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 str... Read More
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 backlit, 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 different pitch ranges is done instantly through dedicated Octave Up and Octave Down buttons. Create sparkling, staccato leads and driving bass-lines in a variety of time denominations and patterns with MPK mini's built-in arpeggiator. A Tap-Tempo button gives you the ability to quickly adjust the arpeggiator clock, which is essential if you're looking to stay in sync with a band. A Sustain button holds notes after releasing your hand from the keyboard allowing you the opportunity to easily pound pads and twist knobs, with no pedal required.
MPK mini's 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive pads are based on Akai Professional’s MPC line of iconic music production stations. 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 2 banks of pads giving you access to 16 pads in total. Additionally, the MPK mini has 8 assignable Q-Link knobs to control virtually any parameter in your software.
MPK mini works plug-and-play with Mac and PC and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. It has four memory banks for programming and recalling settings appropriate to your favorite software programs. The included software editor lets you quickly map MPK mini's controls as well.
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Most Liked Positive Review
Well worth it at this pricepoint!
What should you expect from a $99 midi control keyboard? Well, if you're like me, I expected something mediocre but I'm actually pretty impressed with this little unit. Want a midi controller that...Read complete review
What should you expect from a $99 midi control keyboard? Well, if you're like me, I expected something mediocre but I'm actually pretty impressed with this little unit. Want a midi controller that feels like a real piano keyboard? Then cough up the money for one. This feels like a smaller, midi-control keyboard, and if you are smart enough to check one out in the store, you'll know what you were getting and if it's right for you. This has enough control for me to do anything I need or want in Ableton, and it fits in my laptop bag nicely, super portable. One thing that always kept me from going with Akai's MPD's or APC is because they traditionally use of endless rotary knobs. This one has finite start and stop points, which is definitely my personal preference. Pretty simple plug-and-play setup for the most part, I was up and running in under a minute. I'd definitely recommend this controller, especially if you are a.) on a budget and/or b.) looking for portability.
Most Liked Negative Review
get what you pay for
The sales guy at Guitar Center recommended this product after I approached the bench carrying the older LPK and LPD products. I wanted to experiment with a pad input device without investing a lot...Read complete review
The sales guy at Guitar Center recommended this product after I approached the bench carrying the older LPK and LPD products. I wanted to experiment with a pad input device without investing a lot of money, and since this product was a keyboard and pad input device in a portable format, I figured that if I didn't like it I could give it away. Well, when I pulled it out of the box, I realized the keys are much smaller than they appear in the picture on the box, and playing the keyboard reminds me of touching those children's keyboards in Toys-R-Us. The pads are the same size as the pads on much more expensive devices, and they feel the same. You should insert the disc in your Apple or Windows computer and install the driver before connecting the USB cable. By the way, the ONLY connector on the device is the micro-USB port, so don't buy any of the "recommended accessories" as they will not work with this device at all. It is compact and the dials feel ok, so if you can get past the keyboard's size and feel then perhaps you might like it, as it works just fine with Garage Band 9. I am glad I didn't spend more than $105 on it; I will keep it for now but I am definitely shopping for a higher quality portable multi-input device, and I will definitely touch it before buying it next time.
Reviewed by 23 customers
I love the MPK mini! It's lightweight, it's portable, it's multi-functional, and it lights up with pad hits. It's a sweet performance and composition tool. I'm just wondering, why hasn't the price gone down since the new model of the MPK mini is out? It has the same price tag. My suggestion is that Guitarcenter bring the price down to a clearance sale price (I got mine for $70 online at Gutiarcenter.com, so why raise the price?) Great product though! And I would recommend to anyone into live performance with Reason, Ableton Live, Omnisphere or Mainstage, especially worship leaders and church keyboardists!
I would recommend getting this Midi controller. It is worth every penny. I have a computer with very low ram my controller work great. I'm glad to have it. Thanks G.C.
