M-Audio Code 49 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with X/Y Pad

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Code 49 is a USB powered MIDI controller with an X/Y Pad and 49 clean velocity- and pressure-sensitive keys with four assignable zones for splitting or layering of audio input to allow for a more flexible and functional sound production.

This controller has multiple assignable controllers: the X/Y Pad for HID control, 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads, 8x360 encoders and 9 faders for operating DAW, virtual instruments and plugins, along with 9 buttons to assign new hotkeys or shortcut commands and MIDI messages. All of the inbuilt controllers are USB-powered, class-compliant, and USB-MIDI supported connectivity, the Code is also available for use with iOS devices with a separately sold Apple Connection Kit that the user can purchase to use and compose with their various iOS devices.

The Code 49 is built with Mackie/HUI transport control for a simple setup and popular DAWs as well as an LCD for instant parameter feedback, it has an in and out 5 pin MIDI for sending MIDI from PC sequencers to the users analog synths. Code 49 package comes with Sustain and Volume pedal and includes exclusive software: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3.0, Loom by AIR Music Technology, and the VIP3.0, an award-wining music software platform that provides its users with robust hands-on control for their virtual instruments and virtual effect collection.

  • 49 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch and four assignable zones for splits and layering.
  • Fully assignable XY pad
  • 16 fully assignable velocity-sensitive trigger pads
  • 8 assignable 360 encoders
  • 9 assignable faders
  • 9 assignable buttons
  • Mackie/HUI transport control enables a simple setup with the most popular DAWs
  • LCD provides instant parameter feedback
  • Sustain and Volume pedal input for further creative control
  • USB-powered with 5 pin MIDI in and out
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite
  • Includes Hybrid 3.0 and Loom by AIR Music Technology
  • Includes VIP3.0 - the ground-breaking, award-winning music software platform that provides musicians and composers with a powerful hands-on control solution for their virtual instrument and virtual effect collection
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Technical Specification


  • 49 velocity- and pressure-sensitive keys (with aftertouch) 10-octave range available with Key Octave –/+ buttons 4 assignable zones
  • Lowest 25 keys send secondary commands in Edit Mode
  • Pads: 16 assignable velocity-sensitive pads, multicolor-backlit
  • Faders:
    • 9 30mm assignable faders
    • 4 banks available with Bank/buttons
  • Buttons:
    • 9 assignable buttons, multicolor-backlit
    • 4 banks available with Bank/buttons
  • Encoders:
    • 8 assignable 360° knobs
    • 4 banks available with Bank/buttons
  • X/Y Pad:
    • 55mm x 55mm touch-sensitive pad
    • 2 independently assignable axes: X (horizontal), Y (vertical)
  • Display: 85mm x 25mm LCD
  • Connections:
    • 1 USB port
    • 1 1/4” (6.35mm) TS sustain pedal/footswitch input
    • 1 1/4” (6.35mm) TRS volume/expression pedal input 1 5-pin MIDI input
    • 1 5-pin MIDI output
    • 1 power adapter input (power adapter not included) 1 Kensington lock slot
  • Power:
    • via USB bus power or
    • via power adapter (9 VDC, 1A, center-positive, not included)
  • Dimensions (width x depth x height): 86.0 cm x 25.5 cm x 7.1 cm
  • Weight: 4.5 kg
  • Warranty: 1 year

What Is In The Box

  • Code 49
  • USB Cable
  • Software Download Cards
  • Quickstart Guide
  • Safety & Warranty Manual


Manufacture Description

Great Playability

A great performance requires the right tools for the job. M-Audio’s CODE 49 (Black) features an all keybed with action that is clean and precise. The natural profile keys are both velocity- and pressure-sensitive, for maximum expressive capability, guaranteeing to replicate every subtlety and nuance of your performance. In addition, the keyboards can be split into four assignable zones to maximize the flexibility and functionality of your setup (for example, trigger four different instruments in their own separate zone, or overlap zones and trigger two instruments at the same time).

Production Power

Every DAW uses keyboard shortcuts to execute common functions (like adding tracks, cut, paste, etc.). Now with support for ASCII/HID keyboard shortcut commands, you can map these commonly used shortcuts right to the controller itself, streamlining your workflow for a faster, more efficient and far more satisfying creation/production process. CODE 49 (Black) also supports Mackie Control/HUI control modes, so right out of the box you are ready to work with most DAWs with minimal setup.

Assignable Control

CODE 49 (Black) is equipped with everything you need to produce some serious musical creations. Extensive assignable parameter control is a breeze with multiple banks of faders, knobs, buttons, pads and a smooth feeling pitch bend and modulation wheel. New to the line of M-Audio controllers is the X/Y Touchpad, which provides additional and direct interaction with effects and instrument plugin parameters across an X/Y axis – the ideal control source for effects and instruments loaded into Ableton Live’s Audio and MIDI channels. Finally, adapt CODE to complement your workflow courtesy of the all CODE Series Editor Software offering complete customizable control of CODE 49’s MIDI control functionality.

Performance Pads

Craft the perfect beat in seconds with CODE 49 (Black)’s 16 assignable RGB backlit velocity sensitive drum pads that conveniently indicate at a quick glance exactly what function any particular pad is assigned to. The buttons, knobs and faders are also colour-coded to indicate what mode they’re in. An alphanumeric LED display provides informative feedback, including on-screen display of parameters and settings. It all adds up to no confusion, no guessing, just precision control.

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Welcome to the World of VIP Music Software

Experience expanded control of your VST instrument and effect collection with CODE 49 (Black) and VIP3.1 (Free Download Included).

VIP3.1 provides you with unparalleled access to your virtual instrument and effect collection, seamlessly integrating the hardware / software experience and grants the unrestricted freedom to create in a user-friendly, intuitive format. The combination of VIP and CODE 49 (Black) maximises workflow and ensures a playing experience that feels natural and enhances creativity – the natural, tactile feel of hardware fused with the unrivalled processing capability of virtual Instruments.

Includes 2GB of In-Demand Sound Content From Touch Loops

Spark that initial idea or add the finishing touch to your latest masterpiece - whatever your production demands, Touch Loops' 2GB sample library doesn't disappoint! Based in Los Angeles and London, Touch Loops equips customers with the most cutting-edge sound elements, instruments, hardware, and software recordings, expertly curated by a team of professional music producers and sound designers. Included with CODE 49, this 500+ sound library provides everything from must-have one shot drum hits to sultry melodic loops and deep, driving bass - whatever your project demands, this expertly Curated Sample Content arms you with cutting-edge content to realize it!

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