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Akai MAX49 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard (49-Key)

Tap into your creativity like never before with the Akai MAX49 MIDI controller's semi-weighted keys, touch-strip faders and authentic MPC drum pads. Rate and review this product
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Akai Professional's MAX49 MIDI controller is something of a sensory nirvana, providing a plethora of control tools for your fingers to explore. Featuring 49 semi-weighted keys, a dozen MPC drum pads, 8 LED touch faders, vintage-style Control Voltage (CV) and Gate outputs, auto-mapping software, and much more, the MAX49 gives you almost too many ways to make music. Use the Akai MAX49 keyboard to control everything from music software and VST plugins to outboard gear.

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Express Yourself, Don't Repress Yourself

At the heart of the MAX49 is the key bed with 49 semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch, ready to go for any player wanting to add a bit of natural-sounding expression to a performance. Straightforward transport controls are located at the top center of the controller, providing intuitive track navigation. Rubberized pitch and mod wheels are off to the side, so you can play with your right hand and tweak your tones with your left.

Other essential features include an expanded arpeggiator, which has a Latch button, plus eight different time divisions to create sweeping melodic riffs; and a built-in step sequencer that will help you lay down the bare bones of a track.

Feel the Beat

All you want to do is make beats? Go for it: the MAX49 outdoes itself with 4 banks of 12 backlit MPC pads, for a total of 48 assignable pads. With this controller on hand, your recording sessions and live performances will benefit from true MPC-style production tools, without your having to lug around a standalone MPC. The MAX49's backlit, velocity-sensitive pads offer classic MPC Swing, Note Repeat, Full Level, and navigation controls for a complete music-creation experience.

Thanks to the 4 banks of 8 backlit LED touch faders, you can assign up to 32 control parameters. If you're familiar with analog faders, you will know exactly what to do with the MAX49's LED touch faders: just drag your finger along the touch strips, or carry out instant leaps in any MIDI value from zero on up.

Works With All Your Existing Gear

Yes, you can use the MAX49 with everything in your studio, whether it's new or old. The controller sports USB MIDI, traditional 5-pin DIN MIDI, and CV and Gate outputs, allowing you to control music software, analog synths, vintage gear, and more. Built-in Mackie Control and HUI protocols provide compatibility with major digital audio workstations (DAWs).

Easy Automapping

The MAX49 includes Akai Connect automatic-mapping software, which makes it a snap to assign touch faders, MPC pads, and buttons to your plugins. All you have to do is click on the software unit you want to control, and then touch whatever part of the MAX49 you want to assign. As a bonus, the controller also comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software.

Features:

- 49 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch allow for expressive playing
- 12 backlit MPC drum pads offer MPC Note Repeat and MPC swing
- 8 backlit LED touch faders provide hands-on parameter value changes
- 4 pad banks and 4 fader banks make for a total of 80 assignable pads and faders
- CV and Gate outputs connect to vintage analog synths (1V/Oct)
- Built-in step sequencer
- Expanded arpeggiator with latch and time division controls
- Large transport controls and rubberized pitch and modulation wheels
- Included Akai Connect software automatically maps to VST plugins
- Mackie Control and HUI modes provide compatibility with many DAWs

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- Number of Keys: 49 keys + 4 banks of 12 drum pads
- Type of action: Semi-weighted Aftertouch (Channel)
- Computer Interface: USB/MIDI
- Displays: 4-row x 20-character LCD
- Interfaces:
- - USB
- - MIDI Out
- - MIDI In
- - CV (1V/octave)
- Gate (configurable)
- Programmable Continuous Footpedals: 1
- Programmable Footswitches: 2
- Programmable Controllers:
- - 4 x 12 Pads
- - 4 x 8 Faders
- - 4 x 8 Assignable Buttons
- - Keybed
- - Pitch and Modulation Wheels
- - 2 x Footswitches
- - Expression Pedal
- System Real-Time Controls: MMC, MIDI START/STOP, MIDI CC
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 29" x 12.5" x 3" [741mm x 322mm x 80mm]
- Weight: 11.7lbs. (5.31kg)

