Samson Graphite 49 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller, 49-Key

Play software synths on this USB MIDI controller's 49 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, plus trigger samples from four velocity-sensitive drum pads.

Samson's Graphite 49 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 49-key semi-weighted keyboard with a feature set that is both useful and accessible, the Graphite 49 is a sleek, powerful tool that allows you to express your most dynamic musical ideas.

Feels More Like an Instrument

The Graphite 49'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 49 keys, the Graphite 49's pitch range is perfect for performing, while remaining highly portable.

Expand with Ease

The Graphite 49 is easy to use. With dedicated Transpose and Octave buttons, you can change the key of any given instrument, as well as expand the keyboard to a full four-octave range, without using any sub menus or shift keys. With all of these comprehensive features, not to mention classic 'Pitch Bend' and 'Modulation' wheels, the Graphite 49 puts a wide range of musical expression and tone manipulation at your fingertips.

Custom Controller

Take full control of your DAW and virtual instruments with the Graphite 49's controller functions. It read more features nine faders, eight encoders and 16 buttons, all customizable for the ultimate in hands-on control. Not only are they customizable, they can be programmed on-the-fly without the need for editor software. The Graphite 49's large LCD screen displays the behavior of every function in real-time, enabling intuitive mapping with any software you're using.

Room to Create

Another way players can make the Graphite 49 truly their own is to utilize up to four zones on the keyboard for creating splits and layering sounds. This function allows different sounds to be assigned to different sections of keys for a completely personalized setup. With the keyboard divided into sections, the Graphite 49 lets you control two, three or four unique voices simultaneously. Record your bass, string, pad and lead tones all to a single track and leave room for your creative ideas to run wild.

Trigger Happy

The Graphite 49 features four large velocity-sensitive trigger pads with aftertouch that can be easily programmed and assigned. Use them to tap out drum beats, cue one-shot samples or start and stop sequences. Expand your options further with a second bank of triggers, bringing the total to eight. With such versatility, the trigger pads are a vital performance and recording feature of the Graphite 49.

Elements of Design

With a compact body design that is thinner than most controllers in its class, the Graphite 49 is perfect for live performance and studio applications. It's constructed for optimal playability whether it's placed on a solid surface or mounted to a keyboard stand. And its sleek, angled top panel offers easy viewing in any environment.

On-the-go with the iPad

When combined with the iPad using Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit, the Graphite 49 is a great tool for making music on-the-go. Use it with your favorite music and synth iPad apps that support MIDI controllers. For additional mobility, the Graphite 49 can be powered directly by the iPad when you are away from your desktop computer.

Graphite Comes Komplete

Bundled with the Graphite 49, Native Instruments Komplete Elements 8 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.

With the great feel and total control that keyboard players and studio professionals everywhere crave, Samson's Graphite 49 USB MIDI Controller brings out the best in performance and production capability.


- 49-key semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch
- Nine programmable faders, eight encoders and 16 buttons for hands-on control over your DAW and virtual instruments
- Four velocity-sensitive trigger pads with aftertouch (two banks each) for drum sounds and samples
- Large LCD display provides real-time feedback
- Includes MIDI Out, USB and sustain pedal connections
- Compact design, perfect for live performance and studio applications
- Dedicated Transpose and Octave buttons, Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels
- Four zones for creating splits and layering sounds
- Adjustable velocity curve for both keys and pads
- USB bus powered
- Bundled with Native Instruments Komplete Elements 8 music production software

NOTE: iPad NOT included.
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 12.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 34 x 13 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SAKGR49

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 516-870-7200

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted February 9, 2015 by Walter W in New Bern, NC

"Nice keybed and Velocity curve"

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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I brought one of these used and it is a nice board. The key action is really good and the keys are full-size which is great for people like me with huge hands. The velocity curves are good not as good as the Roland A-800 Pro which is the best of any midi controller but they can come in a close second place. The controller is built very well and has a nice little weight to it. all the knobs and faders are sturdy and it can take a beaten. The LCD is a nice size and everything is easy to see. Pitch bend and Modulation wheels are very sturdy as well. It comes with a software that allows for mapping it to VST's and DAW's. However, I am not a mapper as I only care about the keys and action since I use maschine studio as my slave unit. I recommend this to anyone looking for Great keys and very good velocity curves. If you have played the Roland A-800 Pro this Samson Graphite 49 won't disappoint you because it is almost as good for half the price!

Musical Background:

Pro Musician, Studio owner

Musical Style:

rock, jazz, hip-hop, r&b, pop, Christian everything
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