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The All-New Akai Professional MPK249 Keyboard & Pad Controller

Akai Professional

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The MPK249 49-Key Controller is Akai Professional's flagship USB MIDI keyboard controller. Bridging the gap between keyboard performance and music production, the MPK249 provides an unparalleled level of creative freedom. At its heart lies a premium, semi-weighted 49-note keyboard with aftertouch for nuanced, expressive playing. Augmenting the keyboard are 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, ideal for launching clips or finger drumming. Rounding out the MPK249 are 8 assignable knobs, 8 assignable faders and 8 assignable buttons for hands-on control over your software and virtual instruments. The included software bundle provides everything needed to start producing right out of the box. The MPK249 is the total package for keyboard players, producers and performers of all kinds.

Premium Keyboard Feel Inspires Expressive Performances

The MPK249 features a high-quality, 49-note, semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch for dynamic, nuanced playing. Each key is velocity-sensitive, capturing the subtle details and expression in your performance. Aftertouch allows you to add modulation and effects as you play by applying pressure to keys. Onboard pitch bend, modulation and octave controls provide extra expressive control. The MPK249's premium keybed gives you the responsive, authentic feel of a traditional keyboard so you can lose yourself in the music.

MPC Pads for Finger Drumming and Clip Launching

The MPK249 includes 16 RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads for triggering samples, finger drumming and launching clips. Each pad is velocity-sensitive and multicolored for visual feedback. Four pad banks provide access to 64 pads in total. Onboard MPC technologies like Note Repeat, Full Level, 16 Levels and Swing give the MPK249 pads genuine MPC response and groove. The pads are ideal for drummers, producers and performers who want to create beats and launch clips with the touch of a button.

Unparalleled Control Over Your DAW and Plugins

With 8 knobs, 8 faders and 8 assignable buttons, the MPK249 provides extensive hands-on control over your music software and virtual instruments. Each knob, fader and button is freely assignable to the parameters of your choice. Three banks expand the MPK249 to 24 knobs, 24 faders and 24 buttons. Automap support automatically maps the MPK249 controls to popular DAWs and virtual instruments. The MPK249 gives you deep, intuitive control over all your music tools so you can produce and perform without limits.

Powerful Production Software Included

The MPK249 comes with all the software needed to start producing music right out of the box. Ableton Live Lite provides an intuitive environment for composing and remixing music. MPC Essentials allows you to make beats and sequence samples with legendary MPC workflow. Two virtual synths from AIR Music Technology, Hybrid 3 and SONiVOX Twist, deliver high-quality sounds for any style of music. With the included software bundle, the MPK249 is a complete, all-in-one solution for music creation and performance.

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  • 49 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
  • 16 pressure- and velocity-sensitive, light-up MPC-style pads x 4 banks
  • 8 control knobs, 8 faders, and 8 backlit switches
  • USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input & output
  • 10 with Octave Up and Down
  • Additional Controls: MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, MPC Full Level, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division

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  • Number of keys: 49
  • Action: Semi-weighted
  • Key size: Full
  • Velocity sensitive: Yes
  • Aftertouch: Yes
  • Key type: Piano-style
  • USB MIDI: Yes
  • 5-Pin MIDI: In/Out
  • Sustain: Yes
  • Expression: Yes
  • iOS compatibility: Yes, Apple camera kit (sold separately)
  • Audio I/O: Not applicable
  • Other: Not applicable
  • Knobs: 8 knobs; 3 banks
  • Faders: 8 faders; 3 banks
  • Drum pads: 16 backlit, velocity sensitive; 4 banks
  • Buttons/switches: 8 switches; 3 banks
  • Pitch wheel: Yes
  • Mod wheel: Yes
  • DAW transport: Yes
Onboard Features
  • Edit mode: Yes
  • Auto mapping: Info not available
  • Zones: Info not available
  • Number of presets: Info not available
  • Display: Backlight LCD
  • Program change: Yes
  • Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite, AIR Hybrid 3, SONiVOX Twist 2.0
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Width: 29 in. (736mm)
  • Height: 3.38 in. (86mm)
  • Depth: 12.25 in. (311mm)
  • Weight: 12.6 lbs.
  • Construction: Info not available
  • USB power: Yes
  • Power adapter: 6V DC, 1A (sold separately)

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