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M-Audio KeyRig 49 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

Easy-to-Use 49-Note USB Keyboard

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M Audio Key Rig 49 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller. The M-Audio KeyRig 49 turns your Mac or PC into a versatile keyboard workstation. Featuring a 49-key, synth-action USB MIDI keyboard and the award-winning Key Rig software for the PC, KeyRig 49 makes it easy to start composing and performing music with a computer.

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The M-Audio KeyRig 49 turns your Mac or PC into a versatile keyboard workstation. Featuring a 49-key, synth-action USB MIDI keyboard and the award-winning Key Rig software for the PC, KeyRig 49 makes it easy to start composing and performing music with a computer.

Use KeyRig 49 to play Key Rig’s virtual instrument sounds, or audition loops and compose songs with M-Audio’s Session, Apple’s GarageBand, Ableton’s Live Lite (included) or other music-creation programs. The KeyRig 49 keyboard also includes professional features like pitch and mod wheels, an assignable volume slider, octave +/- buttons and sustain pedal input. It’s powered via a single USB cable and works instantly with computers running Mac OS X or Windows XP.

Virtual Keyboard Rack Included - M-Audio’s award-winning Key Rig software is a single virtual rack that covers all the basic needs of today’s keyboardist. Compatible with most PC environments, Key Rig delivers four great sounding modules for stand-alone or plug-in use—SP-1 Stage Piano, MS-2 Polyphonic Synthesizer, MB-3 Tone Wheel Organ and GM-4 General MIDI Module. The master section lets you route, split, layer and mix these four powerful modules in whatever way best suits your performance and recording needs.

M Audio KeyRig 49 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller Features:

  • 49-note, synth-action keyboard
  • assignable modulation wheel and volume slider
  • pitch bend wheel
  • assignable octave +/- buttons
  • edit mode button
  • sustain pedal input
  • USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 compatible
  • connection and power via a single USB cable
  • instant installation on Mac OS X and Windows XP computers—just plug and play
  • includes award-winning M-Audio Key Rig software (PC only) featuring:
    four top-quality virtual sound modules: SP-1 Stage Piano, MS-2 Polyphonic Synthesizer, MB-3 Tone Wheel Organ and GM-4 General MIDI
  • use stand-alone or with a sequencer
  • variable velocity and controller settings
  • split and layer modules for performance combinations
  • module and master effects processors
  • compatible with most popular software
  • includes Ableton Live Lite music creation software


  • MME
  • Mac OS X Core MIDI

System Requirements

  • PC
    • KeyRig 49 keyboard
    • Pentium 3 800MHz or higher (CPU may be higher for laptops)
    • 256 MB RAM
    • DirectX 9.0b or higher
    • Windows XP (SP1) or higher (Windows 98, Me, NT, or 2000 not supported)
    • *M-Audio suggests you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above.
    • Key Rig software
    • Pentium III 500 MHz or AMD7 (P4 / Athlon 1 GHz or faster recommended)
    • 256 MB RAM
    • 600 MB free hard disk space
    • Windows XP (Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not currently supported.)
    • VST 2.0 compatible host software
    • CD-ROM drive for installation
    • Internet connection (on any computer) for software activation
    • ASIO-compatible soundcard for standalone operation
  • Mac
    • KeyRig 49 keyboard
    • Macintosh G3** 800/G4** 733MHz or higher (CPU may be higher for laptops)
    • OS X 10.2.8 w/ 256 MB RAM,
    • OS X 10.3.4 or greater w/ 512 MB RAM
    • M-Audio suggests you also check the minimum system requirements for your software, as they may be greater than the above.
    • native USB port required; G3/G4 accelerator cards not supported
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M-Audio KeyRig 49 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller Reviews


M-Audio KeyRig 49

Extremely easy to use, this MIDI controller is ideal for all levels of music production. I have used this particular MIDI device in college and at home, and have just ordered one from this site as it is well worth the low price tag. It has a better feel than alot of other MIDI keyboards I have used, including a couple of digital pianos, at a fraction of the price. If you want good, sturdy, basic functionality at a good price this is the product for you :)



A fantastic piece of equipment, uisng this with protools, initially had issues with compatability but after a while found that using it as an rtas plugin it began to work!! fantastic and couldn\'t do without it either... the software that accompanies the keyrig is very good full of different effects and sounds would recommend...

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Very good

Plugged it into Windows Vista (32-bit) and it began working immediately, which was a pleasant surprise.

While the keyboard action is hardly realistic to the touch, it\'s perfectly acceptable for the price, and comes across as generally well manufactured. Same goes for the pitch/modulation wheels.

Great budget MIDI controller, buy now if you don\'t need any bells and whistles!


Keyrig 49

I love the keyrig keyboard. I was only learning keyboard and thought that the keyrig would be perfect because its cheap and usb powered and a midi controller. If been using it for around 5 months now and its still amazing. its very light and portable. Im using it with reason 4.0 rewired into ableton [which come with it]. Its only downside is the lack of controls [only a mod wheel, pitch wheel and volume slider] but for that price you cant be to pick. Highly recommended


axiom 49 key keyboard

trust me people if you, want to get into makin beats get this keyboard, i love it, it has 8 velocity sensitive drum pads which you can assign to wot ever you want, and also has assignable 360 degree nobs and faders, and the latency on the keyboard is unnoticeable, i am a fan of mpc's but cant afford one right now and decided to get this keyboard coz its a complete package for me, and the drum pads feel real alike to the mpc pads, so if your lookin for a good keyboard with a budget get this beauty



M-Audio KeyRig 49 is great!
It's my first USB keyboard and I can recommend it to others as well. Plug-and-play, easy to use, great design. The velocity senstive keys are working great, so are the pitch bend and modulation wheels.

Works well with Reason.
Thanks to Dolphin Music


Nice one

After a long trawl through hundreds of 2.0 USB midi keyboard controllers i came across this one. I was unsure whether it would cater for my needs but it by far exceeded them: simple design, solid construction, good looks, plug and play capability, nice weight on the keys, touch sensitivity and most importantly, excuse the cliche, great value for money. A must buy for a professional in need of something portable or someone starting out in need of something that is cheap and easy without compromising on build quality. P.S. well done dolphin, speedy delivery and great customer service.


M-Audio KeyRig 49

Does exactly what is says on the box.
Plug & Play at its finest. I was a little confused as to which keyboard to buy, a small 1/2 octave midi keyboard, or this one with 49 keys.
I made the right choice, as Reason 3 allows things like split keyboard sounds.The first two octaves are a bass guitar sound, and the next two are something completely different.
There is a slight delay on the key to computer transfer, but only very slightly. An in all, a quality buy.


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M-Audio Oxygen 49 Review

The specifications and statistics of the Oxygen 49 keyboard are well documented elsewhere, so I will be focusing mainly on the usability, and other "soft" features of the product.
In my opinion the control surface has an easy to use layout, with a logical number of controls available for assignment. Being able to take snapshots of the units configuration and recall them with ease. While its feature functionality is rather extensive, the unit itself is rather difficult to play. The action is extremely "hard", and the surface of the keys is rather slippery, making it difficult to use a a primary controller for stage. I would recommend the purchase of the Oxygen 49 to anyone who simply needs a basic triggering controller for their studio, and leave it at home when it comes time to gig.
If I had my druthers, the only thing I would want to add is the ability to change the "feel" of the keyboard. Piano players will have no problem with how the unit is designed, however synth and organ players will find the keys to be very difficult to play fast or difficult passages.
All told, for the money you couldn't go wrong.

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