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Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard

You Pay: $69.99
Product Highlights
  • 25 Keys
  • Velocity Sensitive
  • Arpeggiator
  • Octave Up/Down Keys
  • Sustain Button
  • Tap tempo Button

The LPK25 from Akai is a USB-MIDI 25-key mini keyboard controller that is a perfect fit for use with a laptop computer. It measures less than 13 inches across, weighs less than a pound and will easily fit into a laptop case, backpack or messenger bag for extreme portability.

Keyboard players who want to work with software on their computer will find that the LPK25 gives their laptop the keys they need to express themselves anywhere. DJs can use the controller to trigger loops and samples in a live situation.

The controller contains an arpeggiator, which steps through chords automatically, assisting musicians with creating quick melodic ideas. Sustain, octave up and down, tap tempo controls and 4 memory banks for programming and recalling settings round out the easy-to-learn layout.

The LPDK25 works plug and play with Mac and Windows software and requires no driver installation or wall power for operation.

USB-MIDI controller that works with virtually all audio software
25 velocity-sensitive mini-keys
Arpeggiator, sustain button, octave up and down and tap tempo controls
4 programmable memory banks
Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and Windows with no driver installation required
Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag for easy portability
Includes editor software for Mac and Windows
USB bus powered - no additional power cable needed
Keyboard 25 keys, velocity sensitive
Presets No
User Memory 4 programmable memory banks
Controllers 1 x Octave Up Button
1 x Octave Down Button
1 x Sustain Button
1 x Program Button
1 x Arpeggiator On/Off Button
1 x Tap Tempo Button
Output USB
Inputs No
Display No
Power Requirements USB
Dimensions Less than 13" across
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
System Compatibility Mac OS X
Windows XP SP2 or Vista SP1
Specialties Plug and Play
Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard
  • USB Cable
  • AIR Ignite Software
  • Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition
  • Akai Editor Software
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    Akai ProfessionalLPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard
     
    4.4

    (based on 59 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (46)
    • Compact (28)
    • Lightweight (27)
    • Versatile (21)
    • Portable (15)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (10)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (28)
    • Amateur recording (22)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (15)
    • MIDI (13)
    • Performances (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (23), Novice (16), Professional musician (12)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (4)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (3), PC (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Sleek, Slim, and Styling, Rocket Fast

    The LPK 25 keyboard more than satisfies one's expectations. I use this for home recording and performance, specifically producing dance genres and basically everything else that can be dreamed up. The keys feel...Read complete review

    The LPK 25 keyboard more than satisfies one's expectations. I use this for home recording and performance, specifically producing dance genres and basically everything else that can be dreamed up. The keys feel exactly how they should - light, fast, compact and velocity sensitive. As a laptop performance keyboard, its 25 keys display a range of two octaves at once. The octave up and down function buttons sweep across an entire piano roll. The function buttons also include a built in arpeggiator, sustain, and program for four different scene set ups. The scene editor software is simple and fast. The keyboard and scene software takes minutes to learn for beginners, and is a quick set up for experienced users of midi controllers. It can be used for triggering beats and sending CC messages. The LPK25 works great, is built sturdy, and doesn't glitch or lag. The colors are also pretty stylish. It would be better if the arpeggiator had a midi clock to sync with the digital audio work station, otherwise arpeggiated notes get out of sync after a number of bars. The LPK25 keyboard is a great buy for anyone who wants a light, portable, and top performance midi keyboard.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    This keyboard does not work with XP

    Haven't used yet, Upgrading Laptop to Win7
    The keyboard has a nice fill to it
    It doesn't work Windows XP operating system

    Haven't used yet, Upgrading Laptop to Win7
    The keyboard has a nice fill to it
    It doesn't work Windows XP operating system

    Reviewed by 59 customers

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    5.0

    AKAI LPK25 Midi Keyboard

    By ThahmThahmBeats

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • none
    • No volume control

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

    Portable and durable. I am a producer/songwriter that travels a lot and the size and weight of the Akai LPK25 is just perfect. The Akai LPK25 has a built in sustain, and arpeggiator. I use it for logic pro x and connectivity was extremley easy. Also comes with a Akai LPK25 editor cd program to edit every sequence in your midi keyboard. Overall its a great product for on the go music creators.

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    5.0

    Seriously Handy

    By R.V.

    from Lincoln, NE

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

      Just plug and play. The-built in arpeggiator is a pretty spiffy touch.
      The software you can install with the controller is --on a graphics level--really shabby but otherwise functions well.
      Having little opportunity to use the bigger M-Audio Axiom controller I have meant I had to get something that would appear and dissappear as fast as possible. And I found the LPK25 to be the most affordable, highest rated mini keyboard controller possible.
      I'm also told that anything from Akai in general is seriously quality. I think I can believe that.

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        5.0

        Perfect small USB keyboard!

