NAMM 2012: Akai Max 49 USB/MIDI/CV Keyboard Controller

It's about 21 hours until NAMM 2012 begins and the new toys are already being rolled out.

Akai's latest instalment to their keyboard controllers line is the ultra cool Max 49. What makes the Max 49 unlike most keyboard controllers is the fact that it offers USB, MIDI,CV and Gate outputs. The ability to output to a USB or MIDI doesn't really set this keyboard apart, but the fact that it outputs CV and Gate puts this little red synth into a whole different category of controllers. For those of you who may be new to the world of electronic music production, CV stands for control voltage and is how old (and new) analog synthesizers send musical data. Having the ability to output CV and Gate signals means that with this controller you can dive into the world of affordable analog synthesis and not have to worry about getting a controller specifically design for only one purpose.

Along with the awesome ability to control mighty analog synthesizers, the Max 49 also comes with 12 backlit MPC style drum pads, eight backlit LED touch faders for gradual or instant parameter value changes,  four pad banks, four fader banks, a built-in step sequencer, AkaiConnect for quick mapping to VST plugins, an arpeggiator, and an LCD screen for flipping through presets.

All in all it's a really cool take on a very common controller, and hopefully it will live up to all it advertises. And plus, it's an awesome way to start off NAMM and it definitely builds the anticipation to see what else will come out of this years show.

We are so very excited - NAMM 2012

So it's one day until the 2012 NAMM show kicks off, and if like us you enjoy drooling over cool new gear, and music toys galore, then get ready for the greatest four days of the year. In years gone by, NAMM has been the host of some of the most amazing new instruments, software, and well pretty much anything else musical you can think of. This year hopefully won't be any different. If you're new to the music world, or are just looking to beef up your arsenal of gear, NAMM is a great place to look, as it's sure to have something for everyone, beginner to expert.

Over the next few days we will be posting some of the new equipment announced at NAMM, so be sure to check back and subscribe to our Facebook and twitter feeds for all your 2012 NAMM news.

Also if you are curious about learning how you can become involved in the rapidly growing worlds of electronic music and DJing be sure to sign up to one of our courses and learn how to spin and create your very own tracks.