The Akai Pro MPK249 is a MIDI keyboard controller that combines software integration with hardware performance features. It features 49 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, velocity sensitivity, and 3 banks for expanding the number of knobs, faders, and switches. The controller also includes 16 MPC-style RGB-backlit pads, 8 assignable control knobs, and 8 assignable faders. It has a USB-MIDI interface with 5-pin MIDI input and output and supports direct plug-and-play connectivity with Mac and PC.
The MPK249 also has an arpeggiator, pitch bend, modulation and octave controls, expression and sustain pedal inputs, and a comprehensive transport and parameter control system for hands-on integration with DAWs. It comes with a comprehensive production software package including Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0, and Akai Pro MPC Essentials.
In addition, the MPK249 includes the new MPC Beats software, which brings the iconic MPC workflow and sounds to your computer as either standalone software or a plugin for your DAW. It includes a sample library browser filled with 2GB of samples from the MPC Expansion packages and a variety of beat templates and effects and processors for immediate production.
Overall, the Akai Pro MPK249 is a versatile and powerful MIDI keyboard controller for musicians and producers looking for an all-in-one solution for their music production needs.