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Samson SAKGR25 Graphite 25 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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16 customer reviews

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25 Key
  • 25-key semi-weighted keyboard with after touch
  • Compact design, perfect for live performance and studio applications
  • Dedicated transpose and octave buttons, pitch bend and modulation wheels
  • Large LCD display provides real-time feedback
  • 3 zones for creating splits and layering sounds
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Product Information

Style Name: 25 Key
Technical Details
Item Weight2.4 Kg
Product Dimensions24.3 x 6 x 46 cm
Item model numberGRAPHITE 25
Scale Lengthinches
Number of Keyboard Keys25
Country Produced Inchina
Screen Size1.5
  
Additional Information
ASINB00BTZHL52
Best Sellers Rank 8,745 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.9 Kg
Date First Available17 April 2013
  
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Style Name:25 Key

Product Description

Samson Graphite 25 USB MIDI Controller gives you all the performance and production control you need to get the most out of your music software. Combining an intuitive 25-key semi-weighted keyboard with a feature set that is both useful and accessible, A sleek, powerful tool that allows you to express your most dynamic musical ideas. Programmable master fader, 8 encoders & 4 buttons for hands-on control over your DAW and virtual instruments. 4 velocity-sensitive trigger pads with after touch (two banks) for drum sounds and samples. Includes MIDI Out, USB and sustain pedal connections. 3 zones for creating splits and layering sounds. Adjustable velocity curve for both keys and pads. USB bus powered. Bundled with Native Instrument’s Complete Elements software. The Graphite 25 is designed to feel more like an instrument than a controller. It’s semi- weighted keyboard comes equipped with 25 velocity-sensitive keys for capturing the dynamics of a performance, while after touch offers customizable control over a variety of effects and parameters. With dedicated Transpose and Octave buttons, as well as classic Pitch and Mod wheels, the Graphite 25 puts a wide range of musical expression at your fingertips. Take full control of your DAW and virtual instruments with the Graphite 25’s programmable master volume fader, eight encoders and four function buttons, all customizable for the ultimate in hands-on control. The Graphite 25 also features four large velocity-sensitive trigger pads, each with two banks, that can be used to tap out drum beats, cue one-shot samples or start and stop sequences. And it’s large LCD screen displays the behaviour of every function in real-time. It can be used with your favourite iPad MIDI apps via Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter. And it’s bundled with Native Instrument’s Complete Elements software, which offers a vast range of instruments and effects for modern music production, composition and sound design.

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From the Manufacturer

Samson Graphite 25

USB MIDI Controller

Keyboard Dynamics

The Graphite 25's semi-weighted keyboard provides musicians with a responsive and expressive platform that is designed to feel more like an instrument than a controller. It comes equipped with velocity-sensitive keys that accurately capture the dynamics of a performance. Aftertouch offers customizable control over a variety of effects and parameters, for example the addition of growl to a saxophone or vibrato to strings. With 25 keys, the Graphite 25's pitch range is perfect for performing, while remaining highly portable.

Keyboard

Velocity Pads

LCD Screen

Control

Complete with Komplete

Bundled with the Graphite 25, Native Instrument's Komplete Elements software offers a comprehensive selection of studio-quality sounds, effects and tools for modern music production, composition and sound design. With over 3GB of samples, Komplete provides you with more than 1,000 premium sounds and three mighty player engines--all carefully compiled to provide a strong toolkit for both stage and studio. It's a ready-to-roll professional software package for all production styles.


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Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Knight on 27 Nov. 2014
Style Name: 25 Key Verified Purchase
I got this in the pre-Black Friday sales so instead of the advertised £82 I only had to pay £50. It comes with Komplete Elements which costs £42. And it has semi-weighted keys and aftertouch! It's a real bargain even at full price. You usually have to pay 3-figure sums for aftertouch. I'm still shaking my head in wonder.

Anyway, I found a couple of small problems on setting it up. On plugging it into Ableton Live 9 Suite and using it to play a virtual synth instrument I found that, by default, the keyboard was split into 3 zones. I discovered this while makins sure that all of the keys work. I would have thought it more sensible and less confusing for MIDI beginners to ensure that it shipped mapped to just one zone with the default template. Otherwise there's a risk of people returning the keyboard because 'it doesn't work'. For me, though not a big problem. The manual gives full instructions on zone mapping.

