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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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Melodic performance in the palm of your hand.
The LPK25 laptop performance keyboard is a USB-MIDI controller for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. Powered by a USB connection to your computer, it measures less than 13 inches across and weighs less than a pound to easily fit into a laptop case, backpack or messenger bag for extreme portability.
Keyboard players who want to work with software on their computer will find that the LPK25 gives their laptop the keys they need to express themselves anywhere.
The LPK25 is a scaled-down relative to the MPK series of keyboard performance controllers. The diminutive keyboard is made up of 25 miniature, velocity-sensitive keyboard keys with synth action. 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.
- Number of presets: 4
- MIDI output channels over USB: 16
- Note keys: 25 (velocity-sensitive)
- Inputs/outputs: 1 USB-mini port
- Power: < 100 mA, 5V DC via USB
- Dimensions (width x depth x height): 13.3” x 3.8” x 1.3”
- Weight: 1.41oz
- Software CD
- USB cable
- Safety Instructions & Warranty Information
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 ›
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.
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 ›
*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
Great product. I use it when I travel or at home when I am not in my studio room. Solid design, especially for it's size. I just wish that they would have put a pitch bender on it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Easy to use. Nice quality. Only gripe is the last key sticks 2mm higher than the rest. Not worth the hassle of returning so I deal with it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jesse
Great product. I use this more than my Yamaha 81 key keyboard.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Loved it! However, a friend took it and never gave it back. I guess he loved it more.Published 2 months ago by Steven Brendtro
Bought this for my husband, who also uses Logic Pro to compose music. This has made his compositions much easier and he's happy with the quality and performance!Published 3 months ago by NasoMomma