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Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Drum Pad and Keyboard Controller with Joystick

Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Drum Pad and Keyboard Controller with Joystick


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Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Drum Pad and Keyboard Controller with Joystick

Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Drum Pad and Keyboard Controller with Joystick
  • Compact keyboard controller designed to be easy to carry (1.6 lbs) or fit on a crowded studio production desk (12.4" long)
  • Plug into laptop or computer to start creating your music
  • Software-download packages available free to give you expansive virtual instrument collection right out of the box
  • Crammed full of all the features you need to play and edit the sound you want
  • 25-synth-action mini-keys, 8 impact-sensitive rubber drum pads with two banks, eight assignable control knobs, and dedicated buttons for Note Repeat, Full Level, and Octave Up and Down
The new MPK Mini MKII is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed to easily fit in the laptop-toting musician's backpack and still earn its spot on the desktop producer's crowded table space.

For maximum portability, the MPK Mini MKII requires no software drivers or external power adapter for operation. It supports plug-and-play connectivity, features USB-MIDI, and powers up with a single USB connection to your computer.

With an array of hardware controls, the MPK mini MKII lets you record, compose, and perform with virtual instruments, effect plugins, and Digital Audio Workstations whenever inspiration strikes.

It features 25 velocity-sensitive synth-action keys, a 4-way thumb stick for dynamic pitch and modulation manipulation, 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads, and 8 assignable Q-Link knobs. Plus, two banks expand the number of MPC-style pads to 16 for extended creative capabilities.

The MPK mini MKII includes all the essentials for quickly laying down and expanding upon your musical ideas.

Finally, it comes bundled with professional production software and virtual instruments for immediate music creation.

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  1. 90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best MIDI controller on a budget!, October 5, 2014
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    This review is from: Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Drum Pad and Keyboard Controller with Joystick (Electronics)
    I’m a full-time student at a university, and on the side I like to make music–so I’m not doing anything huge here. I was looking at budget MIDI/USB controllers a couple months ago–and I came across the Akai Professional MPK Mini 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller. I was about to get it, but I saw people saying that the pads had a somewhat bad hit detection. After looking at some videos I confirmed this to be true, but there was also an easy fix for it (the electrical tape fix). After more research I saw that there was a second version of the MPK Mini coming out, except this one apparently had updated pads AND a new control knob (which I REALLY wanted).

    I figured I’d wait it out and buy it when it came out! So, I did and here’s my review:

    As a preface, I was looking for a MIDI controller mostly because I make live music with programmed drums, and I wanted to get velocity-triggered pads to make them sound more realistic. I also make Instrumental Hip-Hop in the style of Nujabes, so I was keeping that in mind as well. Generally, I just wanted a really well-rounded keyboard that I could do a huge variety of things with.

    As soon as you plug the controller into the computer, the pre-loaded drivers install themselves and then you’re ready to go. I had no issues with this step, and I’m using Windows 7. After that I loaded up my DAW of choice (FL Studio), and loaded a channel to get going. Everything was already completely working. I didn’t have to mess with the MIDI settings at all! I actually didn’t even know that the KEYS were also velocity-sensitive before I bought this keyboard, so that was a pleasant surprise as well. The pitch & mod knob by default on most things for me was pitch shifting, but in whatever DAW you use you should have no trouble mapping the knob to whatever you want.

    This being my first controller, everything else was on point 100%. I was worried about the pads still having the same hit detection issue as the last model, but that’s not the case. In fact, by the time I got around to the second use the pads got MORE sensitive. You honestly don’t need to hit very hard to get maximum velocity. What’s also great is that there’s a “full level” button which always plays the pads at max velocity no matter how hard you hit. I highly recommend reading the manual when you first get the keyboard, as it explains all the features pretty much on one page!

    Lastly, I’d like to talk about the arpeggiator. I think it’s really nifty, and I love it a lot, but there’s a serious problem I’ve been having with it. It doesn’t automatically sync the tempo up to the computer, and it doesn’t always play right when you hit the keys (I’m assuming that it’s either one of the settings causing this, or something in the DAW itself–I’m still just a noob when it comes to MIDI controllers, so I’m sure that the MIDI clock isn’t set up correctly). But since the arpeggiator runs on the tempo, you have to manually sync it up to the computer, and even then I still have issues. I’m sure there’s a trick to make it auto-sync, but I haven’t found it yet. It’s just annoying when I’m trying to record with the arpeggiator and it doesn’t start playing right when I hit the keys–it gives it about a one-second delay 60% of the time, even when I play right on the beat and/or I’m NOT recording.

    So, all in all, I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone looking to start out with a really well-rounded MIDI controller. It has so many features that seriously cannot be beaten for the price you pay.

    Pros:
    Great price
    Improved pads–overall very sensitive on my part
    Lots of control knobs and multiple programs/banks
    High variety of settings for arpeggiator and pads
    Velocity-sensitive keys/pads
    Worked immediately from initial plug-in
    Fast response

    Cons:
    Arepeggiator issues (most likely a DAW sync issue)
    Had a couple issues with mapping the knobs (probably the VST itself)
    Joystick was a little jerky at first, but it works in pretty quickly

    I still can’t believe that I only paid $100 for this. Too incredible of a deal.

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  2. 55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great for a beginner, October 3, 2014
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    I’ve never used anything like this before, and am relatively new to making music. This thing is great! I just downloaded Fl Studio, plugged it in, and it was ready to go. I watched a few videos on youtube to learn how to use it, and now I am off and away sampling, making beats, and music!
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  3. 37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is a fantastic little midi-controller, July 23, 2015
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    This review is from: Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII 25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Drum Pad and Keyboard Controller with Joystick (Electronics)
    This is a fantastic little midi-controller. I use it with my Mac Mini (OS X 10.8.5) running Logic X (it will also work with GarageBand and most other DAW’s) and it works very well. It also works well with my M-Audio sustain pedal, it has a port for a sustain pedal in the back (in case you were wondering.)

    The packaging was fantastic. Included is the Keyboard, USB-Midi cable, instructions, and information on where and how to download your included software.

    The keyboad itself looks great. It is very streamline and has a great color scheme. A unique feature is the 4 way joystick for modulation and pitch control. I have to say I like it better than a typical wheel style control you see on other midi-controllers. It really helps keep the size of the keyboard down since you don’t have to include those bulkier pitch and modulation wheels. It really helps make this a portable keyboard. Though someone who is use to the wheel style control might not like this feature. It takes a minute to get acclimated to.

    Right now my only complaint is that the keys are a little smaller than I was expecting. As you can see in my pictures, each key is about the size of a penny. They are completely usable but a little hard to get used to if you are use to a full size keyboard. This may or may not matter to you. If you have big fingers, I may recommend looking for something else. Of course this is not the manufacturer’s fault, they list “mini keys” in the first description of the product so I am not going to knock any stars for that. I just thought they wouldn’t be quite so mini. But the upside is that it makes the overall footprint very small, smaller than my computer keyboard infact. Also, unless you have nothing else, this isn’t really the type of keyboard you (or atleast I) would use to put down a lot of notes. I think it’s more for editing and mixing than for creating and composing, but if you really needed to you easily could.

    I think would be really neat if they made this same controller with normal sized keys. They make one similar (Akai Professional MPK25 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with MPC Pads) but it has a lot more going on and is $80 more. Maybe I will invest in that someday. If you have larger fingers or don’t like the mini-keys go check that one out.

    Anyway, in summary, fantastic little midi keyboard. Good price, great packaging, and great usability. I think this is a good keyboard to start out with as a beginner and even a good keyboard to have floating around if you are a pro. Pick it up, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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