M-Audio Keystation 49e
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M-Audio Keystation 49e

Keystation 49e, 49-Key MIDI Keyboard from M-Audio in the Keystation series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 36 reviews )
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James...08/16/2011

James...'s review"Keys feel cheap but then again..."

M-Audio Keystation 49e
This is a really cheap 49 key board. Features? What features? It has a mod wheel and that's about it. This is truly a product geared toward budget studios. That's exactly the application I bought it for way back when. I was starting up a studio and needed a good USB keyboard to play instruments. I didn't need any frills or crazy controls. This one has none. The price was right so I got one.

UTILIZATION

Setup is easy enough. Just install the driver and plug it in. M-audio generally has pretty good drivers. Any issues I've had with them have always been my own error. No need for a manual since this thing is literally a piano and nothing more. I guess it would be nice if there was a velocity selection. It's not like it matters though. This is truthfully a beginners unit. The price and features reflect that.

OVERALL OPINION

My big gripe with this keyboard, has to be the keys themselves. Yes I understand that this is a very cheap and budget unit, but you would think that for what we lose in features, we could get some good keys. Or some decent keys. They are advertised as semi weighted I believe but they don't feel like it. This keyboard is comparable in feel to those $50 Wal mart keyboards you buy for your daughter at Christmas. I have used a few other M-audio keyboards like the Axiom series and I must say the key quality and feel on those is much much better. The difference in price makes it worth it imo. I suppose though if you are a beginner and you don't care about the feel, this is a fine studio unit. I mean it gets the job done. Never junked out on me. I wish M-audio would make a no-feature keyboard with good keys though. I don't need all the crazy knobs that the axioms have and would like one of those with good keys alone. I guess a good way to sum up my thoughts is that I am upset with the quality but for the price I really don't feel right complaining. You get what you pay for.
moosers02/08/2009

moosers's review

M-Audio Keystation 49e
When I bought the M-Audio Keystation 49e I was looking for a simple MIDI controller that I could hook up to my computer to control various virtual instruments. It connects to your computer USB and both pitch and modulation wheels. It has an output for sustain as well.

UTILIZATION

The action of the 49e is pretty clean. While I am not a keyboard player by trade, it feels good to play and is easy to control overall. I like the configuration of this controller because it is easy and to the point. It works exactly what I use it for and works without problem. I am running this on a Mac Book Pro that has a 2.2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4 GB of RAM. I run it both in Logic and with stand alone plugins like Native Instruments Elektrik Piano & B4. I don't have a manual so I don't know how thorough it is, but if you can install it without any issues, it should be pretty smooth sailing.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had the Keystation 49e for about three years and it has done everything I bought it for. I am able to control virtual instruments at ease, providing me with a MIDI work station with vase capabilities. I also have an M-Audio Oxygen 8 and while that has more parameters, I prefer having the extra keys on the 49e and the parameters on the Oxygen 8 really just makes things from confusing in my opinion. The price of the 49e is one of the best parts, as just about anyone can have a great sounding MIDI keyboard rig with this a few virtual instruments at a very reasonable price. I'm extremely happy with this product and recommend it as a cheap solution for those looking to explore MIDI on their computer.
chrisbeats12/17/2008

chrisbeats's review

M-Audio Keystation 49e
It has everything you need to make music of your choice. with just enough keys to fit your in house studio needs

UTILIZATION

It is easy to plug in and use to any computer so you can start making music instantly with no hassles

OVERALL OPINION

This is the perfect keyboard for musicians just starting out and looking to practice chords and melodies on. I would use for anything your doing within an in-house studio
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

M-Audio Keystation 49e
Its not supposed to have knobs and sliders so there isnt anything missing. it allows you to change octaves for those who are worried that the keys may not be enough, so you can play higher or lower. It has a pitch bend wheel and a modulation wheel, along with a volume slider.

Price paid

$99

UTILIZATION

You just plug in the usb cable and you're set. if you have windows you dont even need drivers. cant get much easier than that.

