At ANR we are big fans of the Akai Advance series, also thanks to its VIP software integration.
However, we know that money is an issue for many of our fellow musicians. This new M-Audio keyboard provides an affordable alternative, offering advanced control of virtual instruments and DAWs via a full-colour high-resolution 4.3-inch screen, seamless integration with Virtual Instrument Player software, a 49-key semi-weighted keybed and an in-demand cluster of hardware controls (including faders, not found on the Akai Advance keyboards) organized in a familiar, workstation-style layout.
Last but not least, the CTRL49 comes with a great software bundle: Ableton Live Lite, AIR Creative FX Collection, AIR Vacuum Pro, AIR Loom, AIR Hybrid 3, AIR Xpand!2, AIR Velvet, AIR Transfuser and SONiVOX Eighty Eight Ensemble.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective full-featured controller that combines a high-resolution screen with hands-on VST instrument and effect control (and VIP software integration), you should put the new M-Audio CTRL49 on the radar.