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User reviews on M-Audio Key Rig products

good but nothing special (M-Audio - Key Rig 49)

By stompboxjon, 22/05/2012
M Audio Key Rig 49 is a midi controller that can be used in almost any software that is on the market. I think it’s a good handy little midi controller even though I got rid of it because I wanted more octaves so I when with a 61 midi keyboard in the end. But the M Audio Key Rig will get the job done especially if you aren’t really a pianist and don’t need that many octaves.

The keys are pretty light and plastic like, they really don’t have any weight to them but to most people that is fine but if you every messed with a real piano or a good digital piano then you will know the difference and it will feel like a toy. But its not designed to be like a digital piano, even though there are midi keyboards on the market that do have weighted keys this isn’t one of them.

Setting it up is really easy just go into your midi options, and with this board you can use USB it doesn’t have to be used with midi. If you don’t have a preset for it available in your software just use a generic controller that will be fine. Trying to use the touch sensitive option wont work though because the keys arent weighted so its point this to try to get tension and release with the keys.

Overall, it’s a pretty basic controller there are a lot on the market just like it. There are no programmable knobs or sliders that you can automate on this board. Check into some of the other M Audio boards if you need more options that are available the Key Rig 49 is just a standard midi keyboard that will get the job done. Its also very portable and extremely light, and takes up hardly any space at all. Great for use with a laptop.
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great small usb keyboard (M-Audio - Key Rig 25)

By AlanForPresident, 16/07/2012
I was using M Audio Key Rig 25 a few years ago when I just had a little set up with my laptop. The best thing that I liked about this midi keyboard is that it synced up with my software right away. I didn’t even have to enter any information because I just used the genaric midi preset that it had built in and it worked fine. There few knobs and sliders I never used too much, but if you wanted you could synch them up to work as the hardware for some of the knobs and sliders in your program (whichever one you use. ) when you purchase M audio Key rig you will get a few pieces of software as well. I never used any of it except for audacity. For some reason M Audio’s midi keyboards come with software.

The keys are pretty light and cheap, but you really cant expect to get great keys in any 25 key midi keyboard. Most of them all are like plastic, so if you are looking keys with some weight you will have to probably go with a different keyboard. The M Audio Key Rig 25 will get the job done without a doubt. The unit is pretty small and can fit on pretty much any sort of workspace you might be using it on. I was using it on just a single chair personal desk and it fit fine. I no longer use it because I purchased a board with more octaves once I really started to learn how to play.

This board works great and will do exactly what you need it to do. You will have no problems loading the driver onto your system and you can get started with using it right away. Check out some of M Audio ‘s other midi keyboards as well, they make some really good ones.
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Does its job fairly well! (M-Audio - Key Rig 49)

By YuriW, 29/07/2014
I make soundtracks for videogames and after more than enough time writing all the lines for my midi instruments in Logic’s piano roll I decided to buy a controler to make the whole production process faster and more musical. The chosen one was this M-Audio KeyRig 49.
It has four octaves of velocity sensitive keys (but no aftertouch!), a modulation wheel, a pitch bend wheel, a volume fader, octave up/down buttons, an ‘edit’ button (more on that later), sustain pedal input, on/off switch, finally the usb port to connect it to your computer (no ac needed), and absolutely nothing else.

Construction is pretty good, but feels like it would get damaged if you drop it from a not so short height. No worries if you're always leaving it in the studio, just keep the box in case you need to move it somewhere else. Overall I really like the clean no-knobs look of it and its silver color.

UTILIZATION

On a Mac you simply plug it, Logic recognizes the new midi in and you can start playing right away. If you're a piano player you probably won't like the weight and overall feel of the keys, they're plastic-y and very light. I (not a piano player at all) also prefer heavier keys, but these ones will do the job just fine.

The only time I've ever read the manual was when I wanted to learn how to send the midi data to a channel different than one, and this is how you do it: press the 'edit' button once, the red light above it starts blinking, then you press one of the keyboards white keys for the desired channel (from D1 up), so: D1 for channel 1, E1 ch2, F1 ch3 and etc. I find it a clever way to reach a function like the midi channel select with only one button and the controller keys, very usefull if you like to have many instruments in the same instance of Kontakt, for example. The Keyrig probably has another couple nice things hidden in the manual, but seriously, I've never really bothered reading it past the channel select thing, never felt the need to.

For a long time I didn't feel like I was being less productive for not having knobs or faders or pads on the controller. Even if I record an automation with that I always end up polishing it later in the mix, inside Logic. If you also do it, you probably won't miss the knobs too.





OVERALL OPINION

I've tested many other controllers and keyboards from friends before buying the KeyRig 49, and think I've made a really good choice. For me and for my job, a midi controller is a tool that helps you have ideas faster: it's way more musical and productive to play around with a few keys to find a melody for a theme than to write it all on the piano roll or score editor and hit play on the DAW to hear how it sounds like every time you change a couple notes. The KeyRig does that without the extra clutter (and price) of a lot of knobs and pads.

One thing that would be cool though is the aftertouch, its a nice and visually clean way to control a parameter in many virtual instruments that I miss here.

Being a 49 keys controller I wouldn't call it exactly portable, but its also not huge and, compared to my LPK25, the two extra octaves are indeed quite useful to hear how a bass line sounds against a melody, to quickly make and visualize really open chord structures or the full note range of an instrument (or at least most of it). The LPK25 obviously wins on portability - and I have one because out of the studio two octaves are still better than none -, but I think that the KeyRig has a good bit of both things: its big enough to give you possibilites, but small enough to be carried around with not much hassle.

So if you really don't need all the bells and whistles of a full-featured midi controller, get a keyrig, you won't regret it.
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A great MIDI controller for basic stuffs (M-Audio - Key Rig 49)

By sahamusic, 24/03/2015
I used M-audio Keyrig 49 with cubase 5 in a Windows 7 PC.

The Keyboard has velocity sensitive keys. I personally like this keys for playing synth instruments rapidly.

It has no advanced function buttons. It has one slider, octave buttons.

No faders, transport controls, knobs & pads. But it will suit for basic MIDI recording and editing.

Only one disadvantage is the modulation and pitch bend wheel are sticky rubbery materials.

Generally It is suitable for beginners as well as for advanced users.
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