In this photo of Matisse & Sadko working and playing music in the studio, the midi keyboard controller on their desk is the M-Audio KeyRig 49. The 4 octave keyboard, and the name of the keyboard written in a straight line in the upper right corner of the keyboard give away that it is the KeyRig 49.more
In this Instagram video clip posted by Kygo December 2014, he can be seen playing a lead riff on his MIDI keyboard controller, which is a M-Audio KeyRig 49. The three buttons, slider, and left/right octave arrows identify it as the KeyRig 49 (as opposed to the similar looking M-Audio Keystation). Kygo demonstrates the use of the pitch bend wheel on the keyboard as well. He says, "Just jammin #68bpm"more
The KeyRig49 is ideal for keyboard midi control that doesn't require playing Chopins greatest works on piano. Nice and compact, and easily transported if needs be. The response is just fine, typical non-weighted keys you'd be likely to find on most synths and keys out there, it isn't designed to feel like a piano. I use it primarily for writing lead and basslines, and recording in chordal structures and harmonic overdubs, it's perfect for more compact setups, or even larger setups that only require basic midi control over synths.
Super light, only 99$, covers 4 octaves of notes. This is the perfect budget keyboard for your production needs! I would take care of the USB cord though, they tend to pry on the insert making it a nuisance when it doesn't connect without using tape or a tooth pick. Great production non-the-less!
Very light keys, im satisfied with the support of my DAW's when it integrates with them, i can use my pitch bend and modulation wheels on any selected instrument channel both in FL Studio and Cubase.
Its perfect for what i do!
I bought this because I wanted a simple, relatively cheap midi keyboard for production. There's no point complaining about the lack of drum pads, or potentiometers, or faders because I could quite as easily have bought a keyboard with those on for a similar price! At the time I bought it, this keyboard was a quick fix, and I haven't actually needed to upgrade yet, although now I could do with some extra controls. It does what it says on the tin well, it's low profile and alright-looking (although I'd prefer it in black, not shiny silver), and I haven't ever had issues with it.