Yamaha KX49
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Yamaha KX49
moosers 04/07/2010

Yamaha KX49 : moosers's user review

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The Yamaha KX49 is a MIDI controller designed for use with your DAW. It has 49 keys, although they do make versions of this keyboard that have more keys and the same make up if you're looking for more keys to work with. The KX49 has a MIDI input and output as well as a USB port. You can power the KX49 with the USB port, so you don't need an external power supply if you're using this with your computer, but it does have a power jack if you need it. The controller also has a 1/4" connection for your sustain pedal and both pitch and modulation wheels.

UTILIZATION

The make up of the Yamaha KX49 gives users a lot of control over what they can do with. It has all sorts of assignable parameters in the form of both knobs and buttons, as well as an LED screen to navigate with. In addition to your standard MIDI controller features, it also has a section for controlling your DAW, which includes transport buttons and some specific controller for Cubase, which I believe comes with it although I haven't used it with the keyboard. The KX49 definitely offers up more versatility than most MIDI controllers out there, as there is a lot going on with it that I haven't even needed or had time to check out. I haven't seen the manual for the Yamaha KX49, but I'd recommend having it around if you're looking to learn all the ins and outs of the controller.

OVERALL OPINION

These days you certainly have a lot of different choices when it comes to MIDI controllers. The Yamaha KX49 isn't your typical controller, as although it might not have a cutting edge look like a lot of today's MIDI controllers do, it has an extended amount of features that definitely aren't commonplace. Since Yamaha is a such a large conglomerate, they can afford to offer up high quality products like this at prices that will blow most companies out of the water. This is definitely the case with the KX49, as I really think you're getting a great deal with it and a lot of bang for your buck. If you're looking for a MIDI controller that isn't limited in it's features, definitely consider the Yamaha KX49.