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Item Reviews for: Samson Carbon 49 Midi Controller Keyboard  -  SAM KC49 LIST

Solid Basic Controller Not So Good For iPad
By: John Johnson from Damascus, Md, USA      Submitted: 2/6/2013

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Quality 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. Features 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. General 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. Value 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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