Samson Carbon 61 Keyboard Controller

61-key Velocity-sensitive USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With Pitch and Modulation Wheels, LCD Display, Sustain Pedal Input, iPad Stand, and Software - Mac/PC
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An Affordable Semi-weighted Controller With Cool Features

The Samson Carbon 61 USB MIDI controller boosts your musical productivity with its 61 velocity-sensitive keys and versatile, easy-to-use featureset. At the heart of the Carbon 61 is its great-feeling semi-weighted keybed. Designed to feel like an instrument rather than a computer peripheral, these keys transmit all the expressive subtlety of your performances to your DAW. The Carbon 61 has everything you expect of a modern controller - and then some. It even has an integrated stand for your iPad! Give your creativity a shot in the arm with the affordable Samson Carbon 61 USB MIDI controller.

A Great Featureset

Samson's Carbon 61 USB MIDI controller sports a great featureset. The wizards at Samson had their thinking caps on when they juiced this puppy with an iPad stand. You can even power the Carbon 61 directly from your iPad if you have the optional Apple Camera Connection Kit! The Carbon 61 is fitted, naturally, with pitch and mod wheels, a sustain/expression pedal jack, and traditional MIDI out. You also get an assignable data encoder, volume slider, and a 3-digit, 7-segement LCD that displays everything you're doing in real-time. But there's even more to the Samson's Carbon 61 USB MIDI controller - including a price that will make you think a digit fell off and got lost! Check it out.

Samson Carbon 61 USB MIDI Controller Features:
  • Great-feeling, compact semi-weighted keyboard controller
  • 61 velocity-sensitive keys capture the full dynamics of your performances
  • Dedicated Transpose and Octave buttons
  • Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels
  • Assignable data encoder and volume slider
  • Shift key to adjust up to 14 performance-related control parameters
  • 3-digit, 7-segement LCD displays the behavior of every function in real-time
  • MIDI Out, sustain pedal input and USB connections
  • Integrated iPad stand; can be powered directly by your iPad
  • May be used with your favorite iPad apps (requires optional Apple Camera Connection Kit)
  • Ships with Native Instrument's Komplete Elements software
  • iPad and USB bus powered
  • Mac OS X and Windows compatible
Enhance your productivity in the studio with Samson's Carbon 61 USB MIDI Controller!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Semi-weighted, Velocity-sensitive
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Encoders/Pots 1
Faders 1
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain, 1 x Expression
USB 1 x Type B
Power Supply Bus Powered
Height 4.76"
Width 39.37"
Depth 11.02"
Manufacturer Part Number SAKC61

Customer Reviews

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Nice Minimal Controller

Pretty nice MIDI keyboard controller. Has a little slot for an iPad if you're interested in connecting one. ***There is no 9V DC power jack, but keep reading...*** I was a little shocked to find no power jack on the keyboard, since I was going to use it away from my computer to control another synth. I ended up using a USB cell phone charger to power the keyboard and it worked really well. So if you want non-computer bus power, there you go.
Music background: Production, electronic, hip hop, prog

Nice controller

I ordered the Samson Carbon 61 mostly based on the Carbon 49 controller reviews and video demo on the Sweetwater Website . I did have to go and get the Apple Lightning Camera Connection Kit from the Apple Store in Greenville, SC to get the Carbon 61 to work. This review is based on only 2 shows I have played at; I used the Korg Module Synth App for My sounds. As a bassist primarily, I play keys to fill out spaces where needed. For whatever reason, the only controls that worked with the Korg Module App were the Octave and Transpose keys. The sustain pedal worked as well. Volume, Pitch and Mod wheels and Data encoder did not. That being said, I am new to using controllers, so any advice is welcome. I also just purchased the iMini App from Arturia. With this app, everything basically worked! So, any suggestions as to assigning controls to functions are welcome. And yes, i did read the Owner's Manual! As usual, Nick Church continues to provide excellent Customer Service. Thanks, again, Nick!
Music background: Working Bassist/Keyboardist

hello i purchase samson midi keyboard 61 in india from but i m not getting play perfactly beacause keyboard key response and keyboard out put not getting well on computer playing so please tell me that what i do for this solution tell me bo

good key response this keyboard
Music background: omprakash sharma

keyboard troublesome

I was hoping to like this board more than I am. I like the keyboard action and feel but very disappointed in the way it triggers sounds. It is very difficult to get a consistent performance - the sounds come out too high or too low and thus live performance is troublesome.

You get what you pay for...

This is a pretty minimal controller, and I used it previously to be the lower manual of an organ setup. It worked well enough for this, since I wasn't using any touch sensitivity for organ, and it was always the lower manual and therefore I was playing mostly left hand bass lines that didn't require rapid passages of 16th and 32nd notes. But I'm now using it to trigger piano and rhodes sounds, and find the touch response to be almost unusable. The response is wildly uneven - every note is either way too loud or almost inaudibly soft. Getting any expressive play out of this has proven VERY difficult. And the feel of the keys is proving troublesome, as well. They have a very spongy feel that leaves my wrists sore at the end of the night every time I play it. If you plan to use this for actual performances, increase your budget and find a controller that can actually respond to your musical input.
See also: Controller Keyboards, Samson, Samson iPad/iPhone Keyboard Controllers, Samson MIDI Controllers