One of the more surprising introductions from last year’s NAMM Show was the Akai Max49 controller – because it’s not only a MIDI controller, but also a CV/Gate controller and sequencer.
In this video, Sonic State’s Nick Batt takes a deep look at the Max49 controller, testing out its expected features and some of its unexpected ones, too.
- 49 semi-weighted keys with Aftertouch for complete musical expression
- Built-in step sequencer for detailed track construction
- Expanded arpeggiator with latch and time division controls
- Included AkaiConnect software automatically maps to VST plugins
- 12 backlit, real MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat and MPC swing
- Eight backlit LED touch faders for gradual or instant parameter value changes
- Four pad banks & four fader banks provide a total of 80 assignable pads & faders
- CV & Gate outputs for use with vintage analog synths (1V/Oct)
- Large, centrally-positioned transport controls & rubberized pitch and modulation wheels
- Mackie Control & HUI modes provide instant compatibility with many DAWs
The Akai MAX49 is available now for about US$400. If you’ve used the Max49, let us know what you think of it!