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Rating and Reviews: M-Audio KeyRig 49

Turn your computer into a high-powered production studio with this 49-key controller from M-Audio.

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"Nothing better for the price." submitted April 9, 2009

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Musical Background: Professional musician, composer, and home recording enthusiast
Music Style: Everything (and I mean everything).
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Sound: The key rig software it comes with is great. Capable of a lot of really good sounds. Feature: It is exactly what it claims to be. You have to understand what you need and if this will fill your need. This was a very low cost way to add some quality instrument tracks in my home studio. Ease of Use: Interfaced well. Software installed perfectly. I gave it a nine instead of a ten because the manual could be more informative and a lot clearer. Quality: Again, it is exactly what it says it is. I am not a concert pianist. If I were I wouldn't try to play a concert on this :-) But that is not what it's for, although I could definitely see using for some fill at a gig. I think with a case it would be ok. You have to take care of your equipment. Don't blame the manufacturer if you don't. I have a Martin acoustic guitar I have carried through ice sub zero winters and hot humid summers for ten years. It doesn't have a scratch. Value: If this is what you need, I truly believe there is nothing like it for the price. Manufacturer Support: I have not had to contact them. The Wow Factor: Nothing sexy. It is what it is and does what it claims well. Overall: It will work for me for some time to come.
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"Great, space-saving controller." submitted June 30, 2011

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Musical Background: PRO
Music Style: Pop/Rock/Latin/World/Jazz
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Feature: Basic controller features - very good for what I needed it for - if you require more knobs/sliders they make different models. Ease of Use: Plugged it into my PCs (Vista and XP) both recognized it instantly, loaded the drivers automatically and I was using it in less than 5 minutes. Easy to switch octaves as yo play as well as sending MIDI volume. Quality: It will be fine if you don't plan on taking out and/or dropping it constantly. Feels a bit cheap but, solid enough for playing and recording at home. Value: I think it could cost a bit less, considering that you can buy its biggest brother (88 keys) for $179.00 online. Overall: Does what it's supposed to do without fuss and issues.
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"For M- Audio 49 key" submitted September 11, 2012

By Eric B in Phoenix, AZ
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Musical Background: No backround at all just like Beethoven though.
Music Style: I enjoy all sorts of sounds,why separate them?
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Overall: I was really happy with the control,so now I have the power of $1,500 dollars worth of instruments through my studio software at hand. Thank-you!,well now I'm gone off to entertain myself.
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"Key Rig MAudio 49" submitted May 1, 2012

By William Thompson in Erie, PA
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Musical Background: Playing for over 15 years, piano, alto sax, and guitar.
Music Style: Traditional genes of Rock and Hip-Hop
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Overall: Fantastic starter controller. A tad slow on key response but does the job and I go to college for music production and it does the job... Great bang for your buck
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"This is how you learn. You're welcome." submitted April 22, 2008

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Musical Background: Student of the art and science of recording and engineering.
Music Style: Anything that paints a sound.
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Sound: This product does not make sound. MIDI is not audio. MIDI is a digital protocol expressed in binary, electrical, or magnetic signals used to communicate, control, or synchronize with each other. Feature: In back: DC adapter port, USB port, MIDI out, sustain port, and on/off switch. 49 keys (4 octaves), pitch bend wheel, modulation wheel, volume fader, and + or - Octave. Ease of Use: It is a MIDI controller. MIDI in concept is simple. Yes, this product does what it was built to do. Quality: You get what you pay for. And what you pay for is up to you. Know what you are purchasing to detail. Value: sure, it is what it is. Manufacturer Support: I tested the software drivers on two OS. Windows MCE, and Windows XP Pro. I've found that most software applications that I use for recording works the best with WindowsXP Pro. Which by the way is discontinuing production, so pick up a copy while you can. Or just go buy a Mac. The Wow Factor: N/A Overall: I will use this product until my needs outgrow the things I own.
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"No compatible with Windows 7" submitted October 8, 2012

By Dave R in Phoenix, AZ
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Musical Background: musician for 59 years, play 4 insturments, play in an orchestra
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Overall: This order cost me over hundred dollars in returns, not to mention hassles. The M-Audio KeyRig 49 is NOT compatible with any modern computer that runs the latest software and the company's website says don't even try contacting them for a fix. As a result I had to return the keyboard at my own expense, plus the stand, MIDI software by PrintMusic and the book on PrintMusic.
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"No Windows XP Pro or Win Media Cntr support" submitted March 11, 2008

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Musical Background: Hobbyist
Music Style: Alternative
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Sound: Can't say since it won't install on Windows Pro or Windows Media Center. M-Audio support said so sad, too bad. Feature: Keyboard is OK but nothing to write home about Ease of Use: Again, software won't install on my versions of Windows Quality: Again, software won't install on my versions of Windows Manufacturer Support: Again, software won't install on my versions of Windows. Support was very un-cooperative and said nothing beyong we don't support Windows Pro or Windows Media Center.
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