The Best 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards

The Highest Rated 49-Key MIDI Controller Keyboards

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Throughout the years, MIDI keyboard controllers have steadily turned into powerful tools used in all kinds of music production and composition. But with the plethora of amazing, high-tech ones out there, it can be tough deciding which one to get.

49-Key MIDI keyboard controllers, a highly popular configuration, are still very portable, allowing for easy transport while the 4 octaves is plenty for many kinds of music, especially for multi-instrumentalists whose main instrument may not be keyboards.

This is the next step to take for producers who have grown out of simple 2-octave melodies and basslines. And you don't even have to ditch your old MIDI keyboard. Use them together and you have a formidable 2 keyboard setup able to command and control your suite of DAWs and virtual instruments.

So with that said, sit back, relax and enjoy this lineup of the best 49-key MIDI keyboard controllers on the market today based on our proprietary Gearank rating system.

The Best 49 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards

Author & Contributors

Alden Acosta Alden Acosta

I'm a drummer and former lead guitarist of the band Callalily, a platinum selling multi-awarded band from the Philippines. I also studied music for 6 years majoring in percussion and jazz studies with a minor in classical piano.

Nektar SE49

92
GEARANK

92 out of 100. Incorporating 1000+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$85
Nektar SE49 49-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Cons

  • Lacks control options - just 4 buttons, assignable mod wheel and a fader

Pros

  • Good feeling, full-sized synth-action keys with velocity curve options
  • Quite affordable for a 49-key MIDI Controller
  • Stylish yet subtle red accent on lower panel

The SE49 from Nektar is a simple plug-and-play MIDI keyboard that covers all the basics. It features a stylish red accent on the bottom panel of the keyboard, subtle and tasteful - reflecting the boldness of my music visually without being a distraction.

This is a minimalist keyboard when it comes to controls sporting only 4 buttons (Octave Up/Down, Transpose Up/Down) and a 30 mm volume fader. This is a bit of a letdown for me where other options give you an entire control panel of knobs, faders and pads, but at this price you can't expect too much.

On a higher note, the included modulation wheel and fader are MIDI assignable. It even comes with a pedal input jack that can take a sustain pedal or switch that's also MIDI assignable.

Where this keyboard lacks in control options, it makes up for it with its smooth synth-action keyboard feel with full-sized keys, a pleasant surprise at this pricepoint.

Also with its 4 options of velocity curves (and 3 fixed ones) it didn't take too long to cozy up to one that suited my playstyle.

The SE49 is all about simplicity. Great feeling keys at a great price. I see this working well for beginning producers and keyboardists that want to focus on their keyboard playing or for someone who already has another MIDI controller that can be relegated to DAW operation.

So if you simply want a quality 49-key keyboard you can hook up to your laptop without breaking the bank, this is the one I recommend.

Tech Specs

  • Keys: 49 Full-size, Synth action with 4 x Velocity Curves, 3 x Fixed
  • Pads: No
  • Arpeggiator: No
  • Motorized Controls: No
  • Bundled Software: Bitwig Studio 8-track
  • Power:USB powered.
  • Connectivity: USB and TRS input for sustain pedal.
  • Control Hardware Directly: No
  • Compatibility: OS X 10.8.5 or later + Windows 7 SP1 or later
  • Dimensions: 31.69" x 7.75" x 2.71"
  • Weight 4.85 lbs.

Rating Source Highlight

Website Source *Rating Value
Audio Mentor Reuben Chng 90/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Nektar Impact GX49

92
GEARANK

92 out of 100. Incorporating 800+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$110
Nektar Impact GX49 49-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Cons

  • No standard MIDI 5-pin ins or outs for hardware control
  • Integration not as tight and simple with Ableton or Protools

Pros

  • Sports essential DAW controls with 7 MIDI assignable (14 settings via the shift function) buttons and a knob
  • Integrates seamlessly with 11 popular DAWs with standard class-compliant support for others
  • 4 Velocity curve options plus 3 fixed ones included
  • Relatively lightweight and compact

The Impact GX49 takes things a step further from the SE49 with a bit more control options while keeping a simple yet functional form factor. The GX49's DAW control options allow you to stay away from you mouse and computer keyboard for longer stretches of time.

