M-Audio Keyrig 49
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The 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. Play Key Rig’s virtual instrument sounds, or audition loops and compose songs with Ableton’s Live Lite (included) or other music-creation programs. The keyboard also provides an easy way to harness the power of GarageBand’s virtual instrument collection on your Mac. It connects via a single USB cable and works instantly with computers running Windows XP or Mac OS X.
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Some clarifications, because the description on Amazon doesn't make it quite clear:
There are no 5-pin DIN midi outputs on this keyboard -- it communicates midi, but solely through the USB connector.
Likewise, there is no onboard sound generation -- it's all done on your computer using your sampler, soft instruments, etc.
The keys are 'synth-type', which means they are velocity sensitive but not hammer action (or even pseudo-hammer action) like a piano. As far as I can make out (both from testing and the specifications) there is no 'after-touch'.
There is a USB cable in the box, which is long enough for a fairly close computer, but definitely not to cross a room.
As this is USB powered, you can plug it directly into a USB 2 computer, or into a powered hub, but not into an unpowered hub or the USB port on your computer keyboard.
There is no paper manual -- it's all fairly self explanatory, but you can download the manual from M-Audio's website, or pull it off the CD.
So, what's this like, and what's it for? This is a composer, song-writer or sequencer's tool for inputting midi into Logic, Cubase, and other midi-compliant software on a Mac or a recent Windows PC. Allegedly both systems will instantly detect the midi instrument without having to install the supplied software.Read more ›
I have not installed the software that comes with it (the drivers install when you plug the keyboard in). I did put the cd in though but it never recognised it (I use vista...). I have no use for this software though so it doesn't bother me.
This is very easy to use and I recommend it 100%. This keyboard is not great for "playing" piano on your computer but perfect for composers wanting to input notes on audio programs eg Sibelius.
It fits in front of my iMac screen quite neatly matching the finish even, and works at least as well as you would expect in this price range
One reviewer said that this keyboard did not work with Sibelius which I found very unlikely as both seem to be marketed by Avid.
The first time I tried it I thought that he was right as nothing happened in Sibelius when I selected a location in Sibelius to use and played notes on it. Then I discovered the on switch and the blue lights against the switches came on, so I thought that was the problem.
Still nothing so I hunted through the Sibelius help files and discovered that the keyboard needed to be switched on already before loading up Sibelius.
Closed down Sibelius and then started the programme again and it works fine. IT is then a question of playing neatly and simply enough so that your variations in touch are not interpretated as rests. You can use plug ins in sibelius to clean the score up and also modify manually.
You can also use the keyboard in step-time assign ing the time value to each note or chord you play. This is slower, but more reliable and still faster than working only from the computer keyboard.
Excellent value and well worthwhile!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend you getting this keyboard with one more octave, it's much more comfortable, but this one works just fine, thank youPublished 8 months ago by Katazina
For what it is.. Simple plug n play keyboard.. It works! You won't need any drivers or software if using Logic or Garage bandPublished 17 months ago by J. Ryde
Bought this for my son who uses it primarily for sound effects when making/editing films. He is very happy with it.Published on 17 Jun. 2014 by Elizabeth Doherty
the keyring 49 works well the keys are light but this is no shock , but also seem durable, a good purchase and as for the sound very good....i would buy it again (happy)Published on 28 Dec. 2013 by Thomas
i've had this for a while now and i would say it one of the best equipment i have bought for the pricePublished on 23 Oct. 2013 by benja
I bought this product last year but one of the keys wasn't working. I sent them a letter and they asked me to return the item at my own convenience. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2013 by Vidi
THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND AND WHEN YOU YOU CONTACT THE NEW COMPANY WHO AS TAKEN OVER KEYRIG IT WILL DEPEND WHO YOU SPEAK TO . Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2012 by timeout24