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Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller   

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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, ...Read More

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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.

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

Take total control of your MIDI performance with the Akai MPK49.

SPECIFICATIONS

MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller

  • Dimensions: 29"L x 12"W x 4"H
    Weight: 13lb.
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Akai ProfessionalMPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller
 
4.4

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (6)
  • Functional (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • 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

 

Useful, but CHEAP

To be brief, This keyboard has lots of goodies on it, arpeggiator, plenty of switches and stuff, and the wheels feel nice... HOWEVER:It's really cheap. The knobs and sliders feel...Read complete review

To be brief, This keyboard has lots of goodies on it, arpeggiator, plenty of switches and stuff, and the wheels feel nice... HOWEVER:It's really cheap. The knobs and sliders feel like they might break off in your hand, and the keys on the keyboard feel kinda inconsistent, some of them are harder to press than others sometimes, it just feels a little stiff. The Drum pads are pretty much a joke, as another reviewer point out you have to push them pretty hard, if you use them with normal drum machine pad pressure, you'll get like a 20-50 midi velocity, which is pretty quiet, you have to really make a point to hit them pretty firm to get good response. Lastly, I've had this for about 1 month, and the PITCH WHEEL ALREADY BROKE. Was just playing a song and was doing some pitch wheel stuff, and i felt a 'snap' and the spring had broken in it.So basically, I love the keyboard when it's working, but it's built really cheap and that frustrates me, and now I have to fix the pitch wheel, if I even can.

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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!

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    (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!

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    (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.

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    (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

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Almost perfect

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    By D. Prince

    from South Lake Tahoe, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    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.

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    (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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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      MPK49 USB MIDI Controller.

      By Tom Davis

      from Ellendale, ND

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

      Unless you need a full size keyboard or beat your keyboards to death in performance, this unit will serve you well.
      The weighted keys are nice. It was a plug and play accessory for composing in Finale 2012. No issues at all. Because of limited space the 49 key unit fits perfectly between my computer keyboard and the monitor. I rarely perform live, but this unit greatly increases entry speed for composition and editing. The staff at Musicians Friend suggested it along with a few others to fit my needs. They got it right. Being USB powered it can easily go wherever I need to go location to edit and add more thematic material. The key size and ease of controls make it a pleasure to use.
      I have several keyboards. This one have a nice feel and is more then rugged enough to take into the field when needed.
      For the price it is amazing.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Big Bully Organization

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

      This midi keyboard is awesome! I own a Yamaha M06 and the key action on the MPK is much better, I wasnt expecting semi weighted keys on a midi board. Also I love having the large pads. I previously used my Roland MC-808 for drum lines, but the pads were tiny. Okay, I understand your sensitivity issue. Remember the 49 and 25 are based on the MPC 500, which has weak pads. Visit MPCstuff.com to purchase upgraded pads and a sensitivity kit and your in the game. The only reason I didnt give this product a 5 star rating is because of two reasons:1- You cannot use standard Midi I/O with either Bus power or wall wart2- It is impossible to link your transport controls with Cubaseother than those two reason this is hands down the best midi keyboard made to date.

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      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Useful, but CHEAP

      By Jordan W

      from Springfield, MO

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

      To be brief, This keyboard has lots of goodies on it, arpeggiator, plenty of switches and stuff, and the wheels feel nice... HOWEVER:It's really cheap. The knobs and sliders feel like they might break off in your hand, and the keys on the keyboard feel kinda inconsistent, some of them are harder to press than others sometimes, it just feels a little stiff. The Drum pads are pretty much a joke, as another reviewer point out you have to push them pretty hard, if you use them with normal drum machine pad pressure, you'll get like a 20-50 midi velocity, which is pretty quiet, you have to really make a point to hit them pretty firm to get good response. Lastly, I've had this for about 1 month, and the PITCH WHEEL ALREADY BROKE. Was just playing a song and was doing some pitch wheel stuff, and i felt a 'snap' and the spring had broken in it.So basically, I love the keyboard when it's working, but it's built really cheap and that frustrates me, and now I have to fix the pitch wheel, if I even can.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great unit but a little disappointed

      By Juno-QnFmW

      from New Mexico

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK49 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller:

      This is my first full-on midi keyboard I've ever purchased. I've previously used actual synthesizers to act as midi controllers in the past. I am using this on Reason 5.0 and it does what is expected. However, my only gripes are the Pads and the Modulation/Pitch wheels. The pads are very stiff and flat and are basically rubber buttons. As for the Mod and Pitch wheels, they feel very cheap and have an another buzz when vibrating from the monitors. It's an awesome keyboard for the features but the construction could have been a little better quality.

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