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Review M-Audio Code 49 Black MIDI keyboard. Where to buy it?

M-Audio is a business unit of inMusic Brands that designs and markets digital audio and MIDI interfaces, keyboards and MIDI controllers, synthesizers, speakers, studio monitors, digital DJ systems, microphones and music software. I’ll tell you how this post is built. First I list the features of this M-Audio Code 49 Black keyboard. Then you have a video or two, shopping links and useful reviews from other users and then you have one of the most useful parts; comparison charts with similar keyboards so you can compare.

  • 49 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 assignable zones for divisions and layers
  • Assignable XY control pad for HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 encoders 360 assignable
  • 9 assignable faders
  • 9 assignable buttons
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED providing an instant display of each parameter
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Operates via USB power with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Power supply not included optionally available
  • Minimum requirements: Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) and Mac OS X 10.7.5
  • Dimensions: 858 x 257 x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 4,2Kg

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This MIDI keyboard is usually priced at around €199/£177/$199 and offers 49 sensitive keys with an aftertouch function, allowing you to play and compose different musical ideas on your favorite DAW.

It also features the assignable XY Control Pad functions for HID control that can be assigned to any parameter in a DAW or any plug-in you are using, 16 fully assignable velocity-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable 360 encoders, 9 assignable faders, 9 assignable buttons and pitch bend and modulation wheels.

When connected, the M-Audio Code 49 features MIDI input and output, two pedal inputs (sustain and expression), USB connection, and power supply input. Includes Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology licenses.

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M-Audio Code 49 Black vs Novation Launchkey 49 MK3

The M-Audio Code 49 Black MIDI Keyboard is priced at €199/£177/$199 and the Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 is priced at €222/£205/$224, with a difference of $26. Let’s go head to head:

  • Both offer 49 full-size keys.
  • The M-Audio Code 49 offers an assignable XY control pad for HID control, 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable 360 encoders, 9 assignable faders, 9 assignable buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. The Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 offers 16 RGB illuminated sensitive pads, 8 faders, octave up / down buttons, arp / scale / fixed chord, play / stop / record / loop, track navigation, stop / solo / mute, MIDI capture / quantization / click / undo, scene start, Device selection and Device lock functions, and Pitch and modulation wheels.
  • In connections, the M-Audio Code 49 integrates MIDI input and output, two pedal inputs (sustain and expression), USB connection, and power supply input. The Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 features MIDI output, sustain pedal input, and USB connection.
  • The M-Audio Code 49 is licensed under Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology. And the Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 includes licenses for Ableton Live Lite, Serato Sample LE, AAS Session Bundle, XLN Addictive Keys (1 of 4 virtual keyboards selectable), Klevgrand R0Verb and DAW Cassette, Spitfire Audio LABS-Expressive Strings.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Code 49 Black

Novation Launchkey 49 MK3

  • 49 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 assignable zones for divisions and layers
  • Assignable XY control pad for HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 encoders 360 assignable
  • 9 assignable faders
  • 9 assignable buttons
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED providing an instant display of each parameter
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Operates via USB power with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Power supply not included optionally available
  • Minimum requirements: Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) and Mac OS X 10.7.5
  • Dimensions: 858 x 257 x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 4,2Kg
  • 49 speed-sensitive keys
  • 16 Sensitive Pads with RGB illumination
  • Scale and Chord Modes
  • Arpeggiator
  • Capture MIDI function
  • MIDI Mappings
  • Device Lock function
  • Pitch and modulation wheels
  • 2x 16-digit displays
  • 8 regulators
  • Buttons for octave up / down, arp / scale / fixed chord, play / stop / record / loop, track navigation, stop / solo / mute, MIDI capture / quantization / click / undo, scene start, Device selection and Device lock functions
  • Input for 6.3 mm Sustain Jack pedal
  • USB-B connection
  • MIDI output
  • Powered by USB
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 789 x 77 x 258 mm
  • Weight: 3.03 kg
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, Serato Sample LE, AAS Session Bundle, XLN Addictive Keys (1 of 4 virtual keyboards selectable), Klevgrand R0Verb and DAW Cassette, Spitfire Audio LABS-Expressive Strings

