Akai MPK49 over MPK249?

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I would like to know if i'd be missing out on anything grave if i chose to go with the MPK49 over the MPK249. Firstly as it is still not available for purchase in my place here. And second, i wouldn't be requiring the pads very often as it also seems to be one of the major upgrades. My only options left here are to ship it through (nearly double the price as it sums up) / wait for a good amount of time and get the 249 someday / Get the MPK49 sometime now. Not much of a dilemma here though, looking out for a professional opinion.
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  • Maybe someone who has owned both can say better, but I faced a similar decision and decided to go with the MPK2.

    Why? The software bundle. I was in the market for a mid-range or better grand piano VST. The Eighty Eight and Twist VST plugins helped push me over to the MPK261. These are nice VSTs that seem to retail over $100 each.

    You'd also get a light version of Ableton (limited to 8 tracks total) and a midrange version of AKAI MPC (Essentials).

    Like you, I wasn't much interested in the drum pads, I just wanted a 5 octave controller that would fit in a space 36" wide, and the MPK261 will do it, so I get drum pads to fiddle with as a bonus (you can assign any note to the pads one by one, and also set them up as program/bank changes, and in many DAWs you can make them do way more than that if you like (I.E. Make mappings in your DAW to Emulate organ stops by muting/unmuting channels....and have the MPK2 pads change color to help you keep track)!

    So far my one minor gripe about the MPK2 is how it behaves with momentary foot switch pedals that are 'closed' in their rest state and 'open' when pushed with your foot. I get a midi message that is inverted from what I intend, and so far I can't find a way to reverse this by tweaking the MPK2. Most controllers allow you to set this according to your pedal type, or automatically do it at boot time....but so far I can't find a way to make my MPK2 correct this internally.

    My fix is to invert it via software in my DAW (rather than get new pedals that won't be nearly as nice, tough, and responsive as the ones I already own). Since my current pedals are nicer/higher quality models....I'm just fixing it with a simple midi filter/transform in my DAW.

    So, if you want or need the newer software bundle....go for the MPK2. If you just want a tough and versatile controller, the MPK has proven itself to be a great workhorse.
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  • I just got the MPK 249...The pads are pretty nice. I've been playing them with NI Battery 4 and the 4 banks cover the whole map. Pretty sweet. They are fairly sensitive too. I can get a variety of velocities without much problem.
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