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Extreme hands-on control of your favorite software and hardware.
The Evolution MK-449C is a four-octave USB MIDI controller ideal for both computer-based and standalone MIDI control applications. It features nine assignable 35mm sliders, eight assignable rotary knobs, 10 assignable buttons, and 49 full-size touch sensitive keys. Both the pitch bend and modulation wheels are fully assignable, as is the input for an optional sustain pedal—adding up to a total of 30 assignable controllers. 10 memory locations come preset with setups for your favorite music software. The keypad and backlit LCD allow you to program while you play—an Evolution exclusive. USB powered design means you can take the MK-449C anywhere you want to make music. Features like drawbar mode, controller mute, snapshot, sys-ex dump round out this very powerful controller.
Just about everything on Evolution keyboards is an assignable controller—including knobs, faders, buttons, pitch wheel, mod wheel, and sustain pedal input. You can even trigger specific MIDI notes from assigned buttons.
One touch on our smooth, solid action will tell you that we haven't forgotten that keyboards are also meant to be played. 12 different velocity curves let you choose the response that's perfect for your touch. Slide controls are high-quality Alps faders.
More Performance/Programming Features
Program while you play with our unique keypad entry method—complete with dedicated function buttons, inc/dec controls and 10 memory presets. Organ Drawbar mode reverses the faders to respond just like the real thing. Controller Mute allows you to preadjust controller positions without sending data, then use Snapshot to send all current settings at once.
Evolution controllers are USB class compliant, making installation as simple as plug-and-play. Our large LCD panels provide for words and graphics that numeric displays alone can't touch. You also get presets set up to control popular music software right out of the box.
Note for note, all this adds up to more features for the dollar. All Evolution keyboards even come bundled with free software to get you started—including a VST sequencer for PC.
Enigma Editor/Librarian Software
This product includes the free download and full registration of Enigma—a powerful software editor/librarian for Mac and PC that lets you easily program, store and load setups for M-Audio and Evolution USB MIDI controllers. Enigma includes a huge library of files for your favorite VST plug-ins, instruments and host apps. Programming is as simple as dragging the software parameter you want to control onto the graphic representation of the controller on your screen. With Enigma, your library of controller presets is virtually unlimited.
The flexible hands-on control you want is just a click a way . . . order your new MIDI controller now!
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This puppy rocks! It is way more than a midi keyboard b/c it has 10 faders, 10 knobs, and 10 buttons - all which can be programmed to control just about any parameter you would need. I have used it with Ableton and FLStudio. With both, it worked great and allowed infinite sonic possibilities without having to touch the mouse. Re-programming the buttons requires a bit of a learning curve esp. for the MIDI beginner, but most gear is like this.
This MIDI controller is exactly what I needed when I was experimenting with my sequencers about a year and a half ago. I was using a really old synth that had SOME MIDI capabilities, but I wanted something I could just take with a laptop and play shows with. This was the answer! With so many great freeware VSTi's and sequencers (like Jeskola Buzz), I have made songs that I wouldn't have made otherwise. And much to my disbelief, but Tyondai Braxton of Battles plays the 61 key version of this EVO line! You'd expect a prestigious guy like himself to play at least an M-audio or something, but hey, if he plays the epiphone line instead of the gibson of MIDI controllers, then more power to him. He always does more with less.I got this much cheaper at the time, which is why I didn't give it a 4.5 or 5 for value, but definitely worth it. Don't even bother with the 25-key, it's too limited.
The data here doesn't really let you know this, but this is a USB controller and is in fact powerable off the USB bus (with no problems, I should add). It does have standard MIDI outs and has a DC in jack, although acquiring a wall wart is your problem. The action is not fantastic but is every bit as good as the M-Audio Radiums (not much of a surprise since this is also made by M-Audio), and is very playable. It even does OK for piano (in moderation, although I'd turn to my weighted controller if I wanted to lay it down seriously). Controller and fader response is very solid so far, as long as you have an app bright enough to know what to do with this-- the Reason mapping for this board would seem to be TOTALLY wrong, but dumb software things like that can usually be fixed with a little effort. My one complaint is that the pitch bend wheel does not have nearly fast enough of a rebound on my unit and so I'm finding myself doing a lot of CV editing in the sequencer... :) For the bucks, this controller is a definite winner, and frankly, with the overall low-quality feel of the bulk of present standalone synth-key controllers in the $150-300 price range, I think you're probably best off not spending the big bucks for one of these anyhow. The 25 key, lacking the faders, is not quite such a good value as the 49 at the longstanding posted price here, but it still should be decent. This is a much smarter choice than ANY of the M-Audio boards at least... grab one while they are still making them.
What a good deal. This keyboard is well-constructed and feels heavier and sturdier than I expected for the price. The sliders and knobs all work properly and the keys don't feel flimsy. My Cakewalk software immediately recognized it in Windows XP. All in all, it's better than I expected and better than the competing M-Audio product at the same price.Cons: no aftertouch; only 1 pedal jack; no AC power supply included (needed if not running with included USB cable)