So I decided to set up the keyboard for use with Live 9. I set up the MIDI options in Live so that the keyboard appears as a MackieControl called "SAMSON Graphite 25 (controller)" for input, output, and control then quit Live. I loaded the Ableton preset (about 5 key presses on the keyboard's panel) and ran Live again. Again, the controllers didn't work with Live. With Live still running, I tried restting the keyboard to the default preset then loaded the Ableton preset again. Still no go.

There's no problem with mapping the keyboard's controls to Live 9 one at a time in 'MIDI learn' mode, but it's going to take a while to set up a Live preset. And I suspect I might have to do this with previous sets I've saved if I want to use the keyboard while editing them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alien937 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Dec. 2013
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Samson's Graphite 25 looks good. In fact, I love the way it looks. It's modern, relatively low-profile, and it has a nice silver-coloured lower half that the rest of the keyboard sits in. Only a few of the buttons light up, which is a shame since they all look like they ought to illuminate. This can be forgiven because of the backlit display, which is nice and clear and bright - so bright it can even act as a keyboard lamp in low lighting conditions. The keyboard is compact for a device of its type, though it's still relatively heavy, making it better suited as a permanent desktop item rather than a portable performer.

At least part of the keyboard's heaviness comes from the fact that its keys are semi-weighted. They also feature velocity-sensitivity and aftertouch. In terms of other controls there are 8 endless encoders, 4 trigger pads, transport controls, a slider, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. All of these controls are nice to use - except for the trigger pads, which can be a little temperamental.

In preset mode the keyboard offers presets for many popular DAW applications. The latest firmware (version 1.16) allows you to cycle through these choices: Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton, Cakewalk, Reason, Tracktion, Motu, MK Ctrl (not sure what that one is), Acid Pro, Audition, FL Studio, Nuendo, Magix and PreSonus. I don't know how all of these presets fare in operation, but the Logic one works fine in Logic Pro 9, though sadly not Logic Pro X (the transport controls don't work, for example). Thankfully, it's quite quick and easy to map the functions you need to whichever controls you want.

The keyboard is by no means perfect, and I've found three niggling issues with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SilentWarrior on 14 Dec. 2013
Style Name: 25 Key Verified Purchase
Good MIDI keyboard that can help you control a Workstation software and record your music.

- Garageband (I used) sadly doesn't use much of the extra buttons available on the keyboard
- The drum buttons are a bit hard for me to play with (but it can be me)

- The software included of good value. You are going to get Native Instruments Essentials Edition - worth a big chunk of the price of that instrument.

- I like the size of it. Was concerned at the beginning about playability, but because it has lots of useful keys -> transpose, octave +1, -1, it's actually easier to use than I thought.

I recommend this product if you are looking for a small MIDI keyboard and want some extras!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WizardWeb on 30 Jan. 2014
Style Name: 49 Key Verified Purchase
For the price, this keyboard is pretty good. The build quality is no worse than several "proper synths" that I've owned, Korg, Yamaha etc and it generally seems to do what nature intended. HOWEVER. If, like me, you're buying this as it would make a great portable studio with the iPad, please be aware that on my iPad at least (iPad 3), I get the message "attached accessory uses too much power". So in order to use it with my iPad, I have to buy an AC adaptor for the keyboard. This rendering portability impractical. In that respect it's very disappointing.
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By Barn 81 on 27 Dec. 2014
Style Name: 25 Key Verified Purchase
Great controller for £50.Really can't complain about much for that money.

Check out this great article about how to set it up for any DAW here....

http://www.harmonycentral.com/articles/how-to-use-mackie-compatible-controllers-with-daws

If you are using studio one, hit the preset button on the graphite 25,then using the data buttons under the display,select preset 16 and hit the enter button.Then do as the article says in the studio one section, that will get the faders and transport controls working,however not the keyboard for playing your virtual instruments.

What you will need to do is go to the external devices section in studio one again..
add device-new keyboard, put samson graphite 25 in the device name field then leave midi channel set to all-
receive from samson graphite 25-
send to MIDIOUT2 (samson graphite 25) and then check the split channels button.
click on ok and ok again and you will now be able to play your virtual instruments!
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