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Unmatched playability, realtime control, and programmability!

The E-Mu Xboard 49 USB/MIDI Controller is an ideal MIDI controller for studio and stage use with 49 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch and 16 programmable realtime controllers. It also includes the Xboard Control editing software, a full version of E-Mu's Proteus X2 Software Sound Module with 3GB of sounds plus the Mo'Phatt X (hip-hop/dance), Planet Earth X (world) and Protean Drums X (drums and percussion) expansion libraries for an additional 1,500 sounds.

The Xboard Control software provides an intuitive desktop interface that lets you create custom templates for all your favorite hardware and software instruments. The Xboards also allow you to set discrete MIDI channels for each controller and offer unrivaled realtime control and performance features, including Snap Shot, that lets you send multiple program changes and controller values by pressing a single button, and Xboard Latch Mode that enables you to define a section of the keyboard as on/off triggers—perfect for drum loops. Ultra-portable. Runs on USB, battery, or AC power.

FEATURES
  • 49 full-size, velocity sensitive keys with aftertouch
  • 16 assignable, realtime control knobs
  • 6 function buttons
  • 3-segment LCD display
  • Navigational buttons
  • Data slider (also master volume)
  • Pitch and mod wheels
  • Xboard Control software lets you easily create custom setups for your favorite hardware/software instruments
  • Advanced studio/live performance features like Latch Mode for triggering drum loops, Snap Shot for instant program changes, and more

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Xboard 49 USB/MIDI Controller

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4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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Very nice. Not perfect, but very impressive.

I just picked this up tonight and I will touch on the good and the bad:GOOD1. keys. They feel better than basically ALL of the MIDI keyboard controllers. Second only to the...Read complete review

I just picked this up tonight and I will touch on the good and the bad:GOOD1. keys. They feel better than basically ALL of the MIDI keyboard controllers. Second only to the Novation Remote series. They blow away M-Audio's garbage plasticky keys.2. Regular pitch bend and modulation wheels! No joysticks, XY sticks, etc.. I want the oldschool, tried and true wheels, and these are them. And they have a great feel to them. Very nice build quality.3. Sixteen knobs! Sixteen! Awesome. Who needs sliders? You have 16 knobs to work with!4. Latch button. Hit a key, hold it and then hit latch. It keeps the key going, and you can jam on any other keys while the one is sustaining. Great for drumloops/sampling. Only thing that sucks is you can only latch ONE key, not a chord.. so far as I know (haven't experimented with it in depth)5. Sleek look, simple to use. Very simple.6. Price-- best for what you get. I remember buying an Edirol PCR-80 about a year ago and it was nearly $300.7. The editor is very nice, graphically, etc. Easy to use, easy to store your favorite VST knob configuration. (Can store 16 setups, which is twice more than I'll ever need, I think).THE BAD1. Browsing presets with your virtual instrument is not instantaneous, as is with an Edirol keyboard controller. You select the "PGM Browse Mode" (Edit menu), and use either the slider (not recommended), or the octave up/down keys (which become patch browse up/down when you are in this mode). Changing a patch takes one full second to process, via MIDI (which I don't like). Say you're using the Pro-53 by NI.. you can use your mouse and click the buttons to change patches and they change instantly. Using the E-mu, as the manual indicates, it takes one full second to change a patch (going up or down). Hopefully a future firmware update will remedy this. But knowing E-mu's reputation, doubtful... this is annoying. It's not terrible, but I like changing patches quickly. There's no reason, if the Edirol MIDI controllers can change patches instantly, that the E-mu's controller cannot. It should.2. Installation was kind of a pain. It is absolutely necessary to upgrade the driver upon installation (follow the stapled installation guide CLOSELY, especially the part where it says "Have Disk" and point to the exact .inf file from the CD... that's the only way I got my Xboard to fully install completely and correctly. Minor gripe.3. Don't think you have all those Proteus 2000 sounds, because the box says you do. You don't, unless you buy that E-mu soundcard. The software's there (Proteus X) but the sounds are not. With all the great sounds out there (especially all the great free VSTs), you won't miss the Proteus sounds. Wish the manual would have mentioned the Proteus X in detail... it mentions nothing of it. Again, minor gripe.All in all, this is a great controller. At this price, don't pass it up. The keys alone are worth the asking price. Few controllers are built this nice.

