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M-Audio Radium49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller

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Compact, versatile, powerful, and affordable!

The M-Audio Radium49 49-Key USB MIDI Controller is a quality keyboard, 16 MIDI-assignable controllers and built-in MIDI interface--and we're only talking 6 pounds. You can power Radium49 from the USB bus or batteries so that you can play, compose, record, and mix with ultimate mobility.

Perfect for applications such as realtime soft synth control, virtual mixing, drum programming, live performance, and more. The keyboard even doubles as an intuitive user interface, making control assignments a breeze.

Lends itself to a wide variety of applications that help blur the difference between stage and studio.

Leave the tedium of the mouse behind and put your hands on any 16 MIDI parameters on your soft synths in real time. Unleash the full potential of your musical tools and push your creativity to the limit. Great for live performance and easy to transport. Play grooves into your drum software in real time. Then use the 8 knobs and 8 sliders to manipulate the dynamics, feel, effects, and more. Use the 8 sliders to control your virtual faders for recording. Radium's knobs can also control pan, effects send amount, and much more. The keys have a second layer of functions, allowing you to program MIDI control information directly from the black and whites. Here's how it works:

1. Press the MIDI/select button

2. Press the note on the keyboard with label that corresponds to the parameter you wish to change

3. Use the data entry slider to select the value or enter numeric values by pressing the keys labeled with numbers

Simple and elegant!

FEATURES
  • 49 keys (+/-3-octave transposition)
  • 8 assignable MIDI control knobs
  • 8 MIDI-assignable sliders
  • Built-in USB MIDI interface
  • Dual MIDI outputs — one from keyboard, one from computer
  • Powered via USB bus, batteries, or AC
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 29-1/2"W x 3-3/8"H x 9-1/4"D.
  • Only 6.54 lbs.
  • System requirements:
  • PC: Available USB port and Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, or Windows XP
  • Macintosh: Native USB Port, Mac OS 9.1 or later using OMS 2.3.7 or later; OS X or later
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4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

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Radium 49

A great little keyboard for a small space. The pitch wheel is strong and the mod wheel moves smoothly and doesn't stray. Compared to some of the more expensive M-Audio keyboards, the sliders...Read complete review

A great little keyboard for a small space. The pitch wheel is strong and the mod wheel moves smoothly and doesn't stray. Compared to some of the more expensive M-Audio keyboards, the sliders and casing are little rough. The keys are quite similar to some of the lower end keyboards, like the Yamaha-PSR series or Casio. The whole thing looks boxy. If you have an extra $20 it might be worth it to get the Radium61. Altogether, I'm afraid it might be finished from a short drop.The installer did exactly what the manual said it would, which I think says a lot since many of the things I've installed before have deviated from the instructions. It set up instantly in Reason. I did have a problem with latency, but that can be easily fixed in most softsynth programs by changing the buffer size. If you are running Reason, just go into the preferences menu and then go into the audio page. If you change the sample rate to a higher number or lower the buffer size, the output latency should be reduced. I was able to get it down to 92ms rather than the 200 it was before without any noticeable changes in the sound. I'm sure those settings affect the latency differently from system to system.

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You get what you pay for...sometimes not even that

Terrible midi-stepping on the knobs. Random stuck notes that create havoc when midi sequencing or auditioning synths...you have to find the key that's stuck and hit it again to get it to...Read complete review

Terrible midi-stepping on the knobs. Random stuck notes that create havoc when midi sequencing or auditioning synths...you have to find the key that's stuck and hit it again to get it to stop. HORRIBLE build quality, my unit was brand new, and the parameter buttons stick, and two of the sliders have to be forced to reach maximum capacity, and the keyboard action is worse than the Yamaha CS1x long ago. The driver installation IS A PAIN, even MAudio's instructions tell you to repeat the process 2 more times. NOT GOOD. I don't know if MAudio beta-tested their first customers, or if all these positive reviewers have never used any other controllers, or if I just got a bum unit, but I can tell you this: 9 out of 10 people I talk to online that have had the Radium traded it in for an Edirol PCR50 and have lived happily ever after. I'm probably doing the same. I'll never buy from MShoddy-Oh again.

