M-Audio Keystation 49 Keyboard Controller

49-key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with Velocity-sensitive, Synth-action Keys, Pitch and Modulation Wheels, Transport Controls, and Bundled Software
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A Compact USB MIDI Controller for Your Studio or Mobile Rig

M-Audio's portable and versatile Keystation 49 USB MIDI controller keyboard gives you a great-feeling 49-key keybed in a very lightweight and compact unit. The Keystation 49 features velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys for smooth feel and expressive playability, letting you get the most out of your virtual instruments and software synths. This controller includes an assignable slider that doubles as a volume control, data up/down buttons, DAW transport controls, pitch-bend and mod wheels, and more. It's also perfect for hooking up to your iPad for mobile song creation. Plus, you get a free download of Ableton Live Lite music creation software. Ignite your creativity with the M-Audio Keystation 49.

M-Audio Keystation 49 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard at a Glance:
  • 49 synth-action keys
  • Pitch, modulation, and other control sources
  • USB power for convenience
  • Use with your computer or iPad
49 synth-action keys

The M-Audio Keystation 49 has 49 full-size keys with easy-to-play and familiar synth action. This makes the Keystation 49 a great choice for players who like a light touch when playing virtual instruments. Its compact size makes the Keystation 49 perfect for use at a computer workstation or on the road!

Pitch, modulation, and other control sources

To the left of the Keystation 49 keyboard are pitch and modulation wheels for control of these essential synth and MIDI parameters. The volume slider offers a bonus: it can be assigned to control any other MIDI value! Use it to add expression or perform a filter sweep while you record a sequence. Add that to a dedicated set of transport controls and directional keys (so you don't need to use a mouse), and you have a complete system that's perfect for minimal setups.

USB power for convenience

The M-Audio Keystation 49 runs on USB bus power when connected to your computer. That means you don't need anything but a USB cable for both power and MIDI transmission! No more hunting for an extra outlet to set up your rig!

Use with your computer or iPad

You don't need to limit the M-Audio Keystation 49 to computer use. Using the Apple Camera Connector, you can use this compact keyboard with your iPad and your favorite music creation apps. The M-Audio Keystation 49 is the perfect companion for traveling musicians.

M-Audio Keystation 49 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard Features:
  • 49 full-size, velocity-sensitive, synth-action keys
  • 2 advanced function buttons for sending MIDI messages
  • Pitch and modulation wheels; volume/control slider
  • Transport controls for controlling your DAW without a mouse
  • Powered via USB or 9-volt power adapter (sold separately)
  • Mac OS X and Windows class compliant for plug-and-play operation
  • Works with iPad (iPad Camera Connection Kit required)
  • Advanced function button for programming
  • Input jack for optional sustain pedal
  • Octave up/down buttons to extend keyboard range
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite and SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble virtual piano software
The M-Audio Keystation 49 is a versatile, portable, and affordable controller!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Synth
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain Pedal Input
USB 1 x Type B
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, 2GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz, 2GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7.5 or Later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Height 2.8"
Width 32.1"
Depth 7.5"
Weight 4.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number KEYSTATION49II

Customer Reviews

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Can't beat the price!

This was recommended by a friend and I couldn't be happier. Feels great to play and is easy to use.


It came promptly and works amazingly.... the candy was a "sweet" touch.

great little keyboard

This keyboard is excellent. Super simple, super easy to install. My old Keystation crapped out and I needed a replacement for use at my church. The first time I plugged this in was the morning of. Installed immediately and worked as needed. I have no use for the additional controls aside from volume, pitch, modulatoin and octave toggle, but I would imagine the others work just as they ought to. I highly recommend this great little keyboard. As always, Sweewater was awesome throughout the entire process. Matt Emick is consistently helpful when I make purchases.
Music background: alternative rock, folk, church band

Awesome cheap midi controller

If you don't need all the faders and knobs of the higher end midi controllers this is great. I used the axiom 49 for a long time but wanted something smaller that fits on my desk for ease of use. Excellent size and weight for people on the move as well!
Music background: Audio Engineer - 10 years


For a rookie, this is an ideal instrument. Easy to set up, easy to use. Despite being a novice on keys, I managed to get a rhythm track in a few hours. My only complaint is that the onboard software (88 something) has a lot of piano patches, adequate synth patches, but no organs. Can't get my Jimmy Smith groove on. The old Keyrig had lots of organs.
Music background: cover bands, home recording
See also: Controller Keyboards, M-Audio, M-Audio MIDI Controllers