Loads of MIDI Control From This Guy!Face it. When you want MIDI control, you want the maximum package. You want more than great-playing keys (with aftertouch, thank you). You want the best-playing velocity-sensitive pads and hey... while you're at it, you want sliders, switches, and encoders you can also get your hands on. Forget it, you're not making a wish list — you're describing the Akai Professional MPK49. No wonder it's one of the hottest MIDI controllers available. This baby does what you want, and looks great on your desktop in the process. Check it out.
You already know that Akai Professional makes the legendary MPC series... that's right, those beautiful masterpieces of groove with the perfectly playable pads. You know, in the past, music fiends have bought the MPC series just to get their hands on those pads. But now, with the MPK49 you've got 12 of them. Yes, those pads are stationed right above the 49-key semi-weighted keyboard (which by the way, have aftertouch that you've got to have).
Of course, the whole upper area on the MPK49 is all about giving you the most control possible, in the smallest package possible. Next to the pads, you'll find 8 360-degree rotation pots... each with three banks. Then you've got eight full-sized sliders with three controller banks each. Don't forget the eight assignable backlit switches (again, with three controller banks each). And when it's time to control playback and recording, you've got transport buttons good to go. That means whether you're wanting to control a plug-in or kill and cut tracks on the fly, you've got the hands-on control live performance and studio tweaking call for. The icing on the MPK49 is the large LCD display that makes navigating your custom assignments easy-peezy.
And if you want software, you got it. The MPK49 puts a special edition of Ableton Live under your fingertips, adding up to serious control that you can use right out of the box. Love it.
Akai Professional MPK49 MIDI Controller Features at a Glance:
- 49-key, semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch
- Eight full-sized, 360-degree rotation pots, each with three banks
- 12 MPC-style velocity and pressure sensitive pads
- Eight full-sized sliders with three controller banks each
- MPC-style note repeat and all new arpeggiator
- Eight assignable backlit switches with three controller banks each
- MMC/MIDI Start Stop transport buttons
- Large, easy-to-read custom LCD display
- USB bus powered or use optional power adapter (not included)