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M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 – Semi Weighted 49 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Assignable Controls, Pitch and Mod Wheels, and Software Included 49 Keys

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Ultimate Expression, 49 full size velocity sensitive keys provide a natural feel that captures every subtle nuance of your performance
Total Control: Volume fader, transport and directional buttons for easy control of your software, plus ergonomically designed pitch and modulation wheels, Octave up and down buttons and sustain pedal input for expressive performances
Immediate Creativity, Easy plug and play connection to your Mac or PC no drivers or power supply required; compatible with iOS devices via the Apple to USB Camera Adapter (sold separately)
Your Studio Centerpiece: Compact design fits any desk, studio or stage setup perfectly and advanced functionality customizes your controls for your recording software
Premium Software suite included, ProTools First, Ableton Live Lite, Eleven Lite, Velvet, Hybrid 3, Loom, Vacuum Pro, Eighty Eight Ensemble, XPand 2

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Pure Player Experience Enter the world of unrestricted computer-based music creation and performance with the Keystation 49 MK3 keyboard controller from M-Audio – successor to the iconic Keystation 49 II. Keystation 49 MK3 is a full-featured, powerful MIDI keyboard controller engineered for sequencing music and playing virtual instruments on Mac or PC. At the heart of Keystation 49 MK3 is an all-new premium keybed delivering a superbly natural. For unrestricted access to the full keyboard range, Keystation 49 MK3 includes expertly-located octave range buttons – whether its lead lines, extended chords or sub-heavy bass-lines, Keystation 49 MK3 covers it all in a format that keeps you focused on what’s important – your performance Express Yourself Keystation 49 MK3 provides all the must-have tools to capture even the most immersive, expressive performances. With conveniently located, ergonomically-designed pitch and modulation wheels, take command of your virtual instruments adding portamento, vibrato or any parameter mapped to the modulation wheel for completely customized control. Looking to add some authentic piano style sustain? Keystation 49 MK3 also includes a 1/4” (6.3mm) sustain pedal input for use with an external control pedal, such as the SP2 (sold separately), for expanded expressive capability. Immersive DAW Control With Keystation 49 MK3, take the hassle out of computer-based production. Combining USB-power, class-compliancy and support for USB-MIDI connectivity, setup is a breeze granting producers and performers immediate access to the modern-world of music production. Thanks to easily-accessible play, stop and record controls and directional buttons, experience an unprecedented, enhanced recording workflow – play, perform and record with music software without the nuisance distraction of a mouse or trackpad. Plus, Keystation 49 MK3’s support for iOS connectivity – with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) – enables full-featured performance with audio apps on iPads and other iOS devices. Portable Performance Powerhouse Keystation 49 MK3 is the ideal solution for traveling musicians who require unrestricted command of music software when performing live or in mobile-recording scenarios. Combining a slim line, lightweight and ultra-portable footprint with a robust, road-ready build, Keystation 49 MK3 packs core controller functionality in a lightweight and durable package – plus with a mobile-friendly USB-bus power specification, taking your performance and production on the road without compromising critical keyboard controller functionality has never been easier. Premium Virtual Instrument Suite Your production demands nothing but the best That why our third generation of Keystation controllers come loaded with pro-grade virtual instruments from leading developer AIR Music Tech. From the contemporary Xpand 2, loaded with an ultra-intuitive UI and thousands of premium patches, to the sultry vintage e-piano sounds of Velvet and faithful piano tones of Mini Grand, you can be sure, whatever your performance demands. Discover the world of Ableton Lite, the revolutionary music production solution that lets you spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit your musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment. Alternatively experience the production powerhouse that is ProTools | First | M-Audio Edition – A complete DAW based on the same music creation and audio production tools that award-winning artists, musicians, producers, engineers, and mixers rely on every day. In-Demand Sound Spark that initial idea or add the finishing touch to your latest masterpiece – whatever your production needs, Touch Loops’ 2GB sample library doesn’t disappoint Based in Los Angeles and London, Touch Loops equips customers with the most cutting-edge sound elements, instruments, hardware, and software recordings, expertly curated by a team of professional music producers and sound designers. Whatever your project needs, this expertly curated, 500+ sound library features all the must-have sounds modern musicians demand, arming you with cutting-edge content to realize your creative vision Hone Your Skills M-Audio’s Keystation MK3 Series makes it simple to develop your skills no matter what level you’re at with trail subscriptions for both Melodics and Skoove. With Skoove, learn how to play piano with hundreds of interactive, high-quality online piano lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players. Skoove’s unique method guides you with real-time feedback as you play, letting you improve faster and learn everything you need to become a complete piano player. Melodics fuses a user-friendly, intuitive and inspiring user interface, underpinned with unique adaptive learning, motivational mechanics and customized challenges, encouraging users to learn different techniques, concepts and genres – with each session, you’re building muscle memory, improving your technique and most importantly, mastering your controller.

