Samson Carbon 49

USB MIDI Controller w/ Integrated iPad Slot, Included Native Instrument Software Suite & Much More

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The Samson Carbon 49:

Samson's Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller is for veteran performers and young, up-and-coming musicians alike. The Carbon 49 provides a wide variety of versatile, user-friendly features in a compact, lightweight controller that’s ideal for both the studio and the live stage. The Carbon 49's semi-weighted keys offer musicians an expressive and responsive platform that's made to feel more like a synth or piano than just a MIDI controller. The keys are also velocity-sensitive, so they accurately capture the dynamics of performances. With 49 keys, the Carbon 49's pitch range is perfect for performing, while simultaneously remaining highly portable.

iPad Integration:
Designed with the iPad in mind, the Carbon 49 features an integrated iPad slot. When combined with the iPad using Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit, the Carbon 49 is a great tool for making music on-the-go. Use it with your favorite music and synth iPad apps that support MIDI controllers, and for additional mobility, the Carbon 49 can be directly powered by the iPad.

With dedicated Transpose and Octave buttons, you can change the key of any given instrument, as well as expand the keyboard to a full 4-octave range, without using any sub menus or shift keys. With all of these comprehensive features, not to mention classic Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels, the Carbon 49 puts a wide range of musical expression and tone manipulation at your fingertips.

Take control of your music software with the Carbon 49's assignable Data encoder and Volume slider. For easy editing, players can use the Edit key to adjust up to 14 performance-related control parameters. Also, the Carbon 49's 3-digit, 7-segement LED displays the behavior of every function in real-time. For added versatility, the Carbon 49 includes traditional MIDI Out, Sustain pedal input and USB connections.

Completely Sweet Komplete Suite:
Bundled with the Carbon 49, Native Instrument's Komplete Elements software offers a comprehensive selection of studio-quality sounds, effects and tools for modern music production, composition and sound design. With over 3GB of samples, Komplete Elements provides you with more than 1,000 premium sounds and three mighty player engines – all carefully compiled to provide a strong toolkit for both stage and studio.

With Samson's Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller, it's never been easier to get the most out of your music software.

What's In The Box?

  1. (1) Owner's Manual
  2. (1) Samson Carbon 49 USB Keyboard
  3. (1) USB Cable
  4. (1) Two iPad rubber shoe adapters
  5. (1) Native Instruments Komplete Elements installation DVD

Product Features:

  • 49-key, velocity-sensitive, semi-weighted keyboard
  • Assignable Data encoder and Volume fader
  • Pitch Bend and assignable Modulation wheels
  • 3-digit, 7-segment LED display which provides real-time feedback
  • Dedicated Octave up/down buttons
  • Transpose up/down buttons, assignable to Program and MIDI Channel up/down
  • Edit key for adjusting up to 14 MIDI and control parameters
  • Sustain Pedal Input
  • USB connection for power and MIDI
  • 5-pin MIDI Out to connect to standard external MIDI devices
  • Integrated iPad stand
  • Includes Native Instruments Komplete Elements software
  • Also found as: CARBON49, CARBON-49
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

System Requirements

  • Windows:
    • OS: XP/Vista/7
    • CPU: 800MHz or higher
    • RAM: 256MB or more
    • USB Port
  • Mac:
    • OS: OS X 10.4.9 or higher
    • CPU: 733MHz or higher
    • RAM: 512 or more
    • USB Port
  • Apple® iPad
    • OS: iOS v4.2 or higher


  • Keyboard: 49 keys, semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive
  • Display: 3-digit, 7-segment
  • Pedal Input: 1/4" TRS
  • MIDI: MIDI via USB, 5-Pin MIDI OUT
  • Power: USB Bus Power
  • Controls:
    • Volume Fader
    • Data Knob
    • Edit Button
    • Octave +/- Buttons
    • Transpose +/- Buttons
    • Pitch Bend Wheel
    • Modulation Wheel
  • Functions:
    • Program Number
    • Reset All
    • MIDI Channel
    • All Notes Off
    • Bank MSB
    • Bank LSB
    • Velocity Curve
    • Default
    • Assign Trans
    • Assign Fader
    • Assign Knob
    • Assign Mod
    • Assign Pedal
    • Snapshot
  • Size & Weight:
    • Weight: 6.2 lbs. (2.8 kgs)
    • Width: 31-1/4" (792 mm)
    • Depth: 8-1/2" (217 mm)
    • Height: 3" (78 mm)

Keyboard Features

Number of Keys
The number of keys on the keyboard of the MIDI controller.
Key Weighting
The type of weighting of the keys on the MIDI controller
Mod Wheel
The mod wheel is used to manipulate or modify the sound of the sample triggered by the midi controller often an effect like the rotary cab effect of an organ.
Pitch Wheel
The Pitch wheel is used to bend the pitch of the sample the MIDI controller is triggering.
Aftertouch is a signal representing sustained pressure that is interpreted by the MIDI device differently than initial velocity.
Octave Shift
A set of buttons that shift the keys up or down one octave for use on MIDI controllers that do not have a full 88-key keyboard.

Advanced Controls

Number of Performance Pads
The number of performance percussion pads that can be assigned to trigger samples in the MIDI enabled device.
Number of Rotary Encoders
The number of assignable rotary encoders on the MIDI controller
Number of Fader Encoders
The number of assignable fader encoders on the MIDI Controller
Transport Controls
Transport controls are an array of buttons typically consisting of: play, pause, stop, f-forward, rewind, and record arm, that are used to control a media player, recorder, or software based system.

Controller Specifications

Footswitch/Expression Pedal Input(s)
The ability for the device to be used with a footswitch, expression, or sustain pedal.
MIDI Connections
The configuration of input and output connections on a MIDI controller.
The ability for the MIDI controller to interface with a MIDI device via USB.
Power Supply
The power source for the controller.
The width of the item from left to right (side-to-side) measured in inches.
The height of the item, measured from top to bottom, in inches.
The front-to-rear depth of the item, in inches. If the item is angled or slanted, this value is the bottom measurement.
Weight (Pounds)
This is the weight of the item in pounds (lbs).

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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