Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller 889406467590

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Features
  • 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
  • Large, easy-to-read custom LCD display
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 29"L x 12"W x 4"H
    Weight: 13lb.
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Akai ProfessionalMPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller
 
4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Overall stisfaction!!

The Akai MPK49 USB/MIDI controller is an absolute beast. Whether it be for making hip-hop beats and melodies, to starting your own solo project with drums etc. this is the controller for...Read complete review

The Akai MPK49 USB/MIDI controller is an absolute beast. Whether it be for making hip-hop beats and melodies, to starting your own solo project with drums etc. this is the controller for you. I believe that Reason is the best program to use with this. Because, i have been able to writer full songs using only this controller, and then exporting them to Ableton to record vocals. So if you have a project you are gettng off the ground and seriously writing for, this is the controller for you!! Whether it be hip-hop, rap, electronica, or any other type of alternative genre, this controller will satisfy all needs.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Very Compatible with Sonar

The quality of the hardware is great. I really like look and feel of the knobs and sliders. I prefer the mod wheel being separate from the pitch bend wheel. I did not...Read complete review

The quality of the hardware is great. I really like look and feel of the knobs and sliders. I prefer the mod wheel being separate from the pitch bend wheel. I did not get a chance to really try out the pads which I hear are not as sensitive as they could be. I opened the box. Hooked it up to my computer. And then the troubles began. This was my first attempt at a MIDI controller with all the assignable knobs, sliders and foot pedals. My hope was that either the MPK or my Sonar 8.5 Producer would have some kind of compatible software that would allow them to communicate easily. That thinking was absolutely flawed! Unfortunately, the MPK and Sonar do not work well together. After doing some backwards research and checking the Sonar discussion boards it was pretty clear this was a poor choice on my part. If you are using Sonar it looks as if they are taking the Apple style of electronics philosophy. If it's third party we they are not going to go out of their way to incorporate it into their programming. So it is not completely Akai's fault on this one. Needless to say I unfortunately had to return this product - Thanks Guitar Center for the good customer service. Bottom line if you are using Cakewalk Sonar you are better off buying products that are created by Roland, Edirol, or Cakewalk themselves to achieve the best level of compatibility and user friendliness.

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(150 of 183 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Overall stisfaction!!

By Zac

from Birmingham, Alabama

Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

The Akai MPK49 USB/MIDI controller is an absolute beast. Whether it be for making hip-hop beats and melodies, to starting your own solo project with drums etc. this is the controller for you. I believe that Reason is the best program to use with this. Because, i have been able to writer full songs using only this controller, and then exporting them to Ableton to record vocals. So if you have a project you are gettng off the ground and seriously writing for, this is the controller for you!! Whether it be hip-hop, rap, electronica, or any other type of alternative genre, this controller will satisfy all needs.

(33 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best usb keyboard with pads!

By Dietrich

from kalamazoo,Michigan

Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

This product is simply an amazing peice of equipment. Its worth the full price!!! The Akai MPK looks and FEELS like a MPC with a very nice and smooth keyboard attached. Its and very friendly plug and play controller and gave me very little problems at all. The best part it has the swing feature. It can work with pretty much any beat program especially Reason and even something FL Studio too! The pads are smooth, not as smooth as the mpc's but close proximity tho. The keyboard itself tho weigh a ton and has a hard metal casing so you know this thing a bad boy already. I have had the M-audio Axiom 25 keyboard and it was a dissapointment with non friendly controls,poor pads, and hard bulky keys (3 times, is the times I took the Axiom back) I'm glad I have the MPK 49. I hope Akai continues makes more genuine keyboards like these.

(28 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE BEST MIDI KEYBOARD PERIOD!

By Wiz

from Oakland, CA

Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

I have tested Midi Keyboards from all of the manufacturers; you name it, Novation, M-Audio, Edirol whatever... but nothing comes close to the MPK49. Whether you're doing Hip-Hop, Electronica, Trance, or any genre that relies primarily on software based music, this thing really kicks all of their butts! The MPK49 is really easy; plug and play via USB was a piece of cake, I did not have to troubleshoot a thing! I had zero compatibility problems ( I used a Macbook Pro w/ Live 7 and an M-Audio Firewire 410 audio interface). The MPK49 is great eye candy too which is something I believe most musicians overlook. Just looking at it makes you want to create. I believe that equipment is supposed to inspire as well as be easy to operate. Only when those two things are in place can true music be captured. The MPK49 is really the best midi keyboard. It's an all in one solution for the serious software based music producer, musician.

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GREAT BUY, BUT CONSIDER THE PADS

By Jim

from Clay, NY

Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

The MPK49 is definitely a good buy. I went from using an MPC 2000XL to this and am very happy with the decision. I write a lot of Rnb Music and needed something that was portable, had keys, and could emulate an MPC. The transport controls feel very familiar. It has seemingly endless control settings with the knobs and faders. The full level, 12 level, and pad bank buttons make this board the best option for MPC users to convert to software. The build is heavy and durable just like the MPC series however, the pads are thin and somewhat unresponsive(I've considered replacing them with MPC 1000 pads). If you're comfortable with the feel of an MPC2000XL, beware that the pads will not feel the same. You will not be able to tap them. They have to be pushed hard and I find myself using the Full Level/12 Level buttons on nearly every drum track. If you want to use the pads for emulating live drums do not choose this. You will not get the velocity variation. Overall, this is a great unit and made the hardware to software transition as smooth as could be expected.

