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The Akai LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard is a USB-MIDI controller for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. The keyboard measures less than 13" across and weighs less than a pound, so ... Read More

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The Akai LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard is a USB-MIDI controller for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. The keyboard measures less than 13" across and weighs less than a pound, so it fits easily into your laptop case, backpack, or messenger bag for extreme portability.

Keyboard players who want to work with software on their computer will find that the Akai LPK25 gives their laptop the keys they need to express themselves anywhere. The LPK25 is a scaled-down relative to the Akai MPK series of keyboard performance controllers. The diminutive keyboard is made up of 25 miniature, velocity-sensitive keyboard keys with synth action.

The Akai LPK25 Performance Keyboard contains an arpeggiator, which steps through chords automatically, assisting musicians with creating quick melodic ideas. Sustain, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls round out the Akai LPK25 keyboard controller's easy-to-learn layout.

The Akai LPDK25 offers plug-and-play with Mac and PC computers and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. The LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard has 4 memory banks for programming and recalling settings appropriate to the software programs you use.

Features
  • USB-MIDI controller works with virtually all audio software
  • 25 velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard keys
  • Arpeggiator, sustain button, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls
  • Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC requires no driver installation
  • Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag
  • Four programmable memory banks
  • Send note information or program changes from keys
  • Comes with editor software for Mac and PC
Specifications
  • Weight: 1 lb.
    Dimensions: 1.1" H x 13.4" W x 3.8" D
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Akai ProfessionalLPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard
 
4.5

(based on 12 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Light... Portable... Konvenient

Keyboardists with tight workspaces, laptop musicians about town, your search is over. I felt compelled to write a comparison review because I have owned both the KORG nanokey, and AKAI LPK25. I...Read complete review

Keyboardists with tight workspaces, laptop musicians about town, your search is over. I felt compelled to write a comparison review because I have owned both the KORG nanokey, and AKAI LPK25. I bought the nano right when it came out, excited to have such a backpack friendly controller. For the price, I felt like I got my money's worth. It was inexpensive, tiny, easy to configure, and not without its dinky charm. It was, however, impossible to play like a keyboard. If you don't understand what I mean, imagine your laptop spacebar turned 90 degrees. Now tap it with any finger. This is the EXACT feel of the nanokey "buttons". They are in fact velocity sensitive, but the finger motion required to play them is more like tapping than anything else. Enter the LPK25, a few bucks more, a thousand times better. Sorry for the lengthy intro. You can't truly appreciate this product without understanding what AKAI's higher price gets you that KORG fails to deliver: a professional grade instrument. The keys are miniature without feeling "nano" tiny, and the action is indescribable. The keys do not wiggle; they do not click. They're springy yet spongy, and infinitely more playable than those of my former on-the-go controller. Regarding playability (the P does stand for performance after all), one of the sturdy rubber buttons is a sustain "pedal"! What a neat feature! Above that, AKAI has equipped a built in arpeggiator which is extremely powerful and easy to use on the fly. Octave shifting is a breeze. If this thing had one more octave or so of keys, I would use it as my exclusive keyboard controller and use the Axiom 49 for mixing and drum pads only - the keys on the LPK are just that good. Nevertheless, I do have a short wishlist. A modwheel and pitch bend or button (as on the nano) would have been nice. The ONLY other nanokey feature that I'll miss is the variable intensity on the octave shift LEDs. The down glows brighter the further down you shift, and vice versa, reminding you where you are in the full 88. If you know you want something LIKE this, stop shopping and know you have found it.

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UMMM.....

I don't mean to burst anyone's bubble on these, but as a producer, it was really difficult to flow in production because I had to focus on these mini keys. Don't get me...Read complete review

I don't mean to burst anyone's bubble on these, but as a producer, it was really difficult to flow in production because I had to focus on these mini keys. Don't get me wrong, the design and portability is amazing, but I feel i have regular-sized man fingers and I had to TOTALLY adjust the way my fingers played. When I'm producing, I need my equipment to flow with my thoughts and it was impossible with this. Every time I went to lay down an idea, I had to stop because I hit too many keys or my idea suffered from focusing on the keys. If Akai at least made their own proprietary keys and made them a bit bigger, this would definitely do the job!! I love the design, idea and portability, but it's not for a weathered producer.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for it's size

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from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

This little keyboard is great. the keys are responsive, and after daily use for a few months, the performance has been consistent. The keys don't have any weight to them, and I can push down all of them at once and still get a response from all of them. Installation only took a few minutes, and once done, the keyboard performs flawlessly. Essentially, this keyboard is great if you don't have much space on your desk but still need a rock solid keyboard.

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(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

UMMM.....

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from LOS ANGELES, CA

Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

I don't mean to burst anyone's bubble on these, but as a producer, it was really difficult to flow in production because I had to focus on these mini keys. Don't get me wrong, the design and portability is amazing, but I feel i have regular-sized man fingers and I had to TOTALLY adjust the way my fingers played. When I'm producing, I need my equipment to flow with my thoughts and it was impossible with this. Every time I went to lay down an idea, I had to stop because I hit too many keys or my idea suffered from focusing on the keys. If Akai at least made their own proprietary keys and made them a bit bigger, this would definitely do the job!! I love the design, idea and portability, but it's not for a weathered producer.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Compact and Useful

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from Richmond, Virginia

Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

I got hooked on these during a music course I took on logic pro. These are awesome, lightweight, compact, and open to possibilities. These go great with all types of recording software.

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(5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

not so great really

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from Temecular, California

Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

I liked the look of this unit so I bought one. it seems to be nicely built but I had a problem I couldn't get the midi to rout thorough the computer the way I wanted (in through the usb, out to a synth through a midisport 4x4) so I tried it with a full-on sequencer and discovered half the keys were not working. so I got a refund courtesy of guitar center (good service) a standard midi port would have been nice as well. (it's just usb) I haven't tried one since.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic and Simple

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from Ann Arbor, MI

Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

This is been one of the best purchases I have ever made (really). This product gave me control over my vst synths that revolutionized my music production in both quality and technique. It is well-built and extremely easy to use. It is important to note that this product is not meant to take the place of more intensive control surfaces, such as the Akai MPK series, but the LPK25 will work perfectly for those looking for something simple.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for Hip Hop/Acid Jazz type music production

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from Boynton Beach, FL.

Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

Love this new compact keyboard that fits perfectly on my HP 17inch laptop, right on the wrist wrest location. The only con I can say is that I wish something on it would light up when it's connected so I know it's active (besides highlighting an octave change). Also the right most key scratches against the edge every now and then. But those are both minor! I love it's size and the keys are very sensitive and perfect for Hip Hop/Acid Jazz type music production.

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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So worth it!

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from Aurora, CO

Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

Do get this midi keyboard controller!!! its one of the best hardware tools you could possibly ever own! its great for on the go and in the studio! 5*

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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Small Pkg Big Sound!!!

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from Oakland,CA

Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought it! But I am glad I did!!! The LPK 25 is perfect! In every way!!

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(29 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great

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from Hamilton, ON

Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

This mini USB keyboard is great. It is essential for music artists or producers on the go. It gets the job done without any hassle. The unit itself feels solid. The keys have that spongy like feeling, which makes it feel nice instead of cheap. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to make music and travels a lot.

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(34 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth Every Penny

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from Severna Park, MD

Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

This little joy is lightweight, feels pretty durable, and is a breeze to set up with Vista. I use it to make music with Reason 4 and it is pretty much essential for me, I was using an old keyboard with MIDI/USB adapter but the delay was killing me. The Akai has no delay so everything I can hear myself play with the rest of the song as I lay down layer after layer. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.

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