Sporting 8 buttons (7 of which have a secondary message option for a total of 14 MIDI assignments) designed for DAW control, you can manipulate a ton of things in your software (including boring, repetitive but useful stuff such as transport, track activation and navigation) straight from the Impact GX49 - all while keeping things light weight and compact.

The mod wheel, foot switch (not included but has an input for it) and big control knob, can also be assigned to send out MIDI cc messages.

Also impressive is it's tight and simple integration with some of the top DAW's (Nektar lists 11 on their product page) of today after downloading integration files from their website. Conspicuously lacking from that list though is Ableton and Protools, 2 extremely popular DAWs indeed. It should still work theoretically with any DAW due to its class-compliant nature, but you will have to do a bit of configuring.

Another thing sorely missing is MIDI I/O capability via a standard 5-pin MIDI jack. This would have given this keyboard a boost in flexibility in the hardware devices it can trigger.

So, if you still want to keep things simple and compact but could use a little more control options - go for the Nektar Impact GX49.

Tech Specs

  • Keys: 49 note full-sized velocity sensitive keyboard with 4 x Velocity Curves, 3 x Fixed
  • Pads: No
  • Arpeggiator: No
  • Motorized Controls: No
  • Octaves: Up and Down Octave Buttons: 3 Octaves Down, 4 Octaves Up
  • Bundled Software: Bitwig 8-Track included
  • Power: USB Powered
  • Connectivity: 1/4” TS jack foot switch input (MIDI Assignable), USB port, Connects to iPad via Apple Camera Connection Kit (not supplied)
  • Control Hardware Directly: No
  • Compatibility: Class Compliant. Windows, OSX, iOS and Linux (you may need to install a MIDI package such as JACK)
  • Dimensions: 31.63" x 7.75" x 2.75"
  • Weight 4.8 lbs

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
MusicRadar Dan Goldman 90/100
Bonedo (German) Alexander Eberz 90/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Arturia KeyLab Essential 49

92
GEARANK

92 out of 100. Incorporating 900+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$209
Arturia KeyLab Essential 49 Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Cons

  • Less than road-worthy build quality - susceptible to errors caused by knocks and bumps
  • Key action quite soft - might not please pianists

Pros

  • Generous suite of pads, faders, buttons and knobs despite relatively affordable price
  • Great feeling velocity and pressure sensitive pads - finger drummer approved
  • Impressively light weight for feature set

Despite it's fully decked out offerings of pads, faders, buttons and knobs, the Arturia Keylab Essential 49 is actually Arturia's simpler 49-key MIDI controller! Calling this keyboard "essential" is quite a modest humblebrag considering its feature set as surely it's bells and whistles are above and beyond what anyone would call merely essential.

Where it does lose to it's higher-priced, higher-tier cousin, the Keylab 49 Mark 2, is its slightly more delicate build, less inputs and outputs, fewer pads and control options, and doesn't have aftertouch in the keys. This is not to say at all that the Essential is a flawed instrument - just a more affordable (almost half the price), lighter and less road-worthy option from Arturia that doesn't sacrifice too much when it comes to features.

The velocity and pressure sensitive pads feel soft in a pleasing way, mushier than my MPC Studio (which has a very rigid feel) but still very playable, inspiring and responsive. Finger drummer approved!

As is expected from Arturia, the Keylab Essential 49 works flawlessly with their hardware and software instruments. It even has a dedicated mode to control Arturia's included Analog Lab software. DAW integration is very good as well also sporting an entire mode dedicated to DAW control. This notably includes good integration with Ableton - no easy feat due to Ableton's unique characteristics as a DAW.

The Arturia Keylab Essential 49 also comes with a standard 5-pin MIDI output - quite essential (no pun intended) for control over hardware synths or standalone MIDI sound modules.

On a more critical note, the lightweight nature and less than tank-like body of the Essential 49 lends itself to some serious compromises when it comes to stage performance use. In live settings, the Essential 49 is susceptible to knocks and bumps activating wrong notes and other errors much akin to the cross-talk issues that plague many lower quality MIDI pad controllers.

