Akai Professional MPK Mini 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

Akai Professional MPK Mini 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller (OLD MODEL)

  • 25-key, 8-pad, 8-knob USB MIDI keyboard controller provides the most portable groove-infused command over computer-based digital audio workstations, sequencers, and more
  • 25 velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard keys are highly portable; writing sessions, capturing ideas and studio use with nearly all music creation software
  • 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive drum pads send MIDI data such as notes and program changes
  • Eight Q-Link knobs for controlling virtually any MIDI-assignable parameters in software
  • Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC; no driver installation required. Perfect for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, Digital Performer, Ableton, etc
  • USB-powered; no additional power cable needed
  • Sustain button, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls ensure your ideas translate from head to hardware
The Akai Pro MPK mini is an ultra-compact mini-keyboard with an impressive array of buttons, knobs and pads to provide "hands-on" performance and production control no matter your location. MPK mini strikes the perfect balance between portability and comprehensive software control by melding together 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, 8 back-lit, MPC-style pads and 8 Q-Link knobs, the MPK mini is the ultimate portable controller to get your music moving.The MPK mini keyboard is ideal for quickly entering notes and phrases into your computer. The velocity-sensitive keys allow you to accurately express dynamics, while accessing differ

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  1. TJ14
    197 of 203 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent for Beginners, ain’t no toy, April 12, 2011
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    TJ14

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    This review is from: Akai Professional MPK Mini 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller (Electronics)

    I just forayed into the world of midi music. Making music was my main aim and using the computer keyboard was getting frustrating for the creative process. For any song writer, a midi control is an invaluable tool. So I wanted a midi keyboard that wouldn’t break the bank while giving me the control I want. I found a new one on amazon for $67, which was a steal given the current price point.

    ———WHAT I LIKE———–

    1) 8 Pad buttons with 2 banks (8 X 2 = 16 notes)

    2) Small form factor. This is one of the few keyboards that I can pop into my bag. Makes a great travel companion.

    3) Built in Arpeggiator. You can chose to sync to the global tempo or tap your own tempo using the ‘Tap Tempo’ button. You can chose repetition intervals of 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 or 1/32 and have triplets in each one. You can also change pattern of arrpegiation.

    4) Octave up and down buttons. Although you can only control two octaves at a time because it has 25 keys, you can use these buttons to give you a full range.

    5) Program mode: So this button can help you choose between 4 programs. So I can assign the same knob to different parameters depending on the program I am in. For example, I usually reserve Program 1 to the master mixer. And Program 2-4 to the VST’s or Plugins I use. So in a sense they give you 8X4=32 knobs. But you can control 8 at a given time.

    6) Sustain button: gives expression when playing keys like Piano or a Fender Rhodes.

    7) So the program comes with an editor where you can edit all your presets. In this I like the transpose function a lot. I am used to playing the C scale as compared to any other scale. So depending on the song that I am composing, I transpose everything down or up so that C is my base note.

    8) Lit buttons and pads: Adds to function and oomph factor.

    ———–WHAT I DON’T LIKE———-

    1) My biggest gripe is the sensitivity of buttons. A lot of people have complained that the pads are extremely insensitive. And they couldn’t be more right. The pads have to be tapped pretty hard for them to even register. You get used to it eventually but because of that your velocity range is pretty small. My friend has a M-Audio trigger finger, and the pads in that are so responsive, values 1 through 127. My pads only register certain values. Hopefully this is a software issue and Akai can fix it through a firmware update or something. If velocity responsiveness is important to you, readily discard this as an option. Go for the LPD8.

    Same goes with the keys, they aren’t really responsive. This is exemplified when you are playing acoustic instruments where you want a tight control on velocity like piano.

    2) Lack of a mod wheel: I do know that this is a small budget keyboard an all, but the option of having a mod wheel would be a solid addition for future models. It adds so much expression in many instruments.

    3) Lack of a sustain input: Same as above, would be a solid addition for future models. Some people are complaining that the sustain button needs to be held down and cannot be locked. I mean the sustain button was to make up for the lack of an input. Why the hell would you complain that you need to press it down! If anything, you can add sustain as an effect in your DAW if you want it for a whole section.

    4) Only 4 presets. The nano key comes with 200 presets which allows you to control so many more parameters.

    ———-ALTERNATIVES——–

    I think this unit has no real competition (offering same features) as of the moment in its price range. The Korg Nanokey: As good a device as it is, it has transport controls, knobs and sliders; missing out on the all important piano keys. The M-Audio Oxygen 25 is excellent too, but is $30 more. If the piano keys are all you need, the the Alesis Q49 is a solid keyboard giving you a fuller range, and it has a modwheel and pitch bend too. The Alesis Q25 is great too. M-Audio E-Keys 37 is useless lacking the octave change option and it isn’t even touch sensitive.

    Consider: I use Fl Studio 10 and it doesn’t have a preset for the MPK mini yet. And this is not the case with Oxygen 25. So if you need the perfect out of the box experience and if you are using FL studio, then consider the latter. At the same time I would say that mapping out keys in FL Studio is a hassle free experience and can be done with MPK manually fairly easily.

    ———–FINAL SAY:———-

    Excellent beginner keyboard. For the price range, the features can only be a surplus. It seems like it is well constructed, and has the backing of an industry stable by carrying the name Akai. Some people seem to speak the opposite, but in my 1 month experience with the product it seems extremely well built. Looks and sounds like the first time I opened it.

    This device does have a few…

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  2. Jason Daniel
    109 of 116 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Solid Product, January 7, 2011
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    Jason Daniel (Rocky Mount, NC) –
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    This review is from: Akai Professional MPK Mini 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller (Electronics)
    If you have spent any time reading the reviews of the LPD8 and the LPK25, rest assured you can apply them to this product as well. The MPK Mini is literally a combination of the LPD8 and LPK25; nothing less and nothing more. Which is a great thing if you’ve been considering both!

    This is my first MPC product but I am an experienced keyboardist. The Pads are pretty nice. I enjoy how they light up when you hit them. Like others said regarding the LPD8, they aren’t as sensitive as some might prefer, and I’m inclined to agree. It tends not to register some of might lighter hits, so I’m having to get used to how hard I have to hit it. No big deal. It’s also nice to have the knobs. They aren’t as nice as professional grade knobs, but they work nicely for such a compact unit. The keyboard has mini keys and they are very sturdy. Some complain that it feels like a toy keyboard. Of course it does, they are mini keys! The keys are fine for their purpose of capturing ideas. I do not consider them performance worthy.

    For those comparing this to other 25 key midi controllers, please know what you are comparing. There’s a reason this is $100. It’s simply a combination of two other products. Don’t complain about the lack of pitch/mod wheels. The purpose of this product is portability and to allow you to capture ideas when you don’t feel like lugging around larger equipment. For these reasons, I find it to be an excellent product.

    Definitely pick this product up if you’re looking for something extremely portable with acceptable mini keys and very playable MPC pads.

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