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8.7 out of 10

Akai MPK 49 Controller Keyboard

49-key, semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch and full-sized Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Akai MPK 49 Controller Keyboard

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Overall 6

Not very user friendly, not for a novice programmer.

Twiddly Diddly, amazon.com
18 April 2010
  • Summary: I spent 2 days reading and working with this unit only to send it back. Sonar 8 and the MPK49 should be easy to set up as they are supposed to 'support' each other but they don't. You need to map this yourself and even then it isn't able to realize it's full potential because Sonar doesn't play well with it. The documentation is poor and it comes with a horrible programming software called Vyzex.
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Overall 6

If you're buying for the pads, get an MPD instead

jiakenmin, amazon.com
29 December 2009
  • Summary: First of all, the pads DO suck. MPC's are known for their pads so you'd think Akai would at least be able to put the same type of pad/contact design on their MPK line. Instead they put a bunch of pads with no play that feel like buttons and make the keyboard housing vibrate when you pound them. On top of that they placed the contacts so far away it's damn near impossible to get 127 velocity on the pads without going Full Level. Even my LPD8 feels better than this thing.
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Overall 6

Akai MPK good not great

C-Tru, amazon.com
13 August 2009
  • Summary: Now when I think of Akai, obviously quality and music productions come to mind. Unfortunately, this does not live up to the name. The biggest failing in this product is the drum pads. YES, THE DRUM PADS! No you might be thinking, 'what could be wrong with legendary Akai drum pads?' First off they are very unresponsive, you have to press down very hard just to trigger medium level midi sounds (yes, i even adjusted the sensitivity of the drum pads and this did not help).
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Overall 6

AKAI MPK 49 MIDI controller

Ids Aalbers, bax-shop.nl
21 January 2012
  • Summary: Logic gebruikers opgelet! Akai heeft nog steeds géén presets voor Logic en ik heb ondervonden dat hij slecht communiceert met Logic. Er is een workaround en gelukkig heeft Logic een makkelijke functie om controls te mappen, maar als je dit niet ziet zitten dan raad ik je de MPK sterk af. Ik heb hem inmiddels ingeruild.
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