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Behringer U-Control UMX490 49-Key USB MIDI Controller

With 100 software instruments, 50 effects and 22 assignable controllers, this portable controller lets you compose and produce anywhere. (7) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The UMX MIDI Controller is an extremely flexible master keyboard with a control section for a wide range of applications. Do you need independent control of hardware synthesizers or general MIDI sound modules? How about control over effects devices? Maybe you just want to operate sequencing software or computer plug-ins from a convenient remote location? UMX Series controllers provide total flexibility and tremendous ease of use, allowing you to realize your ideas intuitively.

Features

- Unleash your creativity with 100 virtual instruments and take off with 50 VST effects plus an unlimited number of sound creations
- Velocity-sensitive USB/MIDI keyboard featuring 49 high-quality full-size keys and unbeatable programming versatility, real-time control and playability
- USB/Audio interface included for recording and playback of any digital music file. Works with your PC or Mac computer--no setup or drivers
- Revolutionary energyXT2.5 Compact Behringer Edition music production software included with feature-rich audio/MIDI sequencer that loads almost instantaneously on all computer platforms
- Intuitive sound module NI KorePlayer with production-ready 300 MB sound library, includes sounds of nearly all categories/kinds, ranging from synths to acoustic instruments to drums
- Plug and play with Mac OS X, Windows XP and Vista operating systems
- 8 real-time rotary controls plus 10 assignable switches
- Freely assign MIDI control changes to the modulation wheel, volume fader and pedal port for ultimate flexibility
- Full 128 tone range via the octave shift function with multi-purpose LED status indication
- Separate MIDI Out allows controlling external samplers, synths and other equipment
- Runs via USB, batteries or a power adapter (not included)
- High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
- Conceived and designed by Behringer Germany

MIDI Controller

Simply put, a MIDI controller gives you the power to take command of any hardware device or software that understands MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). This means that MIDI addressable effects processors (such as delays, reverbs, etc.) and audio recording and editing software can be controlled with a single piece of hardware, a MIDI controller. This can be very handy indeed when you have lots of devices spread The UMX MIDI Controller is an extremely flexible master keyboard with a control section for a wide range of applications. Do you need independent control of hardware synthesizers or general MIDI sound modules? How about control over effects devices? Maybe you just want to operate sequencing software or computer plug-ins from a convenient remote location? UMX Series controllers provide total flexibility and tremendous ease of use, allowing you to realize your ideas intuitively.

22 Assignable Controllers

When it comes to remote control, you get 8 knobs, 10 assignable switches, 2 wheels (Pitch Bend & Modulation), 1 pedal port and 1 fader, for a total of 22 assignable controllers -- which means total control of your operating environment. Once you've assigned the parameters for a particular scenario, simply store it in your user preset.

Playability

All UMX Series controllers feature the custom-designed key-bed, which has been praised by some of the industry's top product reviewers and players alike for its responsiveness and playability.

More Than Just MIDI

As an added bonus, Behringer has included the UCA222 USB audio interface to access your PC or Mac computer's audio capability. You can use the UCA222 to connect sound modules directly to any free computer USB port and listen to either the input or output signal via headphones or through active studio monitors. The UCA222 also features an additional S/PDIF optical output for direct digital conversion and is completely powered via USB--no external power supply needed. With its dual analog mono inputs, any line-level device, such as a mixer or tape deck, can be connected hassle-free to your computer.

Ease of Use

Here are a just few reasons you need a UMX controller:

- For playing external sound modules, rack synthesizers and virtual instruments
- For editing sound parameters of synthesizers, sound samplers and GM/GS/XG sound generators
- Controlling parameters on outboard equipment and software plug-ins, such as effects processors, compressors and digital equalizers
- Remotely controlling software mixers (functions for volume, pan, mute, etc.)
- Live control of volume and sound parameters of sound modules on stage

Effects

Unleash your creativity with more than 100 instruments and effects plug-ins.
Included are over 100 virtual instruments plus more than 50 effects plug-ins to get you rockin' right out of the box! Jam with a virtual e-piano or take off with breathtaking synthesizer sounds. Tweak your sounds with creative tube amps and multi-FX plus high-end studio reverbs, equalizers, compressors, choruses and many more.

Even More Ready-to-Play Sounds

Included with each UMX controller is the Native Instruments' KORE Player with a production ready 300MB sound library. KORE Player includes six Native Instruments sound engines and provides ready-to-play sounds that can be browsed and tweaked via its ultra-intuitive interface. Also included is a coupon, which can be used to download even more sounds.

energyXT2.5

Also included is XT Software's energyXT2.5 Compact Behringer Edition so you can take your recording projects to the next level. This amazing DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) makes it easy to manipulate your audio and MIDI fi les, turning song ideas into stunning CD or web-ready recordings. And it works in all platforms, including Windows XP, Vista, Mac OSX and Linux. energyXT2.5 includes its own multi-FX processor, built-in synthesizers and a drum machine, both of which can be accessed directly.