In our first comparison we have two good quality MIDI controllers, on the one hand, the M-Audio Code 49 which offers 49 full-size keys, an assignable XY control pad for HID control, 16 fully assignable velocity-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable 360 encoders, 9 assignable faders, 9 assignable buttons and pitch bend and modulation wheels. A Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 also offers 49 speed-sensitive keys, 16 RGB illuminated sensitive pads, 8 faders, buttons for octave up / down, arp / scale / fixed chord, play / stop / record / loop, track navigation, stop / solo / mute, MIDI capture / quantization / click / undo, scene start, Device selection and Device lock functions, and Pitch and modulation wheels.

The M-Audio Code 49 features assignable buttons, a MIDI input, and an additional pedal input. There is also an assignable XY control pad for HID control, which is a great advantage because it allows you to control a parameter or plug-in in two dimensions. As an advantage of the Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 we can have certain buttons for specific functions. M-Audio Code 49 has more advantages and has a lower price.

Here’s a video of the Novation Launchkey 49 MK3

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Novation Launchkey 49 MK3 review.

M-Audio Code 49 Black vs M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4

The M-Audio Code 49 Black MIDI keyboard is priced at €199/£177/$199 and the M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 is priced at €125, with a difference of $74. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • Both offer 49 full-size keys.
  • The M-Audio Code 49 offers an assignable XY control pad for HID control, 16 fully assignable velocity-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable 360 encoders, 9 assignable faders, 9 assignable buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 offers 8 Sensitive Pads, 8 Freely Assignable Rotary Pads, 9 Freely Assignable Sliders, 4 Transport buttons for DAW control, Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels.
  • When connected, the M-Audio Code 49 features MIDI input and output, two pedal inputs (sustain and expression), USB connection, and power supply input. The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 has a built-in sustain pedal input and USB connection.
  • The M-Audio Code 49 includes the Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology licenses. The M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 includes the Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software) licenses.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Code 49 Black

M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4

  • 49 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 assignable zones for divisions and layers
  • Assignable XY control pad for HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 encoders 360 assignable
  • 9 assignable faders
  • 9 assignable buttons
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED providing an instant display of each parameter
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Operates via USB power with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Power supply not included optionally available
  • Minimum requirements: Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) and Mac OS X 10.7.5
  • Dimensions: 858 x 257 x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 4,2Kg
  • 49 sensitive keys
  • 8 Sensitive Pads
  • 8 freely assignable rotary knobs
  • 9 freely assignable sliders
  • Transport button e.g. for DAW control
  • LCD screen
  • Powered by USB port
  • USB Midi
  • Sustain pedal connection
  • Includes USB cable, Quickstart Guide, Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software)
  • Dimensions: WxDxH 814 x 243 x 94 mm
  • Weight: 2.9 kg

In this comparison, we have the well-known M-Audio Code 49 with its respective functions and features, and the M-Audio Oxygen 49 that offers 49 sensitive keys, 8 sensitive pads, 8 freely assignable rotary buttons, 9 freely assignable sliders, 4 transport buttons for DAW control, pitch bend and modulation wheels.

The advantages of the M-Audio Code 49 include a larger number of assignable pads and XY control, as well as integrated MIDI input and output, and input for two pedals. Because of this, we consider it a better controller.

Here is a video of the M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 review.

M-Audio Code 49 Black vs Alesis VI49

The M-Audio Code 49 Black MIDI Keyboard is priced at €199/£177/$199 while the Alesis VI49 is priced at €185, with a small difference of €14. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • Both offer 49 full-size keys. The keys on the Alesis are semi-weighted and have an Aftertouch function.
  • The M-Audio Code 49 offers an assignable XY control pad for HID control, 16 fully assignable velocity-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable 360 encoders, 9 assignable faders, 9 assignable buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. The Alesis VI 49 offers 16 speed-sensitive RGB backlit pads (intensity in MIDI language), we also have 12 knobs and 36 buttons, both assignable and pitch bend and modulation wheels..
  • In connections, the M-Audio Code 49 integrates MIDI input and output, two pedal inputs (sustain and expression), USB connection and power supply input. The Alesis VI49 features a sustain pedal input, USB connection, MIDI output, and an external power supply input.
  • The M-Audio Code 49 is licensed under Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology. The Alesis VI49 is licensed under Ableton Live Lite (Download), Xpand! two Air Music Tech software (Download)