As impressive as the Essential 49 is with its feature set, I do find the keys to be extremely soft-action, to the point that playing with any kind of dynamics is a challenging affair for me. If you're classically trained and more used to a typical acoustic piano action, you might find yourself having to change your technique entirely for this keyboard. A young and very talented keyboardist I collaborate with often, Ezra Jehu Bañez plays with the 61 key version of the Essential, he likes the key feel very much but he's been a keyboardist all his life so soft-action keys are pretty much his jam. Just keep this in mind if you're considering the Arturia Keylab Essential 49.

So if you want a lightweight, fully-featured keyboard for control, composition, beatmaking and production, the Arturia Keylab Essential 49 is a formidable contender you should definitely pay attention to.

Tech Specs

  • Keys: 49 Velocity-sensitive. Synth Action
  • Pads: 8 x back-lit, pressure-sensitive performance pads
  • Arpeggiator: No.
  • Motorized Controls: No.
  • Bundled Software:Ableton Live 9 Lite, UVI Grand Piano Model D, Analog Lab V
  • Power: 9V DC power supply (sold separately) / USB bus powered
  • Connectivity: USB , 5-pin MIDI out, 1 x TRS input for expression pedal and sustain pedal or footswitch input.
  • Control Hardware Directly: Yes
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 or later + Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista.
  • Dimensions: 30.9" " x 9.7" " x 2.9"
  • Weight 6.6 lbs.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Simon Sherbourne 90/100
MusicTech Andy Jones 85/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Novation Launchkey 49 MK3

95
GEARANK

95 out of 100. Incorporating 350+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$230
Novation Launchkey 49 MK3
At publication time this was the Highest Rated 49-Key MIDI Controller Keyboard.

Cons

  • Overly light feeling keys
  • You have to move the knobs to activate them - not touch activated

Pros

  • Tight and unmatched integration with Ableton in the 49-Key MIDI controller space
  • Fun and expansive built-in arpeggio, scale and chord functions that also work with hardware
  • Sleek and modern design

The Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 represents the third iteration of the well loved Launchkey series by Novation - a MIDI keyboard controller specifically designed to work with Ableton Live.

The 49-key version is the smallest Launchkey that features 9 faders and buttons below them. 8 of which are customizable with the last set representing the master volume and arm/select respectively.

Its's a controller that feels familiar, yet refined - and with lots of new features.

Compositional tools like new scale and chord modes, better custom mapping, as well as a 5-pin MIDI out for controlling hardware synths are some of the new features in the MK3 version.

You can also launch clips and scenes with the RGB pads that change color to correspond to your assigned colors in Ableton. The pads are also larger the Mk3 than in the older models - something, as a finger drummer I appreciate a lot.

It does have a very light keybed feel, even lighter than the Arturia Keylab Essential 49. But basing off the feature set, acoustic pianists are not really the main target market of this keyboard controller. Aside from the light feel, the response is quite okay and I should get used to it after a bit more practice. Aftertouch is lacking on this controller but I suspect that has contributed to its very fair price.

One minor gripe I have though is that the knobs are not touch activated. You have to rotate the knob in order to activate it which is something I think Novation should look into for the mark 4.

The new features as well as the minor improvements introduced with the MK3 I gladly welcome over the mark 2. I like the new compositional tools such as the scale mode as it helps my songwriting and productivity. The price was also a surprise for me as the new version remains great value.

If you're an Ableton Live user and want a Keyboard Controller to launch clips and compose without having the need for separate hardware for both, the Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 is the one to pick.

