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Korg KONTROL49 49-Key MIDI/USB Controller

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The Korg KONTROL49 49-Key MIDI/USB Controller combines intuitive design, great feel, familiar hardware, and detailed displays into a comprehensive co...Click To Read More About This Product

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Take control of all your MIDI and DAW parameters.

The Korg KONTROL49 49-Key MIDI/USB Controller combines intuitive design, great feel, familiar hardware, and detailed displays into a comprehensive controller for all your MIDI needs. Equipped with 40 assignable control elements--including the Vector Joystick--the KONTROL49 provides musical dexterity when working with soft-synths, MIDI modules, or any DAW.

The 49 full-sized keys feature the same great touch and feel proven in Korg's professional workstation instruments. 8 velocity curves let you tailor the response to your own playing, or to a specific application. Octave shift buttons provide full access to the entire 128-note range. The Vector Joystick offers simultaneous control of 2 separate parameters. A pair of assignable switches can toggle 2 independent functions, or provide incremental up and down control to a single parameter. The main panel has 8 assignable sliders and 8 assignable rotary encoders. Each slider/encoder pair shares a backlit LCD to display its current functions. 3-level color-coding keeps controllers grouped together visually. 16 illuminated and velocity sensitive trigger pads can perform any MIDI function. You can connect an assignable footswitch and footpedal (both optional) to the back panel to provide elements of hands-free performance.

In addition to a MIDI input and a pair of MIDI outputs, the back panel features a USB port, allowing direct connection to your computer. While an AC adapter is included, bus-power via the USB connector is also supported.

The KONTROL49 comes with a CD-ROM of demo software: Korg Legacy Collection, Lounge Lizard EP-2 by Applied Acoustic Systems, Sample Tank 2 Korg Edition, Native Instruments VOKATOR, and Reason 2.5 from Propellerhead.

  • 49-full size keys with 8 velocity curves
  • Main encoder
  • 8 rotary encoder
  • 8 slider
  • 16 velocity sensitive pads
  • Vector Joystick (independent X and Y assignments)
  • Pitch wheel (independent Up and Down assignments)
  • Mod wheel
  • 2 switches
  • 8 character (8x5 dot) three-color backlit LCD module
  • MIDI Clock/Tempo LED
  • 12 user presets
  • Global memory
  • Pedal and footswitch connections
  • MIDI in/out/out
  • USB
  • DC IN
  • Powered through USB bus or DC9V (AC adapter)
  • 28-3/4"W x 3-1/3"H x 12-1/2"D
  • 10-13/16 lbs.
  • Supported operating systems: Mac OS X, Windows XP

You got MIDI? Then you'll be wanting this. Order today.

  • Comes with: AC adapter, USB cable, CD-ROM (KONTROL49 Editor/Librarian software for Mac OS X/Windows XP, templates scene data, KORG USB-MIDI driver for Windows XP, demo software), name sheet & sticker for trigger pads
  • Macintosh requirements: Mac OS X v10.2 or later (v10.3 supported), Macintosh with USB port
  • PC requirements: Windows XP, PC with USB port (Intel USB chip set recommended)
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Good for a beginner...

By Nic D.

from Los Angeles, CA

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I've had this product since 2006 so I've had the opportunity to use this to its fullest. The reviews in here don't tell the whole story.First of all, let me say there is NO AFTERTOUCH. Most MIDI keyboards in 2008 support this and is very important in synthesizer playing today.The vector joystick is circular so you can't hit the corners of the X,Y axis. The joystick is also made of very fragile feeling plastic that seems like it could break easily.The build of the K49 is needlessly bulky and also feels fragile. This controller is less likely to hold together on the road compared to any other metal keyboard from Korg.The Editor Librarian has a lot of bugs with any Intel Mac on Tiger or Leopard. The default presets are often for outdated software and when you dump the presets from your DAW, the K49 doesn't pick up the display data right making it hard to read.Most of the demo software that comes with the controller is not Intel Mac compatible and is demo software anyway so it doesn't add to the value of your purchase.In the end, in 2008, there are just too many more advanced MIDI controllers to make this a good purchase. People looking for a MIDI keyboard should look at Novation's RemoteSL series, M-Audio's Axiom Series, or Akai's MPK49.

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Excellent controller

By Peter-y1WON

from MN

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I really do like this keyboard, enough that after owning one for about 5 years I decided to buy another one used just because it was there. For REASON users especially, this is the one to get; it really just works, but I suspect even if you're using Abelton or the like, you'll still really appreciate this controller.
Features are only worth it if you can use them, and this keyboard in that regard especially stacks up very favorably against the Axiom 61 I also own. The layout is good, the little screens that show you what your sliders are set up for is incredibly useful (and I think it's ridiculous that all midi controllers haven't gone this direction), the number of pads you get sets you up well for triggering specific samples, running programs or moving throughout a set or song, all on the same board. Of course, there are midi controllers that have tons of pads just for that, but if you dont' want to buy yet another piece to do the trick, this will spare you some hassle there. The various lights and colors of lights are not only impressive to small babies, but also useful for giving yourself a lot of information at a glance.

