Akai MPK 249 Compact USB/Midi Keyboard Controller

(3 customer reviews)


  • 49 Semi-Weighted Keys with Aftertouch
  • 16 RGB-illuminated MPC Pads with 4 banks
  • 8 Faders, 8 Control Knobs, 8 Switches
  • Pitch Bend, Modulation, Octave Controls
  • iOS Compatibility
  • USB MIDI/Power and MIDI I/O Jacks
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Product Description

The MPK 249 from Akai Professional is both a performance pad and keyboard controller that combines software integration, enhanced workflow and core technologies. From the MPC workstations, with a comprehensive interface for manipulating virtual instruments, effect plug-ins, DAWs, and more. The keyboard is optimized to interface directly with both Mac and PC computer with USB power and plug-and-play connectivity.

The controller features forty-nine semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch, eight assignable knobs, faders, and switches, sixteen MPC-style pads with RGB feedback, and onboard transport buttons. Three banks expand the number of knobs, faders, and switches (up to twenty-four each), and also four pad banks expand the number of pads (up to sixty-four total). Onboard octave up and down controls allows players to access the entire melodic range.

Genuine MPC functionality includes Classic MPC Swing, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Full Level, and also 16 Levels. An arpeggiator, with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns. Thus, enabling users to explore complex melodic ideas, effortlessly. The music production suite of software includes Ableton Live Lite and MPC Essentials for out-of-the-box music creation. MPC Essentials can run standalone and also extends the functionality of the controller by adding up to eight pad banks and four samples and insert effects per pad. Two virtual synthesizers are available, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech and SONiVOX Twist.


  • Forty-nine semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
  • Sixteen RGB-illuminated MPC pads each with four banks
  • Twenty-four assignable Q-Link controllers include knobs, faders, and switches (eight 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 and 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
  • Assignable footswitch jack and one expression jack (pedals not included)
  • USB power and plug-and-play connectivity

What's in the box

  • Akai MPK 249 Keyboard Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty


Keyboard49 x Semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
Pads16 x Pressure and velocity sensitive, light-up MPC-style pads (4 banks)
Other Controls1 x Modulation wheel 1 x Pitch wheel 8 x Faders 8 x Backlit switches 5 x Transport controls 24 x Function/control switches 1 x Rotary data selector
Octaves10, using octave up/down buttons
Connectivity1 x USB Type B 1 x 1/4" TS sustain pedal 1 x 1/4" TRS expression pedal 2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O
Power RequirementsUSB powered
System CompatibilityMac 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended) OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended) 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended) Available USB port PC 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multi-core CPU recommended); Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended) Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended) QuickTime recommended Available USB port
Dimensions (WxDxH)737 x 322 x 86 mm
Weight12.6 lb (5.7 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight20.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)32.6 x 18.0 x 8.1"

Customer Reviews

5 overall

Based on 3 reviews

  1. 5 out of 5

    The 249 is really incredible, especially for this price. Yes, it is a little old in computer based musical instrument terms, but it is still impressive. You will need to be interested in digging into Midi technology a bit to get it to work with Logic Pro X (and possibly other DAWs), but I absolutely love this thing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Very quick and easy ordering process. Fast delivery, keyboard was delivered on the correct specified day without issue. I have had no need to speak directly to Gopandy because there have not been any issues with my keyboard. Would not hesitate to recommend and would definitely buy from Gopandy again in the future.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Everything you need in one.. pads sensitivity are sick. I love it !

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