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Solid, complete, perfect for studio.

By Brandski, 22/08/2014
MIDI / USB comprehensive enabling me with these knobs, faders, pads and buttons to control my VST and my expendeur hardware keyboard.


Key Semi-loud with velocity which is perfect for my use.
MIDI is fully paramétrablable: MIDI Channel, Banks, MIDI CC and CP.
You can record multiple user configuration internally.


For 3-4 years in my home studio.
As for the live against it is difficult, it is very heavy and bulky.
At first I used it to control all my DAW, I mainteant other hadware Machine Controller and therefore the knobs part fader MPK serves me.
I would advise a more APC40 duo + single MIDI keyboard. The MPK is a very good choice to start.

Reliable Keyboard

By tom808, 24/07/2014
Akai is know for quality, so this has 49 keys, on left side comes with pitch bend and modulation wheel which are very smooth and comfortable to use. You have 12 pads and modifiers for the pads which is usually used for sampling drums and sound loops, pads are very solid and if you have used any other Akai pads you know their well made. In the middle of the board you have the LCD screen which is clear to see, below you have buttons and knobs to adjust the Octaves tap tempo and setup the sound. On the right side you have 8 faders and 8 knobs to control different effects/parts of your DAW which can be all set up to your needs. This is a USB controller which makes it very easy to plug and play, it can be used for MAC and PC it includes Avid Pro Tools Express which i don't use


The basic part of it is the plug in and play keyboard with your DAW, it gets more confusing trying to connect the pads with sounds you need especially if you never used a MPC or MPD pad before, filters and knobs are easy and conformable to use, the selection is understandable and quick to process, this board is my secondary board currently because i found the pads to be uncomfortable over the top of keys, i bought a MPD32 to use for pads and i use a basic midi keyboard all my sounds are form the DAW plugins. The manual is Clear and easy to follow, the keys are good amount of soft i enjoyed them. Overall for a newb the setup might be confusing at first which you have to learn all the parts of it but after some hours you will understand all of it.


The price is great considering how much this board has to bring, i think personally its too much on a keyboard i like to have things separate like my pads controllers other keyboards but i did really like the Faders and the feel of the keyboard, i downgraded to a basic M audio 25 key and i bought the MPD 32 separately this feels better for me but i still keep the MPK49 for live use, I can had all my patches and settings set in one keyboard that makes it great, so the quality is very high I'm a big fan of Akai products but at the same time i like to keep it simple.

Disappointed ... For a reference like that!

By mrcslmtt, 13/07/2014
Reputation keyboard was essential in my choice, because I wanted a safe bet, I do not know yet much gear on my purchase level.


The affected is poor for my taste, too hard, and the springs of each button too hard. It's not worth a heavy hit (or even a light touch). No On / Off, forced to unplug the USB cable behind each time, and find the hole in each entrenchment ... It's heavy every time.


I for 5 years, and with the experience I would not repeat that choice clearly. I tried other models in the same price range, more expensive and less expensive, and all was better, even the simple keyboard 200 €. Pads (reputedly in with Akai MPC) are really bad ......! Hyper Drive! Forced buggers above for the note / sample sounds ... And almost impossible to play the velocity because of this hardness, really nothing to do with the MPC pads which they are quality. Bugs and more with the keyboard that sends info twelve o'clock alone (that mute me in my tracks sessions on Logic Pro 9).
In short, avoid! Despite being a reference in the middle, this keyboard has disappointed many. Orient you on another brand, really. Especially if you have the budget for this keyboard, there much better elsewhere.

Flo Rimon's review

By Flo Rimon, 11/07/2014
The pad to have some kind of sampler.


Easy to use, but ... on sampler pads are super stiff, I changed mine to make it more sensitive.


I use with reason.
Except that the keys are rather heavy and hard pads.
Money it's still okay!
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Akai MPK49 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Akai
  • Model:MPK49
  • Series:MPK
  • Category:49-Key MIDI Keyboards
  • Added in our database on: 03/28/2007

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