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Akai Professional MPK88 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard

You Pay: $799.99
Product Highlights
  • 88 Fully Weighted Keys
  • 16 Drum Pads
  • USB
  • MIDI
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista

The MPK88 from Akai Professional is an 88-key, USB based performance controller, that also features 16 genuine MPC drum pads. The fully-weighted keyboard is velocity and pressure sensitive, as are the drum pads. Sixty-four pads are accessible in total via 4 pad-banks which feature the MPC Note Repeat function and Swing parameters.

The controller has its own arpeggiator, perfect for quickly creating creative riffs. The pads also maintain the MPC "Full Level" and "12 Levels" functions, and MPC Swing can be applied to both Note Repeat and Arpeggio functions. Tap Tempo and time-division buttons allow for real-time control of Note Repeat and Arpeggio clock speeds.

The controller can be powered via the USB bus. MIDI I/O is also available and the unit can function in standalone mode when powered by an optional power supply. In all, the Akai MPK88 delivers 72 assignable controls, with assignable inputs that include an expression pedal, footswitch, pitch bend and modulation wheel.

88-key, fully-weighted hammer-action keyboard with aftertouch and full-sized keys
8 full-sized, 360° rotation pots, each with 3 banks for 24 pots total
16 genuine MPC pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity
8 full-sized sliders with 3 controller banks for each for 24 sliders total
8 assignable backlit switches with 3 controller banks each for 24 switches total
Key Split enables 2 different sounds from the same keyboard
MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator aid in creative process
Transport controls for use with sequencers and DAWs
Patch changes via foot switch
MPC Full Level, MPC 16-Level, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with tempo and dynamics
MIDI output over USB, bus powered, class compliant: plug and play with one USB cable
Large, easy-to-read custom LCD display
Works with virtually all MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software
Comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software
Keyboard 88 fully-weighted hammer-action keys, velocity and channel pressure sensitive
Presets 30
User Memory Shared with Presets
Controllers 1 x Pitch Bend Wheel
1 x Modulation Wheel
16 x Drum Pads (velocity and pressure sensitive)
8 x Sliders
8 x Rotary Controls (infinitely variable)
8 x Switches
Output USB
1 x MIDI
Inputs USB
1 x MIDI
1 x 1/4" TS Sustain Pedal (pedal not included)
1 x 1/4" TRS Expression Pedal (pedal not included)
Display Backlit LCD
Power Requirements Powered via USB
Optional 6VDC external adapter
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
System Compatibility Mac OS X
Windows XP/Vista
Standalone mode
Specialties Internal arpeggiator
Akai Professional MPK88 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard
  • USB Cable
  • AIR Ignite Software
  • Pro Tools Express Software
  • Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition
  • Vyzex Editor and Librarian Software
  • $50 Sonivox Virtual Instrument Software Promo
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    Akai ProfessionalMPK88 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard
     
    4.8

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (4)
    • Responsive / good action (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • MIDI (4)

    Reviewed by 6 customers

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    5.0

    Solid gear as promised.

    By Andreas the producer

    from Edmonton, AB

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Electronic Music
      • MIDI
      • Studio

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK88 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

      This is an excellent keyboard. It was in good shape when delivered, and I found the online support outstanding for it (got it working with SONAR X2 in no time).

      The weight of the keys is satisfying, and the controls and build quality are what I'd expect from a piece of gear labelled "pro."

      There are plenty of reviews and notes about people who want to customize is to reduce some of the minor vibration noises from buttons and the keys. These are minor issues. If they really bother you, they are easy to address.

      This is the keyboard I've been waiting for. All the controls I need (production/sound design is already much easier with this solid hardware that works as advertised).

      B&H did a fantastic job shipping too (THX B&H)

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      5.0

      Worth Every Penny

      By AndreMusic

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Action
      • Relativelyeasy To Program
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Controlling Ivory Plugin
      • MIDI
      • Studio Controller

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK88 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

      Most controllers are actually junk! That's a quote not only from me but my keyboard tech. This Akai is the first controller I've owned that I actually enjoy playing. I checked with a my repair guy and he said I shouldn't have trouble with this model. I use it in the studio so the extreme weight doesn't matter. The inclusion of Abelton Live Lite is a great addition. If you're buying an external power supply from @, BE SURE TO GET THE PIN POSITIVE. This is not explained in the manual, but AKAI phone tech support answered this question, and there is an icon on the controller. The action is a little noisy, but if you're not recording yourself singing while playing it doesn't matter.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Top of the Line MIDI Controller

      By Steppa

      from New Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Concerts
      • Electronic Music
      • Learning
      • MIDI

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK88 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

      use the Akai MPK88 to develop ideas for songs, as well as to perform live. The MPK88 has some of the best features out of all the MIDI controllers I've seen. It has 88 keys for a huge range of sounds, and these weighted keys have a very good feel - not like some of the other controllers out there which feel like toys. The MPK88 has more than enough pads, knobs, and sliders which can be set to perform just about any function you want. The MPK88 also comes with Ableton Live Lite (Akai Edition), which allows you to set up the MIDI controller very easily and get to playing. The only con is that the MPK88 is very large and heavy, so it's not very portable

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      5.0

      Best midi controller for price

      By Hank Amarillo

      from Boston MA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Akai Professional MPK88 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

            One of the keys clicks but other than that very happy with the keyboard, with the full 88 keys its easier to feel creative without feeling cramped

            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            the only real choice for 88 keys

            By guywhoknowsstuff

            from nyc

            Pros

            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Pads not funtional

            Best Uses

              Comments about Akai Professional MPK88 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

              This has everything you need as the previous review mentioned. I am using this with sonar x1 and tried everything I could that was an 88 key MIDI controller and not a workstation. I wanted knobs sliders and buttons as well as light weight so I could mount it under my workstation on sliders. Well couldn't get all that I wanted. This thing is really heavy. I'm guessing because of the hammer action keys that I like alot. Just had to get heavier sliders to take care of that.

              On a side note, it also has velocity sensitive pads that I think could have been left out. They seem to work the same as keys and the sensitivity is hard to work with even after playing with the settings. Maybe I'll find a use for them later.

              Working with sonar x1 requires about 20 minutes in the settings to get the knobs/sliders/buttons working right.

              Also, since this is powered through the USB cable, you may find that it stays powered on even when the computer is powered down. If that bothers anyone you'll have to pull the USB when your done or connect a switch.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best Midi Controller Out!!!

              By MZ1387

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Arpeggiator
              • Drum Pads
              • Easy to Use
              • Integrateds with All DAWs
              • Multiple Banks User Banks
              • Note Repeat
              • Responsive / Good Action

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Being Creative
              • MIDI

              Comments about Akai Professional MPK88 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

              This controller has it all! Whether you want to use it as a keyboard or drum machine this can do it all. I really love that it incorporates everything you could really want in a controller. You have note repeat (with different speeds 1/8th notes, 16 notes etc.) velocity levels for each pad, you can split the keyboard, have multiple banks for pads, faders and rotary knobs. And you have 88 keys so you don't feel cramped when you're playing out different ideas.

              I use to have a Motif XS but sold it because I wanted to really use my keyboard with my system. I didn't just want sounds coming from my keyboard. I wanted sounds and integration. So, if you want a controller that's gonna do everything you can imagine and really enhance your workflow this is the one to get.

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