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Akai MPK249 49 Key Performance Keyboard Controller

Akai's MPK249 combines deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations!
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Engineered to be an all-in-one controller solution, the Akai Professional MPK249 is a performance pad and keyboard controller that combines deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations. Each member of Akai Pro's MPK series comes fully loaded with a comprehensive interface for manipulating virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.

MPK249 features 49 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 8 assignable knobs, faders, and switches, 16 MPC-style pads with RGB feedback, and onboard transport buttons. Three banks expand the number of knobs, faders, and switches (up to 24 each), and four pad banks expand the number of pads (up to 64 total). Plus, MPK249 is optimized to interface directly with your Mac or PC with USB power and plug-and-play connectivity.

Akai MPK249 49-Key Performance Keyboard Controller Features
  • 49 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
  • 16 RGB-illuminated MPC pads each with 4 banks for 64 pads
  • 24 assignable Q-Link controllers include knobs, faders, and switches (8 of each)
  • Revamped control layout with backlit LCD screen
  • iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • Comprehensive transport and parameter controls for hands-on DAW integration
  • MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator for advanced rhythmic and melodic manipulation
  • MPC Full Level, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with dynamics and tempo
  • Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls for expressive recording and performing
  • 1 assignable footswitch jack and 1 expression jack
  • USB power and plug-and-play connectivity
  • Production software package included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0, and Akai Pro MPC Essentials (downloads)
Made To Play
MPK249 comes equipped with 49 semi-weighted, full-size keys and a premium piano-style keybed for unprecedented response and natural feel. Each key is velocity-sensitive and outfitted with aftertouch for dynamic, expressive performances and recordings. In addition, onboard Octave Up and Down controls allow players to access the entire melodic range; play bass lines, piano harmony, solo leads and much more.

Genuine MPC Functionality
Classic MPC Swing, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Full Level, and 16 Levels are all onboard for further inspiration. With MPK249, musicians and composers can incorporate genuine MPC workflow into their productions and create with the tools that producers have relied on for years: MPC Swing lets MPK249 users obtain that tight, organic groove that made Akai Pro’s groundbreaking MPC music-making machines so legendary. MPC Note Repeat and 16 Levels make it easy to build beats and construct short melodic sequences using the MPC-style pads. In addition, an arpeggiator, with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns, enables users to explore complex melodic ideas, effortlessly.

Production Software
MPK249 is armed with powerful production software—Ableton Live Lite and MPC Essentials—for out-of-the-box music creation. Ableton Live Lite is a fluid audio/MIDI environment that enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas.

MPC Essentials, a groove/beat production and sample-triggering software, can integrate directly into any DAW, such as Ableton Live Lite, or run standalone. In addition, it extends the power of MPK249 by adding up to 8 pad banks and 4 samples and insert effects per pad.

Virtual Synthesizers
Two high-definition virtual synthesizers bring the best of synthesis technology to MPK249 users. Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a versatile virtual synthesizer that combines the warmth of legendary analog synths with a full range of futuristic, digital manipulation capabilities. SONiVOX Twist, a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument, makes it easy to create serious sounds using simple controls. Together, these powerful instruments give MPK249 users professional music-creation tools that can jumpstart any project.

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Phone:  401-658-4032 Warranty:  1 Year

Product Specifications

Akai MPK249 49-Key Performance Keyboard Controller Specifications
  • System Requirements
    • Macintosh: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)
    • Windows: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP, Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), QuickTime recommended
  • Number of Keys: 49 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
  • Pads: 16 pressureand velocity-sensitive, light-up MPC-style pads x 4 banks
  • Q-Link Controls: 8 control knobs, 8 faders, and 8 backlit switches
  • Computer Interface: USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input & output
  • Octaves: 10 with Octave Up and Down
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Additional Controls: MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, MPC Full Level, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division
  • Additional Inputs: One 1/4 inch TRS expression pedal input and one 1/4 inch TS sustain pedal or footswitch input
  • Power: USB power; no power adapter required
  • Dimensions: 29 x 12.25 x 3.38 in.
  • Weight: 12.6 lbs.

Customer Reviews

Review: DESHAUN KNIGHTEN Submitted: 8/21/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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OVERALL PERFECT MIDI KEYBOARD FOR ME COMING FROM 25 KEYS AKAI MPK25. THE AKAI MPK249 IS AWESOME!
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WORK WELL WITH ABLETON AND REASON I LOVE IT. MPC PAD ON HERE ARE SOLID! LOVE THE AFTER TOUCH ON THE KEYS! PITCH AND MOD WHEEL ARE PERFECT!

Review: Brian Submitted: 8/12/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Subject

Well built and functions great!

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Im using this for drum programming mostly. I love the pad feature but also need the keys sometimes. Its built quite well and looks great!

Review: Shosparks Submitted: 7/6/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Subject

Well built!!!

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This keyboard is AWSOME. It’s sturdy and it plugs and plays with every DAW I hooked it up to. Great job Akai!

Review: Vince V Submitted: 5/25/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Subject

Feels great

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Very well constructed! The feel of the keys and pads are great!!! Couldn’t ask for a better keyboard

Review: April K Submitted: 5/25/2019

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.


Subject

Pretty good

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Nice product, software could be better

Review: Patrick Submitted: 5/6/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Subject

Absolutely worth it

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Very real feel, made from sturdy materials and it sounds amazing

Review: Curtis James Submitted: 4/6/2019

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.


Subject

Awesome little keyboard perfect for the young instrumentalists

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Product is perfect for the price .

Review: Sharecroppers Submitted: 4/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Subject

Super awesome for at home studio

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Great for any hands on artist

Review: China Submitted: 4/1/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Subject

"I LOVE THIS THING"

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I've only had it a couple of days but so far I have been able to connect with both of my DAW's. I love the feel of the keyboard, the pads, the faders, etc. It really is better than using my mouse, I'm looking forward to linking it with my MPC Touch. So far so Good!!!

Review: RSV Submitted: 1/31/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Well worth the money

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Great controller for MIDI Keyboard and DAW . Very compatible with different DAWs

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