Solid enough to not get damaged, unless you try to do something intentionally. the keys should hold up very well under normal playing.

OVERALL OPINION

It does exactly everything I want it to do. works perfectly with my native instruments plugins and any other plug in i throw at it.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: AntiSocialProduction ( 8-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

M-Audio Keystation 49e
Nothing is missing if you take into account that the 49e is supposed to be a 49 key midi keyboard.

Price paid: $99.99

UTILIZATION

No drivers were needed. I don't need a power chord. Just plug it into the usb and I was ready to go. As easy as one can expect.

I've had it almost for a year now and have had no problems. Only a few surface scratches from storing it for a few months. It only affected the keyboard cosmetically.

OVERALL OPINION

I couldn't produce without it, and a bigger keyboard wouldn't fit in my studio. So for me it's perfect.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Style ( 5-, 2006)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

M-Audio Keystation 49e
Has a volume controller PITCH SHIFTER and modulation for the price its great.

Price paid

£69

UTILIZATION

Its easy to use no problems altough im not sure how to set up the volume or modolation wheel in fruity loops..

Its pretty plasticy but it feels good and for the price i can not complain!

OVERALL OPINION

It kicks ass does the job for me!

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: dejavo ( 2-, 2006)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

M-Audio Keystation 49e
Although the 49e keeps it basic, what it lacks in knobs it makes up for in what's important. You have the ability to switch between higher and lower octives, and a pitch bend/mod wheel lets you give your sounds a twist. All in all, the functions it provides are solid.

Price paid

$110

UTILIZATION

This is my ONLY problem with M-Audio keyboards in general... the keys are just TOO STIFF. Does anybody else feel the same way? I always see M-Audios getting fantastic reviews, "great for the price" and so-on, but I'm not very pleased with the feel of the keys while you play and record. I've used numerous keyboards that have a soft feel which makes the music you create just flow better... it improves your tempo accuracy. The keys are simply uncomfortable.

I have no complaints about this products durability. I've never needed a repair, BUT I HAVE experienced latency which I can't blame entirely on the keyboard alone.

OVERALL OPINION

The sound quality is above average, and it's an aspect of the keyboard I honestly can't complain about.

I don't love this keyboard lol. I've disliked the feel of the keys since I purchased it, and I'm currently trying to figure out what the heck I should invest in next...

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: KnockOut ( 1-, 2006)
I300009/03/2014

I3000's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Keystation 49e
I need a master keyboard with 49 simple and relatively compact keys to be able to adapt to my office / home studio.
I had a power supply and I use only free midi pedal.

UTILIZATION

The feel is correct. It does its job.
I never opened the manual.

OVERALL OPINION

It's been nearly two years now that I use.
I had used some keyboards with fewer keys.
It has just what I need and its price / quality ratio is excellent.
I will make this choice without hesitation.
suntsu06/09/2012

suntsu's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" More than adequate for the price"

M-Audio Keystation 49e
I need a master keyboard simply to replace the previous dating (15 years I think ... see more). After several back and see that my little market research this model came out from the crowd!
It is relatively robust, although relatively light. It has a USB interface, an input for a pedal and conventional MIDI IN / OUT.
The power of the machine can be done via USB or via a transformer not supplied.

UTILIZATION

I like the feel of this keyboard even though it is certainly not the best of the best he did his job! Level configuration and nothing much has been reported as separate plug in, play on, varying the octaves fiddling Pitch Bend or Mod-Wheel is super basic ...

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for nearly 5 years and I am very satisfied, given the price I think it is a "master purchase" for any beginner who did not invest too.
djteckrbl04/18/2012

djteckrbl's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" M-Audio kestion 49th"

M-Audio Keystation 49e
perfect midi controller with lots of opportunity to the next control software

I recommend!

UTILIZATION

can be used on these software:

REASON, Sony sound forge, cubase, Live7 ...

bine and still other

OVERALL OPINION

generally well established for good electronic score.