Akai Professional MPK 249 - Performance Keyboard Controller

  • $ 399.00
SKU: 10938

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The MPK 249 from Akai Professional is a performance pad and keyboard controller that combines software integration, enhanced workflow and core technologies from the MPC workstations, with a comprehensive interface for manipulating virtual instruments, effect plug-ins, DAWs, and more. The keyboard is optimized to interface directly with a Mac or PC computer with USB power and plug-and-play connectivity.

The controller features forty-nine semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch, eight assignable knobs, faders, and switches, sixteen MPC-style pads with RGB feedback, and onboard transport buttons. Three banks expand the number of knobs, faders, and switches (up to twenty-four each), and four pad banks expand the number of pads (up to sixty-four total). Onboard octave up and down controls allows players to access the entire melodic range.

Genuine MPC functionality includes Classic MPC Swing, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Full Level, and 16 Levels. An arpeggiator, with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns, enables users to explore complex melodic ideas, effortlessly. The music production suite of software includes Ableton Live Lite and MPC Essentials for out-of-the-box music creation. MPC Essentials can run standalone and extends the functionality of the controller by adding up to eight pad banks and four samples and insert effects per pad. Two virtual synthesizers are available, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech and SONiVOX Twist.

Forty-nine semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
Sixteen RGB-illuminated MPC pads each with four banks
Twenty-four assignable Q-Link controllers include knobs, faders, and switches (eight 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
Assignable footswitch jack and one expression jack (pedals not included)
USB power and plug-and-play connectivity
Production software package includes Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0, and Akai Pro MPC Essentials (downloads)
item includes
  • Akai Professional MPK 249 - Performance Keyboard Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
Keyboard 49 x Semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
Pads 16 x Pressure and velocity sensitive, light-up MPC-style pads (4 banks)
Knobs 8
Other Controls 1 x Modulation wheel
1 x Pitch wheel
8 x Faders 
8 x Backlit switches
5 x Transport controls
24 x Function/control switches
1 x Rotary data selector
Octaves 10, using octave up/down buttons
Arpeggiator Yes
Connectivity 1 x USB Type B
1 x 1/4" TS sustain pedal (pedal not included)
1 x 1/4" TRS expression pedal (pedal not included)
2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O
Power Requirements USB powered
System Compatibility Mac 
1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended) 
OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended) 
1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
Available USB port 

1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multi-core CPU recommended); 
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended) 
Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended)
QuickTime recommended 
Available USB port
Dimensions (WxDxH) 29.00 x 12.25 x 3.40" (737 x 322 x 86 mm)
Weight 12.6 lb (5.7 kg)
Package Weight 20.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 32.6 x 18.0 x 8.1"

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