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1.0

You get what you pay for...sometimes not even that

By lhm1138

from Jacksonville, FL

Terrible midi-stepping on the knobs. Random stuck notes that create havoc when midi sequencing or auditioning synths...you have to find the key that's stuck and hit it again to get it to stop. HORRIBLE build quality, my unit was brand new, and the parameter buttons stick, and two of the sliders have to be forced to reach maximum capacity, and the keyboard action is worse than the Yamaha CS1x long ago. The driver installation IS A PAIN, even MAudio's instructions tell you to repeat the process 2 more times. NOT GOOD. I don't know if MAudio beta-tested their first customers, or if all these positive reviewers have never used any other controllers, or if I just got a bum unit, but I can tell you this: 9 out of 10 people I talk to online that have had the Radium traded it in for an Edirol PCR50 and have lived happily ever after. I'm probably doing the same. I'll never buy from MShoddy-Oh again.

 
4.0

Does the Job

By Yellowmenace

from Seattle, WA

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I have been a keyboardist for over 15 years and have used all kinds of keyboards from super cheap to several thousand dollars. I bought this for portability and size and the USB power. It does the job and works fine. One problem (at least on my PC), is that I have to put the darn CD back in everytime I unplug and replug this from my system. The plastic case with cheesy silver finish looks incredibly ugly. The keys and action on them are light and I really don't like their feel...feels like my kid's cheap Casio (OK, not quite that bad, but cheap, nonetheless). It is a very useful tool however, as it is USB powered and controls PC MIDI through that same single cable and works seamlessly with my recording software and its size is small enough to stow under my desk when not in use. Ease of use is nice. A last bonus is that the USB cable that comes with it is the shiny braided silver kind. ;)

 
5.0

Very cool and definitely worth it.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I play/record mine through Cakewalk Music Creator Pro through Edirol synth software included on Cakewalk MC Pro. Most of the sounds are authentic and excellent. The 49 keys are enough for me to record/perform with. If you're looking for a versatility and mobility, then this one is certainly sufficient. The keys are not weighted, but I'm mainly concerned with the sound of the instrument and have not been disappointed. I haven't experienced the problem "sticking" keys. I have Windows XP service pack 2 - works fine.

 
5.0

Good controller

By Stercederised

from Ashburn, VA

I haven't had the poor experience listed below, though I will speak up and say that I HAVE had the stuck note issue. This usually occurs when you are pressing both the software and controller too hard (it's CPU based, usually because the CPU temp is too hot). This is somewhat caused by the drivers, but overall, this issue CAN and WILL occur with other controllers when the CPU is pushed past it's limits. That being said, this controller is recommened by many people for the perfect blend between keys and controls, as well as price. I've read a few reviews in recent magazines stating this is a GREAT controller for the new Reason 3. there is no perfect controller, though some of the more expensive ones do provide extra features (such as a "piano" key feel, more midi controls, etc). This is a very good controller...you cannot go wrong with it and it is reliable. Playing live shouldn't be an issue either, again assuming your CPU is running less than 145 F and you aren't trying to run multiple memory sucking synth programs at the same time (better to leverage multiple PCs dedicated to one program such as Reason 3.0 which are then in turn synched up).

 
5.0

Extrealy useful

By Pete Rice (Thunderhorse)

from Santa Clara, CA

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I got this keyboard a few weeks ago to use forReason 2.5. The features work great, I have hadabsolutly no problems programming the sliders andsettings. The Radium 49 is perfect for softwaresynths and sound mods. I have read earlier reviewsfrom people saying they ran into problems. If your considering a midi controller don't wait another second and order this thing, probley one of the best investments i've made in a long time even thought in my opinion its a little too expensive.Good luck on your endevours and wish you luck with this wonderful product.

