Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller 889406925502

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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 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (7)
  • Functional (6)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Concerts (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome Midi Controller

I just started getting into making Electronic Music, I couldn't be happier with the purchase of this keyboard. For the price it has a lot of functionality and is great for recording automation as...Read complete review

I just started getting into making Electronic Music, I couldn't be happier with the purchase of this keyboard. For the price it has a lot of functionality and is great for recording automation as well. The unit is heavy and feels sturdy. For the price it is very well made. The keys and everything feel great to play as well.

The only issue as it has been said in other reviews are the Pads. They work, but if you want them to be sensitive you will have to upgrade them. I took the advice from "The Big Bully Organization's" review and ordered the thicker more sensitive pads from mpcstuff .com and WOW does it make a difference. With the upgraded pads there is truly nothing wrong with it. Musicians friend should seriously consider carrying these since they do sell a lot of these units, it would make a great bundled package. They are very easy to install so dont let the stock pads turn you away from this unit. The upgraded ones also have cool colors, I went with orange. I have attached a picture of it.

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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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4.0

Really Solid MIDI

By 34boor

from Boise

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

This keyboard is amazing and easy to use. I've been running it with logic for about 6 months. The keyboard action is superb and with the manual, it is easy to figure out. One thing I wasn't too happy about: It took me a little bit to find a damper pedal for it. Some pedals that work with keyboards don't transfer.

 
3.0

I would buy this product again, should the occasion arise.

By Caballero

from Tulsa, OK area

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Practicing

    Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

    I bought this item as an "open box" level 3 which means there was either functional doubt or some serious cosmetic issue or missing components. I was lucky and the entire unit functioned well, but the initial product seemed to have had a "crushed carton" in it's 1st life as two of the sliders were bent to extremes. The software was not included. I bought this as a studio workstation as it will likely live a long and happy life there. I paid only a fraction of what the listed new price that the pristine units bring. The carton that I rec'vd was expertly packed and padded. We are extremely happy with the purchase and value!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Definitely a good controller

    By Eroq

    from Austin, Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Drum Pads
    • Learning Curve

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

    I am using this controller in my studio to control my DAW, but also plan to use it for live performance to control both the DAW and other synths. I've got it working both ways. I think it's a great controller with a lot of flexibility and definitely worth the reduced price. Not sure I would be as happy if I paid list. I only present four things to evaluate if you are thinking about purchasing. 1) The drum pads are not really responsive. I can only use them if I turn on the full velocity switch. 2) the velocity sensitivity could be better for the keys as well. I would love to have some type of sensitivity adjustment for those, but haven't found it. 3) the arpeggio is cool and makes this controller stand out, but there are only about 4 arpeggios to choose from. 4) I wish it came with a power source, but it's only needed if you are via MIDI and not USB. Still, I think it's a great add-on for my setup, especially at the price, and I will be using it live!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My First and Best

    By Elizabeth

    from Magna, UT

    Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

    I've been playing piano for about 6 years now and I've just barley gotten into the recording scene and so I literally know nothing. It took me a second to get everything set up ( I probably should have read the manual) but it's so fun. The software it comes with is nice and basic and it works with my digital piano as well. The MPK25, MPK49, MPK61 are must haves.

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Midi Controller

    By jhm1138

    from Pennsylvania

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Drum Pads

    Best Uses

    • Composing

    Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

    I just started getting into making Electronic Music, I couldn't be happier with the purchase of this keyboard. For the price it has a lot of functionality and is great for recording automation as well. The unit is heavy and feels sturdy. For the price it is very well made. The keys and everything feel great to play as well.

    The only issue as it has been said in other reviews are the Pads. They work, but if you want them to be sensitive you will have to upgrade them. I took the advice from "The Big Bully Organization's" review and ordered the thicker more sensitive pads from mpcstuff .com and WOW does it make a difference. With the upgraded pads there is truly nothing wrong with it. Musicians friend should seriously consider carrying these since they do sell a lot of these units, it would make a great bundled package. They are very easy to install so dont let the stock pads turn you away from this unit. The upgraded ones also have cool colors, I went with orange. I have attached a picture of it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Would be Amazing if the pads were more sensitive.

