New for the year 2014, Akai Professional has launched their brand-new MPK II series of USB keyboard/pad controller models. This includes the 25-key MPK225, 49-key MPK249 (which we’ll be talking about in this article), 61-key MPK261 and lastly an update to their compact controller, the Akai MPK Mini MkII keyboard.
Akai offers quite a few upgrades in these models, including new keys, drum pad lighting, and a few other smaller tweaks to the controllers. Akai explains that they’ve used customer feedback from the past 5 years to incorporate into these new models so let’s see what they’ve come up with. They wanted to focus on control capabilities but have also included a lot of their new and uprising music creation software. Let’s get into the details.