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Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard

B&H # AKMPK25 MFR # MPK25
Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard

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  • 25 Keys
  • 12 Drum Pads
  • USB
  • MIDI
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista
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You Pay: $199.00

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The MPK25 from Akai Professional is a 25-key, USB based performance controller, that also features 12 genuine MPC drum pads. The semi-weighted keyboard is velocity and pressure sensitive, as are the drum pads. Forty-eight 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.

25-key, semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch and full-sized keys
12 full-sized, 360° rotation pots, with 2 banks
12 genuine MPC pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity
A total of 30 switches, including transport controls
MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator aid in the creative process
Dedicated transport controls for tracking and editing
Large, easy-to-read custom LCD display
Keyboard 25 semi-weighted keys, velocity and channel pressure sensitive
Presets 30
User Memory Shared with Presets
Controllers 1 x Pitch Bend Wheel
1 x Modulation Wheel
12 x Drum Pads (velocity and pressure sensitive)
12 x Rotary Controls (infinitely variable)
1 x Value Knob
30 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 LCD
Power Requirements USB powered
6VDC, 1A via optional power adapter
Dimensions (WxDxH) 18.8 x 14.1 x 3.5" (477 x 359 x 88mm)
Weight 7.5 lbs (3.4kg)
System Compatibility Mac OS X
Windows XP/Vista
Standalone mode
Specialties Internal arpeggiator
Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard
  • USB Cable
  • AIR Ignite Software
  • Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition
  • Vyzex Editor and Librarian Software
  • $50 Sonivox Virtual Instrument Software Promo
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Akai ProfessionalMPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard
     
    4.4

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (15)
    • Portable (13)
    • Touch sensitive keys (11)
    • Responsive / good action (10)
    • Good audio (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • MIDI (10)
      • Electronic music (9)
      • Learning (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (6), Professional musician (6), Novice (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Awesome

      Thanx B&H!! I recently purchaced the AKAI MPK25 to use as a controller for FL Studio 9. Mapping was a little tricky but it Works Great! Athough the pads were...Read complete review

      Thanx B&H!! I recently purchaced the AKAI MPK25 to use as a controller for FL Studio 9. Mapping was a little tricky but it Works Great! Athough the pads were not as sensitve as I liked so I also purchced MPC500/MPK25-49 Thick Pad upgrade from ([@]) [$] Well Spent! Pads are just how I like now. Now i think im ready for my next purchace (AKAI ACP40 - Ableton controller) so i can really have full control and start using Ableton software a little sptbgproductions[@] http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=1206134 www.reverbnation.com/sptbgproductions

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Fun fun fun

      This product is a pretty good value. Construction is pretty solid although the chasis is plastic that seems like it could break if dropped.

      Use is not so great though. I'm...Read complete review

      This product is a pretty good value. Construction is pretty solid although the chasis is plastic that seems like it could break if dropped.

      Use is not so great though. I'm not quite sure why, but the MPK25 is not as compatible as the MPK49. The knobs are not as easily mapped (I still haven't been able to figure it out and Akai tech support is baaaad). Hopefully this issue will be resolved so future customers will TRULY be able to plug and play.

      Overall, I would still recommend this product if you're tight on money and space.

      Reviewed by 18 customers

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      5.0

      Great Keyboard

      By attilathepun

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Kind Of Larger Than Seems

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Chamber Music
      • Concerts
      • Electronic Music
      • Learning
      • MIDI
      • Recording Music
      • School Bands
      • Travel

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

      B&H Offered this -$ less than the competition and I checked around alot - it was cheaper than a used. The thing works incredibly well, its quite a bit bigger than it seems in the pictures, but I've never had a midi keyboard with such good action, including the pads. It was plug and play in my LOGIC X setup. Couldn't be happier.

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      4.0

      Old but good!

      By Rob

      from Atlanta

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Pads

      Best Uses

      • Learning

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

      This is a piece of gear that hasn't been updated in years, but watch for a sale like I did and it's just as good as it ever was.

      It's true what everyone says about the pads, but do a search for the mod you can do yourself and you're good to go.

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      4.0

      Solid

      By Rick the Bassist

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • MIDI

        Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

        Excellent midi controller, works great with Reason 7. Pretty much plug and play.