 
5.0

Worth Every Penny

By LunarLullaby

from Brighton, MI

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I don't know why everyone has been having problems with this controller. I just purchased this 3 days ago. I got home, installed the driver (with absolutely no problems), and started playing. It works flawlessly with my old Cakewalk 9 and I couldn't ask for anything better for same amount of money. I am a guitarist and definitely not a keyboard player, so the feel might not be the best. I probably used this controller for about 8 hours in the last two days. It helped me lay out melodies, string lines, and bass lines for my record. Anyway, I give this 2 thumbs up!

 
4.0

Alright!

By TranceDJ

from Dallas, TX

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Well first it was a 30 min install but that's not that bad. It's just that the keys do tend to get stuck on certain notes but rarely and you gotta find that certain key and tap it again to get the note to unfreeze. Not the best thing when you're recording. The keys are really light but let me tell you it gets the job done. As long as you have a good quality sound card you will get no latency. I'm just glad i'm able to make syths and all with this keyboard. And the extra knobs and sliders are very useful.

 
5.0

A good value for computer-based music composition

By DrChaos

from Reno, NV

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I bought the Radium 49 to be part of a computer-based music composition system. It suits that purpose admirably. I carefully followed the instructions in the User's Guide, and the software driver installed without a hitch on my Windows 2000 computer. After tweaking a few configuration settings on Magix Music Studio, that program and the keyboard were communicating smoothly.The programming features are easy to use. When I start up, I switch the MIDI transmit channel from 1 to 16, and switch the knobs and sliders to Preset #6, which makes the knobs into pan-pots and the sliders into volume controls. All this takes just a few key-presses.A few MIDI messages are unsupported by the Radium. This is my only complaint. All it means in practice is that sometimes I have to move my hands from the Radium's keyboard to the computer keyboard or mouse in order to, say, set the song position.While the keyboard is not as responsive as a piano's, I have been able to play thirty-second notes on it (with the tempo at 105 quarter-notes per minute). There is also a jack in the back for a sustain-pedal: a Yamaha pedal works just fine.All in all, I consider the Radium 49 a good value.

 
4.0

Radium 49

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

A great little keyboard for a small space. The pitch wheel is strong and the mod wheel moves smoothly and doesn't stray. Compared to some of the more expensive M-Audio keyboards, the sliders and casing are little rough. The keys are quite similar to some of the lower end keyboards, like the Yamaha-PSR series or Casio. The whole thing looks boxy. If you have an extra $20 it might be worth it to get the Radium61. Altogether, I'm afraid it might be finished from a short drop.The installer did exactly what the manual said it would, which I think says a lot since many of the things I've installed before have deviated from the instructions. It set up instantly in Reason. I did have a problem with latency, but that can be easily fixed in most softsynth programs by changing the buffer size. If you are running Reason, just go into the preferences menu and then go into the audio page. If you change the sample rate to a higher number or lower the buffer size, the output latency should be reduced. I was able to get it down to 92ms rather than the 200 it was before without any noticeable changes in the sound. I'm sure those settings affect the latency differently from system to system.

 
5.0

Great keyboard

By Low B

from Detroit, MI

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Works Great, I've used it with garageband as well as reason and digital performer. I'm not much of a keyboardist, so this fits my needs well. I'm just starting to get into programming keys, etc. I plan to use this with cubase in the future. I am very happy with it. In some ways, I wish it had an analog out, but I can't complain too much for the price. A few warnings: -A power supply is not included, so if you do not plan to use usb power, buy a power supply. -The version of reason that comes bundled with it is VERY limiting. Only 3 tracks and no plug in support. Also, ReWire doesn't seem to function correctly. -It's a little bulky, but light. Overall, It's a good value, there are a few things to take into consideration.

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