E-MU Xboard 49
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E-MU Xboard 49

Xboard 49, 49-Key MIDI Keyboard from E-MU.

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Audiofanzine FR 03/09/2009

E-MU Xboard 49 : Audiofanzine FR's user review

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(Originally written by barbilux/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
I was looking for a compact keyboard to play my hardware and software synths (I already have an 88-key model).

This keyboard provides after touch (very good) but I miss a breath controller connector. Sustain and CC7 (volume) use the same input connector so you'll have to choose one.

UTILIZATION

Good playing feel, which doesn't mean a lot, the dynamic response is more important and I like the way it is adjusted because the playing is very responsive!

Many functions and it's rather difficult to remember all of them. The small three-digit display is not enough and you'll have to search in the user's manual pretty often.

The function buttons are convenient.

I don't use the software.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been owning it for two years but I don't use it that often because I placed it on my DAW's desk and I don't like to play when the keyboard is too high. I can't say if it's sturdy but I think it was conceived for home use rather than stages. The plastic keys don't seem to be very sturdy...

It's ok to trigger instruments in my DAW but a five-octave keyboard would be better to play with both hands.

I like the USB connector and the blue LEDs.

You get a very comprehensive Midi interface at an affordable price. I had no problems with it in spite of all the things I read about its reliability.