        By The Studio Rat

        from York, PA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

          If you're looking for a small USB keyboard to use for home recording, look no further. The LPK25 is perfect to use when space is limited or you're on the go. I've been using an M-Audio Axiom 25 for some years and bought this little gem to replace it in my home studio because of space constraints. I couldn't be happier. My primary use for this keyboard at home is to lay down drum, bass, and accompaniment tracks in Reason. It's small size lets me fit it easily in front of my typing keyboard while I work on music. I also use it with my iPad Mini when I'm on the go to lay down tracks in Garage Band. Just make sure you get a genuine Apple Lightning to USB Camera adapter if you do so. Installation was painless under Windows 7 64 bit. Just plug it in, let Windows install drivers and its ready. Some may consider it's tiny size a drawback, but that is to be expected. It's not designed to be a full-sized, weighted keyboard. I find it quite playable and comfortable for the type of work I do. If you're a keyboard player, you probably should invest in a larger, more expensive unit to duplicate the feel of a piano or regular set of keys if that's your desire. For those of us who crave functionality in a compact size, the LPK25 is perfect.

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          4.0

          Great Entry Tool

          By The lonely jammer

          from Post Falls, ID

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to setup
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording

            Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

            I am just entering into the world of using VST samplers to build parts to songs that I will sing and play guitar over. This was an economical choice that I bought based off of other reviews. It was instantly recognized by my Windows computer and Reaper making setup very easy.

            The biggest adjustment is learning the touch response fo the keys.

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            5.0

            25 Reasons To Buy

            By LorneR

            from Green Bay, Wisconsin

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to store
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

              I am not a musician, but I bought this 25 key mini-midi keyboard because I mess with audio programs. I didn't know how to evaluate it. It was easy to use, just plugged it in and started playing (well kind of playing). Then I had a musician friend try it. I was afraid that because it was so small and inexpensive, he would criticize it. He immediately started playing (really playing) and we both were impressed. I asked how the keys felt, he said they felt pretty good, but would take a little getting used to.

              Please remember, this is an inexpensive unit, not a master musicians mega keyboard. It is really small and portable: easy to carry, easy to store. If you have large hands, it may be an issue.

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              5.0

              LPK25 USB LAPTOP PERFORMANCE KEYBOARD

              By Mickey

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                I use this product to compose music from my laptop. It is fantastic! It is small, lightweight and fits inside of a laptop bag.
                I can access instruments stored in my laptop that require midi information.
                I have nothing against it at all. The sensativity of the keys is fantastic.
                I would recommend this to any musician of ANY skill level.

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                5.0

                This little keyboard

                By Beast

                from Toronto, On

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                  I love my lpk25, i've had it for no more then a month now and i love it! It was super easy to use, plug it in and bam, change the setting in the program you are using and you now have keyboard. Awesome awesome awesome... and it came pretty quick so i couldn't wait to use it. I would definitely recommend it, if you are just looking for a basic attachment to your setup, a quick keyboard to use or if you are on the road and wanted to produce.

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                  4.0

                  Bang For the Buck

                  By charmthedj

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                    I'm using this as a keyboard controller for Ableton Live. This is quite an improvement over fiddling with my laptop's keys to check out various notes / sounds. The workflow is definitely much smoother with this keyboard. The action on the keys is a little tricky to get used to. They seem to be single-sprung, but the springs are rather stiff. I hope they loosen up a bit over time. Of course, I'm new to the world of keyboards, so maybe this is normal. All-in-all, for the great price, this is a great piece of equipment for those starting out in the world of making music.

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                    4.0

                    You get your money's worth

                    By B_adl_y

                    from Forth Worth, TX

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ

                      Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                      I wanted a small midi keyboard. Found this. Works perfect. Just remember this is NOT trying to compete against the big boys.

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                      5.0

                      Works Great!

                      By Sumo Blanco

                      from Fritch, TX

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Limited Functions

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                      The reason I gave the LPK25 - USB Laptop Keyboard 5 stars is because it lives up to what it is supposed to do. It is compact, durable, and the keys have a reasonably professional feel for a MIDI keyboard in this price range. I needed LPK25 so I could compose and remix electronic music on the go. I am a DJ and I needed something compact to connect to Ableton Live so that I could more easily add synth, pads, etc. The LPK25 is an inexpensive and compact solution for DJs and musicians on the go or with limited space and need a quick MIDI keyboard setup for recording software or to also use as an assignable sample deck trigger for certain DJ software.

                      PROS: If you are a professional keyboardist then you probably need to look elsewhere since the keyboard is limited to 25 keys. But for the rest of us who just need to add a few stab, pads, and synth lines to our work, this is a perfect an reasonably inexpensive solution.

                      CONS: Scaled down and short keyboard.

                      OVERALL: Inexpensive, durable, does what it is supposed to do.