    By Antonio Jimenez

    from Los Angeles

    Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

    Amazing Product, bought it for my son(15) who was using an older Key-station. The key station was good but as his skills grew I thought this was a great upgrade for him. He uses the MPK49 almost on a daily basis. He seems to enjoy using it and still uses the pads. We did change sensitivity and threshold, and maybe some thing else, now it is much better than out the box. Just expected more from the pads, since it is from Akai. Youtube has fixes if you are out of warranty or you pads don't break in after time. would give 5 Stars but have to remove one for the pads. Unit is solid and feels professional grade. Set up fine on a older, Dell Latitude D830 core2 2ghz 2gbRam Windows 7, and have also used it with Windows 8 on same laptop with no issues. Used it with Studio one and Abelton Live. Has about 30 Presets 15 have been set for existing DAW's but can be changed if you want or if you fill modify the extra 15 presets. Overall great.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great keyboard for the price

    By IIVIIATT

    from Corona Ca

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Feeling Keys
    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • No Power Button
    • No Template For Logic
    • Terrible Pads

    Best Uses

    • Portable Keyboard
    • Small Studio

    Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

    Let me start off by saying the keyboard looks and feels fantastic,very professional feeling with the mod wheel to all the buttons. The only thing I can't stand is the pads they have no sensitivity which makes it hard to keep a beat. I really wish they added a power button the only way to turn it off is to unplug the cable everytime. I have had many m audio keyboards and this one is by far better quality and I enjoy using much more

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome with Reason

    By Adam Adamus

    from Chicago, IL

    Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

    The keys feel amazing, heavy for semi weighted almost like a piano. Works great with reason, no issues with windows 7. Came with trial ableton lite akai version.. Good enough to mess with a few instruments. Auto detect worked so easy with no issue in both reason and ableton. Drum pads are bad! Theres a upgrade you can do which seems semi easy for anyone thats messed with these things before. Even with the drum pads the price was right. Plus the pads are somewhat usable so i consider it as a complete bonus. Sliders and knobs very solid and comfortable to use. Overall midi is heavy, solid build quality, seems like you can beat on it. Treat it like your guitar, bass, whatever when your playing hard and it will last. Its a instrument (kind of) so that respect is needed. I dont recommend throwing it against the wall, your probably mess up the drywall. Appegiator is a fun feature most DAWs have it as a effect but nice to have it onboard with latch. Got it on sale and its worth every penny.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Almost perfect

    By D. Prince

    from South Lake Tahoe, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • Compatibility
    • Technical Issues

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Music production
    • Practicing

    Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

    So I just got this beauty of a midi controller and this is what I can say from a few hours of use.

    A)The keys are awesome, anybody who complains of them being stiff has never played a real piano. I love the way they feel.

    B)The pads are in the middle of being just okay and sucking completely. Adjust the sensitivity and threshold and you can get the job done depending on your project

    C)The faders & knobs feel great. The faders feel as if they were on an actual mixer, not the cheap rubber you get on M-Audio products. The knobs turn around 360 degrees. Oh and as opposed to other knobs & faders on midi controllers, your DAW actually responds accurately instead of jumping levels.

    D) Pitch and mod wheels work perfectly. Transport controls work as well. Only issue is that fast forward and rewind does not snap to grid.

    Technical Issues - If you use vista or higher, expect to have driver issues. You can google a solution for it though. There's a few more minor issues, but It could just be my own personal setup. I use Reason and the only thing I can't use is tap tempo. No big deal.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Akai MPK49

    By tclarke1123

    from Redding, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

      This midi controller is great for a lot of things, but the two biggest things to me were this;

      It's USB bus powered, and it has so many knobs that can be mapped to different parameters.

      The semi-weighted keys were way more than what I expected in terms of quality, but the MPC pads could be replaced.

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