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Taking a deep breath and trying again

I was really excited about getting this board after reading some positive reviews, and finding out that it included the Proteus X LE sound module. With everything else equal, that was the selling...Read complete review

I was really excited about getting this board after reading some positive reviews, and finding out that it included the Proteus X LE sound module. With everything else equal, that was the selling point that pushed it over the edge for me.As far as the board is concerned, it seems fairly decent. This is my first stand alone controller board. All of the others that I use are high-end synths with midi.It's pretty much just the software that I have a gripe with. Nowhere in the online description, or in the printed manuals does it say that EMU Digital Audio Sound Card is required to install Proteus X. It wasn't until I spent a long while fuming over the installation, wondering whether I was running up against a hardware problem, a driver problem, or an application problem that the board wasn't working as I expected. I installed this on a fresh machine without any other VSTs or apps that could test if the board was working or not.After the installation hung on my Win XP SP2 machine for the gazillionth time, I found that one of Proteus' pdf manuals installed without the application. I dug through that and found the following:"Important: Install the EMU Digital Audio System audio card before installing and running Proteus X LE."??? I can only guess that this is what caused the installation to repeatedly hang. I installed an Arturia VST and immediately found the board to be working.Anyway, that's my mine gripe. Some things seem a bit quirky with the controllers in that program changes wouldn't take. Not sure if it's just a thing with this particular VST or what. I'll explore a little more and decide whether I should just return the thing. Just such a hassle.

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3.0

Taking a deep breath and trying again

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I was really excited about getting this board after reading some positive reviews, and finding out that it included the Proteus X LE sound module. With everything else equal, that was the selling point that pushed it over the edge for me.As far as the board is concerned, it seems fairly decent. This is my first stand alone controller board. All of the others that I use are high-end synths with midi.It's pretty much just the software that I have a gripe with. Nowhere in the online description, or in the printed manuals does it say that EMU Digital Audio Sound Card is required to install Proteus X. It wasn't until I spent a long while fuming over the installation, wondering whether I was running up against a hardware problem, a driver problem, or an application problem that the board wasn't working as I expected. I installed this on a fresh machine without any other VSTs or apps that could test if the board was working or not.After the installation hung on my Win XP SP2 machine for the gazillionth time, I found that one of Proteus' pdf manuals installed without the application. I dug through that and found the following:"Important: Install the EMU Digital Audio System audio card before installing and running Proteus X LE."??? I can only guess that this is what caused the installation to repeatedly hang. I installed an Arturia VST and immediately found the board to be working.Anyway, that's my mine gripe. Some things seem a bit quirky with the controllers in that program changes wouldn't take. Not sure if it's just a thing with this particular VST or what. I'll explore a little more and decide whether I should just return the thing. Just such a hassle.

(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great controller.

By Fancypants

from South

I have a white Macbook from 2008, which still works like a charm, and when I started using the x-board with Garage Band (can't afford Pro Tools yet!) it worked just fine.It seems like most of the negative reviews for this product are from users who are using Windows. With that said, ANYONE trying to work with music on their computers should be using an iMac/Macbook/etc.

 
3.0

E-Mu Review

By Mike Fiera

from Tampa, FL

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Features:49 Key midi Controller with some pretty good knobs and a bright led screen. Quality: The E-MU Xboard 49 Controller is ok. On the lower octave I think some of the keys may be raised slightly. I run it thru midi to rackmount, so I have no idea how the usb driver support is. Considering I don't use USB for power I needed an adapter for it. One does not come included.Value:I'd prefer this over M-Audio.OverallA good keyboard for the money.

 
5.0

Excellent tool.

By Cab916

from Sacramento, CA

I run reason 3 with my E-MU X board 49 and it functions beautifully. Just install the drivers and configure your midi program and your ready to go.

 
4.0

Very nice. Not perfect, but very impressive.