So I am by no means a keyboard player. I wanted something simple and affordable to let me create MIDI drum and backing instrument tracks in my DAW. This keyboard fits the bill. It's affordable, very portable, and it gets the job done. In addition to the keys, it has 8 pads and 2 banks for up to 16 additional sounds, and is has 8 programmable knobs. For those who complain that the keyboard has no mod wheel, I'd suggest using one of the knobs for that purpose - I was able to program a knob for modulation and it works fine for me. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because the touch feedback on the keys and pads is VERY hard out of the box. You have to push down pretty hard to trigger a sound, and getting the attack right on instruments that use velocity values (which is most virtual instruments these days) is difficult at first. You will probably end up editing the MIDI velocity values after you record the part. Still, I've noticed that my keys and pads are loosening up a bit and it's getting easier to get consistent attack by pressing the keys/pads harder or more softly. I wouldn't use this keyboard to write complicated pieces of music (it's clearly not meant for that anyway), but for building a drum loop or adding a synth track to a song, this keyboard works very well.
Love this thing! took only 5 minutes to set up. a little more time, maybe 20 minutes to figure out everything else to it, and now your all set. pads are responsive, knobs are accurate, keys are surprisingly easy to play with. overall great deal. Perfect for at home and on the road. Really too much to say about this product. well done.
I use this MPK mini with Ableton Live 8. I just got it today and plugged it in as soon as i got it. I disregarded the manual and software that came with it and just started to use it. Right away Ableton recognized the MPK mini. Without doing any mapping it worked. One negative i can see is that the pads are not extremely responsive. I like to play metal which means a lot of 16th and 32nd notes. The MPK doesn't always pick them all up. But they still work. Despite the small size the keyboard keys are very nice. I havent tried mapping the knobs yet, but im sure they will work just fine like the rest of the MPK mini.
i'll give this product a 5 star, BUT, i'm giving GuitarCenter.com a 2 star,. I ordered this product immediately on 01/25/13, as I have been watching reviews and deciding on a affordable midi keyboard to put together some tracks via my FL Studio 9. I was sent an e-mail stating this product was on back order as they do not have them in stock? I visit my local Guitar Center store here in Fayetteville, NC, just to browse and gather up some ideas for more gear I would eventually want to purchase for the project I am working on, and low and behold, there are THREE Akai Professional MPK mini Laptop Production Keyboards in front of me!? same price I found on-line, same model galore! how did I receive a message after ordering this product saying, no longer in stock, on back order? well, thanks to my local outlet they fixed this issue and I was able to walk away WITH the Akai I ordered 3 days ago efficiently from them!, not certain I will ever order thru GuitarCenter.com in any future purchases......dissatisfied with on-line service!!
I was so happy when I got this. It is super light, portable and easily to control. The arp feature was an added bonus which I enjoyed alot. I would say if you are looking to use this as part of your studio, to save up and get the akai mpk or an Mpc because although its a great device for traveling, your limited on what you could do. If your on the road alot then this will definently make your music production much easier than having to haul around a Mpc. The pads have a nice sensitivity but it could be a bit more sensitive for my liking. All in all, great device and it's fun making beats.
This midi controller has anything that you nee for its purpose. It is light and ready to use anywhere and everywhere with no software to be installed. You plug it just as soon as it is outside the box and Poom! it is ready to use. I've seen people reviewing this item and complaining about the keys not being heavy. Again, you pay for what you get! And for the price of the MPK mini this is just amazing. The only improvement I could really see done is adding bigger knobs. Other than that The MPK is everything the market tells you it is. Small, portable and amazing.
I love this keyboard. For only 80 bucks you have a very portable MIDI controller with nice 8 mpc style pads, enough keys and knobs to map. I use it as a controller not only with Logic, but also for live VJing which is really cool. If you want a portable and compact controller, look no further. This thing is great.
this thing is of the chain my first midi controller and it is worth every bit i use fl 10 and it linked up no problems almost like they go together and trust me when i say no problems the pads i notice for what they are is real nice the pads sit higher than the other controller the only and small problem is where the usb sits kinda whatch out for it metal inside a plastic case can crack real easy i all ways wanted a mpc but lets face it 2,gs for one is out my reach most people dont have it like that so i figuerd if i have a nice daw and a good mpc style controller there it is right there without the 2,gs
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