As many others mentioned, this keyboard works well in particular with Reason (which my Axiom61 has never been able to do, no matter how much compatibility they claim for it) but I've also used it for logic and a couple other more obscure programs and it always set up much more easily than my Axiom (which often could not be completely set up at all).
I myself have used this for about 4 years I think, maybe a little longer, and a friend of mine also used it in a band we have together so it's been dragged about and in and out of a lot of little venues, and held up very well all considered. The little tip of the xy controller broke off pretty early on, but the pin was still there so it's still usable, so minus half a star there, and on the subject of the xy, it has a very poor tactile feel overall. Not just in that it feels like it will break, but I have never felt like I really had a good sense of control with it, so I never end up using it. You may not end up disliking it, but yeah, as for me, it just never quite felt right.

I will say that while they keys aren't nearly as good as a real piano, they're less annoying to me than most keyboard keys. Not great for everything, but they do the job.
I think ALL midi controllers are extremely overpriced. Most childrens toys offer technology at least this advanced, if not moreso, and we're still charging full on instrument prices for them. I'd like to see midi controllers drop the midi and just become full-fledged USB music peripherals, which is how many use them now anyway, and if they're treated like peripherals, perhaps we can start incorporation extremely advanced technologies like little screens that show us what our controls are doing. The Kontrol49 is a big step in the right direction for that, and I'd love to see Korg release a major update for it that offers more keys and more of what they're essentially already doing. But for the dollar, this is much better than a comparable Axiom which will inevitiably leaving you wonder why it's such a hassle to perform some basic function.


Maximum power and size for mini MIDI control

By stimpy77

from Scottsdale, AZ

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I went shopping for a mini MIDI controller and looked at all of the little M-Audio gadgets among others. But this Korg kept on enticing me, sitting there looking all beautiful and sexy. Honestly I couldn't get my mind and my hands off of her. I had to have her. I shelled out the cash and brought her home, and she turned out to deliver all the ecstacy I expected her to have. Every knob, slider, and button is controllable. The X-Y controller works great in FL Studio. The sliders and knobs even have labeling support so that you can put labels on each one such as effects (unfortunately, sliders and knobs share the same label LCD, determined by what was adjusted last). The librarian software lets me create all new scenes for the unit, allowing me to set up controller mappings and labels for everything on the unit with a SYSEX upload.My one and only complaint is that the librarian has locked down some of the options for some of the buttons, so that you cannot come up with just any MIDI controller ID for any physicalbutton. You will get to choose from a list of a few obvious choices instead. This is not true in all cases--the knobs and sliders can be assigned to basically anything.I do have another complaint, and that is that I bought this with FL Studio 5, which turned out not to pass MIDI signals through to VSTi instruments. This turned out to be devastating to my plans. But it's not KONTROL49's fault--it's the software's fault.Overall, I'm VERY happy with this thing. It's the ultimate powerhorse controller even for live performances. It even has aftertouch!! Of course, it's not a full-size, weighted keyboard, so don't expect to play piano like Chopin, but it's great for everything else. Whether in the studio or on stage, this keyboard will have everything you need for total MIDI control.


All the bells and whistles

By Lucasrocks123

from FL

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This keyboard has everything on it you will ever need. I use it with Reason 3.0 and it works with reason breathtakingly. All the knobs and things are already pre programmed to everything. I never really need to assign controls at all. The keys are one of the best ive ever felt on any midi keyboard. All the pads and things are lighted which helps you stay organized, plus the little screens label everything so its very easy to have complete control over everything. The drum pads are okay, they light up and stuff, but you have to actually push them down like buttons, therefore, it is harder to play faster beats and stuff. The axiom drum pads are a bit better, but this keyboard is better overall. It was a little expensive, im not sure if it would be worth it for everybody, but im very happy with my purchase, its just amazing, and nothing works better with reason.


Korg Quality

By Skipernicus-gJA0H

from DC

I've been using Korg keyboards since the early 80s, and this controller is right up there. The keys have a good feel, and it behaves just as it should - and it's nice that the computer will label the knobs for you... I'm pretty happy with it, and it works well with Reason.


One of the Greatest Midi Controllers Out!!!!!!

By Q.Z.

from Biloxi, MS

I was shopping for a midi controller and I stumbled upon this bad boy! This is my first midi controller and it makes arranging music a breeze. I use sonar and rewire reason, and it works out great with it! The keys are great, and the controlls are wonderful. I recommend this product to anyone who's search for a great product to elevate ther production!!!


Fluid keys and...

By Monte Abramson

from New York, NY

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This is a solid keyboard. The keys play very fluid and natural. With a Mac, no driver is needed. Synchs with most PC software well.Pro innerds. Nice bells and whistles. A future 88 keyboard model would be nice. The Musician's friend KEB26 equipment case fits this midi controller as if it were made for it.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This thing is super sweet with Reason. Get this thing, Reason and an ASIO soundcard (if you are on a PC), you will be blown away.


Korg Delivers Again

By Nick Kernan

from New York

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This goes great with Reason, so much so that it is featured in Reason's tutorials. The quality and feel of the keys, buttons, and knobs keeps up with Korg's stellar reputation. The only bad thing I can say about this is the price, but it is definitely worth it, especially if you are in need of a good MIDI controller.

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