By Skip Frederiksen

from Philadelphia, PA

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I just picked this up tonight and I will touch on the good and the bad:GOOD1. keys. They feel better than basically ALL of the MIDI keyboard controllers. Second only to the Novation Remote series. They blow away M-Audio's garbage plasticky keys.2. Regular pitch bend and modulation wheels! No joysticks, XY sticks, etc.. I want the oldschool, tried and true wheels, and these are them. And they have a great feel to them. Very nice build quality.3. Sixteen knobs! Sixteen! Awesome. Who needs sliders? You have 16 knobs to work with!4. Latch button. Hit a key, hold it and then hit latch. It keeps the key going, and you can jam on any other keys while the one is sustaining. Great for drumloops/sampling. Only thing that sucks is you can only latch ONE key, not a chord.. so far as I know (haven't experimented with it in depth)5. Sleek look, simple to use. Very simple.6. Price-- best for what you get. I remember buying an Edirol PCR-80 about a year ago and it was nearly $300.7. The editor is very nice, graphically, etc. Easy to use, easy to store your favorite VST knob configuration. (Can store 16 setups, which is twice more than I'll ever need, I think).THE BAD1. Browsing presets with your virtual instrument is not instantaneous, as is with an Edirol keyboard controller. You select the "PGM Browse Mode" (Edit menu), and use either the slider (not recommended), or the octave up/down keys (which become patch browse up/down when you are in this mode). Changing a patch takes one full second to process, via MIDI (which I don't like). Say you're using the Pro-53 by NI.. you can use your mouse and click the buttons to change patches and they change instantly. Using the E-mu, as the manual indicates, it takes one full second to change a patch (going up or down). Hopefully a future firmware update will remedy this. But knowing E-mu's reputation, doubtful... this is annoying. It's not terrible, but I like changing patches quickly. There's no reason, if the Edirol MIDI controllers can change patches instantly, that the E-mu's controller cannot. It should.2. Installation was kind of a pain. It is absolutely necessary to upgrade the driver upon installation (follow the stapled installation guide CLOSELY, especially the part where it says "Have Disk" and point to the exact .inf file from the CD... that's the only way I got my Xboard to fully install completely and correctly. Minor gripe.3. Don't think you have all those Proteus 2000 sounds, because the box says you do. You don't, unless you buy that E-mu soundcard. The software's there (Proteus X) but the sounds are not. With all the great sounds out there (especially all the great free VSTs), you won't miss the Proteus sounds. Wish the manual would have mentioned the Proteus X in detail... it mentions nothing of it. Again, minor gripe.All in all, this is a great controller. At this price, don't pass it up. The keys alone are worth the asking price. Few controllers are built this nice.

 
5.0

xboard49 - one solid piece

By ba1ance

from Denver

The thing is awesome. I just bought it, and it has way more features than any other midi controller/keyboard for the money. It has a very durable build, nice feel to the keys and rotary faders. I use it with reason and ableton live and I love that I can assign all the features from the software to controls on the board (gives you a hands-on feel to producing when using software). I am real new to it, so I don't know about the function buttons, and I can't use the master volume fader for some reason... Maybe I will read the manual soon. I got it working on a mac in a couple minutes and now I am exploring all its capabilities. This will empower to produce way better at the computer if this is your first controller. 49 keys is a plus also, I am learning to play the piano.

 
5.0

Excellent controller

By Rad Rick

from Orange Park, FL

Fantastic action, puts Radium to shame. The drivers installed perfectly. The software is good, I use the X-Board with my Acid Pro software and to trigger other modules. The latch feature is pretty cool as well.

 
3.0

Drivers bad/terrible.

By SkiingObsessed2007

from MN

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Good keys. Lots of buttons and controls. A bit complicated. The usb never got detected into any software even though the computer recognized the keyboard. Installed 5 times or more. Tried updates, firmware updates. The manual suggests using the usb connection to connect to pc and MIDI to connect to other devices/modules. Therefore I never connected it via midi to pc. The thing never worked therefore and I returned it. Got a small m-audio O2 to get me by. It is ok works well again via midi connection on the computer with midi and via usb on pc with usb only. strange. I am considering getting the e-mu again because for the price you get a lot of stuff and if this also works via midi connection then i will have lots of flexibility. Plus this one is supposed to have Aftertouch which many m-audios and others don't.