System Requirements:

- Macintosh: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)
- Windows: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible CPU or faster (multi-core CPU recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP, Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), QuickTime recommended
USB Port
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 17 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 33 x 15 x 6 in

Product Description

MAX49 from Akai Professional places revolutionary MIDI and CV control at your fingertips. With an intuitive layout and included AkaiConnect automatic-mapping software, MAX49 offers an instant, fully immersive experience with your favorite music software and virtually all VST plugins. From its 49 semi-weighted keys and 12 real MPC pads, to its groundbreaking LED touch faders and vintage CV & Gate outputs, MAX49 combines cutting-edge Akai Pro technology with classic capability to give you an unprecedented music-making experience.

Cutting-Edge

MAX49 is one of the most unique controllers ever engineered. Right away you'll notice one of its most distinguishing features: four banks of eight backlit LED touch faders, allowing you to assign up to 32 control parameters. You can use MAX49's LED touch faders just like analog faders by simply dragging your finger along their touch strips, or you can perform instant leaps in any MIDI value from zero to maxed out and everything in between--an unprecedented, unmatched controller capability.

Classic

MAX49 is also equipped with four banks of 12 backlit MPC pads, giving you a total of 48 assignable pads, allowing you to integrate legendary Akai Pro production capability into live performances and recording sessions alike. These backlit, velocity sensitive pads come with classic MPC Swing, Note Repeat, Full Level and navigation controls to give you all the tools you need to create music at your highest level.

MAX49 comes ready to command any controller hardware or software from any era: USB MIDI, traditional 5-pin DIN MIDI and even Control Voltage and Gate outputs are onboard, allowing you to control everything from today's most advanced music software, to analog modular synths from as far back as the 1960s. Mackie Control and HUI protocols are also built in to give you instant compatibility with many industry standard DAWs.

Complete

When you're ready to get down to business, MAX49 delivers essential controller features with excellence. 49 semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch are laid out before you, providing professional feel, perfect response and full musical expression. Large, centrally positioned transport controls give you straightforward track navigation, and rubberized pitch and modulation wheels provide for instant creative flourishes. MAX49's expanded arpeggiator includes a Latch button as well as eight different time divisions to create sweeping and endlessly varied melodic cascades. A built-in step sequencer allows you to get the music in your head laid down with exacting detail.

Control To the Max

The MAX49 comes with AkaiConnect automatic-mapping software, so you'll be up and running in your favorite DAW and VSTs in seconds. AkaiConnect has been designed to eliminate the guesswork and give you more time creating and less time setting up controls. Instantly assign MAX49's MPC pads, touch faders and buttons to your favorite music software plug-ins by simply clicking on the software element you want to control, then touching the knob, pad, fader or button on Max49.

Cutting-edge, classic and complete control: MAX49.

Get ready to experience one of the most dynamic and unique performance controllers ever created.

Features:

- 49 semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch for complete musical expression
- Built-in step sequencer for detailed track construction
- Expanded arpeggiator with latch and time division controls
- Included AkaiConnect software automatically maps to VST plugins
- 12 backlit, real MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat and MPC swing
- Eight backlit LED touch faders for gradual or instant parameter value changes
- Four pad banks & four fader banks provide a total of 80 assignable pads & faders
- CV & Gate outputs for use with vintage analog synths (1V/Oct)
- Large, centrally-positioned transport controls & rubberized pitch and modulation wheels
- Mackie Control & HUI modes provide instant compatibility with many DAWs

Includes:
- MAX49
- Quickstart Guide
- Power Supply
- USB Cable
- Vyzex & AkaiConnect Software CD
- Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition Software DVD
- Safety Instructions & Warranty Information Booklet
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