Akai Unleashes New Max49 USB/MIDI/CV Keyboard Controller With LED Touch Faders
Akai has unleashed MAX49, a brand-new, USB/MIDI/CV controller for use with virtually any MIDI or Control Voltage hardware and MIDI software.
From its 49 semi-weighted keys and 12 real MPC pads, to its groundbreaking LED touch faders and vintage CV & Gate outputs, MAX49 offers a fully immersive experience with virtually all VST plug-ins and music software. The four banks of eight backlit LED touch faders, allowing the assignment of up to 32 control parameters, can be used like analog faders by simply dragging a finger along the strips, or musicians can perform instant leaps in any MIDI value from zero to 127.
Equipped with four banks of 12 backlit MPC pads, MAX49 provides a total of 48 assignable, velocity-sensitive pads, allowing for the integration of Akai Pro production capability into live performances and recording sessions alike. The pads come with classic MPC Swing, Note Repeat, Full Level, as well as navigation controls.
USB MIDI, traditional 5-pin DIN MIDI, as well as Control Voltage and Gate outputs give users the ability 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 also give instant compatibility with many industry standard DAWs. 49 semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch are onboard, providing professional feel, perfect response and full musical expression. Large, centrally positioned transport controls offer straightforward track navigation, while rubberized pitch and modulation wheels provide tactile control. MAX49’s expanded arpeggiator includes a latch button as well as eight different time divisions and a built-in step sequencer rounds out the action.
Included AkaiConnect automatic-mapping software allows users to be up and running in their favorite DAW and VST plugins in seconds.
Akai’s MAX49 will be available sometime in Q2 of 2012 for $699.