Meet the Akai Max49 and MPC Fly

Akai’s been rolling out one impressive product after another this year, beginning with the MPC Renaissance and Studio. But it seems as if they’re not done just yet.

Say hello to the Max49, a unique MIDI controller that also provides CV outputs, meaning you can control both your VST plugins and any analog modular synth dating back to the 1960s. It has 49 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch) along with rubber pitch and modulation wheels. There are 12 backlit velocity-sensitive pads with four banks, along with integrated Swing, Note Repeat and Full Level functions.

What makes the MAX49 even more interesting is the 8 backlit LED touch faders which lets you easily adjust parameters gradually or immediately. Coupled with the built-in step sequencer (which acts as a musical sketchpad to get your ideas down quickly) this controller looks pretty versatile.

Next up is the MPC Fly, which brings a controller to be used specifically with the iPad 2. It has the 16 backlit pads, and runs on a rechargeable battery, letting you get creative while on-the-go.

What makes the MPC Fly interesting is its physical design, since the double-hinged casing acts as a protective case as well. It has a compartment to snugly put in your iPad 2, and while it looks good, we’re still wondering if you can actually bang out beats without putting the tablet in any danger of falling.

Akai states that the controller is compatible with virtually any Core MIDI app, although the MPC Fly app (developed by Retronyms) looks pretty complete. You can sequence up to four tracks simultaneously, has built-in effects (delay, bit crushers, master compressor/limiter) and even has the 16-Levels mode. You can adjust timing with Swing (1-1/32T), and get creative with Note Repeat. And once your beat is done, you can instantly upload and share it on your favorite social networking site.


Akai MAX49

Akai MPC Fly