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        4.0

        Fantastic

        By Rick the Bassist

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • MIDI

          Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

          I use this with Reason 7.1, and thanks in part to the Reason presets, this thing just works. Plug and play, which is what I want for a midi controller.

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          4.0

          Very nice product!

          By JonJon

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor Action
          • Poor Instructions

          Best Uses

          • Electronic Music
          • MIDI

          Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

          I've been a long time MPC user, mainly the 3000. Of course I wasn't expecting the build quality of the classic Roger Linn model or of a weighted 88 keys, but I was actually pleasantly surprised, nice key action, decent pad action (in most modes), light but still feels solid, easy to navigate, especially for an MPC user, easy to setup with both Reason and Ableton, a bit more of a burden with Logic.

          My only real gripe is what the heck goes haywire with the pads when set to Note Repeat? It's borderline unacceptable especially for dance and hip hop music. Luckily all problems disappear when Note Repeat is off. Also, the knobs do not have stop points, which I find odd if not annoying. Other the the two aforementioned issues I am extremely pleased with my purchase and can honestly say this piece of gear has helped me make the transition to software...at last.

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          4.0

          Awesome Christmas morning keyboard!

          By Happy Mom of a motivated teenager!

          from Asheville, NC

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

              This compact keyboard is a great addition to my son's computer fun. He asked for piano lessons again, and that's a great thing! He is having a lot of fun with this professional, easy to use, dynamic piece of equipment, and is looking forward to learning more about its complexities.

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              5.0

              Great USB MIDI Controller for Recording

              By HoraceLime

              from The Forbidden Forest, Zig Zag, OR

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • 25 Full Size Keys
              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Touch Sensitive Keys
              • Usb Andor Ac Adaptor Pow

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Computer Recording
                • Electronic Music
                • Home studio
                • MIDI
                • Pro Studio

                Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                Got this for home studio recording after considering many other controller keyboards. Just a great working, well-built, feature-loaded, USB Midi keyboard. Works flawlessly with both Ableton and Sonar Guitar Tracks Pro 4.

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                4.0

                Beginner's Marvel

                By Erick

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Portable
                • Realistic Sound
                • Responsive / Good Action
                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                Cons

                • No Speakers

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Electronic Music
                • Learning
                • MIDI

                Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                I've been using the MPK25 to learn piano and it's been as smooth as ever. I originally worried about the quality of the keys, pads and knobs but to my surprise they are very responsive, much like a real piano. I'm currently using my MPK25 to compose soundtracks for my short films, and for other sound design effects on Ableton (it's really fun to interface with on ableton). One thing that caught me by surprise was how stable it is when i'm in the groove hitting the drum pads harder than I should be, haha. If you're on a low budget and are looking for a keyboard, go for it, I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun!

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                  4.0

                  Great Keyboard for the $$

                  By ~BDM~

                  from Alexandria, LA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Includes Ableton Software
                  • Made Solid
                  • Maps to Ableton Easily
                  • Portable
                  • Touch Sensitive Keys

                  Cons

                  • Pad Sensitivity

                  Best Uses

                  • Electronic Music
                  • Learning

                  Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                  Works like a charm, and maps to Ableton Live perfectly.

                  Largest downside is the drum pads aren't as sensitive as I would prefer, but there is a $13 mod that can be installed to make them more sensitive if you need it

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                  4.0

                  Awesome

                  By k_jeezy

                  from Spartanburg,SC

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Portable
                  • Realistic Sound
                  • Responsive / Good Action
                  • Touch Sensitive Keys

                  Cons

                  • Weak MPC type pads

                  Best Uses

                  • Electronic Music
                  • Learning
                  • MIDI
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                  Thanx B&H!! I recently purchaced the AKAI MPK25 to use as a controller for FL Studio 9. Mapping was a little tricky but it Works Great! Athough the pads were not as sensitve as I liked so I also purchced MPC500/MPK25-49 Thick Pad upgrade from ([@]) [$] Well Spent! Pads are just how I like now. Now i think im ready for my next purchace (AKAI ACP40 - Ableton controller) so i can really have full control and start using Ableton software a little sptbgproductions[@] http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=1206134 www.reverbnation.com/sptbgproductions

                  Share this review

                   
                  4.0

                  No power cord...but otherwise good

                  By DJ TumTum

                  from Corvallis,OR

                  About Me Dj, Producer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                  • Easy to Customize
                  • Easy to Navigate

