Reviews and Problems with M-Audio KeyStudio 49i 49-Key USB Keyboard Midi-Controller
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M-Audio Key Studio 49i
F. Sayed "From Cali", amazon.com
20 January 2012
Summary: Actually the order arrived on time and Amazon had a great customer service. But the only thing was... I couldn't get the product communicating with my computer. The drivers didn't match. My computer is a quattro-core PC, 8RAM, 64bits, 1T memory and Window's 7/Pack 1. I worked on it the whole weekend with downloading different versions of the drivers from M-Audio website but no luck. Anyhow, talked to M-Audio personal...
Summary: The description for this item states that it, "includes M-Audio General MIDI software sound module - 128 sounds total". After several frustrating attempts to get this feature to work and an hour or so of searching the internet I found a forum at M-Audio where "Jared Tech Support, Community Mgr, Customer Advocate" states that this feature is not compatible with Windows 7.
Summary: I'm giving this five stars because I haven't used the suite of features to say or know anything negative. All I use this for is to practice in "piano" mode with earphones while waiting in the car for my passengers. It has good sound, the keys are full sized, the USB operates fine from a 12-volt car adapter. The keys are not weighted, but the sound is louder when the keys are hit harder, there is an octave shift button(s).
Summary: First, please note that this isn't a traditional keyboard with built-in speakers, songs, and sounds (like you would pick up for your young child to play with out of the box). This is a MIDI controller, with a built in piano sound and headphone jack for convenience, but it's really intended to drive MIDI software (something simple like Garage Band, or something more complex like Logic, etc), or be plugged into some sort of MIDI sound box.
Summary: I didn't buy this keyboard on Amazon, I bought it at a local music store 2 or 3 years ago. I just went online to check out the price on Amazon and I found those 2 horrible reviews below me from people who have absolutely no idea what this controller is supposed to do! First of all, this is a MIDI controller. As a BONUS, it comes with headphone jacks and a regular piano sound so you can use still play when you're away from your computer.
Summary: The keyboard came with token documentation, was not able to get the software working with windows 7-and guess what technical support is awful. The keyboard is still not working and I am waiting for a friend who is a tech wizz to help me figure it out. Don't buy this product, it is anything but easy to use and I thought learning to play a piano was hard.
Summary: I persevered with this keyboard for a couple of weeks but have decided that it is more trouble than it is worth and cannot be trusted for live use. Why? 1) It defaults to playing a piano sample. I know that this will be a disaster on stage at some point and I don't want to take that risk. 2) The 'piano' volume knob is hardwired to adjust all volume knobs in Apple Logic. I cannot figure out how to disable this and am not willing to invest the effort.