Specification: M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 – Semi Weighted 49 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Assignable Controls, Pitch and Mod Wheels, and Software Included 49 Keys

Weight 4.85 lbs
Dimensions 32.36 × 2.68 × 7.44 in

12 reviews for M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3 – Semi Weighted 49 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Assignable Controls, Pitch and Mod Wheels, and Software Included 49 Keys

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  1. Jason Bennett

    The media could not be loaded. Cheap and poorly made. The keys get stuck and feels really cheap when you play.Read more

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  2. The Brit

    I’ve played 40+years & have owned many synths, pianos etc & this keyboard has really nice action, feel. Simple layout, I don’t need pads or a bunch of sliders so this is perfect for me. Very good keyboard action, somewhere between a synth & a weighted kybd, I love it! Feels pro! I tried the Nektar Impact GX61 Controller Keyboard & it feels like a toy. Prior to this I had the Axiom & that was pretty good, this is much better. & crazy cheap, great value for money. Please make one with 73 keys!Read more

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  3. Marc M.

    I ‘ve found the Keystation 49 MK3 MIDI Controller by M-Audio to be a very capable, USB-powered, plug and play 49-key MIDI controller. The keyboard functions perfectly with my DAW of choice, Reaper, on my Win 10 laptop. As a bonus, the free software and VSTi’s (virtual instruments), which are downloadable from the applicable developers website after online device registration, are worth the price of admission by themselves. They are: Pro Tools – M-Audio Edition (if you’re in need of a DAW) Ableton Live Lite MiniGrand VSTi Velvet VSTi Xpand!2 VSTi Again, the keyboard itself does what it needs to do, and does it well. It fits nicely at the front of my “standard size” desk, and is light and compact enough to be quickly portable, if that’s your gig. My 5 stars are for the keyboard, with the included software being a huge bonus. Well done M-Audio! I almost gave 4 stars only because of the M-Audio web registration process. More accurately, the “create account” page. You’ll get through it, but you’ll see what I mean! :)Read more

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  4. Elijah Kay

    I have owned KORG workstation, I have tried Roland, Nord, Native Instruments and a few others, BUT THIS CONTROLLER IS HANDS DOWN BEST SEMI-WEIGHTED KEYBED IN THIS PRICE RANGE!!! This has just enough resistance to where you know you pressed the keys without the need to hammer down. I would dare say that M-Audio is using the same keybed that is used in the Komplete line up of Native Instruments, minus all the bells and whistles. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!Read more

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  5. Ethan Paulson

    (I bought the 61 key version) – I’ve used this keyboard for the past couple weeks plugged in directly to my iPad and out through speakers – and it’s been fantastic. A lightweight and easy option for travel or at home, I took it out of the box, plugged it into my iPad and started playing. With a direct lightning-usb cable I bought on amazon, the iPad powers this device so I don’t need an alternate power source which has been fantastic. And it doesn’t seem to draw too much power from the iPad as I was able to play for hours with it plugged in. Highly recommend as a portable midi keyboard option for gigging, travel, or at home!Read more

