M-Audio CTRL49 is a 49-key professional USB / MIDI controller that combines the creative power of VST's virtual instruments and effects, with dedicated controls for direct access to DAW's main software features, delivering a production experience Music at your fingertips. The CTRL49 combines an intuitive control surface and a new high-quality, semi-weighted keypad - designed ad hoc with innovative software features that let you focus on what's really important: music creation. With Virtual Instrument Player (VIP) software included - stand-alone or VST, AU, and AAX plug-ins - the parameters displayed in the full-color full-color full-color display and robust CTRL49 hardware controls automatically map to the plugin selected. VIP has a handy browser with feature-specific filtering and preview features that lets you scroll and load patches for each VST plug-in installed on your computer. In addition, VIP lets you simultaneously load up to 8 virtual tools, with layer and split keyboard capability, with a mixer with the ability to insert VST plugins in insert and send, create bays, assign channels to each Different outputs. You can also create Set Lists to quickly recall virtual tools, ideal for stage and studio use.