Roland A-49 Keyboard Controller - Black

49-key MIDI Keyboard Controller with Octave/Transpose Buttons, Sustain/Expression Pedal Inputs, Bend/Mod Lever, and D-BEAM Controller - Black
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Pro Playability and Mobile Convenience

The Roland A-49 MIDI keyboard controller gives you pro playability and mobile convenience. The A-49 features a high-quality, velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboard in a trim, roadworthy package that weighs in at under six pounds, and offers USB and iPad compatibility, as well as onboard control of Roland SuperNATURAL-powered synths. You get robust performance control, with assignable knobs and switches, octave and transpose buttons, sustain and expression pedal inputs, and Roland's way-cool bend/mod lever and D-BEAM controller. If you need a compact controller, the Roland A-49 belongs on your short list.

Roland A-49 MIDI Keyboard Controller at a Glance:
  • All you could want in a compact controller
  • Control your SuperNATURAL synths directly
  • Compatible with three operating systems
All you could want in a compact controller

Roland is back at it, flexing its considerable keyboard design mojo with the A-49 MIDI controller. This 'board gives you everything you could want in a compact controller: a great-feeling keybed, assignable knobs and switches, octave and transpose buttons, sustain and expression pedal inputs, Roland's slick bend/mod lever and even their insanely cool D-BEAM controller.

Control your SuperNATURAL synths directly

The A-49 sports a dedicated SuperNATURAL mode button that unlocks a bevy of sound-selection features when hooked up to a Roland SuperNATURAL instrument such as the INTEGRA-7 sound module or the JUPITER-80 and JUPITER-50 synths. It's like they were made for each other.

Compatible with three operating systems

The Roland A-49 is three-OS compatible. That's right. You get compatibility with the Mac, as well as iOS apps on the iPad (via the optional Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit). The A-49 comes bundled with Ableton Live Lite software, for straight-out-of-the-box music production.

Roland A-49 MIDI Keyboard Controller Features:
  • High-quality, velocity-sensitive synth-action keyboard
  • Keys have a rounded shape for a comfortable touch
  • Technical enhancements to reduce keybed noise and increase playability
  • Roland's bend/mod lever and D-BEAM controller
  • Assignable knobs and switches
  • Octave and transpose buttons
  • Sustain and expression pedal inputs
  • Mac and Windows compatible
  • iOS music app compatibility on the iPad (via optional Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit)
Compact, versatile, and highly playable - that's the Roland A-49 controller!

Tech Specs

Pads 4
Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Synth-action, Velocity-sensitive
Other Controllers Pitch Bend, Mod Lever
Faders 2
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain, 1 x Expression
USB 1 x Type B
Software Ableton Live 9 Lite included
Power Supply Bus Powered
Height 3.31"
Width 32.94"
Depth 7.19"
Weight 5.56 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number A-49-BK

Customer Reviews

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Great bang for the buck.

I was looking for a 49 key controller without sliders or pads to control my SE-1SE rack synth. Choice is limited because most small controllers don't have 5-pin MIDI.This controller does not disappoint. It would be comparable in size to the M-Audio Keystation, but adds D-beem, 2 variable CCV controllers, 2 switch buttons, plus several other control buttons, and has Roland's X/Y type bender/mod stick.But the best thing about it is the feel of the keys...I would call them semi-weighted. They have good resistance, and the keybed is very solid feeling. By far the best feeling keyed of any controller I've owned or demoed, with exception of a hammer action model.For the price, I think this is the best thing going, and one of few options for controlling hardware via 5-pin MIDI.


Had to get it to go with my Roland Integra 7 Super Natural Module! And loving every minute of it! If I choose a super natural sound I just push the button on the A-49 it's mapped out instant satisfaction! And love the D-Beam function my music has taken another level!
Music background: Professional Dj / Music Producer

Sweetwater Saves the Day!

When I first received the A-49, I thought it was broken, because I couldn't get it to power up. Lo and behold, Sweetwater to the rescue. Someone there took the time to answer that question for another person.Once I got it to work (Hold down the , and while plugging the USB cable in) the keyboard is -AWESOME- Excellent feel if You like synth action. (I do. That's why I bought it)About Sweetwater: I wouldn't buy from anyone else. Their prices are the best, their people are top-notch.What more can I say.

Great addition to the FA-08

I used to gig with my Rhodes and a Juno 106 but as you can imagine they are heavy and temperamental. I just plug the A-49 into the FA-08 and i'm set. The synth-feel keybed feels great and the 2 mini knobs are good enough for cutoff and resonance. I really love that it can be powered by the FA-08 via usb.
Music background: Gigging musician

Excellent product at a very reasonable price

I love this keyboard controller. I can attach it to my iPad Mini via the camera connection kit, or I can power it from my PC or even from a USB power adapter/charger. One note (not in the manual): to power it from the USB power adapter/charger, you have to hold down the pitch and assign keys while plugging in the USB chord. For the iPad (in the manual), hold down the S1 and S2 keys.The keyboard is light and therefore very portable. The keys are synth style and so are easy to play. I love the combined bend/modulator lever and the D-Beam for bending pitches etc. The keyboard is just lots of fun! You can get free software for the iPad from Yamaha that complements this controller such as NoteStar and Visual Performer. So, you can play along to your favorite tunes in NoteStar for example, though you do have to purchase the songs.I just play the controller as a hobby, but I am really pleased with the purchase. After purchasing the keyboard from Sweetwater, it arrived with a bag of candy (nice touch), two follow up phone calls from Sweetwater to make sure all was well, and a follow up Email: excellent customer service!So, I can recommend this keyboard, at least to a hobbyist like me.
Music background: hobbyist
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