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Akai MPK mini MIDI Controller Keyboard (25-Key)

Produce on-the-go with this 25-note USB MIDI keyboard from AKAI. It features a built-in arpeggiator, eight assignable knobs, and velocity-sensitive pads. (17) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The Akai MPK mini is a compact mini-keyboard with an impressive array of buttons, knobs and pads to provide "hands-on" performance and production control no matter your location. The MPK mini strikes the perfect balance between portability and comprehensive software control by combining the complete control offered in the popular Akai Pro MPK family with the grab-and-go convenience of the LPK25 and LPD8. With a 25-note keyboard, eight back-lit MPC-style pads, and eight Q-Link knobs, the Akai MPK mini is the ultimate portable controller to get your music moving.

Ideal for quickly entering notes and phrases into your computer, the Akai MPK mini keyboard has velocity-sensitive keys which allows you to accurately express dynamics. Accessing different pitch ranges is done instantly through dedicated Octave Up and Down buttons. Create sparkling, staccato leads and driving bass-lines in a variety of time denominations and patterns with the Akai MPK mini's built-in Arpeggiator. With the Tap-Tempo button you get the ability to quickly adjust the arpeggiator clock, which is essential for staying in sync with a band. The Sustain button holds notes after you've released your hand from the keyboard, this gives you the opportunity to easily press pads and twist knobs without missing a beat.

Akai MPK mini's eight back-lit, velocity-sensitive pads are based on Akai's MPC line of iconic music production stations. It is great for firing one-shot samples and sequencing drum patterns, you can use the pads to send note information, MIDI CCs, or even program changes. Pressing the Bank button will quickly toggle between two banks of pads giving you access to 16 pads in total. Additionally, the MPK mini has eight assignable Q-Link knobs to control virtually any parameter in your software.

The Akai MPK mini is plug-and-play with Mac and PC, and requires no wall power for operation. It has four memory banks for programming and recalling settings in your favorite software programs. The included software editor lets you quickly map MPK mini's controls as well.

Features:

- 25-note, velocity-sensitive mini keyboard
- Eight backlit, velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads (2 banks, 16 total)
- Pads can send note information, MIDI CCs and program changes
- Eight assignable Q-Link knobs to adjust virtually any parameter
- Built-in Arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and patterns
- Tap-Tempo button to quickly adjust pace of the Arpeggiator
- Dedicated Octave Up, Octave Down and Sustain buttons
- Program Recall button to restore up to 4 separate global settings
- Solid Akai Pro design
- Powered through USB

Includes:
- MPK mini controller
- MPK mini software editor
- MPK mini sample player software

Power Supply: USB Cable (Included)

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Akai products.
- Number of Keys: 25 + 12 x 4 banks of drum pads
- Type of action: Semi-weighted - Aftertouch (Channel)
- Computer Interface: USB/MIDI
- Displays: Custom LCD
- Footswitchable Patch Changes: yes
- Number of Independent MIDI Ins/Outs: 1
- Programmable Continuous Footpedals: 1
- Programmable Footswitches: 1
- Programmable controllers: MMC, MIDI START/STOP, MIDI CC
- System Real-Time Controls: MMC, MIDI START/STOP, MIDI CC

Power Supply: USB Cable (Included)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 401-658-4032
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4.5 out of 5 (17 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "How to Make Explosions Happen in People's Faces Via a Midi Controller"
Sound: It's a midi controller, so obviously it doesn't have sound. Feature: For something so small, there is a lot of crap you can do with it. Being able to change the control surface via the editor is pretty sweet. A really cool function is that each individual pad and knob can be assigned via the included control surface programming tool. The pads can be assigned to CC's, so you can have the pads turn FX on and off if you're DJing or automating something. Ease of Use: The bundled editing software is difficult to understand and the instructions are very brief and indirect. The actual keyboard is plug and play, so easy to use I guess. Quality: It's Akai. They have seldom f'd up in this area. Period. For the price, this is probably the best compact midi controller you can get. Value: For the price I paid, I'm super happy with the bang for the buck in this purchase. I would buy it again if it was stolen or broken. Manufacturer Support: Haven't dealt with Akai before because their stuff works and isn't impossible to figure out. The Wow Factor: Akai's products are usually very smooth and professional looking. There's something about black and red that just works. :D Overall: The only thing I would add to it would be the standard pitch and mod wheels, or maybe a Korg or Roland-like joystick to save space, but that could take up a lot of real estate, so I understand the omission.
Style of Music: House
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Great for beginners with MIDI and for on-the-go recording."
Sound: N/A Feature: For what it is, (a light weight portable midi controller), there are enough features here to get the job done on the go. The 8 velocity sensitive pads work great, the parameter knobs do the job, and they even thrown in an arpeggiator feature. If you're looking for a midi controller for your studio set-up however, you might want to consider spending a little more on something with a pitch bend, modulation, and some sliders, none of which this device has. Again though, portability is the key here. Ease of Use: This is where my main complaint comes in. The keys are a little "sticky" for my taste. When you press a key on the keyboard it sort of feels like to have to push it down with more force than you should. This is not a good thing, particularly because the device is velocity sensitive. Quality: So far, the product is reliable. No lose knobs are faulty parts. I am very careful with my gear so I can't tell you what happens if you drop the thing though. ;) Value: Honestly, this product is priced right for what it is. There are a few little quarks so I wouldn't pay any more than what the thing costs. If you're knew to midi, and want to be able to make music with your music software and some vst plug-ins. This keyboard is a great place to start! Manufacturer Support: The product contains a manual that goes over everything you need to know if your new to the whole midi thing. I haven't had to contact the company for support so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. The Wow Factor: I suppose there are probably "sexier" midi controllers out there, but for it's purpose, wouldn't you rather spend your money on something that's functional rather than spend your money on something with extra bells and whistles and a sleek, sexy design? It is a midi controller after all... Overall: Overall, I recommend this product for anybody looking for a midi controller they can easily bring with them on trips, a weekend over your parents house, etc. For the price, you can't really go wrong.
Style of Music: IDM, trance, acid
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