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Samson Carbon 49 Midi Controller Keyboard

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Product Description

The Samson Carbon 49 Midi Controller Keyboard makes musical performance and production accessible to everyone and allows you to get the most out of your music software! This compact, lightweight controller keyboard is ideal for both the seasoned musicians and young creators alike. The Carbon 49 offers versatile, easy-to-use features that will have you creating your music in no time!

Samson Carbon 49 Midi Controller Keyboard Features

  • 49-key velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keyboard
  • Assignable Data encoder and Volume slider
  • Edit key for adjusting up to 14 control parameters
  • 3-digit, 7-segment LED display provides real-time feedback
  • Includes traditional MIDI Out, Sustain pedal input and USB connections
  • Compact design, perfect for live performance and studio applications
  • Dedicated Transpose and Octave buttons, Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels
  • Integrated iPad slot
  • iPad and USB bus powered
  • Bundled with Native Instrument’s Komplete Elements software
The right feel
Samson gave the Carbon 49 a semi-weighted keyboard that provides musicians with a responsive and expressive platform designed to feel more like an instrument than a controller. It comes equipped with velocity-sensitive keys that accurately capture the dynamics of a performance. With 49 keys, the Carbon 49 controller's pitch range is perfect for performing, while remaining highly portable.

Easy expansion
With dedicated Transpose and Octave buttons, you can change the key of any given instrument, as well as expand the keyboard to a full 4-octave range, without using any sub menus or shift keys. With all of these comprehensive features, not to mention classic Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels, the Samson Carbon 49 puts a wide range of musical expression and tone manipulation at your fingertips.

Versatile and easy
Take control of your music software with the Carbon 49's assignable Data encoder and Volume slider. For easy editing, players can use the Edit key to adjust up to 14 performance-related control parameters. Also, Samson Carbon 49's 3-digit, 7-segement LED displays the behavior of every function in real-time. For added versatility, the Carbon 49 keyboard controller includes traditional MIDI Out, Sustain pedal input and USB connections.

Integrate your iPad
Designed with the iPad in mind, the Samson Carbon 49 features an integrated iPad slot. When combined with the iPad using Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit, the Carbon 49 is a great tool for making music on-the-go. Use it with your favorite music and synth iPad apps that support MIDI controllers, and for additional mobility, the Carbon 49 can be directly powered by the iPad.

Komplete with Carbon
Bundled with the Samson Carbon 49, Native Instruments' Komplete Elements software offers a comprehensive selection of studio-quality sounds, effects and tools for modern music production, composition and sound design. With over 3GB of samples, Komplete Elements provides you with more than 1,000 premium sounds and three mighty player engines – all carefully compiled to provide a strong toolkit for both stage and studio.

Product Specifications
Samson Carbon 49 Midi Controller Keyboard Specifications
  • Keyboard: 49-key, semi-weighted, velocity sensitive
  • Display: 3-digit, 7-segment
  • Controls: Volume Fader, Data Knob, Edit Button, Octave +/- buttons, Transpose +/- buttons, Pitch Bend Wheel, Modulation Wheel
  • Functions: Program Number, Reset All, MIDI Channel, All Notes Off, Bank MSB, Bank LSB, Velocity Curve, Default, Assign Trans, Assign Fader, Assign Knob, Assign Mod, Assign Pedal, Snapshot
  • Pedal Input: 1/4 inch TRS
  • MIDI: MIDI over USB, 5-Pin MIDI OUT
  • Power: USB Bus Power
  • Accessories: USB Cable, iPad rubber shoes, Native Instruments Komplete Elements DVD
  • Dimensions: 31.2 x 8.5 x 3 inches
  • Weight: 6.2 lbs
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  631-784-2200 Warranty:  1 Year
John Johnson from Damascus, Md, USA
Overall Rating
Ease of Use
Solid Basic Controller Not So Good For iPad
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
The shell and construction of the controller itself is very sturdy and the keys play well with features not expected in this class of controllers. It appears and has been dependable in the short time I have had it.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
The unit is best as a standard MIDI controller that has enough editing options to get a job done. A standout feature is the fact that you can assign everything to it's own CC number with the exception of the pitch wheel. The weakest part of the unit is the main selling point of it being for an iPad. As a MIDI controller the iPad it is well above average but disappointing in implementation. A better implementation for the iPad would be instead of the slot to hold the iPad a built in stand to prop up the iPad so you can still keep the iPad in whatever case you use for it.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
The unit is quite easy to setup and play right out of the box and it performs, controls, and plays anything MIDI quite well. I glanced at the manual a few times to verify a couple of things and is informative enough but if you were new to MIDI you obviously would need more info. The keyboard has a great feel to it.
Your general opinion of this product.
Overall as MIDI controller this unit is well above average and helps the user get to the meat and potatoes of things in a MIDI environment but as an iPad ready keyboard I reluctantly can't say I am pleased with it. The bumpers seem like a weak choice for stabilizing an iPad they should have put a little more thought into how it would end up in that end. To be fair it still can be useful for the iPad and it plays all musical apps flawlessly. I had plans to use this in a live setting but it wobbles too much for me. Also the ads for it picture a white usb cable when in fact mine and most units I've seen elsewhere have a black cable included with it. Since the unit is white I would have preferred they include the white cable. Nit picking perhaps but sometimes the little details are important.
Was this item an overall good value?
The overall value depends on what the player wants. If it were about $20 less or so I think it would be a fantastic bargain especially in the over priced iOS Land of accessories.
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MSRP: $124.99
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