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M-Audio KeyRig 49  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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.

Features

49-note synth-action keyboard
Includes keyrig software for PC
Assignable modulation wheel and volume slider
Pitch bend wheel
Assignable octave +/- buttons
Edit mode button
Sustain pedal input
USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 compatible
Instant installation on Mac OS X and Windows XP computers - just plug and play
Includes Ableton Live Lite (PC/Mac) software > make music right away

M-Audio Key Rig software (PC only):
Four top-quality virtual sound modules: SP-1 Stage Piano, MS-2 Polyphonic Synthesizer, MB-3 Tone Wheel Organ and GM-4 General MIDI
Use stand-alone or with a sequencer
Variable velocity and controller settings
Split and layer modules for performance combinations
Module and master effects processors
Compatible with most popular software
Ableton Live Lite music creation software
Specifications
Compatibility:
MME
Mac OS X Core MIDI

KeyRig 49 keyboard:
Pentium 3 800MHz or higher
(CPU may be higher for laptops)
256 MB RAM
DirectX 9.0b or higher
Windows XP (SP1) or higher
(Windows 98, Me, NT, or 2000 not supported)
*M-Audio suggests you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above.

Key Rig software:
Pentium III 500 MHz or AMD7 (P4 / Athlon 1 GHz or faster recommended)
256 MB RAM
600 MB free hard disk space
Windows XP*
VST 2.0 compatible host software
CD-ROM drive for installation
Internet connection (on any computer) for software activation
ASIO-compatible soundcard for standalone operation
* Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not currently supported.

KeyRig 49 keyboard:
Macintosh G3** 800/G4** 733MHz or higher
(CPU may be higher for laptops)
OS X 10.2.8 w/ 256 MB RAM,
OS X 10.3.4 or greater w/ 512 MB RAM
*M-Audio suggests you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above.
**native USB port required; G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported
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M-AudioKeyRig 49
 
4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

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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.

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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

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(45 of 98 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Hates Vista, Poor Install, poor support

By Mark

from Massachusetts

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

I owned this device for approximately 24 hours. It was not made clear to me that the software provided with the controller was not Vista-compliant and therefore not supported. I encountered ASIO driver errors and the M-Audio Knowledge Base entry failed to accurately solve the issue. Furthermore, the online software registration - mandatory before first use - re-directed me to a Page with an HTTP error. I was on telephone hold for 35 minutes and cut off. after waiting approximately 24 hours for support portal acknowledgement I was told by a support engineer that Vista was not a supported platform and that I should return it to the store. Shame on M-Audio for not providing the information for musicians to make an informed buying decision. That is the last product I will purchase from them.

(42 of 48 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No hassle. Easy to use

By Emannuel Rojas

from Tijuana, Mexico

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

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.

(27 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Controller

By Kevin Boyd

from Memphis, TN

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

I bought the KeyRig 49 as an introductory unit to gain a better understanding of midi controllers. All I can say is WOW. For the excellent price, this keyboard is great. The keys have a realistic touch and the pitch wheel is awesome. I simply hooked everything up to my computer and turned on the midi input on my FL Studio 7 and I was ready to go. I love this keyboard and I am VERY pleased. I feel like this is an excellent buy for anyone.

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great for the price

By fg

from sf,ca

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

I'd give this 5 stars but the durability of this equipment in a little questionable, particularly the USB port. The keys and everything else have been great. While you do generally get what you pay for, this unit is more than worth the price!

(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

M-Audio KeyRig 49

By Chris N

from Groton, MA

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

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!!!

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Controller

By EJ

from Detroit, Michigan

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

i use this controller for use with Reason 4.0 to track r&b, Hip Hop, and play live. this controller is perfect. i did buy an oxygen 61 and i sold it... and bought the keyrig49. I like it better than the oxygen 61. The keys feel better than the oxygen. the only thing that i dont like about it is that its only 49 keys. i wish they had a 61 key version.. but other than that.. its perfect for what u need to use it for

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy to set up, and to use!

By GoofytheIdiot

from New Orleans, LA

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

Foolproof. Just plug it in and you're ready. As with older OSes, you might need to install the driver, but even that is easy. I use this controller to control Miditzer, Hauptwerk, and J-Organ. It is also versatile for other instruments, software synths, VST controls, and of course plain MIDI. My volume slider thing broke off; however, I find that the Modulation controller works better for me in that application. Because I am not used to these things, it seems the velocity sensitivity is too high. I very much recommend this.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great keyboard for the price!

By Carl Ghazarian

from CA

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

I purchased this keyboard a few months ago when I got into composing my own music, and needed something standard to grow on. It was a great investment, and I love the keyboard. It has great features such as the octave changing buttons and the great feeling keys. The only thing I wish it had would be for the pitch wheel to be horizontal instead of vertical, but thats only my taste. Otherwise great keyboard!

(7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Small In Size...Mighty In Sound

By Ramone

from Detroit,Mi

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

I was very skeptical when I first decided to buy this board but when I got it home and plugged it up to my laptop...WOW!!! The sound on this thing is amazing and the software that comes with it is so easy to use and have quality sound. If you need a MIDI Controller to sit on your desk while you are producing...this is the one for youi. I love it and plan to get the 61 key station to add and build from this thing...Wonderful station

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

OK as starter controller

By Xcile

from Wrentham MA

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

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

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Little Guy

By Scott

from Florida

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

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.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good for the price

By Evan

from Virginia

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great...But...

By Daniel "D. Prince" Blacktin

from San Jose, CA

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

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.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Its ok....

By Liam

from phoenix

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome!

By Andrew

from memphis, tn

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good, for what it is

By Eli

from Brooklyn NY

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Essential piece of the studio

By DERRICK COLEMAN

from gary, in

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Works Great....on Windows XP

By Jason Neal

from Stone Mountain, Ga

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

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

 
4.0

Good basic keyboard controller

By Adam Parmenter

from Kalamazoo, MI

Comments about M-Audio KeyRig 49:

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.

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