Roland A-49 Keyboard Controller - White Demo

49-key MIDI Keyboard Controller with Octave/Transpose Buttons, Sustain/Expression Pedal Inputs, Bend/Mod Lever, and D Beam Controller - White
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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!

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Tech Specs

Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Synth-action, Velocity-sensitive
Pads 4
Other Controllers Pitch Bend, Mod Lever
Encoders/Pots 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-WH

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.

Great Daw keyboard

Great Keyboard if you like synth keys and don't need daw controls. I have owned Nektar p4, impact49, Arturia keylab and Novation SL mkII 49 & 61. Studio one 3.0 is my main daw and I'm moving to a separate keyboard / daw controller setup as I'm not getting the workflow I like from the p4. I really like the synth keys on the Novation sl mkii but automap didn't work well for me and the Roland A49 has as good or better key feel. High quality keybed and fast keys has aftertouch also.
Music background: Guitarist/Producer

Great Controller

10 minutes after getting the delivery, it was up and running through a Studio One DAW. Easy to set up and great keyboard response. I'm very happy with this product.

I bought this one to replace my korg triton le which i was using as a controller.This one feels great to play,nice look and easy to use.True value for the money
Music background: music programmer

A 49 MIDI Keys Controller

I have got this to use with Pro Tools 11, so no connection possible with usb, but with sound card through midi cable. there is some functions, expressions and no transport. Yes it is useful for me!
Music background: Musician Composer-Producer and Recording Engineer
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