100points

Akai Professional MPK 49

94points

Novation Impulse 61

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Akai Professional MPK 49 vs Novation Impulse 61

Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61
100
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94
points

Why is Akai Professional MPK 49 better than Novation Impulse 61?

  • Has a bank selector button
  • Has navigation buttons
  • Has pressure sensitive pads
  • The device is mappable
  • 72.63% less body volume
    13348.31cm³vs48764.16cm³
  • 2kg lighter
    5.9kgvs7900g
  • 73mm thinner
    63mmvs136mm
  • 369mm narrower
    711mmvs1080mm

Why is Novation Impulse 61 better than Akai Professional MPK 49?

  • Has transpose buttons
  • 12 more keys
    61vs49
  • 1 more faders
    9vs8
  • Has automapping technology

Top specs and features

Design

1.Has backlit LED buttons
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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

2.volume

13348.31cm³

48764.16cm³

Best

CME Xkey

838.08cm³

3.weight

5.9kg

7.9kg

Best

Akai Professional LPK 25

453g

4.Has a display
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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

5.thickness

63mm

136mm

Best

CME Xkey

16mm

6.height

298mm

332mm

Best

Akai Professional LPK 25

97mm

Controls & Buttons

1.Has transpose buttons
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

Transpose buttons are used for moving a collection of notes (pitches or pitch classes) up or down in pitch by a constant interval, usually in semitone increments.

2.Has octave buttons
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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.

3.Has a bank selector button
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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.

4.Has tap tempo control
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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.

5.Has navigation buttons
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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

6.Has an arpeggiator function
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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.

Keys & Pads

1.drum pads

12

8

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

Best

Novation Launchkey 61

16

2.Has semi-weighted keys
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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.

3.total keys

49

61

The amount of keys the controller has on the keyboard.

Best

Icon Logicon 8 air

88

4.Has velocity sensitive pads
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61
5.Has an aftertouch keyboard
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

Aftertouch keyboards are sensitive to the pressure applied to keys after the initial impact, and while the keys are being held down or sustained.

6.Has pressure sensitive pads
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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.

Ports

1.Has a MIDI-Out port
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

The MIDI-Out port is used for transmitting data.

2.Has an input/connector for the sustain pedal
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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 a MIDI-In port
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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.

4.Has an input/connector for the expression pedal
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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

Features

1.MIDI device works and communicates via USB
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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.

2.Is compatible with Windows
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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

3.The device is mappable
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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.

4.Has automapping technology
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

With automapping technology it is easier to set up your MIDI device and assign all different controls to your software (DAW).

5.Is compatible with Mac OS X
Akai Professional MPK 49
Novation Impulse 61

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

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