Akai MPK49 USB/MIDI Controller With Drum Pads

Akai have released another high end entry into the MIDI controller fray in the form of the MPK49 which boasts 12 MPC Drum Pads and a 49-key semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch in addition to the usual combination of knobs and faders totaling up to 76 assignable controls.

It’s in the same ballpark as the Novation Remote SL series and those drum pads could just place it first for many musicians. The MPK49 also has an onboard arpeggiator which is handy if your sequencer either doesn’t have one or you find it complex or inconvenient to use.

The Akai MPK49 is currently in stock at Digital Village or you can check out Froogle for a range of prices/retailers.


  • 49-key, semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch and full-sized keys
  • 8 full-sized, 360-degree rotation pots, each with 3 banks for 24 pots total
  • 12 genuine MPCpads with velocity and pressure sensitivity
  • 8 full-sized sliders with 3 controller banks for each for 24 sliders total
  • MPC Note repeat and all-new arpeggiator
  • 8 assignable backlit switches with 3 controller banks each for 24 switches total
  • MMC/MIDI Start Stop transport buttons
  • Programmable footswitch and continuous controller pedal inputs
  • Large, easy-to-read custom LCD display

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