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Akai Professional MPK249 49-Key Controller

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OVERVIEW

Engineered to be your all-in-one controller solution.

The Akai Professional MPK249 is a performance pad and keyboard controller that combines deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations. Each member of Akai Pro's MPK series comes fully loaded with a comprehensive interface for manipulating virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more. MPK249 features 49 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 8 assignable knobs, faders, and switches, 16 MPC-style pads with RGB feedback, and onboard transport buttons. Three banks expand the number of knobs, faders, and switches (up to 24 each), and four pad banks expand the number of pads (up to 64 total). Plus, MPK249 is optimized to interface directly with your Mac or PC with USB power and plug-and-play connectivity.

Made To Play
MPK249 comes equipped with 49 semi-weighted, full-size keys and a premium piano-style keybed for unprecedented response and natural feel. Each key is velocity-sensitive and outfitted with aftertouch for dynamic, expressive performances and recordings. In addition, onboard Octave Up and Down controls allow players to access the entire melodic range; play bass lines, piano harmony, solo leads and much more.

Genuine MPC Functionality
Classic MPC Swing, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Full Level, and 16 Levels are all onboard for further inspiration. With MPK249, musicians and composers can incorporate genuine MPC workflow into their productions and create with the tools that producers have relied on for years: MPC Swing lets MPK249 users obtain that tight, organic groove that made Akai Pro's groundbreaking MPC music-making machines so legendary. MPC Note Repeat and 16 Levels make it easy to build beats and construct short melodic sequences using the MPC-style pads. In addition, an arpeggiator, with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns, enables users to explore complex melodic ideas, effortlessly.

Production Software
MPK249 is armed with powerful production software-Ableton Live Lite and MPC Essentials-for out-of-the-box music creation. Ableton Live Lite is a fluid audio/MIDI environment that enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas. MPC Essentials, a groove/beat production and sample-triggering software, can integrate directly into any DAW, such as Ableton Live Lite, or run standalone. In addition, it extends the power of MPK249 by adding up to 8 pad banks and 4 samples and insert effects per pad.

Virtual Synthesizers
Two high-definition virtual synthesizers bring the best of synthesis technology to MPK249 users. Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a versatile virtual synthesizer that combines the warmth of legendary analog synths with a full range of futuristic, digital manipulation capabilities. SONiVOX Twist, a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument, makes it easy to create serious sounds using simple controls. Together, these powerful instruments give MPK249 users professional music-creation tools that can jumpstart any project.

FEATURES
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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SPECIFICATIONS
Keyboard
Number of keys: 49
Action: Semi-weighted
Key size: Full
Velocity sensitive: Yes
Aftertouch: Yes
Key type: Piano-style

Connectivity
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

Controls
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

Other
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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Akai ProfessionalMPK249 49-Key Controller
 
4.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Functional (3)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

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(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding

By DT1

from Brooklyn NY

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK249 49-Key Controller:

      Outstanding keyboard controller for live, Pro Tools and Reason. 64 pads, note repeat, control 24 sliders and knobs.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding Controller

      By DT1

      from Brooklyn, New York

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • Short Usb Cable

      Best Uses

      • Any Daw

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK249 49-Key Controller:

      I've used this with Ableton Live Suite 9 and Maschine Studio (latest software) and it performs flawlessly. The feel of the pads are excellent as is the velocity; the keys are spot on. The knobs and sliders are very high quality (endless knobs) The included software is amazing (Hybrid 3 is outstanding) Presets for live lite reason and pro tools are included. I have yet to try it with pro tools. But so far it's amazing.

      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      i would buy this product again

      By jackson

      from jacksonville, fl

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Akai Professional MPK249 49-Key Controller:

        this is a great value for the money. as a novice I was able to create a song my first day. The beats are great. I downloaded the Latin beats and they are great. the best sound quality and effects .loving it.Able ton has great support for the software.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT CONTROLLER

        By Jim

        from Wilkesboro NC

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • No Cons

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Akai Professional MPK249 49-Key Controller:

            I USE IT WITH ABLETON & FLSTUDIO MAPS EASY WORKS GREAT

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Key bed is it's weakness.

            By Kris

            from Frankfort, MI

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional

            Cons

            • Cheap Key Bed
            • Poor Quality

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Akai Professional MPK249 49-Key Controller:

            I am currently using this in my home studio and it's working ok with Logic Pro X. I'm pretty disappointed with the key bed, especially the black keys. They knock while playing and it's very annoying. I think the key bed should be a lot better at this price range. It takes away from the music experience and creates a fake feeling while playing. Akai, I would suggest using some kind flexible material to stop the keys from knocking when bottoming out, with your next iteration of this.

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