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Akai Professional MPK 49

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Akai Professional MPK 49 review: specs and price

Akai Professional MPK 49
Akai Professional MPK 49

Why is Akai Professional MPK 49 better than the average?

  • Total keys
    49vs43.03
  • Drum pads
    12vs4.83
  • Encoders
    1vs0.35
  • Number of faders
    8vs3.66
  • Number of knobs
    8vs5.97
  • Volume
    13348.31cm³vs173049.67cm³
  • Thickness
    63mmvs73.85mm

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Design

1.Has a display
Akai Professional MPK 49

The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.

2.Has backlit LED buttons
Akai Professional MPK 49

Buttons will light up when pressed, resulting in better visibility to users.

3.volume

13348.31cm³

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4.weight

5.9kg

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5.thickness

63mm

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16mm

6.width

711mm

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310mm

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Controls & Buttons

1.Has octave buttons
Akai Professional MPK 49

The octave buttons are used to shift the keyboard up or down in one octave increments. This extends the range of the keyboard in either direction, which lets you play notes that lie outside the number of keys available.

2.Has an arpeggiator function
Akai Professional MPK 49

The arpeggiator is the main tool used by computer musicians to generate looped material. An arpeggiator is simply a generator of signals that controls the tempo, pitch, velocity, gate, and other parameters of the sound.

3.Has a pitch wheel
Akai Professional MPK 49

The pitch wheel alters the pitch and timbre of a sound in real-time. It can give fine tuning control from fractions of a semi-tone to huge multi-octave pitch swings.

4.Has a bank selector button
Akai Professional MPK 49

The button is used to select independent banks of continuous controllers. Effectively, this allows you to control more independent parameters with the knobs, faders and buttons. The bank selector button is used to switch among the available banks.

5.Has tap tempo control
Akai Professional MPK 49

A feature on some MIDI devices that allows to adjust tempo in real time based on an external input or by “tapping” a button on the device itself. It is used to allow musicians the flexibility of playing at any desired tempo based on their musical input.

6.Has navigation buttons
Akai Professional MPK 49

Navigation buttons allows users to navigate through their files/data.

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Keys & Pads

1.Has semi-weighted keys
Akai Professional MPK 49

Similar to a weighted action keys, but with less resistance and a slightly springier release, semi-weighted keys are popular with many players. If you don’t need realistic piano response, but also don’t care for spring-loaded synth actions, a semi-weighted keyboard might be ideal for you.

2.Has velocity sensitive pads
Akai Professional MPK 49
3.total keys

49

The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.

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4.Has aftertouch keyboard
Akai Professional MPK 49

The keyboard also respond to the amount of force applied after initial impact. On electronic keyboards and synthesizers, this pressure sensitivity is usually called aftertouch.

5.drum pads

12

The pads section is ideal to trigger loops and samples, using your finger drum skills.

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16

6.Has pressure sensitive pads
Akai Professional MPK 49

When pads respond to the amount of force applied after initial impact they are pressure-sensitive. The pads can be used to drum rhythmic elements of a song or to trigger samples, but can also be used to play notes.

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Ports

1.Has a MIDI-Out port
Akai Professional MPK 49

The MIDI-Out port is used for transmitting data.

2.Has an input/connector for the sustain pedal
Akai Professional MPK 49

When pressed, the sustain pedal allows all notes to sound and “vibrate” freely. All notes played will continue to sound until the pedal is released. This is perfect when you need a sturdy and responsive control over sustain.

3.Has an input/connector for the expression pedal
Akai Professional MPK 49

Dedicated expression pedals let you have a hands-free control over your keyboard's volume, vibrato, and more.

4.Has a MIDI-In port
Akai Professional MPK 49

MIDI-In Port allows data to be received by a MIDI-compliant device. The “in” port enables the MIDI keyboard to be controlled by an external device or sequencer.

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Features

1.Is compatible with Windows
Akai Professional MPK 49

It is compatible with PCs and laptops running the Windows operating system.

2.The device is mappable
Akai Professional MPK 49

Users can map, set and regulate the entire midi controller giving different functionalities to all different buttons, knobs and faders. The device could be also set up with different softwares.

3.Is compatible with Mac OS X
Akai Professional MPK 49

It is compatible with Mac OS X devices such as MacBooks and iMacs.

4.MIDI device works and communicates via USB
Akai Professional MPK 49

Devices can communicate in both directions with each other without any additional MIDI interface. The biggest advantage is that the USB connection can be used for everything; power supply, MIDI-in and MIDI-out. This means you need less cables.

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