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M-Audio Keystation 49ES Black with Ableton Lite  

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Step into computer-based music creation and performance with the Keystation 49ES keyboard controller from M-Audio. Keystation 49ES is a simple, powerful MIDI controller designed for sequencing music a... Read More

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Overview

Step into computer-based music creation and performance with the Keystation 49ES keyboard controller from M-Audio. Keystation 49ES is a simple, powerful MIDI controller designed for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on your Mac or PC. It features 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys and a series of controls that expand the range of playable notes, expressive capabilities, and enhance your recording workflow. Use the octave range buttons; pitch-bend and modulation wheels; and transport and directional controls to play, perform, and record with your music software without using a mouse or trackpad.

Pure Player Experience
Lightweight and durable, Keystation 49ES is perfect for traveling musicians who want to take command of music software during live performances or producers who wish to add an intuitive MIDI controller with a natural feeling keybed to their studio. For an easy-to-use and portable setup, Keystation 49ES is USB-powered, class-compliant, and supports USB-MIDI connectivity. Plus, Keystation 49ES supports iOS connectivity with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately), enabling you to perform and compose with audio apps on your iPad and other iOS devices.

Ableton Live Lite
Also included with Keystation 49ES is Ableton Live Lite - one of the most popular performance and production programs available in the world. A powerful music creation tool, Ableton Live Lite enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a fluid audio/MIDI environment. Explore sonic possibilities in real time whether on stage or in the studio. When you are satisfied with your work, Ableton Live Lite lets you save it or mix it down.

Features
  • 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys with natural piano feel
  • USB-MIDI connection for playing virtual instruments, controlling recording software, and more
  • Transport and directional buttons let you operate your DAW from the keyboard
  • Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls for expressive performances
  • USB-powered and supports plug-and-play connectivity to your Mac or PC
  • Lightweight design for easy setup and portability
  • iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, a powerful music performance and creation software
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M-AudioKeystation 49ES Black with Ableton Lite
 
4.3

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (5)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice to play on my DAW

By Keyjack

from Kansas City Ks

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup

    Comments about M-Audio Keystation 49ES Black with Ableton Lite:

    I use this with my Mixcraft DAW and easy to setup. Read the manual to understand the boards functions. The transport buttons with the daw, the keys fill good not too spongy. I own a Nektar controler as well.But I look the m audio for when I travel. All and all it gets the job done.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect for a small, amateur garageband studio.

    By BW

    from Ft Myers, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • GARAGEBAND
      • Practicing

      Comments about M-Audio Keystation 49ES Black with Ableton Lite:

      For GarageBand, the transport controls don't operate unless you use a free app: "GarageBandRemote". With this app, they work great.

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pretty useful tool to star producing music

      By Andres

      from El Paso, Tx

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional

      Cons

      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

      • Music Production

      Comments about M-Audio Keystation 49ES Black with Ableton Lite:

      I used the MIDI controller mainly to produce music, it's great for that. If you can plug it into an amp, you can even used to play live, of course you won't get a really good sound, but at least it's something, The only con that I see, it's that you have a very limited range/

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      M Audio Keystation 49es

      By IG@rickrijuana_pro

      from Covington, GA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about M-Audio Keystation 49ES Black with Ableton Lite:

      I purchased the Keystation because I needed more keys for expression. I also didn't want extra functions I wouldn't use like faders & buttons. After watching reviews I choose the Keystation. I previously owned the Akai MAX 25. The build qualities are day and night as far as weight of the units, feel of the keys & feel of the buttons. Compared to the Max the Keystation keys literally feel like plastic forks & spoons (Not saying it to be funny) to give my most honest opinion. You also can't adjust the velocity curves with the keyboard. You'll have to do that inside your DAW. I also can't map my Transpose button like I wish I could in FL Studio. Maybe in others. To sum it up the Keystation is a you get what you pay for type keyboard. I doesn't have the most functions & is not the highest build quality but I'll get the job done.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great

      By Jay Pen

      from Ct

      About Me Child

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about M-Audio Keystation 49ES Black with Ableton Lite:

      Great learning how to play tuff but fun

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good only if you want something quick and cheap

      By Rifo

      from Ca

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about M-Audio Keystation 49ES Black with Ableton Lite:

        Buy it if you are looking for something light and easy. But if you are looking to use it more often, then I would spend the extra money and get something with a better touch

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very handy, especially for the price

        By 8bit Ethan

        from SF, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Light
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Music Theory
          • Practicing

          Comments about M-Audio Keystation 49ES Black with Ableton Lite:

          I have a beefy workstation and this guy still gets lots of use. It's so light and portable I use it to build melodies, ear training etc from a comfortable chair or my bed. Really handy. Cheap enough that I take it on vacation without fear of losing it.

          (45 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Keystation 49es Review

          By Dirk

          from Vandalia, IL

          Comments about M-Audio Keystation 49ES Black with Ableton Lite:

          I recently purchased the M-Audio Keystation 49es from Guitar Center. As always, Guitar Center's service was excellent. My order arrived intact and several days earlier than expected. The controller is great! Lots of useful features including transport controls for your favorite DAW & extensive mapping capabilities, yet surprisingly easy to use. I tried it on 3 different DAWs (Studio One, FL Studio,& Ableton Live Lite), and in each case, it was only a few easy steps to get the virtual instruments & DAW software under control of the unit. Install was quick & easy also, it's pretty much plug & play. Ableton Live Lite comes with the controller. Like most bundled software products, you only get a piece of paper with a real long number on it. You have to go to Ableton's site, download the software, then use that number to activate it. Ableton's site turned out to be very well laid out and user friendly. I had the software downloaded, installed, and activated in no time. NICE! Live Lite turned out to be pretty nice also. While it has a low track count and limited mixing capabilities, it covers the basics extremely well. Definitely capable of far more than scratchpad production. Registering the controller on M-Audio's site was where things went downhill. Everything's on poorly maintained drop-downs. Serial #'s don't match products. Very little is current. It took 5hrs spread over 2 days and 2 calls to support to register the product. This company manufactures good quality products but the site & support need a lot of improvement. When I finally got the controller registered I received free downloads of 2 virtual instruments, SONiVOX Eighty-eight ensemble, and AIR Music Technology Xpand!2. Eighty-eight is basically a virtual grand piano, one of the best I've heard btw! It sounds and even plays like the real thing. Xpand!2 is a multi-timbral workstation. All I can say is... AWESOME! It's worth mentioning that both are full version, not lite or demo versions. The Keystation 49es alone is a deal for the money. All the extras make the deal a steal! BUY IT!!!

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