Reviews and Problems with Akai MPK 49 Controller Keyboard
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Value for money 8
Ease of use 6
Overall quality 8
Customer support 10
Michael Rivard in Seattle, WA, zzounds.com
10 September 2012
Summary: This is a good midi controller, with hands on analogue controls. Gave it a MPC pad upgrade and once installed correctly the pads are much more expressive and sensitive. BTW the current promotion from SONiVOX is so cool, I'd jump on that before it expires by all means, they have wonderful products.
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.
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.
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).
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.