                  Cons

                  • No Power cable

                  Best Uses

                  • Multimedia
                  • Production

                  Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                  The only reason why it doesn't get 5 stars is it didnt come iwth a power cable. However it was a simple 6v power cable which could be easily picked up at [@]

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  5.0

                  this thing is

                  By blades

                  from eastcoast

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Awesome
                  • Easy to Use
                  • INCREDIBLE
                  • Portable
                  • Responsive / Good Action
                  • THE BEST
                  • Touch Sensitive Keys
                  • WONDERFUL

                  Cons

                  • REQUIRES SOME INTELLECT

                  Best Uses

                  • CREATION
                  • Electronic Music
                  • Learning
                  • MIDI

                  Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                  Awesome!!!

                  Best purchase ever, this thing is the best audio hardware that I have ever seen. It can do everything musically you can ever imagine. I think better than a Saturn V rocket!!!!

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect

                  By World 5000 Producer

                  from Phoenix, Az

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                      This keyboard is a very useful tool to have if you are a mobile producer or have a home production studio. Works perfectly right out of the box. I use it with Apple Logic so i had to program some of the triggers, but other than that, it has been totally awesome.

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                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Fun fun fun

                      By Harveymagoo

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Portable
                      • Realistic Sound
                      • Responsive / Good Action
                      • Touch Sensitive Keys

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                          This product is a pretty good value. Construction is pretty solid although the chasis is plastic that seems like it could break if dropped.

                          Use is not so great though. I'm not quite sure why, but the MPK25 is not as compatible as the MPK49. The knobs are not as easily mapped (I still haven't been able to figure it out and Akai tech support is baaaad). Hopefully this issue will be resolved so future customers will TRULY be able to plug and play.

                          Overall, I would still recommend this product if you're tight on money and space.

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                          5.0

                          Great MIDI keyboard

                          By avandeg

                          from Chandler, AZ

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Portable
                          • Responsive / Good Action

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Adding Synth tracks
                            • Electronic Music
                            • MIDI
                            • Recording

                            Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                            Very solid construction and compact size, this keyboard takes up about the same space as a large laptop, but it's heavy enough to not move when playing it. With a good ASIO driver, the latency through the USB is almost non-existent. It works well with the Ableton Live that comes with it, but I prefer to use Cakewalk Sonar. Very intuitive but the manual is easy to lookup features as needed.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great buy

                            By KG

                            from bayonne, NJ

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Portable
                            • Realistic Sound
                            • Responsive / Good Action
                            • Touch Sensitive Keys

                            Cons

                            • No wall charger

                            Best Uses

                            • Accompaniment
                            • Electronic Music
                            • Learning
                            • MIDI

                            Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                            I bought this gift for my brother who is going to be majoring in music and he loves it. He started using it righ away and hasn't stopped since.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Midi for Film Work

                            By DrGTheWeatherMan

                            from NYC, The Rotten Apple

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Plastic Feel

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                            I use this for documentary films, doing music scores, sfx, drones, etc. It comes in handy when I don't want to spend music on licensing. I use Logic Pro 8 and so unfortunately it doesn't come with a mapped preset but it's still pretty easy to map all of your midi controls, keys, pads, knobs, etc to Logic. There is a slight learning curve so make sure to read the manual and visit message boards for questions you have. I looked at this Akai for a while, comparing it to other synths. It's a great price and is absolutely comparable to the Akai MPK49. In my opinion, it's better than the MPK49 because it's half the size. Nicely portable from home to my production studio in the city. Also, you can live your dream of being Ferris Bueller and do musical coughing keys! Buy it. Word to ya mutha.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great piece of equipment.

                            By DJ Raidah One

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Too Big for travell

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio
                            • Mobile DJ
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Akai Professional MPK25 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                            The MPK25 is a great MIDI Controller. If you are an MPC user & looking to use a computer DAW, then this is the controller for you. It has Note Repeat just like the MPC. 25 full size keys & 12 great MPC type pads. Just plug it in & make music. Easy enough to make personal settings to be used with each MIDI Instrument in your DAW. My only issue with the MPK25 is the size. For me it is a little too big for traveling. If it was a bit smaller I would give it a perfedt 10. I give it a 9.25!!!!!!!!!!

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