This powerful controller is housed in a slimmer, all-new design keyboard and features RGB backlit trigger pads lifted straight from the MPC Renaissance and a 20-character LCD screen with comprehensive parameter feedback.
The Akai MPK249 comes with everything you need integrate into your DAW, with over £300 worth of industry-leading music software including Ableton Live Lite 9, MPC Essentials, Sonivox Twist and Hybrid 3.0.
Engineered to be an all-in-one controller solution, the Akai Professional MPK249 is a performance pad and keyboard controller that combines deep software integration with over £300 worth of premium music software included, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations. The MPK249 additionally features a number of enhancements requested by our producer community.
MPK249 comes equipped with 49 semi-weighted, full-size keys and a premium piano-style keybed for unprecedented response and natural feel. Each key is velocity-sensitive and outfitted with aftertouch for dynamic, expressive performances and recordings. In addition, onboard Octave Up and Down controls allow players to access the entire melodic range; play bass lines, piano harmony, solo leads
and much more.
With MPK249, musicians and composers can incorporate genuine MPC workflow into their productions and create with the tools that producers have relied on for years: MPC Swing lets MPK249 users obtain that tight, organic groove that made Akai Pro’s groundbreaking MPC music-making machines so legendary. MPC Note Repeat and 16 Levels make it easy to build beats and construct short melodic sequences using the MPC-style pads. In addition, an arpeggiator, with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns, enables users to explore complex melodic ideas, effortlessly.
Ableton Live Lite 9
MPK249 is armed with powerful production software, Ableton Live Lite for out-of-the-box music creation. Ableton Live Lite is a fluid audio/MIDI environment that enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas.
MPC Essentials with an RRP of £100 is groove/beat production and sample-triggering software. It can integrate directly into any DAW, such as Ableton Live Lite, or run standalone. In addition, it extends the power of MPK261 by adding up to 8 pad banks and 4 samples and insert effects per pad. With the comprehensive included 1GB sound library, MPC Essentials empowers you with the essential sounds of modern music production, and you can easily import your own WAV and AIFF sound samples as well and assign them to any pad.
Hybrid 3.0 with a retail value of £109 from Air Music Technology is the next generation in synthesis. Hybrid is a legendary synthesiser from Air Music Technology. The AIR team is responsible for the core of much of the effects offerings in Avid’s Pro Tools® software, and also developed a suite of award-winning virtual instruments specifically for Pro Tools. Leveraging this history of excellence, AIR’s mission is to create the world’s most innovative virtual instruments, music software, and effects now for all platforms.
This high-definition virtual synthesizer combines the coveted warmth of analog synths with a full range of futuristic digital manipulation capabilities. The result is the best of both worlds — a virtual instrument with a comprehensive set of precisely adjustable parameters that can sound like a synth you remember or something no one has ever heard before.
SONiVOX Twist with a £79.99 RRP is a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument, makes it easy to create unique, serious sounds using simple controls. SONiVOX designs, develops and markets leading music software technologies, products and applications for desktop and mobile consumer devices.
AIR Instrument Expansion Pack
Expand your creative arsenal further with exclusive discounts on premium Air Instruments unlocked with your purchase. The AIR Instrument Expansion Pack brings the world’s most innovative virtual instruments to your favorite DAW. These seven instruments, ranging from breathtaking emulations of vintage gear to unique synthesis technologies, enable you to tap into familiar sounds or create something no one has ever heard before. Breathe some life into your music.
Akai MPK 249 USB Midi Controller
- 49 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
- 16 RGB-illuminated MPC pads each with 4 banks for 64 pads
- 24 assignable Q-Link controllers include knobs, faders, and switches (8 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 & 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
- 1 assignable footswitch jack and 1 expression jack
- USB power and plug-and-play connectivity
- Production software package included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0, and Akai Pro MPC Essentials (downloads)