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Akai Professional MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard Black

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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.

Features
  • Ultra-portable software MIDI controller
  • 25-note, velocity-sensitive mini keyboard
  • Eight backlit, velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads (2 banks, 16 total)
  • Pads can send note information, MIDI CCs and program changes
  • Eight assignable Q-Link knobs to adjust virtually any parameter
  • Built-in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and patterns
  • Tap-Tempo button to quickly adjust pace of the arpeggiator
  • Dedicated Octave Up, Octave Down and Sustain buttons
  • Program Recall button to restore up to 4 separate global settings
  • Solid Akai Pro design
  • Powered through USB
Specifications
  • Number of Keys: 25 velocity-sensitive
  • Pads: 8 velocity-sensitive, light-up MPC-style pads x 2 banks
  • Knobs: 8 assignable controller pots
  • Computer Interface: USB/MIDI
  • Programs: 4
  • Octaves: 9
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Additional controls: Sustain, Tap-Tempo, CC
  • Dimensions: 6" x 13.6" x 1.2"
  • Weight: 2 lbs (shipping weight 2.5 lbs)
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Akai ProfessionalMPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard
 
4.2

(based on 23 reviews)

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    (11)

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    (9)

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    (1)

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.

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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.

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(33 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well worth it at this pricepoint!

By Blake

from Gilbert, AZ

Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard:

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.

(32 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

compact midi king !!

By nicholas diesslin

from maplewood, mn

Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard:

this is what i have always wanted keyboard and a drum pad in the same thing with controllers too and that's what it is the build quality is not bad its not extremely good but its good for sure. ummmm pretty much just buy this its a great all around midi controller especially for the price cant go wrong.

(26 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Mini Controller by far

By Mike

from New York, NY

Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard:

Couldn't Wait for this to come out. Its an All-in-one mini controller, and cheeper then buying the LPK25 and LPD8. The keys feel great and lights are really cool. Can't go wrong with this product.

(25 of 76 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Good concept Poor execution

By Zach

from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard:

I have been looking for a quality compact midi keyboard. I used the Korg nanoKey and was disappointed with the poor quality and key play. Akai has a reputation for quality and I hoped that this would be true of the mini. Not so in overall. The Bad- the keys. They are flimsy. They are impossible to get accurate velocity out of and you have to strike the key bed so hard to get a regular volume it renders them useless. Also there is some strange built in latency in the keys that also makes them useless. The rotors are cheap and I was not able to get them to map in Live. I could get a midi signal out of them but no mapping. Not good for a company that touts it's integration with Live. The Good- Only good thing was the pads. They felt nice. No latency. Overall the downsides make this product unusable. If Akai fixes it then it could be good however the current incarnation is just plane bad.

(20 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

get what you pay for

By Woody

from Greenbelt, MD

Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard:

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.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works Great For What It Is!

By CEO Studios

from Detroit, MI

Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard:

I got this to use with my laptop when I'm on the go. We have the MPK 49 for the Studio. It is what it says...a mini. I have had no problems with it and would tell everyone out there to go buy one. Just dont go in thinking its going to do EVERYTHING the big boy does, its not. It is GREAT for what it can do though. ALMOST everything the 49 can do!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Only 100?!

By Harrison Knop

from Plano Texas

Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard:

This is super nice for any type of creation purposes. You could buy and LPD for 70 and then an LPK for 70. Or both in one for 100. Slick design, only a bit more than a day with it and love it already!

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works great, Midi Editor Software is confusing

By Oz

from Calexico CA

Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard:

I got this one to trigger sounds on Toontrack's BeatStation, it works really great. I jsut had some trouble to figure out the midi software editor which is included with the AKAI. 1st of all make sure you download the latest version o fthat midi editor on AKAI's website, go to MPK Mini support and there you will find it. 2nd once you downloaded it open it with Winrar or Winzip and place it on your favorite folder on your PC, make a shortcut to your desktop since this is not a program that will get installed on your computer, it is like an application that you will open all the time from same path... so go click the Mini Akai Edito.exe file... or the short cut you made, but first connect the AKAI which will be recognized by your computer, it did in mine running WIN7 x64. 3rd on the editor choose the AKAI and continue, go where it says note display type section which lets you choose the way you want to see the notes on the banks, as keys (C# etc)or as Key Numbers (41,42 etc) Choose the numbers since the beatstation pads are configured that way, and then just change each pad on the bank section. Ex. Pad1 will be: Note# 36 (bass in beatstation) PC#1, CC#2, and continue with each pad.. make sure you increment the PC#2, CC#2 on the Pad2, and make it #3 on the pad 3 and so... finally press Upload and it will load to the AKAI... regarding the knobs I havent been able to work on them yet.... so this is for Beatstation, really nice software, i fully recommend it... will try with Reason later as well.. *Last comment, unplug and plug again the AKAI before openning the Editor, each time... if not you will not able to upload whatever modification you make on it. Find me on youtube as ALLSIC

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not 4 stars, 4 and a half! AMAZING!

By Sammy Schein

from Morton Grove IL

Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard:

Okay I want this review not to be 4 stars but 4 and a half but I am not able too so imagine its 4 and a half. This is an amazing device. Very, portable, amazing quality and very responsive. I use this with FL Studio on my laptop and it works like a charm. Honestly this is one of those things that u get what you pay for. You aren't getting screwed over but your not getting an amazing deal. This device is worth $100.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice tool

By kdaniel

from austin, tx

Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard:

I picked this up for use with my Artist Studio One (I use a PreSonus Firestudio Project interface). It works perfectly for what I needed it for. I do a lot of acoustic music and this little controller now gives me the ability to enhance back grounds with the instruments/effects/sounds found in Artist Studio. I do not think it would be possible to just take off and play it like a key board, but again that was not what I wanted. Just a simple controller to access the files on the program I am using. Have played around with a couple of songs and am very happy with the results. As I use it more, am certain I will get a bit more involved with what it's full potential is.

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