Samson Graphite 49 Keyboard Controller

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:
  • Instrument-like feel
  • Assignable controls
  • Hook it up to your iPad
Instrument-like feel

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.

Assignable controls

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:
  • 49-key semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch
  • Programmable faders, buttons, and encoders
  • Velocity-sensitive trigger pads for drums and samples
  • Pitch and mod wheels, plus transpose and octave buttons
  • Works with Mac, PC, and iPad
  • Includes Native Instruments Komplete Elements 8
  • USB bus powered
Samson's Graphite 49 gives you a great-playing, compact keyboard controller that's ready for the studio and the stage!

Tech Specs

Pads 4
Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Semi-weighted
Aftertouch Yes
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Encoders/Pots 8
Faders 9
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain
MIDI I/O Out/USB
USB 1 x Type B
Power Supply Bus Powered
Height 3.3"
Width 31.4"
Depth 9.75"
Weight 10.2 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SAKGR49

Customer Reviews

3.5/5
Based on 14 reviews
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5/5

Best semi-weighted keys

I bought this keyboard controller just for the semi-weighted keys which cannot be found in other keyboard controllers twice the price of this keyboard controller. I cannot emphasize how great these keys feel. Having additional sliders and rotary encoders only ads to the value of this keyboard.
5/5

Very good midi controller on multi platforms

This 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 stronger 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.
Music background: Accomplished musician, self taught recording and sound engineer, synth programmer, now hobbist only.
4.5/5

Great choice

Excellent choice for someone who needs a general all-around use USB MIDI keyboard controller. The semi-weighted keys make it more playable than many "synth" type keys (although keep in mind it is not fully weighted so there's not a massive difference); however for the price you'll be hard-pressed to find anything even comparable.
Music background: Playing guitar for 18 years
4.5/5

Graphite 49

Great little controller for my church work. Especially like the two banks of faders per preset--use 1 for instrument level control (via Ableton) and the other to control the drawbars on my VB3. Still haven't had time to explore all of the possibilities. The keyboard is not too "spongy" and have found a velocity curve with which I can live. Only a 4.5 as it does occasionally produce what I call "midi fart velocities" while playing--usually when or right after using another controller on the board. ("midi fart velocity" = extra loud note) I've had this same problem on other small boards (I've even run "midi compression" on especially offending instruments, but to no avail. Somehow a few always seem to sneak through. If anyone has successfully overcome this dilemma, I'd appreciate your secret. But overall, great bang for your buck.
Music background: Minister of Music
4.5/5

Outstanding Bang for the Buck

First midi controller I've purchased to control ableton tracks and mainstage 3 on a macbook pro. Was a tad difficult learning because the manual is terrible. BUT, if you play around with it, it all starts to make sense. Quality is excellent. Key action is very good. I use it mostly to play pads, trigger arpeggios and control volumes in a live setting. Very affordable and does the job. No complaints except it could use more pads. All in all, I would buy from Sampson again based on this product. It has served our worship team very well. If you're looking for an affordable yet capable, well built midi controller, I think you'll be happy with this.
Music background: Keyboard player in worship band.
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