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M-Audio Radium49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller

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solid controller

By John D.

from Atlanta, GA

The radium 49 has plenty of keys for you to press. There is no shortage of available faders and knobs that work smoothly. Other boards have semi-weighted keys and transport controls which are nice. However this controller can get the job done if you can live without the small luxuries of more expensive ones. It would be nice to have a set of pads for drums but you can get equally the same results with a bit of practice on the keys. The integration with Reason 3.0 is seamless and this controller is a joy to work with.


Good for a casual user

By drips

from San Francisco

I'm not a keyboardist, but I needed something to work with my sound module for just playing around. I tried the KeyStation 49e, but then the Radium49 was on sale for almost the same price so I bought it, and it's better than the KeyStation. Very light weight, easy to use right away and pretty simple to program. I use mostly hardware but if you use a soft synth, the knobs and sliders will make you very happy. Unsatisfying spring action, but for this price you can't expect weighted... If you're a serious player this isn't for you, but as a simple controller for non-pianists it's a great buy. And it comes with a free version of Ableton Live Lite 4 to boot. (My rating #'s are balanced for price)


For your sounds

By darren

from Undisclosed

I needed just something to play synths and such for sound design and was looking for something with enough knobs ad sliders for extra software control. As you can see, this works well for that. Good-sized keys and smooth faders and knobs are a plus. The display shows the value of the faders and knobs as they are moved. You can have presets that have different knob functions for different applications. For instance you can go from a preset where you use all of the sliders for mixing tracks 1-8 and the knobs for panning to one where the knobs are controlling synth functions. It is very useful to have something like this for things like track automation where you can be controlling like three different values in real time, which you can't do with a mouse. Drawbacks are what you would expect for something in this price range. The normal keys are not for pro piano players, but are fine for people who aren't picky about that. Programming things can be a hassle with the key functions. There could be more preprogrammed preset banks for more kinds of software. There are a lot of presets that are Reason specific, and even a few singled-out synths, but nothing for the software I run. A more detailed screen would help with programming. Also, the sturdyness of the whole thing would make me nervous if I had to travel with it a lot. So if you can afford the big Korg controller, that's great. If you're like me and just need basic functions, lots of knobs and faders, a pitch and mod wheel, and octave buttons for your personal use, this one works very well.


the best 49 keys i've ever had

By dkno1560

from newark, nj

As a beginner to the music production thing, I was introduced to the the 49 usb keyboard. The 49 key piano is a keyboard for computer based musicians.with optional midi or usb output. I run the 49 key with live and it sevre it's purpose day and day out. i use it as a trigger hit on a drum set or to add some on keys. One problem is that i have to assign the button every time i start a new has presets built into it but i like as a trigger

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