Akai Professional MPK61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller  

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The Akai Professional MPK61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller combines a piano-style keybed with a bank of genuine Akai Professional MPC pads, assignable Q-Link controllers and key technologies from the ic... Read More

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Overview

The Akai Professional MPK61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller combines a piano-style keybed with a bank of genuine Akai Professional MPC pads, assignable Q-Link controllers and key technologies from the iconic MPC family of music production workstations.

Producers, performers and DJs appreciate the MPK61's mix of 61 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 16 MPC pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity, 72 assignable Q-Link controllers, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing and an arpeggiator. The MPK61's size is ideal for performers who need a larger keyboard than the original 49-key MPK49 offers, but also prefer the lighter weight and associated portability of a semi-weighted keyboard. The MPK61 retains the key split features from the MPK88, enabling you to divide the keyboard into two zones for performing with two different programs at once.

The MPK61 MIDI controller empowers you to create and manipulate melodic, harmonic and rhythmic content and inspires creative production with its arpeggiator, MPC Swing and MPC Note Repeat technologies.

The Akai MPK61 controller is bundled with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software, one of the most popular and powerful performance and production programs. Ableton Live Lite composes, records, remixes, and helps you improvise and edit musical ideas in a seamlessly. The MPK61 sends MIDI data over USB for plug-and-play performance with both Mac and PC computers. The Akai MPK61 works with virtually all MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software for musical performers from keyboard players to producers to DJs and VJs.

Features
  • 61-key semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch for expressive melodic creativity
  • 16 genuine MPC pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity
  • MPC pads access four banks each for instant access to 48 samples
  • Control 72 software parameters with 24 assignable Q-Link controllers
  • Key Split enables two different sounds from the same keyboard
  • MPC note repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator aid in creative process
  • Transport controls for use with sequencers and DAWs
  • 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
Specifications
  • Number of keys: 61 + 16 x 4 banks of drum pads
    Type of action: semi-weighted
    Aftertouch (Channel)
    Computer interface: USB/MIDI
    Displays: custom LCD
    Footswitchable patch changes: yes
    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
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Akai ProfessionalMPK61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller
 
3.8

(based on 5 reviews)

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4.0

Nice controller but...

By Robert Cassano

from Rochester, NY

Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I like this controller a lot... It is layed out quite well, and all of the CC controls have a nice substantial feel to them. The pads have had a lot of complaints about them, but I do not have an issue with the way the pads respond. What I do find a little awkward with this device is the keyboard itself. The keys have a lot of creep to them and flex when you get into the aftertouch range. I do also find the velocity curve, although it is configurable, to be difficult to get used to. That is all too bad, because this is a wonderfully configured controller... and very easy to program.

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3.0

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By Ryan Robinson

from Berks, PA

Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I've had the MPK61 for a few months now and felt the need to share my experience. Looking over the other reviews the one by Chris on 11/27/2010 is spot-on. I was really hoping to get comfortable with the keys, but they're just too "springy" and the stock pads are definitely lacking. The knobs, sliders, buttons and wheels feel great. Overall it's a decent keyboard, but you may want to spend the extra money on the MPK88 with the fully-weighted keys.

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3.0

Keyboard and Pads Are Lacking

By Chris

from Harrison NJ

Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I've had my Akai MPk61 for about three months and my hopes that my playing would adjust to the keyboard have all but vanished at this point. The MPK61 has excellent knobs and sliders, but the action of the keyboard is just terrible. It requires too much force to get a key down, and feels springy in both directions. This means that getting consistent velocity response is difficult. I've tried all the different keyboard velocity settings and none suit me well. This keyboard seems to have been designed for someone with an extremely light touch, with moderate hits registering full velocity. And this is with the keyboard velocity scaling adjusted as best as possible (Akai needs more options here). As for the pads, you can purchase MPK61 pad upgrade kits and DIY a fix for them, but until you do so, the pads are just as useless as the keys. But, after upgrading the pads, they work surprisingly well (unlike the keys, which your stuck with). I don't detract any points for the pads for this reason. Now, this unit does have some Pro's. The knobs, sliders, wheels and buttons feel great. No complaints there. The feature set is quite impressive with a built-in MIDI arpeggiator, note repeat, and several other MPC based options that come in handy when using this to control software based beat boxes. In short, if having good keyboard response is key, pass on this. When playing samples and physical models of real instruments, it's just too hard to coax even velocity response out of the MPK61. If you're more interested in the pads, while note having much interest in anything other than a basic keyboard, then get this unit and upgrade the pads.

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5.0

Great board,but... is it defective?

By Brandon

from Portland,Oregon

Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

Great board with lots of interface capabilities.Has a great feel and unlike the MPK25 and MPK49 you can adjust the key-bed velocity sensitivity which is a feature that should be standard in the whole series.I have owned both the MPK25 and the MPK49, and the MPK61's pads do seem to have a better feel.BUT...and yes it is a big BUT.When you run the MPK61 off of USB and try to control midi hardware with it using the midi outs it will not operate unless you have a power supply connected.I could not get it to control both soft synth's and hardware at the same time running off of USB power.Not cool.Anyhow,as far as a control surface it is great,the key-bed is nowhere close to the quality of the Novation sl-61 MKII or the M-audio Axiom PRO.Build quality is solid though.Overall, a solid contender in the crowded controller market.

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4.0

Solid product

By Nolan

from Hixson TN

Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller:

I really like the MPK61, and think that it has a terrific build quality. The pads seem more responsive than on the MPD line. If you are using any of the DAWs that has an included preset, this is an easy controller to get up and running with, as the presets seem intuitively laid out (the controller almost seems built for use by Ableton Live users). The only drawbacks are that I do not like the Vyzex editor and that my primary DAW (Logic) is not one of the supported DAWs, and getting the controllers assigned is a laborious process. I would highly recommend this controller to anyone using one of the supported DAWs, as the quality and functionality of this controller are fantastic.

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