Tech Specs

  • Keys: 49 velocity-sensitive synth action keys
  • Pads: 16 x RGB, Velocity-sensitive Pads
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Motorized Controls: No
  • Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite, Virtual Instrument and Sample Plug-in Bundle
  • Power:USB powered.
  • Connectivity: USB and TRS input for sustain pedal.
  • Control Hardware Directly: Yes; 5 - pin MIDI out
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.11 or later + Windows 7 SP1 or later
  • Dimensions: 31.06" x 10.16" x 3.03"
  • Weight 6.68 lbs.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Robin Vincent 90/100
MusicTech Alex Cummings 90/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Arturia KeyLab 49 MkII

93
GEARANK

93 out of 100. Incorporating 200+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$449
Arturia KeyLab 49 mkII 49-Key MIDI Keyboard Controller

Cons

  • Quite heavy for a 49-Key MIDI controller

Pros

  • Road-worthy aluminum body
  • Extended number of outputs and inputs, pads, chord banks
  • Premium keybed with aftertouch based off the top of the line Arturia MatrixBrute

The Keylab 49 Mark II takes what's great with the Keylab Essential 49 but adds more, more, more.

More tanky aluminum build, more premium keybed with aftertouch based off the top of the line Arturia MatrixBrute, lots more inputs and outputs, 4 extra pads, longer throw faders, additional chord banks and more savable presets and controls.

But if you want the upgrades the Keylab 49 Mark II offers over the Keylab Essential you'll also have to pay more - over 2 times more. It also weighs over twice as much.

That's not to say this 49-key isn't worth it. Sporting more features across the board, those with a larger budget would be wise to look towards the Keylab 49 mark 2. One thing to consider though is the Essential is lighter and has a slightly more compact form factor. I can see some players prioritizing portability and compactness over better build quality and the added features that the Keylab possesses.

Like the Essential, the shining star of the included software is the latest version of Analog Lab, which has over 6,500 presets of pianos, organs and of course - synths.

Additionally it has a MIDI In apart from the the MIDI Out, one CV input, and 4 CV outputs – pitch, gate and two mod outputs which allows the Keylab 49 MkII to be a bridge between your hardware and computer forming the centerpiece of your hybrid studio setup.

If you want a premium 49-key MIDI keyboard controller that has all the niceties and works great with Arturia software and hardware - get the Keylab 49 Mark 2. If you still want to be in the expansive universe of Arturia but want something more transportable, have a smaller budget and don't mind taking a small hit in features and build quality - take a peek at the Essential 49.

Tech Specs

  • Keys: 49 semi-weighted, velocity sensitive with aftertouch.
  • Pads: 16 x Back-lit RGB Performance Pads
  • Arpeggiator: No.
  • Motorized Controls: No
  • Bundled Software: Arturia Analog Lab V Ableton Live Lite, Piano V 2, Arturia MIDI Control Center
  • Power: 9V DC power supply (sold separately)
  • Connectivity:USB, 1 x 1/4" (sustain), 1 x 1/4" (expression), 3 x 1/4" (aux), MIDI In/Out/USB, 1 x 1/8" (CV in), 4 x 1/8" (CV out, Gate out, Mod 1, Mod 2)
  • Control Hardware Directly: Yes
  • Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later + Windows 7 SP1 or later
  • Dimensions: 31.2" " x 11.7" " x 2.1"
  • Weight 13.8 lbs.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Simon Sherbourne 90/100
Strong Mocha Thorsten Meyer 100/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Yamaha MX49 V2

92
GEARANK

92 out of 100. Incorporating 225+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$550
Yamaha MX49 V2 Music Synthesizer MIDI Controller Keyboard

Cons

  • Takes time to master all its functionality

Pros

  • Functionally both a full MIDI DAW controller and a synth with its own sounds
  • Integrates well with most popular DAWs
  • Quite light and portable
  • Good sounding MOTIF based built-in sounds
  • Built-in MIDI and audio interface allows for flexible digital recording

The Yamaha MX49 is an interesting one as it is a hybrid between a MIDI Controller and a dedicated synthesizer.

As a MIDI Keyboard controller, it features class compliant MIDI Connectivity, DAW control for transport, mixer and knobs (assignable) for all-around music production use.

As a synthesizer, it sounds quite pleasing borrowing select sounds (over 1000) from the MOTIF XS, Yamaha's more expensive synthesizer workstation line.

It's like a MIDI Controller on steroids. With the MIDI Controller features alone, I was glad to have great DAW and VST integration. Having onboard synth circuitry adds to the convenience and creative control of the MX49 V2 as well. The AI Knob's ability to tweak controls that you mouse over is also something that left me impressed.

