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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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
 
3.7

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Functional (8)
  • Good quality (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Keystation 49es Review

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...Read complete review

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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Its not great, but its good enough.......

I picked this up to have something in my bedroom closet I could just plug in to my mac and play some late night piano. Its pretty good, but there's a lag when you...Read complete review

I picked this up to have something in my bedroom closet I could just plug in to my mac and play some late night piano. Its pretty good, but there's a lag when you hit a key that takes some getting used to. Its a pretty solid unit though and seems like it can stand up to use. For the price point its at it's pretty hard to beat. I picked it up on a stupid deal of the day which made it practically irresistible. If you're looking for a professional grade midi controller I'd look elsewhere, but if you want something with full size keys to bang out a quick idea, or something for your kids to practice on that you won't have to get skids marks on your credit card to replace (seriously, its like giving up a weeks worth of Lattes) then this is for you.

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5.0

Great MIDI helper

By DB

from SHorewood, WI

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Bought this unit to use with MyDMX 2.0 as a MIDI light controller for our stage lighting. Worked right out of the box making life easier than the 'mouse and click' around the computer screen way of triggering scenes.

       
      4.0

      Great keyboard for the price!

      By The bryce is right

      from kansas city, ks

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

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

        For the money its great. Great for home recording.

         
        4.0

        real cheap

        By Luis

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

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

        very good deal

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great for Learning

        By Ben

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

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

        I've played around with this keyboard mostly but I intend on using it for my Music Recording class next term. Keys do feel cheaply made, but for the price it's fine. Nothing stands out but it's not bad either. Ableton Lite is OK but definitely works. Only downside is it's a little counter-intuitive in some aspects.

         
        1.0

        Can't get it use with software

        By chris

        from Texarkana, Texas

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Not Functional
          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

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

            Watched tutorials over and over again. Wish it was plug and play!!! Guys at Maudio are impossible to get hold of.

            (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 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Its not great, but its good enough.......

                By carbonUnit

                from New York, NY

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Works out of the box with Garageband.

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Practicing

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

                  I picked this up to have something in my bedroom closet I could just plug in to my mac and play some late night piano. Its pretty good, but there's a lag when you hit a key that takes some getting used to. Its a pretty solid unit though and seems like it can stand up to use. For the price point its at it's pretty hard to beat. I picked it up on a stupid deal of the day which made it practically irresistible. If you're looking for a professional grade midi controller I'd look elsewhere, but if you want something with full size keys to bang out a quick idea, or something for your kids to practice on that you won't have to get skids marks on your credit card to replace (seriously, its like giving up a weeks worth of Lattes) then this is for you.

                  (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.

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