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  6. Lane

    I am a 64 yr old professional musician. It’s almost embarrassing how many keyboards I’ve owned over the years. Most recently a Nord Stage 3.. There is always a place for a portable controller in the studio, the open mic, or the suitcase. I travel in a camper a fair amount. The amount of options for controllers is amazing. Example: the Korg MicroKey Air 61 is ridiculously fun. Hook it up with the Korg app (which has the best velocity control ever) and you could gig with it off your iPhone. They nailed the velocity right out of the box and it runs for 20 hours on 2 AA batteries, and it’s bluetooth! But it’s micro.. Wish they made a full size version. I’m looking for a plug and play 61 note USB powered full size key bed, preferably with similar velocity control as the Korg. This Keystation 61 – MK3 keyboard has all the right specs and price… Only it doesn’t work!! 9 out of 10 attempts hooking up any of 7 different USB cables to 3 current Apple devices brought no joy.. I always read the reviews, so I was a little concerned but I’ve always had good luck after a fair amount of research. Come on M-Audio, I’ve purchased 2-3 of your older controllers that worked well. Time to start working on the long term plan.. Look at your own reviews. Did you even test these things? Cool idea, but you have to follow through with a little R&D..Read more

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  7. GoodValueHunter

    It looks nice and would be good for inputting some notes here and there, but you should be able to actually play something that has 61 keys. The edges of the keys have these sharp little corners, and there is an overhang of plastic so the end of the keys juts out a little. The webbing on my fingers kept getting caught by the sharp corners of the keys (the first/only time I used it). It’s hard to describe but I’ve had several pianos and keyboards and never saw this before. No choice but to return it.Read more

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  8. Lewis H

    I have been producing music for years and a good keyboard can make a world of difference to your creativity. Just playing around can lead to a chord that can then lead to a full track and get you out of that writers block. This keyboard by M audio is fantastic for the price and has never let me down. The keys are a good size, the overall build quality is great and to play it is very responsive and has nice action. Definitely worth it for the price had it for over a year now and still no issues at all, would recommend.Read more

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  9. Debra

    I did a lot of looking, I ordered a Nektar 61 but returned it as the keys were just plain keyboard keys. I already have a Korg Microkey2 61 that I love with mini keys, but wanted a full size midi keyboard with some push to it. This is an amazing piece of kit for £109 delivered to my door. I also loved how it seamlessly it just integrated into Logic Pro X, started recording midi tracks immediately. It’s clean, easy to use and of very high quality all around. highly recoemmended. I’m also no longer out looking at expensive digital pianos, this is a great instrument.Read more

