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Roland A-49 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller, 49-Key

Roland A-49 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller, 49-Key

Playability meets mobility in the Roland A-49: a portable, USB-powered MIDI controller keyboard with full-size keys and the Roland D-Beam controller.

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Submitted June 30, 2013 by eddie m in nashua, NH
"Nice keyboard, works with win 8"
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Nice keyboard for the money... I bought it because it works with windows 8. The action is nice and its as simple as they come, D beam USB powered 49 keys. Not micro keys but not full sized... I use it with Mixcraft 6 Pro with no issues. Portable, slim footprint. Fits great in my studio.BTW:
Musical Background:
Keyboard, drums, guitar.
Musical Style:
Love electronica, fusion, new progressive rock.
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Submitted November 24, 2015 by Kev C in Los Angeles, CA
"great controller"
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I needed a smaller controller with full sized keys. Tried some cheaper ones and the keys were slightly loose and the spring action was not very good. Roland had some good reviews and I have never really been disappointed with Roland. The keyboard is very nice and couldn't ask for more for the price I paid.
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Submitted December 15, 2019 by Ben G
"Pitch Bend is only 4-bit resolution. FOUR. The MIDI spec calls for 14-bit. Useless!"
Unbelievably, the Pitch Bend resolution of the A-49 is only 4-bit. This means that no matter how slowly you move the pitch stick, it jumps 512 values at a time along the entire -8192 to +8192 pitch bend range. 14-bit would be jumping 1 value at a time. Even the cheapest no-name MIDI controllers do 7-bit pitch bend which jumps 64 values at a time. So the pitch bend of the A-49 sounds like a bad video game when you move the pitch stick slowly. It's really terrible, since this is marketed as a pro-level controller. I verified by examining the MIDI messages that this unit is sending in real time. It's so unbelievable in this day and age that Roland would sell a 49 key controller with 4-bit pitch bend resolution... this is such a joke. Also there's no aftertouch.I really should have gotten an Arturia Keylab 49 which has 14-bit pitch bend (verified by their customer support) and aftertouch for only $50 more. Roland customer support won't even return my emails and there's no mention on their site that the A-49 pitch bend is such a low resolution. One would assume that since the MIDI spec itself calls for 14-bit pitch bend that every MIDI controller would follow this unless they state otherwise, but apparently Roland is not so trustworthy.
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Submitted April 13, 2021 by a customer from gmail.com
"A Hit...with a BIG Miss"
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One of my faves for piano,if you don't need a pitch wheel. I use an Akai MPK225 for synths and pitch wheel.
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