This doubles up as your studio control center and your gigging keyboard allowing you to cover all your bases with one instrument. Not many instruments are designed that way.

With this device though, great power comes with great complexity as Its huge breadth and depth of features require a lot of time to fully master. It might be perfect for advanced musical "scientists" but it's not for me.

If you want a highly capable 49-key MIDI Controller that's also a synthesizer with its own sounds, the Yamaha MX49 V2 does not have many peers. But be ready to dig deep if you're looking to maximize all its functionality.

Tech Specs

  • Keys: 49 velocity-sensitive synth action keys
  • Pads: No
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Motorized Controls: No
  • Bundled Software: Cubase AI included, FM Essential iOS synth app
  • Power:USB powered.
  • Connectivity: USB and TRS input for sustain pedal.
  • Control Hardware Directly: Yes
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.6 or later + Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista.
  • Dimensions: 32.68" x 11.7" x 3.58"
  • Weight 8.38 lbs.

Things to Consider When Buying A 49 Key MIDI Controller

  • What Do You Want To Control? If you only want to control computer software then all of the options above will do that, although some offer more control options than others. If you want to control external hardware, such as a stand alone synth, then you'll need to get one that explicitly says it will do that - the ones that come with a 5-pin MIDI out port do that and we tell you above on each description whether or not it meets that need.

  • Software Integration. Most of the MIDI keyboards we recommend below come with presets or automatic configuration options that make it easy to integrate with most major DAWs - sometimes you have to download some extra files from the manufacture's website to do that. I've tried to indicate which major applications each keyboard integrates well with, but if you're unsure then feel free to ask about your particular software and the particular controller you're interested in and I or someone else here will advise you.

  • Transport Controls. These are dedicated buttons to control standard DAW recording controls such as Play, Stop, Rewind, Fast Forward etc. They can be a very handy feature because you can keep your recording workflow going without having to reach for your computer mouse.

  • Motorized Controls. These are seriously cool, but usually only found on larger than 49 key controllers, but the Nektar Panorama P4 does have this feature.

  • Key Size & Weight. Some 49-key controllers have full sized keys but some don't. Many also don't have piano style full weighted keys with 'synth action' keys being the most popular. If you're a piano player and you need piano style keys then read the specifications carefully or look at 88-Key controllers instead.

  • Power Supply. If you need one for portable use with a laptop or tablet then you need one that uses batteries or takes its power from USB, however USB power comes at the cost of draining your device's battery more quickly. You also may have problems getting enough power from the iPad which only provides 100mA instead of the USB 2.0 standard of 500mA. If you have a problem getting enough power from an iPad you'll need to get a powered USB hub (link to Sweetwater.com) or use a power adapter to supply the keyboard directly.

49 Key MIDI Controller Selection Methodology

The first edition was published in 2016 and the current edition was published on September 12, 2022.

Our selection criteria included all 49-key controllers that are widely available from major US-based music equipment retailers, this is to ensure we only recommend items that you can readily buy online or at any good local music store.

For this update, we began by creating a short-list of highly rated models at online stores and put 29 of them on our short-list to rate. We then collated feedback about each one which took the form of ratings, reviews and forum discussions and fed the data into the Gearank Algorithm to produce rating scores out of 100 for each one - you can see them in the Music Gear Database. During this procedure we processed over 13,900 rating sources. We then selected the highest rated options to recommend above.

For more information about our methods see How Gearank Works.

About the Author and Contributors

Here are the key people and sources involved in this guide's production - click on linked names for information about their music industry backgrounds.

Lead Author & Researcher

Alden Acosta Alden Acosta

I'm a drummer and former lead guitarist of the band Callalily, a platinum selling multi-awarded band from the Philippines. I also studied music for 6 years majoring in percussion and jazz studies with a minor in classical piano.

Getting interested in music production over 12 years ago among my first purchases was a cheap MIDI keyboard controller along with a simple USB audio interface and entry-level dynamic microphone. Fast forward to today and keyboard controllers have become indispensable tools in my bedroom producing arsenal getting my hands on the tiniest 25-keys all the way up to monolithic 88-key controllers.

Contributors

Jason Horton: Product research, Editing and Illustrating.

