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Akai Professional MPK25 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller
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Portable performance and production with MPC technology and Ableton Live Lite software.

The Akai Professional MPK25 is a portable keyboard controller with MPC production controls. Based closely on the MPK49, the first keyboard ever to feature MPC pads, the MPK25 scales down the keyboard to 25 keys but retains the utility, capability, and flexibility that made the MPK49 one of the world's hottest keyboards. Its smaller, more portable size makes the MPK25 the perfect travel companion. Its small footprint can fit in your lap on the couch or on a plane, enabling you to create tracks whenever inspiration strikes. All you need is your laptop and the MPK25.

Creative Input
MPK25 combines a 25-key keyboard and 12 genuine MPC pads. The keyboard is semi-weighted and features aftertouch for expressive melodic control. The MPC pads are pressure and velocity-sensitive to capture every nuance of your creative concepts. The pads can access four banks of sounds, so you have 48 samples at your fingertips with the touch of a button.

MPK25 places dedicated transport controls within your reach for easy control of some of the most important tracking and editing controls. The MPK25 has modulation and pitch-bend wheels for expressive musicality, and two assignable footswitch inputs enable you to connect an expression pedal or other continuous controller and a footswitch for momentary controls like patch change or start/stop.

Q-Link Command
One of the most important input devices on an MPC is its Q-Link assignable control section. The MPK25 gives you twelve virtual knobs and four virtual buttons that are assignable to control nearly any software parameter. You can control two different parameters per Q-Link thanks to the knobs' dual-bank selection.

Expressive Engine
Two technologies pioneered in the MPC series and built into the MPK series are MPC Note Repeat and MPC Swing. These note-modifying features can be heard in many of the most popular tracks over the last two decades. MPC Note Repeat is a capability that enables the MPK (or MPC) to automatically play a rhythm pattern, such as 16th notes on a hi-hat, for accuracy and speed of entry. MPC Swing is sometimes referred to as "the heart and soul of hip hop" because it turns perfectly aligned sequences into human feeling time alignments. You can specify exactly the degree and timing of swing you want to apply for the perfect feel.

On top of these MPC technologies, the MPK25 has its own arpeggiator, which enables you to create quick, creative riffs in seconds. MPK25 also has MPC Full Level and MPC 12-Level on its pads, as well as Tap Tempo and Time Division so you can nail the tempo, timing, and dynamics exactly as you hear them in your head.

Complete System
The MPK25 is a MIDI controller that sends its MIDI values over USB. It is bus powered, so all you need to connect and power the MPK25 is the supplied USB cable. Because it is MIDI compliant, the MPK25 works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software for musical performers from keyboard players to producers to DJs. It's even a great option for VJs.

The MPK25 comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition, one of the most popular and powerful performance and production software programs in the world. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment.

Akai Professional MPK25 Keyboard USB MIDI Controller Features:

  • 25-key semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch for expressive melodic creativity
    MPC-pad section of 12 genuine MPC pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity
    MPC pads access four banks each for instant access to 48 samples
    Assignable Q-Link controller section for flexible control of most software parameters
    2 banks of 12 Q-Link knobs and 4 buttons, 2 banks each
    Dedicated transport controls for tracking and editing
    MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator aid in creative process
    MPC Full Level, MPC 12-Level, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with tempo and dynamics
    MIDI output over USB, bus powered, class compliant: plug-and-play with one USB cable
    Comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software
    Works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software
    Custom LCD Display
    Footswitchable patch changes
    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

    MPK25 keyboard controller
    USB cable
    Software CD
    Quick Start guide

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  • Get Akai MPK25

    As reviewed by Eric Hernandez on 12/27/2012

    Man i have tried tons of m-audio controllers and i really liked them for a while untill i came across the Akai mpk25. The feel of this controller is just incredible feels like quality all around. It looks awesome too. Very handy to have so much on a small keyboard. You seriously cant go wrong with this.

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  • Exactly what I expected

    As reviewed by Brandon Martin on 9/5/2011

    Wow, this was my first MIDI controller and I am blown away. I tried out others in the store, and none compared to the smoothness and feel of this one. Once I got it all setup, it was incredible. The keys feel great, the pitch wheel is smooth as butter, and the drum pads are extremely high quality (don't listen to the people saying they are stiff, you just have to press hard, it has a large range of sensitivity.) also, the software provided with it is pretty decent too. All in all, This controller did exactly what I expected it to do and more. For the price, its absoulety top of the line.

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  • The Best Midi Controller in this Price Range and Beyond

    As reviewed by ThatProductionGuy on 4/13/2011

    Purchased this baby about a week ago and had it synced up to Logic 9 in no time. While it doesn't come with the Logic preset, mapping it into Logic took me less than 10 minutes. Now my knobs are mapped to every instrument and/or effect parameter. The keys are fantastic and have a great sense of weight and reaction to them. The pads are...well the pads blow - they're are too stiff to do anything significant with. Maybe they'll loosen up in time, but I really don't give a sh*t and you shouldn't either.

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