Combined with your music software and virtual instruments, M-Audio KeyRig 49 turns your Mac or PC into a versatile keyboard workstation. Featuring a 49-key, synth-action USB MIDI keyboard and the awar... Read More
Combined with your music software and virtual instruments, M-Audio KeyRig 49 turns your Mac or PC into a versatile keyboard workstation. Featuring a 49-key, synth-action USB MIDI keyboard and the award-winning Key Rig software for the PC, KeyRig 49 makes it easy to start composing and performing music with a computer. Use KeyRig 49 to play Key Rig's virtual instrument sounds, or audition loops and compose songs with M-Audio's Session, Apple's GarageBand, or other music-creation programs. The KeyRig 49 keyboard also includes professional features like pitch and mod wheels, an assignable volume slider, octave +/- buttons and sustain pedal input. It's powered via a single USB cable and works instantly with computers running Mac OS X or Windows XP.
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Most Liked Positive Review
No hassle. Easy to use
I am definitely pleased with the Keyrig. To use it I just downloaded the drivers for Vista on the M-Audio website, plugged it in and within 1 minute of configuration I was playing on...Read complete review
I am definitely pleased with the Keyrig. To use it I just downloaded the drivers for Vista on the M-Audio website, plugged it in and within 1 minute of configuration I was playing on Reason and Ableton Live. The pressure sensitive keys are great, the keyboard looks elegant and the quality is excellent.
Most Liked Negative Review
OK as starter controller
Works fine for getting my music into my DAW. Action is a little lite for my taste and the some of the keys have begun to 'sink down' on the keyboard after less...Read complete review
Works fine for getting my music into my DAW. Action is a little lite for my taste and the some of the keys have begun to 'sink down' on the keyboard after less than a years use at home(I guess I must be over fond of G and E as bass notes). It doesn't exactly seem solid -- but you get what you pay for. I guess the issues the other user had with Vista must have been resolved, as I'm using Vista 64bit and have encountered no problems - in fact, it seems better. I no longer have to reboot to have the KB recognized as a USB device if I forget to plug it in. I think if I was to do it again, I'd pay a few more bucks and get something a little more robust with more on board controlling capabilities
Reviewed by 19 customers
Loved the keyrig49 on Windows XP. Plug and play worked perfectly! When I upgraded to Windows 7 tho the problems began. If you search the M-Audio and Avid forums there are tons of complaints. So basically this is a Mac device now (unless you are running XP) which sucks because for the price the keyboard is AWESOME!!! 2 Stars
I have had this controller for maybe more than 5 years. It is still going strong, no damage to keys buttons wheels or slider. This controller is one of the backbones of my studio setup. It's versatility far exceeds what one would expect of a product in this price range. I love it so much that if something happenedto the one i have i would most likely purchase another one.
This keyboard is plug-n-play in Windows 7 (64 bit). The included drives are useless. I installed the updated drivers, but then the keyboard just recorded notes that I wasn't playing. Once I uninstalled the drivers, everything worked fine. It was a real hastle to get the Key Rig virtual instrument to work with Win 7 (64 bit), just to find out that it wasn't all that worth having. So, the basic keyboard, which is what i wanted, works fine so far, but the extras aren't worth it. For the price, this is a great keyboard.
If you're a keyboardist/pianist you'll hate it. If you're a producer on a budget this is a great tool. If you're a producer on a higher budget. Go for an axiom (pro). Great tool thought!
this midi keyboard can do so much! it is not big, but it sure does A LOT! i definately recommend to buy! worth the money!
The m-audio is not that bad, the software is terrible, just use your own. That is what a midi controller does, use for your own software/programs. Not fond of ableton and they force you to buy their full versions if you want to just rock out, happy with the keyboard, its great gear, the program however is worse than a cheap toystore kids keyboard. buy it for your cakewalk/sony/FL loop your making a great choice. If you just want keys for your music this is a great keyrig.
This was my first Midi Controller ever. As soon as I hooked it up to my computer, it synced with my FL Studio and I was laying down synth melodies. I've used this controller to compose tracks on FL Studio, Reason, and Pro Tools, and I tell you that it works wonders. However, The only problem I have with this controller is that it isn't as durable as I wanted it to be. Sooner or later after much use and transportation of the equipment, it malfunctioned so where It will not be recognized on any computer. Since the cost of money to repair it wasn't worth it, I ordered an M-Audio Oxygen 49 3rd Gen. Which gives me more than what I need for production.
The KeyRig 49 is a great MIDI controller for the composer/electronic musician on a budget. If you're a piano/keyboard player, the unweighted keys will always be frustrating. Works well, however, and is rather durable (I have heard of people's volume sliders coming off). I recommend this controller as more of a temporary fix than a permanent studio solution... if you're looking for something more long-term, I suggest looking at the Axioms. Definitely good for the price!
I got to mess with this keyboard in my frat one day. I plugged it into my mac which has logic and mainstage and its amazing how I am able to go from one instrument to the next and how seamless the keyboard is. Great for beginners bcause it has the notes of the keys printed above them, also the modulation wheel and pitch changing wheel are pretty fun to mess with. With Logic I am able to change the layout of the buttons but I haven't yet the layout that the keyboard comes with is good.
My first keyboard, works perfectly with fl studio. The only cons about this amazing keyboard is that the cable is a little short; and the velocity settings on this keyboard are quite touchy (too much) but that doesn't matter because you can just turn them off in fl studio. GREAT KEYBOARD!!!
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