M-Audio - Code 49 Black
The M-Audio Code 49 is a 49-key, semi-weighted USB MIDI controller that's the perfect addition to your digital workstation (DAW). This features 16 assignable backlit drum pads, an X/Y pad, nine faders, and eight rotaries, giving you full control of your songwriting and music production. Great for the traveling musician, this is lightweight and easy to setup, making it perfect for not only the studio, but also the stage.
Featuring aftertouch, as well, the Code 49 feels more like an instrument than an extension of your computer, communicating expressively and effortless for a comprehensive setup. The drum pads allow you to blast beats fluently, and the controls itself offer both Mackie Control and HUI modes - which can be used concurrently with each other via the X/Y pad, for instance.
Additionally, the Code 49 works with all major DAWs, plug-ins, and effects. It automatically works with programs like Ableton Live, GarageBand, and Pro Tools, and includes a three programs on its own: Ableton Live Lite, and AIR Music Technology's Loom and Hybrid 3 virtual synths. It also has inputs for both sustain and expression pedals for even more dynamic control. The M-Audio Code 49 is a stellar USB MIDI Controller that's affordable and both studio- and stage-ready.