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Serious DJing and performing calls for serious controllers and interfaces, and Akai Professional's gear is second to none on that front. Arriving on the scene in 1984, Akai Professional has been a renowned name in MIDI equipment for nearly as long as the MIDI standard has existed. Two decades later, the AP name is still found on pro-quality MIDI controllers and interfaces that any performer can be proud to call his or her own. Some of Akai Professional's most innovative products are their wind controllers. These are powerful tools for players of the saxophone, clarinet and other woodwind or brass instruments. While any controller can produce wind instrument sounds through the MIDI platform, only a wind controller provides authentic breath control for a much more natural result. Consider the EWI USB if you're looking for a controller that's quick and straightforward to use, or the EWI4000S for an all-out professional option. No catalog of MIDI controllers would be complete without pads, and Akai Professional delivers in this area as well. Ableton Live users can expect great results from the APC40, which is specifically designed for that software suite, or if you prefer a more integrated hardware solution for your dream home studio, check out the MPC5000 Music Production Center. You'll even find more compact controllers like the super small LPD8, an easy-to-tote pad that's perfect for making music on the go. Akai Professional also offers a great selection of keyboard controllers, such as the MAX49. This board has semi-weighted keys for satisfying tactile feedback as well as 8 pads for added effects control. Or, for the complete range and feel of a full-sized piano, consider something like the 88-key MPK88. Looking for more portability? While controllers like the MAX49 are compact enough for travel to live performance venues, if you want something ultra-portable to instantly make music the moment the muse strikes, definitely take a look at the LPK25. This little controller fits into a laptop bag or backpack, so it can always stay just seconds away from your fingertips. From the smallest portable controller to the biggest studio-oriented pad system, Akai Professional has something to satisfy every MIDI controller need. The term 'professional' is not something that Akai takes lightly—it's a label that they live up to with each piece of pro-quality equipment they make.