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Akai Professional LPK25 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for Laptops
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- 25-key USB MIDI keyboard controller gives you expressive performance with computer-based digital audio workstations, sequencers, and more
- 25 velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard keys are highly portable; writing sessions, capturing ideas and studio use with nearly all music creation software
- Built-in arpeggiator provides melodic inspiration and versatile patterns for modern music production
- Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC; no driver installation required. Perfect for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, Digital Performer, Ableton, etc
- USB-powered; no additional power cable needed
- Sustain button, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls ensure your ideas translate from head to hardware
- Includes editing software for Mac and PC; easily customize the keyboards' MIDI commands to fit your workflow
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| The LPK25 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 LPK25's easy-to-learn layout. It offers plug and play capabilities with Mac and PC and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. And it has four memory banks for programming and recalling settings appropriate to different software programs you use. |
The Akai LPK25 keyboard controller.
Top Customer Reviews
OVERALL IMPRESSION: NOT A TOY! This is an excellent songwriting tool, that makes music making on the go a reality. Not intended to replace your main MIDI controller.
DISCLAIMER: I am an amateur musician making songs mostly to share with family and friends. Also, guitar is my native instrument, and my keyboard skills still leave much to be desired. That being said:
I LOVE THIS DEVICE!!
-PORTABILITY AND SMALL FOOTPRINT. I can take this thing with me anywhere and it does not take much space in my laptop bag or work-surface. I have a 20"x20" wood board that I use as a work-surface for my laptop, mouse, LPK25, and headphones. Using that setup I composed whole songs in my bed, sofa, dinner table, backyard chair, passenger seat of my car (at work during lunch time), hotel room, in-laws house...you get the idea. I also have a room with a full size desktop piled with recording equipment in my house, but I only use that setup for recording vocals, guitars, mixing, and mastering (when I have time). Most of my music creation is done with the LPK25 and my laptop.
-PLAYABILITY. Although the keys are small they are still comfortable to play without hitting more than one note at once with each finger (and I have thick fingers). The keys also have great sinth-like action.
-BUILT-IN ARPEGIATOR. I am a novice at using arpegiators but I have found the built-in arpegiator on the LPK-25 very useful and simple to use. An excellent tool to develop ideas, particularly if you (like me) are lacking serious keyboard skills.
-USB POWERED.Read more ›
I traded the Korg in for the Akai LPK25 (which I did know existed till last night!). It was [...] more, but so worth it!
This thing is much better built than the Korg. The Korg felt like it might break in my laptop bag. This is much more solid.
It is about twice as thick as the Korg, but still small enough to put in your messenger bag or laptop case.
No drivers needed, just plug it in and you are ready to go.
Sustain button is a nice feature that the Korg did not have. Only drawback about the sustain is that you cannot shift octaves and add more notes while holding the sustain button down.
The octave buttons light up but could have used a multi-colored method of letting you know how many octaves you are shifted. (Korg did this)
The arpeggiator is a feature I will probably never use. It would have been nice if the editing software would let you re-assign these buttons to something else like pitch bend, modulation, or a couple of transport button functions. (The Korg had pitch and mod buttons, but not really practical for anything I could think of compared to a full sized controller.)
Here are the PROS & CONS....
PROS: No drivers needed, sturdy, sustain button, octave buttons.
CONS: Sustain only good for current selected octave, Arpeggiator is a wasted feature to me (or at least let me set these buttons up to do something else!).Read more ›
Considering the only thing remotely close to the LPK is that crappy looking thing called the Nanokey, this is the laptop controller to get. Build quality is great. The keys and housing are sturdy. The keys are small but the feel is good enough that you can get melodic with them. Unlike the Nanokey, which feels like Korg put a bunch of spacebars side by side, Akai actually made an effort to make this thing feel like a keyboard.
The same Arppegiator that Akai uses in their MPK series comes with this and you can set up everything via software. The sustain button can either be used to sustain the key you're playing or latch the arppegiator sequence. There's a tap tempo button if you don't want to use an external MIDI clock for the arp. And the bottom two buttons are use to transpose up and down. They light up to let you know whether you're at a higher or lower octave.
That's all there is to it. There's no pitch bend or modulation, but I'm guessing that's because they wanted people to buy the LPK too. If you can afford both the LPK and LPD, you can use one of the LPD knobs to control pitch, mod, velocity, etc.
I'm glad Akai upped the bar on this. There's so much more that can be done with laptop controllers and between Akai, Korg, and Vestax, there should be a lot of cool new gear coming out over the next few years.
*Feels like a real keyboard
*Very sensitive, and lets you play soft notes and have them register without pounding on the keys (unlike the Korg)
*Great value for the money
*It's a small gripe, but the Korg had green, yellow, and red lights for octave indicators. The Akai does not, so you can't tell visually if you're one, two, or three octaves up. This is a very minor detail though.
It's a great keyboard, and if you need a low priced keyboard and you're not sure which to get, the Akai is absolutely the best way to go.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just use this for data entry into Finale, for which it works just fine. Love the size. Perfect for the price. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Betsy
I'm a guitarist but needed a small keyboard for my project studio to enter chords into my DAW. This is very compact and works well. I just wish it had at least one mod wheel.Published 8 days ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
This did exactly what my daughter wanted, she was able to hook this up to her computer and use it when she was writing music. The other keyboard she has won't do that. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kim Wolfford
Keep in mind what this is. It is SMALL. The keys are SMALL. They don't at all have "real" piano key action and I did not expect them to. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cindy
This 25-key midi keyboard is ultra compact and perfect for quickly producing music. The keys are slightly thin, but are very well made and are velocity-sensitive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David
Great product to use with garage band. Easy to install and use on iMacPublished 1 month ago by Watchguy
Super portable and has survived being thrown around in my backpack thru lots of trips. The keys are small and don't necessarily feel amazing, but this thing is great for getting... Read morePublished 2 months ago by steven bradley
Love the size. Real simple to figure out. works perfect for class projects with Final Cut and Logic.Published 2 months ago by nickisa matthews
I bought this to give to my son, who is a professional musician. He was impressed with how light it was and how simple it was to use. Read morePublished 2 months ago by bythecshore