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Akai Professional MPK261 61-Key Controller

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The Akai Professional MPK261 is a performance pad and keyboard controller that combines deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations. Each member of Akai Pro's MPK series comes fully loaded with a comprehensive interface for manipulating virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and m...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Price: $499.99
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Overview

The Akai Professional MPK261 is a performance pad and keyboard controller that combines deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations. Each member of Akai Pro's MPK series comes fully loaded with a comprehensive interface for manipulating virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more. MPK261 features 61 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 8 assignable knobs, faders, and switches, 16 MPC-style pads with RGB feedback, and onboard transport buttons. Three banks expand the number of knobs, faders, and switches (up to 24 each), and four pad banks expand the number of pads (up to 64 total). Plus, MPK261 is optimized to interface directly with your Mac or PC with USB power and plug-and-play connectivity.

Made To Play
MPK261 comes equipped with 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys and a premium piano-style keybed for unprecedented response and natural feel. Each key is velocity-sensitive and outfitted with aftertouch for dynamic, expressive performances and recordings. In addition, onboard Octave Up and Down controls allow players to access the entire melodic range. Bundled with MPK261 is SONiVOX's Eighty-Eight Ensemble, an authentic grand-piano virtual instrument, that lets you compose or perform with pristine, expertly voiced piano samples.

Genuine MPC Functionality
Classic MPC Swing, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Full Level, and 16 Levels are all onboard for further inspiration. With MPK261, musicians and composers can incorporate genuine MPC workflow into their productions and create with the tools that producers have relied on for years: MPC Swing lets MPK261 users obtain that tight, organic groove that made Akai Pro's groundbreaking MPC music-making machines so legendary. MPC Note Repeat and 16 Levels make it easy to build beats and construct short melodic sequences using the MPC-style pads. In addition, an arpeggiator, with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns, enables users to explore complex melodic ideas, effortlessly.

Production Software
MPK261 is armed with powerful production software-Ableton Live Lite and MPC Essentials-for out-of-the-box music creation. Ableton Live Lite is a fluid audio/MIDI environment that enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas. MPC Essentials, a groove/beat production and sample-triggering software, can integrate directly into any DAW, such as Ableton Live Lite, or run standalone. In addition, it extends the power of MPK261 by adding up to 8 pad banks and 4 samples and insert effects per pad.

Virtual Instruments
A world-class piano instrument and two high-definition virtual synthesizers bring the best of sample-based and synthesis technology to MPK261 users. SONiVOX Eighty Eight Ensemble is a recreation of the Steinway 9-foot CD 327 grand piano layered with additional orchestral and synthetic instruments for rich, cinematic sounds. Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a versatile virtual synthesizer that combines the warmth of legendary analog synths with a full range of futuristic, digital manipulation capabilities. SONiVOX Twist, a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument, makes it easy to create serious sounds using simple controls.

Features

  • 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
  • 16 RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads each with 4 banks for 64 pads
  • 24 assignable Q-Link controllers include knobs, faders, and switches (8 of each)
  • Revamped control layout with backlit LCD screen
  • USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input and output
Specifications
Keyboard
  • Number of keys: 61
  • Action: Synth
  • Key size: Full-size
  • Velocity sensitive: Yes
  • Aftertouch: Yes
Connectivity
  • MIDI I/O: Yes
  • USB: Yes
  • Pedal inputs: Yes
  • Gate out: Yes
  • iOS compatibility: Yes
  • Audio I/O: Yes
  • Other: Not specified
  • Controls
  • Encoders: 8
  • Faders: 8
  • Drum pads: 16
  • Pitch bend/Modulation: Both
  • DAW transport: Yes
Onboard Features
  • Number of presets: Not specified
  • Display: LCD
  • Bundled Software: Yes
  • Chord play: Not specified
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Step Sequencer: Not specified
Other
  • Width: 35.6 in.
  • Height: 3.4 in.
  • Depth: 12 in.
  • Weight: 15.1 lb.
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Akai ProfessionalMPK261 61-Key Controller
 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Functional (3)

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Design and Functionality

By Carlos

from Virginia Beach, VA

Comments about Akai Professional MPK261 61-Key Controller:

Pads feel just like an MPC. Keys aren't exhausting. Faders and knobs are smooth. Has about everything you need in a MIDI controller plus more! Also, it works great with Ableton Live.

 
4.0

Great midi controller.

By reinaldo

from undisclosed

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Comments about Akai Professional MPK261 61-Key Controller:

Great midi controller. Bought it as upgrade from the 4 octave. Prob best out there. Only fault I see is that it doesn't have a sustain pedal dedicated jack and when used the light foot controller, it requires a command from the controller to use. I didn't had to do that with the 4 octave version. Pads are really good and the feel form the keys is great.

 
5.0

Expensive, but versatile

By Simon

from MI

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK261 61-Key Controller:

      I ordered an MPK249 but received an MPK261! The buttons and knobs are smooth and plentiful, and the keys have a good feel. The interface took a while to set up, but now I have the faders and panning knobs mapped to my FL Studio 12 and Ableton.

      As a bonus, this keyboard comes with Ableton Live Lite, a $100 value, and a few VST's. So I've been very happy with it. Highly recommended controller for production work and live performance.

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Close but no Cigar

      By BB Jedi

      from Shreveport, Louisiana

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality
      • Pads are delightful
      • sturdy and well built

      Cons

      • Burrs on key bottoms that cut inside of fingers
      • hard springy pushback on some notes

      Best Uses

      • solos to small chord comping/inversions

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK261 61-Key Controller:

      I am very disappointed in AKAI on this. I regularly play large chords of 5+ notes in the right and CGE 10ths in the left. On the very bottom of the keys are little burs that cut into your fingers when playing large chords, making this completely unsuitable for anything other than solos or small chord comping. It is a shame because the pads are divinely sensitive and pleasant to the touch, the unit is solid, and it looks great. When writing AKAI about this, there response was that they "appreciate the opportunity to assist . . . , and, We haven't had any inquiries related to what you are experiencing. If you have additional questions or concerns . . . , please let me know!" A complete blowoff. Doesn't inspire confidence.

       
      5.0

      Excellent Pads have real dynamic feel.

      By Robert Beijer

      from Simi Valley, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Akai Professional MPK261 61-Key Controller:

        These pads have such a nice feel to them. I replaced my old mpk49. Well worth the upgrade.
        Using with reason 9.

         
        5.0

        Great product

        By Cheech

        from 25413

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Akai Professional MPK261 61-Key Controller:

            Great deal, very easy to use

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