Behringer U-Control UMX490 49 Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard (Discontinued)

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Street Price: 

$130
Behringer U-Control UMX49

NB: As of February 2017 the UMX490 is no longer available from most retailers but we've left this information here for now to help anyone who is considering buying it second hand. You can see our current list of recommended 49 key controllers in our guide to The Best 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.

The UMX490 has all the basic features you're likely to want in a 49-key controller keyboard, and a bonus is that it comes bundled with a Behringer UCA222 USB Audio Interface which is compatible with both Mac and Windows.

Key features:

  • Keys: 49 full-sized with velocity sensitivity.
  • Pads: No.
  • Arpeggiator: No.
  • Motorized Controls: No.
  • Octaves: Up and Down buttons with LED indicators.
  • Bundled Software: energyXT.
  • Power: USB, battery or 9v power adapter.
  • Connectivity: USB, 5-Pin MIDI out, TRS input for a sustain pedal.
  • Control Hardware Directly: Yes.
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X and Windows XP or later.
  • Dimensions: 32.5" x 8.5" x 3.8"
  • Weight 8.22 lbs

More than once, customer reviews contained praise for the shiny red housing of the U-Control - I have to admit it's a nice change from the standard black or white most other keyboards come in.

Reviewers also liked the fact that the buttons and knobs are fully assignable.

Critical comments mainly came from people who had trouble getting it to work or who didn't like the 'cheap' plastic construction.

If you're one of the growing number of Behringer fans, or if you're on a tight budget, this is the option for you.

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