 
5.0

This is a great choice

By paul-ggldm

from Undisclosed

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Ok, this is an excellent choice, you will not regret getting it. I say this because not only is this keyboard a good midi controller, but it comes with excellent MIDI instruments. I will never need to look around to purchase any more drum, orchestra, or virtually any other VST instrument because the program (proteus X) has EVERYTHING I'll ever need. The program alone is 100$, so you are definitely getting a great deal. (However I thought I read that you might need an e-mu soundcard for it to work [which I own], but I might be wrong, make sure to check up on its system requirements...)Anyway, e-mu didn't let me down with this, and I have been let down before with M-audio products. I'm probably sticking with emu from now on.

 
5.0

E-MU Pretty damn cool

By Anew

from Silicon Valley Ca.

This product is a great value for the $ period.assigning the keys couldn't be easier and the Proteus software has great sounds for an LE version. Too bad you can't upgrade to a full version, that would be my only negative.

 
5.0

Data entry/master volume?

By ragnarock-YXeeL

from Pittsburgh, PA

The slider for data entry/master volume is quite cheaply made. All of the other features are good quality, but i was a little dissapointed when this one just fell off.

 
5.0

Best value controller

By The Garranimal

from USA

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I am xstatic about my xboard. Needed something that could not only trigger sample loops during live performance, but latch them as well. This is the ONLY board I found that does it which makes it very unique. The keys are very good construction like a pro synth, not like toy-feeling keys on other controllers. One only drawback is the method of selecting midi channels is not an instant jump but [button-->data slider-->enter button] operation - this is kinda time consuming if you do it very often during your show. Another thing is you can't see the mod wheel position in low lighting conditions - but the buttons and led display are a pretty blue and very easy to see. The Ableton Live lite software that comes with this is killer for the price.

 
5.0

Excellent Basic/Intermediate MIDI Keyboard

By smileyborg

from San Diego, CA

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I bought this keyboard as my first controller to use with Reason 3. I dug around on the Internet for sub-$200 keyboards and decided to go with the Xboard 49. After weighing price to features, the E-MU keyboards turned out on top. I chose the 49 in particular because it fits my desk perfectly.This keyboard is excellent. Most important are the keys, and this is where the Xboard shines. The keys feel GREAT, and the velocity/aftertouch works very nicely. The pitch and mod wheels also feel very nice, they are sturdy, precise, and very functional. The 16 programmable knobs have a nice grip, and feel sturdy. They are quite accurate as well. The other buttons are fine as well, although the data slider/volume is a bit cheap-feeling...nothing rediculous though. The blue LCD screen is very crisp, and some buttons light up when selected. Overall, the keyboard feels quite sturdy. The keyboard comes with a USB cable, and my Windows XP autodetected it. I upgraded the drivers and firmware, and after some hassling around, got everything working great. In Reason, you must set the keyboard as Manufacturer: (Other) Model: MIDI Keyboard w/ Controls. This setting lets the knobs work properly in Reason (when the keyboard is in its default unpatched mode). The keyboard works great so far. It will run directly off of USB power, or it will also run on 3 AA batteries, which is a nice option.Overall, for the money, this is a fantastic MIDI controller. It offers a nice range of features (most notably, aftertouch) that you just can't find on other keyboards in this price range. If you are looking for a quality MIDI controller that will allow you to harness the full potential of your software, this is an excellent choice.

 
5.0

Vista limitations

By DanM

from Undisclosed

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Seems like a fine keyboard, I like the action.Some notes on the software: I have 64-bit Vista. I needed the new controller and driver software from E-Mu's site, and these work fine. The included soft synth, Proteus X, will not work on Vista at all; download Proteus VX instead. (An upgrade to Emulator X3 would cost you $300.) Three of the included sound libraries have copy protection that won't work on Vista, and there is no upgrade for them: Protean Drums, Mo'Phatt, and Planet Earth.In general, E-Mu's poor Vista support story for this software wasted a lot of my time and marred my experience with this product. Shouldn't keep from choosing this keyboard, though.

 
5.0

A perfect addition to my home studio!

By PsychoBob

from Utah

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I plugged it in and turned on Reason I was truly amazed. The aftertouch is so sensitive that it makes my recordings so natural. I use it on a daily basis to compose background music for radio ads and the ocassional video project. Small enough to leave set up and big enough for most projects. Overall I am very satisfied and it's a steal. I wasn't very impressed with the software and the keyboard needs no drivers. Cubase, Reason or any midi music software will recognize it. Be sure to go get the new firware update from manufacturer website!!!

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