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It does everything, and then it does more

By Josh

from Woodstock, MD

Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

I bought this MIDI because I wanted to be able to have backing tracks on stage while my band played, because we are all tied down to an instrument but wanted some synth thrown into the mix. So i bought this MIDI and it is so easy to program and all in all its just fun to play with. I can easily be playing my bass and just walk over to the keys and press one to start a loop, and not miss a beat at all. I used to know nothing about synth and MIDI, but this one is so easy to use that you learn everything right away. If your going to use a software, go with Reason, it is incredibly easy to use with this.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nothing Better Than Akai Professional!

By Benjamin T.

from Saint Louis, Missouri

Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

I just bought the Akai MPK49 and all I can say is WOW! I also picked up Ableton 8 while I was there and the two combined, makes an unstopable pair! a MUST buy for any computer music fanatic!

(8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Buyer Beware

By Ed Tech

from Boston, MA

Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

The downside to this controller will be the nightmare you will have attempting to upgrade the firmware for the unit from Akai, widely known issue on forums across the land, these issues persist till this day and yes, It wont work with Mac OS Leopard. The unit works well with Ableton Live but that about it, also the Pitch Modulation Wheel will stop working for no apparent reason, until you have to upgrade the super-buggy firmware that supposedly fixes it, count on losing valuable studio time with this device, don't take my word for it, GOOGLE IT FOR YOURSELF BEFORE BUYING.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not Very Compatible with Sonar

By Tim

from Ellington, CT

Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

The quality of the hardware is great. I really like look and feel of the knobs and sliders. I prefer the mod wheel being separate from the pitch bend wheel. I did not get a chance to really try out the pads which I hear are not as sensitive as they could be. I opened the box. Hooked it up to my computer. And then the troubles began. This was my first attempt at a MIDI controller with all the assignable knobs, sliders and foot pedals. My hope was that either the MPK or my Sonar 8.5 Producer would have some kind of compatible software that would allow them to communicate easily. That thinking was absolutely flawed! Unfortunately, the MPK and Sonar do not work well together. After doing some backwards research and checking the Sonar discussion boards it was pretty clear this was a poor choice on my part. If you are using Sonar it looks as if they are taking the Apple style of electronics philosophy. If it's third party we they are not going to go out of their way to incorporate it into their programming. So it is not completely Akai's fault on this one. Needless to say I unfortunately had to return this product - Thanks Guitar Center for the good customer service. Bottom line if you are using Cakewalk Sonar you are better off buying products that are created by Roland, Edirol, or Cakewalk themselves to achieve the best level of compatibility and user friendliness.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A true Controller!!

By PrynceAl

from Jacksonville,Fl

Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

I have been thru a few midi units in the past few months and let me tell u right quick, MPK stands for More Powerful Keyboard!! The Axiom line (except for the Pro models) have nice feeling keys but I just can't believe the clicking rotary knobs-disgusting! Edirol PCR800 a real monster I would still be in a relationship with it but you have to program the behavior of the transports buttons(e.g., latch, unlatch) ain nobody got no time for all that!!Keystation 61 es very nice keys but no extra controls!!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent midi controller

By Ronnie

from Miami, FL

Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

I've had my eye on this keyboard for some time now (years actually) but when it came to buying this, it often felt like I was spending money on a luxury. I'll admit, what people said about it is true, that it had issues from the moment I plugged it in -- it wasn't detected by windows and had massive issues with getting recognized. When I plugged it in (windows 7), the little screen wouldn't light up, and windows gave me an error saying "unknown usb device". Someone mentioned a shortcut to resetting the firmware which was to hold down [<< + STOP + REC] while plugging it in, which lit up the device, when it asked me if I wanted to proceed in resetting it I hit [Cancel] intead. Bingo, the device was lit now. So it was powered, and once I selected it as a Midi Controller in Live (it comes up in the dropdown list of Midi controllers as "MPK49") it worked perfectly through USB and I don't have to do any tricks to get it to turn on anymore, just plug and play. I blame Microsoft for this problem though, not Akai. Windows will never be predictable when it comes to developing USB devices for it. Especially since Vista. Despite the few hours it took me to get it working, it's a beautiful device, and works wonderfully. All the controls automate easily, the keys feel good for playing (semi-weighted is a good balance for playing synth and piano) I had a fully weighted keyboard (the Triton LE) and it was awkward for playing synths or anything non-piano. My favorite thing though is the little mixer console, it doubled my mixing time, ability, and productivity. My workflow is totally changed now. It's really nice to have the pads too, however it's not sensitive enough and you really have to hit them hard to get the desired response. Still, nice to have. I really have no complaints and I'm going to be using this controller for a long time. I'd recommend it to anyone. cheers

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