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Code 49 Black

Alesis VI49

  • 49 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 assignable zones for divisions and layers
  • Assignable XY control pad for HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 encoders 360 assignable
  • 9 assignable faders
  • 9 assignable buttons
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED providing an instant display of each parameter
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Operates via USB power with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Power supply not included optionally available
  • Minimum requirements: Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) and Mac OS X 10.7.5
  • Dimensions: 858 x 257 x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 4,2Kg
  • 49 semi-balanced keys with full-size aftertouch with square front
  • 16 speed-sensitive trigger pads with RGB backlighting for rhythm production and a clip release
  • Interface with 36 buttons and 12 assignable knobs with your music software
  • Pitch and modulation wheels provide precise and creative control
  • Seamless visual information via LED display and illuminated buttons + knobs
  • USB MIDI port and 5-pin MIDI output offer flexible MIDI connectivity
  • USB powered
  • Plug-and-Play support for Mac and PC
  • Includes USB cable, Ableton Live Lite software (download), Xpand! 2 software (download)

In this comparison, we find two good MIDI keyboards, on one hand, the already known M-Audio Code 49 with its functions and features already analyzed, and on the other hand we have the Alesis VI49 that offers 49 semi-balanced keys with full-size aftertouch with square front, 16 backlit RGB pads sensitive to speed (intensity in MIDI language), we also have 12 knobs and 36 buttons, both assignable and pitch bend and modulation wheels.

The M-Audio Code 49 features assignable faders, an XY pad control, a MIDI input and a second pedal input. The Alesis VI49 also has a large number of buttons and knobs, and its semi-weighted keyboard gives a better quality of play. Because of these great advantages, the decision of which one is better is reflected more than anything else in the needs of the user. If you care about the quality of the keyboard, you’ll go for the Alesis. If you want to experiment with the pad control, the M-Audio will be your choice.

Here’s a video of the Alesis VI49 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Alesis VI49 review.

M-Audio Code 49 Black vs Novation Impulse 25

The M-Audio Code 49 Black MIDI Keyboard is priced at €199/£177/$199 when the Novation Impulse 25 is priced at €165/£149/$168, with a difference of €34 between them. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • M-Audio Code 49 offers 49 full-size keys. The Novation Impulse 25 offers 25 semi-heavy keys and Aftertouch.
  • The M-Audio Code 49 offers an assignable XY control pad for HID control, 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable 360 encoders, 9 assignable faders, 9 assignable buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels. The Novation Impulse 25 offers 8 backlit Drum Pads, 1 55mm Fader, 8 assignable knobs, transport buttons, modulation and pitch bend wheels and up/down octave keys.
  • When connected, the M-Audio Code 49 features MIDI input and output, two pedal inputs (sustain and expression), USB connection, and power supply input. The Novation Impulse 25 features a USB connection (which also provides power), as well as MIDI input and output, and sustain and expression pedal inputs
  • The M-Audio Code 49 includes the licenses for Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology. The Novation Impulse 25 includes licenses for Xcite+ Software Pack, Ableton Live Lite.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Code 49 Black

Novation Impulse 25

  • 49 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 assignable zones for divisions and layers
  • Assignable XY control pad for HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 encoders 360 assignable
  • 9 assignable faders
  • 9 assignable buttons
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED providing an instant display of each parameter
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Operates via USB power with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Power supply not included optionally available
  • Minimum requirements: Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) and Mac OS X 10.7.5
  • Dimensions: 858 x 257 x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 4,2Kg
  • 25 semi-heavy keys and Aftertouch
  • Full DAW and Plug-in control
  • 8 Backlit Drum Pads
  • 1 Fader of 55mm
  • 8 assignable controllers
  • Modulation-pitch wheel
  • 2-octave keys
  • Beat-Roll and Clip-Launch buttons
  • LCD screen
  • USB socket
  • Connections for expression and sustain pedals
  • MIDI in/out
  • Automap-Control-Software
  • Includes Xcite+ Software Pack, Ableton Live Lite
  • Size: 525 x 332 x 100 mm
  • Weight: 3.5k