Media

Main/Top Image: Created by Gearank.com using photographs of the Arturia KeyLab Essential 49 and Novation Launchkey 49 MK3.

The individual product images were sourced from websites, promotional materials or supporting documentation provided by their respective manufacturers.

Comments

How can 8 keyboards with so

How can 8 keyboards with so much price difference, all have gearank scores at either 89 or 90? I can't help but thinking the score is flawed and may not be much help to consumers who are trying to understand the reviewer's HONEST opinion about these products. Do they all have pretty much the same score because the reviewer is afraid of making any of the manufacturers unhappy with a lower score?

Hi Larry,

Hi Larry,

It looks like there's a misunderstanding about what a Gearank Rating score is.

A Gearank Rating it is not a representation of our opinion about a product, it is a statistical representation of the collective opinion of the owners and users of a product and in addition to the rating number we also provide the number of sources each rating is based upon - EG: "90 out of 100. Incorporating 150+ ratings and reviews." We provide further explanation in How Gearank Works.

This is similar to how a retailer's 5 star ratings are not the opinion of the retailer, but the opinions of the people who have bought it.

The reason so many of the rating values you see above are similar is because we have only recommended the keyboards with the highest ratings. If you look at the list of 49 key controllers in our Music Gear Database, you will see that most of them have lower ratings than the ones we have recommended. We believe this helps consumers save time by only presenting the products with the best reputations.

To summarize, the reason that the items we recommend in our guides tend to have similar ratings is because we usually only recommend the items with the highest ratings, and those ratings are determined by actual owners and users rather than by our opinion.

I hope this clears up the issue, but please let me know if there's something else you'd like explained.

Jason.

Thank you for your response.

Thank you for your response. I entered my original comments under the wrong assumption that Gearank provides comparison reviews without understanding "How Gearank Works" - I was researching online for midi controller reviews and came upon your site. I stand corrected - your explanation made sense to me.

Unfortunately it's no longer

Unfortunately it's no longer available from most retailers so you pretty much have to buy it second hand these days.

Hi, thanks for making this

Hi, thanks for making this comparison review article. I know this is a "best" list according to your own statistics, but I'm very much surprised that the 2 midi controllers I'm comparing to buy one or the other right now are not in your list.

In my research, most "best" list from other sites includes "M-audio Code" and "Novation Launchkey MkII". Launchkey is even number 1 from those other sites too.

I'm very much curious why these 49 key midi controllers aren't in your list. Because if I'm convinced enough, i will buy the "Akai Professional MPK249" as that is very easy to reach right now.

Thank you for asking that

Thank you for asking that question because it made me ask myself the same question about the Novation Launchkey 49 Mk2.

To find the answer I have reprocessed the Gearank scores with fresh data for all 16 of the 49 Key keyboard controllers in our database.

The Novation Launchkey 49 Mk2 has increased it's Gearank score to 86 which means that we can now recommend it.

On the other hand, the M-Audio Code 49 remains one of the lowest rated 49 key controllers, with a current Gearank score of only 76, so it still hasn't earned it's way into a list of controllers we would recommend.

Thanks for this excellent

Thanks for this excellent comparison summary. Really helpful. If you decide to do an update, a couple of other items that impact my buying considerations are whether the keyboard has a port for an expression pedal, and also the weight of the keyboard for those of us who are looking for portability. Also curious what you think of the m-audio ctrl-49 when it comes out soon.

Thank you very much for your

Thank you very much for your feedback.

I will put it on my to do list to add information about pedal ports and keyboard weights.

All I know about the M-Audio CTRL-49 is what I've read about it and some videos from NAMM - it certainly looks good and packed with features and I'll be looking forward to seeing how well it is received when it finally hits the stores.

It also have VIP on the

It also have VIP on the Ctrl49 that allows you to download VSTs or Presets from VSTs to be able to be used on the board standalone (perfect for musicians that don't want to have to also hook their laptop up during a live set) that means you can play straight off the MIDI controller itself

This is incorrect. You can

This is incorrect. You can control VSTs that are on you computer using VIP on the CTRL49. It does not play the VSTs as a standalone.