Korg Kontrol49

Saturday, June 11th, 2005 | 10:28 am and filed in Gear.

Jeeze it’s been a long time since the last entry. I’ve been deep in the middle of the book project. I finally reached a big milestone today, so i can get back to a normal life.

Along the way, I’ve been distracted with a new aquistion: a Korg Kontrol 49. I never realized the full potential of Remote in Reason 3.0 until I plugged this baby in. The bidirectional data flow adds an amazing level of control. The LCD displays show the parameter values and the pad switches light up according to ReDrum patterns. It’s really quite cool. Now all it needs is aftertouch…

I gave my old Edirol Controller to my cousin’s daughter who’s learning piano. One day, I was showing her Reason on my Powerbook, and she really picked it up quickly. I installed Reason Adapted on her iMac and now my cousin and the entire family have to deal with Subtractor bleeps going off all day long :-)

4 Responses to “Korg Kontrol49”

  1. Rudi Says:

    Thanks for the review. I have been thinking about to buy this control keyboard. After seeing your review, I think I will get it soon. Is the keyboard touch good on this controller?

  2. Peff Says:

    The keyboard does have a pretty nice feel, but the velocity response seems slightly weighted towards the middle. If you’re asking about aftertouch, the K49 doesn’t feature this control.

  3. Joel Says:

    Actually the k49 does have aftertouch, just not on the keys. You can assign it to the pitch or modwheel.. not ideal.. but better than no aftertouch at all.

  4. Tom Says:

    Pitch bend values? The read out states +-24 but only bends +- 2 notes not two octaves. Anyway to change this? (All synths resone the same.)

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