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                      5.0

                      Love it! Very Portable and user-friendl

                      By JaredmfMusic

                      from Northridge, CA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                        I use this keyboard with Logic Pro when I'm out of town and need to keep working on a project.

                        Plug-and-play, no set-up was required.

                        3 octaves is an awesome for the size for this keyboard!
                        Shift octave up & down buttons on the left side- easy to use.

                        Arp. button on the left side is tons of fun.

                        It is NOT weighted or even semi-weighted, but for the size- that is unheard of.

                        amazing product!

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                        5.0

                        Great buy

                        By Tommyboy

                        from KC, MO

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                          Just want I wanted a small usb controller for ipad and to use with Logic audio. Great for my little son encouraging him to learn piano.I am a guitar layer tha just needed a few keys to trigger drums, sound modules, etc. Works flawlessly.

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By shookclar

                          from Spokane, WA

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Note entry

                            Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                            I use this with my laptop for notation software entry. It is easy to use (plug and play) and its small size fits in a laptop bag or backpack. The only drawback is the range--I'd like another octave (though choosing between range and a compact size that fits in my laptop bag, I chose the size). There are octave up/down buttons that work fine.

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                            4.0

                            You wont't be dissappionted!

                            By miketurner

                            from Stockton,CA

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • The arpeggiator is great

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio
                              • Latop controller
                              • Mobile Rig

                              Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                              I use two DAW's in VST system link. I needed another controller to more easily trigger sounds from the secondary DAW because routing MIDI through VST system link isn't exactly swift enough for my workflow. All I needed was a way to trigger sounds from the other DAW and this controller did that and more. Plus, with USB plug and play, it was simple as can be to set up.

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                              4.0

                              Simple, yet effective

                              By David N

                              from Saint Augustine, FL

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio
                                • Mobile DJ

                                Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                                Bought this to use with VST drums in recording software. Works pretty good, keys are a little small; but the upside to this is that it is small enough to store in a drawer instead of taking up space on the desktop. Seems pretty durable compared to the M-Audio controllers that I tested at the local [@] (those seemed like thin, cheap plastic). Still haven't figured out how to assign different drum sounds to individual keys on the keyboard, so don't know if that is done via the software or if you can program the keyboard itself. Bottom line is that this works for what I need it to do and is easy to store. Worth the money and B&H had it $20 cheaper than anywhere else with free shipping!

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                                4.0

                                Price = Quality

                                By GMRoss

                                from Racine, WI

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Connectivity
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Feels Awkward
                                • Limited Functions

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Student Animation

                                Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                                As an animator I learned that you get what you pay for. I bought the keyboard so I could make simple scores for animations.
                                For a cheaper midi keyboard it is simple and nice. I had no problems with the connection and installation. And there is no annoying delay. It works very well.
                                What I don't like is the size and the key weight. If you have bigger fingers I would look to something with bigger keys. Also when pressing the key the lack of weight just feels awkward. I would not recommend this for serious composers. If you need something simple and cheap then it is a great product.

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                                3.0

                                Windows XP SP3 won't plug & play

                                By Ivan

                                from Illinois

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Unreliable

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                                  First let me say that B&H is the place to go, it was a great price and fast shipping, worthy of 5 stars. The Akai LPK25 however, won't play on my Win XP Pro, SP3 system. It recognizes the device by name, but can't find the drivers to let it be recognized by any music software. I also have a Borg NanoKEY, which works perfectly. Borg also makes drivers available for the NanoKEY.

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                                  5.0

                                  GREAT KEYS!!!

                                  By meowkittjoyousequations

                                  from Waddy, KY

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                                    arpeggiator is a blast, well constructed keys

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                                    5.0

                                    Good keyboard

                                    By APLINCITY

                                    from canada

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Studio

                                      Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                                      i use for making hiphop beats,it a great product
                                      great value !

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                                      5.0

                                      This Is My 2nd One...

                                      By Mak

                                      from E. Fairfield, VT

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 - USB Laptop Performance Keyboard:

                                          I'm a recording artist/composer working on my second album. I purchased the LPK-25 to use as a MIDI controller for drums, but have taught myself how to play piano and synth with this awesome little tool. I use Mixcraft as my DAW, and Windows 7 64 bit OS...the LPK-25 is totally plug-and-play! It's so essential to my compositions and performance now that, after having my first one fall off the table onto the floor and breaking the mini plug off in the jack, I immediately had to replace it...this time with an extended replacement warranty!

                                          The keys, while narrow, are weighted great and are very expressive by velocity. I just love it, and if somebody told this guitarist/bassist he would be playing piano and synth a year ago, I would never have believed it. But this Akai product is so much FUN to play...like I said, I cannot picture my work without it now.

                                          Thank you B & H for the great price (20 bucks less than everyone else)and the fast and courteous service...you have my loyalty!

                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • PC

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