Akai Professional MPK Mini 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller (OLD MODEL)
- 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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---------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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use this MIDI with presonus studio on my PC. It works great. All you have to do is plug it in and go to settings and it is already in the list of keyboards. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Itshmuffintime
The connection port breaks after a while. You'll find more result just like lit if your research it. Go with another product.Published 1 month ago by Christian Pena
Not nearly as good as the later models, the drum pads react very slow compared to the later models that Akai has put out and the keyboard broke within a few weeks.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was very disappointed in this. Really should have invested in a larger keyboard. I regret this.Published 4 months ago by James Adcock
My son got this as a Christmas gift. He used it about 3 times before the USB power jack came loose and was floating inside the keyboard. Read morePublished 4 months ago by fourand happy