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Samson Carbon 49 is an iPad Piano and USB MIDI Controller


Samson’s Carbon 49 might call itself just a regular USB MIDI Controller, but it’s not giving itself enough credit. This instrument has a special integrated iPad slot, making it the ultimate compact instrument for budding mobile musicians. The keyboard itself is semi-weighted and comparable in feel to that of pro-level instruments. It sports 49 velocity-sensitive keys, along with dedicated Transpose and Octave buttons, as well as classic Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels.

On the digital front-end, the device makes things easy with MIDI out and USB connections. The keyboard also has a sustain pedal input, and a convenient 3-digit, 7-segment LCD. To top it all off, it comes packaged with Native Instruments’ Komplete Elements software, which includes effects and tools for music production, composition and sound design.

Pricing for Samson’s Carbon 49 USB MIDI Controller is TBD, but let’s hope that it’s affordable enough for street and subway musicians, who are sure to find this device very practical! However, they should just be wary of having their iPad swiped right off the Carbon 49 while in the middle of an overture…