Reviews and Problems with Akai MPK 49 Controller Keyboard
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Akai MPK49 review
The Mechanic, B&H Photo
7 April 2013
Excerpt: PROS right out the box I was impressed with the construction and feel of the mpk49. It felt very sturdy and a good hefty feel to it. The semi weighted keys are nice and solid good response. The sliders and knobs have a good tactile feel and all the buttons have a nice click to them. The design and layout of very things flows very nicely CONS of course having the maschine Mk2 comparing the pads to the mpk49 they are just not up to par.
Pros: Easy to Use, Responsive / Good Action, Touch Sensitive Keys
Summary: First off, this guy seems to be put together by people who make tanks. Build quality is, in a word, substantial. The keys feel good, though I've gotten used to my girlfriend's digital piano, which has fully-weighted keys. Along that same line, I found the velocity curve on the keys a little funky compared to the piano's, but it isn't something I can't get used to. Would be nice to have more control over it than a simple On/Off toggle.
Excerpt: Have been wanting a MIDI keyboard for ages, and was debating between the Novation SL49 MKII and this one. Finally decided on this one because A. I wouldn't have to use external software for ableton (IE, Automap) and B. Price. I think I would have been happy with either unit. Not sure I made the correct decision, but this is a solid keyboard. I'm impressed with the build quality, it's heavy, the plastics used seem rugged.
Pros: Ableton compatibility, Easy to Use, Portable
Great build quality, easy to use, UPGRADE the pads
23 January 2012
Summary: As many other reviewers have been saying, the build quality of this product is great. Very sturdy, no rattling or flex. Connection and setup with FLStudio was a breeze (though I did need to hunt down some custom midi mappings). The feel of the keys is in line with what I expected. Decent weight and response (though certainly not as good as full weighted keys would be). The knobs and sliders have a really good feel to them. Perfect level of resistance.
Summary: This is a great unit for the money. I've had mine for a few months now without any problems. The drum pads are a bit stiff, but I rarely use them so it's not a bother to me. The keys do feel a bit cheap, but they're very responsive. The wheels and knobs are what make this unit though. They really have a great feel and have yet to let me down. If you're a professional pianist, chances are you're looking for something well above this price point.
Not what I thought, but in some ways better than I'd hoped for.
Matthew Brown "Thew", amazon.com
27 October 2011
Summary: This device is most definitely NOT for any sort or amateur musician. When I bought this, I'm guessing there was either a great commission on the sale, or the employee at my local retailer just didn't know what he was talking about. Most basically, this is nothing more than a MIDI controller, which means you have to provide the programming to get the sounds you want, or you must have the proper types of software on your computer.