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  10. Stephen

    Firstly I want to say the keyboard it’s self is very good, the keys don’t feel light weight and the sound is affected by how hard you press the keys, my only problem is that I feel the keys could be a little wider, maybe it’s because I’m pretty new to playing a keyboard, but in the past I use to play a keyboard with wider keys when younger and it just made it far easier to not accidentally press the wrong key. But I think that is preference, if you are very nimble and don’t miss hit the keys with your fingers then this would be fine, I don’t have big fingers either, it’s simply that I don’t have great coordination when not looking at the keys, I keep miss hitting the keys and pressing two keys at once, but that could simply be because I’m not use to the keyboard, and with practice I will be fine with this keyboard, which is probably more likely. Practically wise this is a good keyboard, fun to play. Point being there is nothing wrong with the keyboard it’s self, other then preference. The problem is the software, since I haven’t had a midi keyboard before I decided to go for one that I had semi-weighted keys, and I was told had a lot of software, which it does have a lot of software the user can download, but the software is unbelievably difficult to set up or doesn’t work right on my computer. So much so I was wondering if the keyboard was broke, or if I had plugged it in wrong. There is no quick test software to make sure the keyboard works, I suggest if you’re on Windows 10 to download Piano 10 for free and see if the keyboard is working right, if you buy the KeyStation that is, as Piano 10 straight away recognised the keyboard, meaning no changing settings or trying to understand what is going on, Piano 10 didn’t glitch out like with Pro Tools and as when I sort of got the KeyStation keyboard working with Velvet in Pro Tools, Velvet only let me play 10 key strokes before freezing and jamming preventing me playing the piano properly, also in Pro Tools it wouldn’t play out of my surround sound and would only play out of my computer speakers which are built into the computer, Piano 10 played the sound straight out of my surround sound, the surround sound speakers are set as default as well and not the speakers on my computer. So obviously the software is either hard to set up and I’m really doing it wrong, or the software they provide is not compatible with my computer, it is possible that the software is normally fine and it’s my computer that is the problem, or maybe as I said I’m doing something wrong, but to be honest it shouldn’t be so hard to set up. If you have a sustain peddle you can also check this works in Piano 10 as well. I also downloaded Piano Time which lets you select a song which it automatically plays so you can learn some songs like this. Anyone new to using a midi keyboard will find the software I listed above far easier to set up and use, if they just want to play piano, and not compose music. I also downloaded Reaper it’s a free midi editor which isn’t too hard to learn or setup, and you can find plenty of lesson on how to do professional compositions as well. So if you’re buying keyboard for the software because you’re new to midi keyboards but want to do professional compositions, don’t bother, unless you learned to use the software they provide on a course or in a music group without a keyboard, as I think it’s more stressful then helpful to use the software provided with the KeyStation. On top of this, with the KeyStation software the user had to download the software, if they didn’t have internet they couldn’t use this keyboard as there is no disks with software on. I expected to get a disk to install the software. Also the user has to first install Pro Tools, to use most of the software that is supplied, and this is all very confusing you need to install Avid Link and Ilok Licence Manager to download licencing, they put more effort in making this hard to rip off then making it user friendly, which ironically would stop people illegally getting it, because the user can’t use it, which would indeed stop people ripping it off. It’s also annoying that most of the software you have to download and register with loads of 3rd party companies. I was expecting a disk or disks to simply just install the software without having to mess around, possibly do an update once installed. Or maybe a link to download everything all at once that was as simply as Piano 10 or Piano Time to download, where I inserted the serial number and just downloaded the exe files, instead I had to constantly register, and this left me very confused, wasn’t sure which software was to run the KeyStation Keyboard. I didn’t want to have to hand my email out to third party companies all over the place and have to mess around. Really don’t like how this has been set up, I paid for a product, I didn’t want hassle, if I wanted hassle I would have asked them to send my the hardware free, and I give them my data in return as the price, as my details aren’t free to be given when I pay for something I don’t like being forced to register to get something, that was suppose to come freely with the product. Very unprofessional. Also I just want to put enforces on there is no real instructions or guidance on what to do, to install everything, no directions, as a new person to this type of software, it’s really bad, and I have no experience in doing this, I have installed video games and software in the past a lot, and I can honestly say this is not intuitive and is a nightmare to work out. A disk would have been so much easier, or just a simple straight forward download, all I wanted to do was install this and start playing piano, not have to figure out how to install software, then work out how to add software in to the previous software I installed. This isn’t user friendly and it’s not for a beginner in my view, I’m competent in computer programming and doing complex tasks and this is not straight forward. Everything is a hassle. I don’t like hassle, when all I’m trying to do is play an instrument, not launch a rocket. To put it in to context I spent 6 hours trying to work out the software and after 6 hours I was still not able to play the keyboard on the software provided, which is daft saying it took me 1 minute to install Piano Time and Piano 10 and it started working straight away. Plus downloading Reaper and learning to use this midi editor didn’t take that much time either. Honestly I couldn’t be more disappointed with the software they provided. Why there is no disk and I can’t simply install software, plug the KeyStation in and start to play on a basic test software to make sure it works is beyond me. Really badly thought out software package. I have no idea why they thought this way made any sense. Before people say why didn’t you just read the manual, because all the software has been updated, I did read the manual, but none of the software matched what they wrote and said to do, because what they say do in the manual is out of date, because they didn’t put a disk with the software that is relevant to the manual in the box and they expected people download software which is constantly changing, but didn’t put a manual or instructs anywhere or a video how to set everything up within the download link, and so you literally have to search google to try work out what to do, very unprofessional, if you’re buying this keyboard thinking you will get lots of software to help you get started, I suggest don’t do that, download Reaper or buy a different keyboard with a disk provided. Chances are it will be a heck of a lot less hassle. I can’t put into words how frustrated I have been with trying to install the software from the download link and get the KeyStation Keyboard to work, there is no real support. Basically them saying you get all this free software is a gimmick and more hassle then it’s worth. I gave this 3 stars because the keyboard is fine I would give the keyboard it’s self 4.5 stars as I would prefer slightly wider white keys, but the software is so frustrating that I would give the software minus 10 stars, thankfully I found software for free, as if I couldn’t get software for free elsewhere this keyboard would become a very expensive paper weight. So the software package let this KeyStation Keyboard down. However the KeyStation Keyboard is good, so I would say skip the software they provide and just download: Piano 10 and Piano Time to test the keyboard, and use Reaper Software if you want to do compositions. As the keyboard it’s self is fine. Might want to buy a different keyboard however if your main goal is getting the software. To learn Reaper. Go to YouTube and search: “This is REAPER 6 – MIDI (5/15)”, this is a good tutorial on Reaper.Read more

