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Akai Professional MPK Mini 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller (OLD MODEL)

4.1 out of 5 stars 443 customer reviews
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  • 25-key, 8-pad, 8-knob USB MIDI keyboard controller provides the most portable groove-infused command over 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
  • 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive drum pads send MIDI data such as notes and program changes
  • Eight Q-Link knobs for controlling virtually any MIDI-assignable parameters in software
  • 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
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Product Description

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 back-lit, 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 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.

Product Information

Item Weight 2 pounds
Product Dimensions 6 x 13.6 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight 2.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B00466HM28
Item model number MPK mini
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4.1 out of 5 stars 443 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #9,142 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#51 in Musical Instruments > Keyboards > MIDI Keyboards & Equipment > MIDI Controllers
#190 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Computer Recording
Date first available at Amazon.com October 1, 2010

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I just forayed into the world of midi music. Making music was my main aim and using the computer keyboard was getting frustrating for the creative process. For any song writer, a midi control is an invaluable tool. So I wanted a midi keyboard that wouldn't break the bank while giving me the control I want. I found a new one on amazon for $67, which was a steal given the current price point.

---------WHAT I LIKE-----------

1) 8 Pad buttons with 2 banks (8 X 2 = 16 notes)

2) Small form factor. This is one of the few keyboards that I can pop into my bag. Makes a great travel companion.

3) Built in Arpeggiator. You can chose to sync to the global tempo or tap your own tempo using the 'Tap Tempo' button. You can chose repetition intervals of 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 or 1/32 and have triplets in each one. You can also change pattern of arrpegiation.

4) Octave up and down buttons. Although you can only control two octaves at a time because it has 25 keys, you can use these buttons to give you a full range.

5) Program mode: So this button can help you choose between 4 programs. So I can assign the same knob to different parameters depending on the program I am in. For example, I usually reserve Program 1 to the master mixer. And Program 2-4 to the VST's or Plugins I use. So in a sense they give you 8X4=32 knobs. But you can control 8 at a given time.

6) Sustain button: gives expression when playing keys like Piano or a Fender Rhodes.

7) So the program comes with an editor where you can edit all your presets. In this I like the transpose function a lot. I am used to playing the C scale as compared to any other scale. So depending on the song that I am composing, I transpose everything down or up so that C is my base note.
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If you have spent any time reading the reviews of the LPD8 and the LPK25, rest assured you can apply them to this product as well. The MPK Mini is literally a combination of the LPD8 and LPK25; nothing less and nothing more. Which is a great thing if you've been considering both!

This is my first MPC product but I am an experienced keyboardist. The Pads are pretty nice. I enjoy how they light up when you hit them. Like others said regarding the LPD8, they aren't as sensitive as some might prefer, and I'm inclined to agree. It tends not to register some of might lighter hits, so I'm having to get used to how hard I have to hit it. No big deal. It's also nice to have the knobs. They aren't as nice as professional grade knobs, but they work nicely for such a compact unit. The keyboard has mini keys and they are very sturdy. Some complain that it feels like a toy keyboard. Of course it does, they are mini keys! The keys are fine for their purpose of capturing ideas. I do not consider them performance worthy.

For those comparing this to other 25 key midi controllers, please know what you are comparing. There's a reason this is $100. It's simply a combination of two other products. Don't complain about the lack of pitch/mod wheels. The purpose of this product is portability and to allow you to capture ideas when you don't feel like lugging around larger equipment. For these reasons, I find it to be an excellent product.

Definitely pick this product up if you're looking for something extremely portable with acceptable mini keys and very playable MPC pads.
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This product is very compact and extremely affordable. It has all the features you may want out a controller (except the mod and pitch bend wheels; but you can assign those functions to knobs). Speaking of knobs, for some reason the default program setting for the controller is set to have no control change (CC#) value for any of the knobs, this makes it seem to a first time MIDI user such as myself that the unit's knobs are non-responsive. Customer service is very busy/poor at AKAI/ALESIS's 800 telephone number and e-mail support seems very slow as well. All you have to do is change the program to the 2nd default setting and the knobs have values assigned, you don't need to return the controller or have it repaired.M
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Picked one of these up yesterday, got home, set it up, and was jamming on the pads and twiddling knobs within minutes. The fun didn't last, though, as I noticed the USB cable wasn't seated properly into the controller, so I pushed it in a bit further and the device promptly disconnected from my laptop.

Sure enough, bent pins, like another reviewer mentioned. Bent pins in the socket, bent pins in the cable connector. The cable Akai includes with the MPK mini is a standard mini-USB cable, with one exception: there are tiny pins in the cable that mate up with tiny holes in the socket, and if they ever get slightly misaligned, you are in for trouble. The pins are fine enough that you won't even necessarily notice that you're bending them while plugging the cable in.

Today I exchanged it for a new one but used a 'standard' standard mini-USB cable, sans pins. Tested every key and control, everything works perfectly fine, so the pins on the Akai cable aren't necessary. Wish I'd known in the first place. The problem doesn't appear to be widespread (maybe people aren't plugging/unplugging their minis very often?) but you only need to bend the pins once and you'll staring at your now-useless controller shouting 'fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuuu.'

Connector problems aside, the MPK mini is a blast to play with, and makes using software synths considerably easier. Assigning the knobs and pads is a breeze (in two VSTIs I tried, I merely had to right-click on a knob onscreen and turn the physical knob on the device and blammo, it Just Works).

Yes, the keys are a bit small, and don't have any weight behind them.
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