Samson Graphite 49Item ID: Graphite49
49-key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Semi-weighted Action, Aftertouch, and Programmable Faders, Buttons, and Encoders
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A Very Versatile, Compact Keyboard Controller!Samson has entered the keyboard controller market with the Samson Graphite 49. This 49-key USB MIDI keyboard controller is loaded with features every studio needs. The Graphite 49 will quickly become the hub of your studio, from controlling virtual instruments to handling transport commands for your DAW. This compact keyboard controller features semi-weighted keyboard action plus aftertouch. You get a large selection of programmable surfaces that make DAW and plug-in control easy. Use the Graphite 49 with a Mac, a PC, or an iPad. It also includes MIDI Out and USB connections, transpose and octave buttons, and handy pitch and mod wheels. When you want a keyboard controller that's also your control headquarters, you need the Graphite 49!
Samson Graphite 49 USB MIDI Controller at a Glance:
The Graphite 49's semi-weighted keys give you a more responsive and expressive instrument-like feel. Velocity-sensitive keys accurately capture the dynamics of your performance. Customizable aftertouch lets you control a variety of effects and parameters in your favorite virtual instruments. Graphite includes Native Instruments' Komplete Elements 8 software with over 1,000 sounds and 3GB of samples.
You'll love the large selection of programmable controls that you can use with your essential studio software. Programmable controls on the Graphite 49 include: nine faders, eight encoders, and 16 buttons. You can map organ drawbars to the faders, assign LFOs to the encoders, and much more. The usual transpose and octave buttons, and handy pitch and mod wheels are also built into the Graphite 49.
Hook it up to your iPad
You can hook up Samson's Graphite 49 to your iPad via USB. Create music with your favorite recording and synth apps that support MIDI. The Graphite 49 controller can be powered directly from your iPad. This is a great solution when you need a studio on the go.
Samson Graphite 49 USB MIDI Controller Features:
Samson's Graphite 49 gives you a great-playing, compact keyboard controller that's ready for the studio and the stage!
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Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
Very good midi controller on multi platforms
by Henry from NJThis is the best affordable midi controller out there period. I have tried and owned numerous makes and models and the Samson Graphite 49 is the best so far. The build quality is good but, could be st... read more [+]ronger in a few areas. I had to send my first one back due to damage incurred during shipping but, the replacement has been great. My only issues as with everything to today that is computer/IPAD oriented is the lack of useful info in the User Manuals. I took a good amount of research to get it working with my home studio PC recording setup using Studio One V2 Pro. Fortunately, the internet provided some great reading on setting up the Graphite 49 on various platforms including IPAD. I control my Laptop DAW, and VST's from the USB out and my IPAD Docking Station/Synths from the MIDI Out at the same time. Everything works once you figure out the proper configurations as the Preset's are spot on. Note to Samson, please make a 61 note version and include a sustain pedal and power supply as finding a power supply that works can be difficult. If a 61 note version becomes available, I would definitely purchase and keep the 49 along for just controlling the IPAD and synth sound modules like my Korg Triton. Finnally and most importantly, the keyboard action is professional and is excellent. All sliders, wheels, pots, and pads are excellent also. This is the best so far when it come to midi controllers. The only ones that would be better would be the much more expensive Roland, Fatar models. I don't know how the Graphite 49 will hold up on the road as my band days are over and I only work at home from my home recording studio now as a hobbies.. However, with a good flight case, I think the Graphite 49 will last for years of great music making. Also, it's a good looking piece of gear, something a lot of manufacturers of today have seem to forgotten how to do. close [-]
March 24, 2013
Music Background: Accomplished musician, self taught recording and sound engineer, synth programmer, now hobbist only.
by jayjae from Springfield mapretty Good, need more mapping settings for buttons and faders for Studio one , and reason
April 2, 2013
Music Background: christian
Looks great on paper but...
by Ryan from United StatesUpon first glance this is a feature-packed controller for an un-beatable price. Aftertouch not only on the keys, but the 4 pads as well? Wow.
December 2, 2012
Music Background: bedroom musician
But upon trying it out, I was very dissap... read more [+]ointed.
The knobs are those godawful clicky "zippery" knobs, which make it impossible to do smooth filter sweeps, which is a deal-breaker for someone like me who likes to program analog synths.
I then tried to assign the sliders or mod wheel to the filter instead, but while these were okay if you moved them slowly, upon fast movement the input would "block up" and wasn't smooth. It seems like the firmware updates at too low or a resolution or something and the input pixelates and degrades if you move them too fast.
I really, really wanted to love this controller, but not being able to do fast fluid movements with the control elements is unacceptable. close [-]
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