Propellerhead.


49-full size keys with 8 velocity curves
Main encoder
8 rotary encoder
8 slider
16 velocity sensitive pads
Vector Joystick (independent X and Y assignments)
Pitch wheel (independent Up and Down assignments)
Mod wheel
2 switches
8 character (8x5 dot) three-color backlit LCD module
MIDI Clock/Tempo LED
12 user presets
Global memory
Pedal and footswitch connections
MIDI in/out/out
Powered through USB bus or DC9V (AC adapter)
28-3/4"W x 3-1/3"H x 12-1/2"D
10-13/16 lbs.
Supported operating systems: Mac OS X, Windows XP
Comes with: AC adapter, USB cable, CD-ROM (KONTROL49 Editor/Librarian software for Mac OS X/Windows XP, templates scene data, KORG USB-MIDI driver for Windows XP, demo software), name sheet & sticker for trigger pads
Macintosh requirements: Mac OS X v10.2 or later (v10.3 supported), Macintosh with USB port
PC requirements: Windows XP, PC with USB port (Intel USB chip set recommended)
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USA Warranty Policy

All Korg products purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship to the original consumer purchaser as listed below:

Labor: 1 Year
Parts: 1 Year

Exceptions: Tubes, AC Adapters, Foot Switches: 90 days

Warranty Requirements and Limitations:

-Proof of Warranty - The customer must provide proof of purchase in order to obtain warranty service. The dated sales slip or copy thereof is the only acceptable proof of purchase.

-The product must be purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer and have a valid serial number.

Damage resulting from the following causes are excluded from the warranty set forth above:
-Misuse, including damage occurring during shipment, damage caused by battery leakage, accident, fire, unauthorized repairs, tampering, cosmetic damage or other types of damage which are the result of improper handling or abuse.
-The cleaning of controls or contacts due to exposure to dirty, dusty, or otherwise contaminated environment.
-Damage resulting from modification.
-Damage to units used for loan or rental.

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Elegant Integration

By Nico

from Texas

If you are looking for a MIDI controller that gives you complete control of your DAW, and also care about style, look no further. The elegantly designed Kontrol 49 is "all that and a bag of chips". I work mostly on Logic Pro rewired with Reason and forget it, this thing becomes part of my software. It comes with a virtual editor that allows you to load presets from all major platforms. In Reason's case, the software has Propellerhead's technology called Remote, which detects the Kontrol 49 and transforming it into any synth you select in Reason. Last but not least, it looks nice with all those function LED's and trigger pads, lighting up your studio. It is perfect for live gigs, since you have a keyboard and a 16 pad controller all in one, without the need of lights.

(5 of 21 customers found this review helpful)



By Fxmusician

from Cleveland ,Ohio

The first time I ever saw this korg kontrol49 was in a live concert situation, Aimee Mann's keyboardist was using this onstage, & I couldn't believe the sound of this little controller. I immediately went to guitar center and checked it out, and then bought it. This little keyboard controller is so awesome, it's blows me away.It has so many features, great sounds,so versatile, it works like a dream. All I can say is check it out yourself at guitar center and you'll see what I mean, simply awesome. Best midi/usb controller ever.!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


No Sounds

By Jack Smith

from Los Angeles

Anyone who comments on the sound quality of a pure midi controller such as this product doesn't know what it is. The Kontrol 49 has no audio. It only controls other devices that produce audio, such as a PC loaded with the software bundle that comes with this controller. It can't sound good or bad: it makes no sounds itself because it wasn't designed to do that. The primary drawback of the Kontrol 49 is the lack of aftertouch, a feature found in many comparable controller in this price range. Otherwise, it has a good feature set and software bundle if you don't need aftertouch.

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