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SonicLAB Review: Akai MAX 49 Controller With CV/Gate
  06-Dec-12
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Derek    Said...

Great and entertaining review as always. :)

Nick has a little Chick Corea moment at 4m21s ;)

06-Dec-12 01:35 PM


Onimpulse    Said...

Would really appreciate, if you would more stuff about modular, perhaps even some tutorials.

06-Dec-12 03:19 PM


BLN    Said...

Great idea to add CV out, I would definitely buy it if it had more, and not only V/oct but also switchable Hz/V. Also a much more advanced arpeggiator and step sequencer, I love Sunrizer's arp (It's called arp but it's more like a step seqencer)and I hate that i cannot control analog synths with it...

07-Dec-12 05:16 AM


gridsleep    Said...

Very nice, especially the faders. I think I'll hang on to my Cyber6 for now.

07-Dec-12 06:14 AM


ExitOsc    Said...

BLN - The Step Sequencer on the Max49 is awesome! Not only can you direct your chromatic note choice with the touch faders, but there are also options for scale modes, which is excellent for harmonization.

07-Dec-12 10:01 AM


enossified    Said...

I don't agree with BLN at all.

Here in the 21st century we have a master keyboard that can works as a MIDI/CV converter as well a step sequencer and arpeggiator usable in either domain.

Seems to me a very slick way to merge hardware of all stripes into the DAW world.

If this sells like hotcakes, then maybe a MAX 61 with more CV will arrive, eh?

The glass is half full here, not half empty.

10-Dec-12 11:56 AM


Currious    Said...

It doesn't mention AU support. Does it integrate with logic's instruments? I'm at a toss up between this and novation, but like the overall build/design of the Max better.

11-Dec-12 01:10 PM


Ash Dando    Said...

I'm amazed that nobody has noticed a major flaw in the MAX49 - equal power hits on white keys versus black keys result in majorly different velocities. If I alternate between Bb and B with the same strength of hit, for example, I get 127 velocity on the Bb, and about 80 on the white keys. It's the same across the whole keyboard, and in fact it's extremely hard to get 127 velocity on the white keys without using so much speed/strength in your hands that it feels like you are going to damage the keys. My first MAX49 went back to the retailer with a mostly dead Bb2, the replacement one went back to the factory when the Bb2 started clicking/clacking (especially with quiet playing) and several keys had differing velocities (you could hit B1 and C2 - adjacent white keys - and the velocities would be markedly different). After 2.5 months of waiting they sent me a brand new one, and now I find that there's still this major difference in velocity between all black keys and all white keys. The problem with this is that under normal playing conditions, black notes sound way waaaay louder (especially with say an inexpensive multisample piano patch which has an obvious difference between the 60-80 velocity samples and the 90+ velocity samples). I'm stunned that nowhere on the internet has anyone else complained about this....

10-Apr-13 08:20 PM


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