Power Supply Options

Because they need to be ready for action in a variety of venues, UMX Series controllers can draw operating power from any free USB port on your PC or Mac computer, 3 AA batteries or the optional external power supply.

If you need help with your live or recording MIDI environment, the UMX Series puts total control right at your fingertips.

Power Supply: USB Cable (Included) or AC Adaptor (Not Included - only required if using Behringer UMX490 without a computer)

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Behringer products.
Power Supply: USB Cable (Included) or AC Adaptor (Not Included - only required if using Behringer UMX490 without a computer)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 35 x 12 x 5 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 702-800-8290
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "The keyboard that is too good to be true, but actually is!"
Sound: The Behringer UMX490 Midi/USB/Audio Computer Keyboard has been the best purchase I've made and I've made many. I was so surprised to receive this glossy sharp red 49 key controller keyboard. The keys feel better then my Yamaha MotifXS, Roland FantomS, XP-30 Korg MicroX and Karma instruments. I just couldn't believe the depth of these keys and how you can "bite" into them with your fingers. The keyboard rotary and buttons work great and are extremely easy to program and re-assign controller numbers for the instrument or computer software you are using. The standard settings work great without any physical thinking required. Reverb, Chorus, Cutoff Frequency, Resonance, program increment or decrement or octave increments buttons are standard and great. At $166.00 this is a steal. I received the new keyboard the day after purchasing it. I always get my ZZounds orders delivered the next day for free and no tax. There are so many mail order music hardware/softare dealers, but I've never been let down by ZZounds. Feature: I will say only one bad comment regarding the Behringer UMX490. It has no "Power" Light. You push the button on the back, but the only way I know the keyboard is actually on is by seeing the midi activity on my M-Audio 8x8 midi interface.or any sound module, softsynth you are using the keyboard to controll. You don't need to use a midi interface and if you just use a sound module (like the FantomXR or Yamaha MotifXS Rack (both of which I own) you just start playing those gorgeous keys and although no power light, you will hear your midi or USB module perfectly. I actually feel "revived" with these sound modules. They have become new and fresh to me again (presets wise) because the new keyboard, long keys velocity, keyboard response and Rotary & Button controllers makes me feel like I'm playing completely new "Fresh Updated) sound module, soft synth or VST pluggin. The Behringer also comes with a ton of free VST instruments & effects as well as some very useful software programs. The N.I. KORE Player with 300mb of sample data (which I already had, but you might not) is substantial. Add an extra USB Audio device to the keyboard and you wonder how does Behringer mane money? Ease of Use: This is something you will say "wow, cool and I love metallic red" to. It's a beautiful instrument made extremely well and like I said the best buy I've encountered in over thirty five years of playing and purchasing electronic music equipment. The manual is not included in it's entirity, but you can get it at behringer.com. You can get more info on the cc controller numbers, tutorials, suggestions and I don't know why it wasn't included in the package, but I would rather receive an item of extreme quality, then a "book" sized manual. This is only the 2nd item I've taken the time to review, but I thought it deserved the attention. Have fun, you absolutely will! Quality: This keyboard looks like an $120,000 car finish in bright metallic RED. It is gorgeous and reminds me of the RED AXXE Roland made back when they were producing their equipment in Italy, only BETTER! If you like red you will be very very pleased. If you don't like red (I don't), you still will feel like waxing this keyboard like it was a brand new car. It makes you like the color and "class" of RED! Just the finish on this keyboard makes it feel like a several thousand dollar instrument. Then the actual "Keys" will! Value: This has been already stated. It blows my mind how you can get this product with VST Instruments, Free Software programs, and an extra USB/Audio interface for $166.00. Manufacturer Support: No need for support. The Behringer web site at behringer.com is one of the best factory sites I've encountered. You can tell Behringer really cares about the customer liking what they have purchased and also make sure everything is updated and there are a lot of other cool Behringer products to gaze at while you visit. This man has started an entire "city" in China. They are proud of it and the only other company I've known to create a town out of it's products is Hershey Chocolate in Hershey, PA. Don't get me started on just how great Hershey is. The Wow Factor: I didn't know just how much I wanted it until I received it! Overall: I'm hoping this will last forever.
Style of Music: Dreamscape (per Keyboard Magazine 1999)
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