Akai MPK Free Air Virtual Instruments
Purchase an Akai Pro MPK25, MPK49, MPK249, or MPK261 and receive (2) Free AIR Music Technology Virtual Instruments: Loom and Vacuum Pro. See PDF for details.
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Delivers powerful tools for maximizing your musical ideas.
Beat creation, MIDI sequencing, and live performance control are all possible with Akai's MPK49 USB/MIDI controller. Featuring a sleek black design, this 49-key, semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch comes with 12 MPC-style drum pads with 4 pad banks each for a total of 48 total pads.
The pads have swing parameters that can be applied to the MPC Note Repeat function and the MPK49 keyboard's own arpeggiator for instant creation of ear-catching riff effects. They also feature the MPC-style Full Level and 12 Level velocity functions.
Included in the array of assignable controls are 8 full-sized, 360-degree rotation pots, 8 full-sized sliders, and 8 backlit switches. All of them come with 3 banks, giving you a total of 24 pots, 24 sliders, and 24 switches to play with. Amongst the other assignable inputs are an expression pedal, footswitch, pitch bend, and modulation wheel. The MPK49 MIDI keyboard controller also has Tap Tempo and time-division buttons allow for realtime control of Note Repeat and Arpeggio clock speeds.
The large, custom LCD display makes it easy to see what you're working with, whether in the dark atmosphere of a nightclub or in the comfy confines of the studio.
- 8 full-sized, 360 degree rotation pots, each with 3 banks for 24 pots total
- MPC-style note repeat and all new arpeggiator
- 8 full-sized sliders with 3 controller banks each for 24 sliders total
- 8 assignable backlit switches with 3 controller banks each for 24 switches total
- MMC/MIDI Start-Stop transport buttons
Take total control of your MIDI performance with the Akai MPK49.
MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller Specifications:
- Dimensions: 29"L x 12"W x 4"H
- Weight: 13lb.
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- Easy To Use
- Good Quality
Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:
First off, this guy seems to be put together by people who make tanks. Build quality is, in a word, substantial.
The keys feel good, though I've gotten used to my girlfriend's digital piano, which has fully-weighted keys. Along that same line, I found the velocity curve on the keys a little funky compared to the piano's, but it isn't something I can't get used to. Would be nice to have more control over it than a simple On/Off toggle.
Knobs and faders feel well-put together as well, and the built-in arpeggiator is a nice touch for apps that don't include one.
Haven't messed with the included software, as A) editing presets is easy enough to do on the keyboard itself and B) I use Ubuntu Linux, so the included copy of Ableton Live Lite isn't natively supported.
If anyone else is planning on using this under Linux, it most definitely falls under the category of "Supported". Plugged it in and it was immediately recognized by JACK. All knobs and faders were available in LMMS, and easily assigned to whatever I wanted to fiddle with.