Akai Max49
Akai Max49

Max49, 49-Key MIDI Keyboard from Akai.

public price: $479 VAT
sw80 10/09/2012

Akai Max49 : sw80's user review

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I have used a number of different Akai gear and MIDI keyboards but the MAX49 is one of the best ones they have come out with. It is a 49 key MIDI controller that connects to your computer via USB. The touch faders are really good and useful to have, its like having a real full workstation right in front of you because you can assign those touch faders to different VST options so you can easily move those faders right on the keyboard without having to touch the mouse. The MAX49 has a built in ARP on it with 12 MPC like pads. The pads can have a total of 4 separate banks which is really like having 48 total pads. All of your MIDI mapping and things that you have synced with your DAW can be saved right on the device so you don’t have to re-learn those MIDI controls every time that you open the program or VST up.

The look of this MIDI keyboard is much different that the other MIDI keyboards by AKAI , the red finish is very bright and fresh. It give the MAX49 a clean new look from the original black MIDI controllers they have come out with. Manual was easy to understand, it really helped with understand its basic functions.


The MAX49 was easy to hook up and use, just plug it in your USB drive and make sure you have the right driver loaded. Then in your DAW or computer program go to MIDI and USB options and sync it. It is that easy, I have not had any driver issues with either my Windows 7 machine or my MacBook.


This is a great MIDI controller and it has some really good features. If you are looking for a “real” keyboard feel then this is the way to go. It is not cheaply made and has a nice feel and weight to it. It is also pretty small which makes it portable and perfect for your laptop set up!