In this comparison, we have on the one hand the M-Audio Code 49 that we have already analyzed before, and on the other hand, the Novation Impulse 25 that offers 25 semi-heavy keys and with the Aftertouch function, 8 backlit Drum-Pads, 1 55mm Fader, 8 assignable knobs, transport buttons, modulation and pitch bend wheels and up/down octave keys.

The advantages of the M-Audio Code 49, as mentioned above, are its XY pad control, its number of faders, and its assignable buttons. The advantage of the Novation Impulse 25 is that it has a semi-weighted keyboard with a better aftertouch function. As in the last comparison, we will make the decision according to the user and his needs.

And here is a video of the Novation Impulse 25 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Novation Impulse 25 review.

M-Audio Code 49 Black vs M-Audio Code 61 Black

The M-Audio Code 49 Black MIDI Keyboard is priced at €199/£177/$199 when the M-Audio Code 61 Black is priced at approximately €240, leaving a difference of approximately €40.

  • M-Audio Code 49 offers 49 full-size keys. The M-Audio Code 61 Black offers 61 full-size keys.
  • Both offer assignable XY control pads for HID control, 16 fully assignable velocity-sensitive trigger pads, 8 assignable 360 encoders, 9 assignable faders, 9 assignable buttons, and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • In connections, both integrate MIDI output and input, two pedal inputs (sustain and expression), USB connection and power supply input.
  • Both include the Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology licenses.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

M-Audio Code 49 Black

M-Audio Code 61 Black

  • 49 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 assignable zones for divisions and layers
  • Assignable XY control pad for HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 encoders 360 assignable
  • 9 assignable faders
  • 9 assignable buttons
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED providing an instant display of each parameter
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Operates via USB power with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Power supply not included optionally available
  • Minimum requirements: Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) and Mac OS X 10.7.5
  • Dimensions: 858 x 257 x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 4,2Kg
  • 61 full-size keys
  • Speed sensitive with aftertouch
  • 4 assignable zones for divisions and layers
  • Assignable XY control pad for HID control
  • 16 fully assignable speed-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 encoders 360 assignable
  • 9 assignable faders
  • 9 assignable buttons
  • Transport control via Mackie/HUI protocol
  • LED providing an instant display of each parameter
  • Input for volume and sustain pedal
  • Operates via USB power with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • Software included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by Air Music Technology
  • Power supply not included optionally available
  • Minimum requirements: Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) and Mac OS X 10.7.5
  • Dimensions: 1024 x 257 x 73mm (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 4,95Kg

In this last comparison, we have two MIDI keyboards of the same brand, and the Code 49 and Code 61 models, both having the same functions and features, but as the main difference one has 49 keys and the other 61. If you need a 5-octave keyboard in order to have a wider range of notes, go for the M-Audio Code 61, if 4 octaves is fine, the Code 49 will save you money and space.

And here’s a video of the M-Audio Code 61 Black keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Code 61 Black review.

What is the best of these MIDI keyboards if I am a beginner on a budget?

While the answer to this question lies mostly in what specific need you have, for example, if you want to have a keyboard with the widest range of notes possible, or if you want to have as many control functions as possible, or perhaps a mix between the two, that is without leaving behind the different connections and software licenses that most MIDI controllers offer, we will give an objective opinion according to our experience in music production and thus also with the price demanded by the controllers, a kind of value for money.

In this post we find MIDI controllers with an average price of 200 euros and the MIDI controller that we can comment on that wins the comparison among others is the M-Audio Code 49, thanks to its set of control functions, which we find among others: an XY control pad, pads, knobs, buttons and faders all of them assignable. There are also two pedal inputs, both sustain and volume, as well as software licenses for beginners.

Where to buy the M-Audio Code 49 Black keyboard

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