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Review of the Akai Advance 49 Keyboard Controller

Advancing the State of the Art Imagine a MIDI-controller keyboard that lets you seamlessly switch between virtual instruments from different manufacturers, keeps all your patches together in a single browser, and automatically maps controller information to its knobs and switches. read more…

Akai APC 20 Review

Live at your Finger Tips With the APC40, a control surface fully dedicated to Ableton Live, Akai created an extremely successful tool, so the launch of the APC20 comes as no surprise: an APC40 amputated of its right section and sold at half the price, to beat all competitors. read more…

Novation Launchpad Gear Review

Novation Launchpad: Who's Pad? Novation surprised everyone by bringing out an Ableton Live dedicated control surface. Like Akai's APC? Not really, and obviously not at the same price. read more…

User reviews on MIDI Gear products

Very good, but lacks features (Akai - MPK61)

By Godly75, 18/06/2019
Pro
- Very good keyboard, perfect action and real semi weighted
- Solid built
- Overall quality is top

Con
- No CC on the pads
- No panic/all notes off button
- No software editor
- missing a 9th fader
- Top screen should show more data


I was looking for the MAX version, but that seems to be discontinued.
Especially for the touch faders. Why Akai?
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Superbe qualité prix (M-Audio - Code 61)

By Ullie Swan, 22/06/2019
Je ne me sers personnellement pas des pads ni des fonctionnalités de contrôle je l’ai Choisi pour son nombre de touches et sa vélocité assez intéressante pour jouer du piano pour une version plus transportable que mon piano électrique. Je l’ai depuis deux ans, aucun problème avec. Je ne m’en lasse pas.
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Expecting allot but flaws in design (Akai - Max49)

By Godly75, 09/07/2019
I so loved this keyboard,
- Looks good
- great quality feel keybed
- good functions and controllers

But unfortunately:
- I had my second gig with it, now in open air and the touch faders began to jump around (and so did my settings/sound). I guess the touch response system works with warmth? So the cold screwed it over.
- the quality of the pitch/mod wheel is very bad, a known problem all over the akai keyboards

Please Akai, upgrade your products or stop calling yourselves Professional ! :-(
It's with pain in the heart I have to let this keyboard go because it was very practical and an eyecandy :(
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News MIDI Gear

iRig products to unlock Cubasis LE features

Published on 05/24/16
Owners of IK Multimedia’s iRig digital interfaces, mics & MIDI controllers can now unlock features inside of Cubasis LE for iPad.

Get Console 1 For $649

Published on 04/19/16

Feature Articles MIDI Gear

Top Ableton Live controllers

Published on 04/28/18
Top Ableton Live controllers
Many of you out there use the famous Ableton sequencer and at one time or another have surely considered getting a controller to gain some creativity, comfort and speed.

The top MIDI interfaces for less than $100

Control your software remotely with real knobs, buttons and faders

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