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  11. richard martin

    I’m really pleased. I’m a pianist and have access to fully weighted keyboard for ‘full performance input’. But I just wanted something for the desk to slide under my long double monitor riser, for quick access to a few chords and melody lines. Husband has 61 key which was too long to tuck under my riser, (though that would have been a more convenient option for use with ample guitar which has shortcut keys spread over more octaves than my 49 key model). You can raise or decrease the octaves with a button for regular input. I don’t need loads of Bell’s and whistles just input this is perfect.Read more

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  12. Mariano Alda

    Para que se pueda evaluar mi opinión correctamente: 1) He recibido el teclado hace un par de horas, de modo que esta es mi primera impresión 2) Respecto al tacto: soy estudiante de los últimos cursos de piano y estoy acostumbrado a tocar en pianos acústicos y en un Yamaha Clavinova con Graded Hammer Action. 3) Tengo, además del Clavinova (que no se puede mover), un antiguo Korg M1 (sensible al tacto pero nada más) y un Thomann SP550 (contrapesado, pero de gama baja) 4) Respecto al sonido: dispongo de un módulo de sonido V3 Sound con un sonido excelente, por lo que solamente necesitaba un controlador MIDI. He comprado este teclado para “llenar el hueco” de un teclado SP550 que es suficiente para tocar en directo porque tiene 88 teclas, teclado contrapesado y, con el módulo V3, un sonido excelente. Sin embargo, es pesado (~20 kg), voluminoso para transportar (sólo cabo en el asiendo delantero inclinado hacia atrás, y no en el maletero. Este teclado es suficiente para muchos ensayos con cantantes (donde no se requieren 7 octavas pero es deseable un transporte fácil), para ponerlo en el escritorio y conectarlo a mis DAW (Cubase, Ableton) e incluso para tocar en directo en algunos sitios en los que no se requieran 7 octavas. Ventajas: a) peso: es relativamente ligero (4,5 kg), pero no se mueve en la mesa al tocarlo con energía b) volumen: muy recogido en las tres dimensiones c) alimentación: se puede alimentar desde el PC (yo lo he conectado incluso a un hub USB) o desde el cargador del móvil (de un Xiaomi A1); ojo, que necesitarás un cargador al que se le pueda enchufar un cable USB (no de los que tienen el cable pegado al cargador) d) para los pianistas: no incluye pedal sustain, pero se puede encontrar uno fácilmente por 5€ (de los que son todo/nada); estoy prácticamente seguro de que *no soporta* medio pedal, pero no me importa, porque, en mi caso, el módulo V3 sí lo soporta, y conectaré el pedal con soporte para medio pedal al módulo directamente (cuando lo compre) e) el tacto no es contrapesado, pero *no está nada mal* para ser simplemente “semicontrapesado”, porque ofrece algo de resistencia para un pianista, y se deja tocar incluso si estás acostumbrado al hammer action; repito: *no es* contrapesado, pero al ofrecer una resistencia decente tiene un tacto agradable y no se producen muchos errores por pulsaciones espurias f) los cambios de programa del módulo de sonido externo funcionan perfectamente desde el teclado: Advanced > Program# > Número que sea > Enter Inconvenientes: Una vez se acepta que el teclado es lo que es, y *no es un piano* (aunque el tacto no desagrade demasiado a un pianista): a) el deslizador de modulación se mueve un poco cuando se toca enérgicamente el instrumento; como no tiene resorte de vuelta al origen, se queda activada la modulación, lo que te obliga a hacer reset del instrumento para poder anularlo; una solución que he encontrado es encenderlo con el deslizador abajo del todo, o bien ponerlo abajo y hacer reset después; b) hay que tener la precaución de activar el puerto MIDI OUT (DIN5) que no funciona al encenderlo, pero esta operación es simple: Advanced > MIDI OUT > Enter. Me ha parecido que hay que hacerlo un par de veces para que funcione, aunque no estoy seguro de haber hecho algo mal. Una vez activado, funciona perfecto.Read more

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