Roland A-49 49 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

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86 out of 100. Incorporating 250+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$225
Roland A-49 49 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 86/100 is based on analysis of 250+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The Roland A-49 has achieved high enough ratings to continue to be recommended by us for a third year in a row.

If you want a 49 key MIDI controller for your iPad then the Roland A-49 is a good choice because it shouldn't need additional USB power to work with the iPad because it only draws 98 mA.

Its unique feature is the D-BEAM controller which lets you wave your hand above it to send control data.

Key features:

  • Keys: 49 with velocity sensitivity.
  • Pads: No.
  • Arpeggiator: No.
  • Motorized Controls: No.
  • Octaves: Up and Down buttons.
  • Bundled Software: Cakewalk SONAR LE - only for Windows.
  • Power: USB powered.
  • Connectivity: USB, 5-Pin MIDI, and 2 x TRS input for an expression and a sustain pedal.
  • Control Hardware Directly: Yes.
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X and Windows. Also iOS via CCK.
  • Dimensions: 32.91" x 7.17" x 3.31"
  • Weight 5.56 lbs

Pros

Although it only has 2 knobs and 2 switches in addition to the D-BEAM controller, this actually came up as a positive in reviews by those who want a simple, straight forward, keyboard controller without a lot of confusing functions. In general it received positive reviews from people who appreciate Roland's build quality - particularly with the keys.

Cons

Some people weren't happy with the small sized keys and some beginners found it difficult to set up.

Overall

This will suit you if you primarily want a simple yet effective MIDI input device, rather than a full featured DAW controller.

Since we originally recommended the Roland A-49, more highly rated options have become available, which you'll find in our guide to The Best 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.