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Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard

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Product Highlights
  • 61 Keys
  • 16 Drum Pads
  • USB
  • MIDI
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista

The MPK61 from Akai Professional is a 61-key, USB based performance controller, that also features 16 genuine MPC drum pads. The semi-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 MPK61 delivers 72 assignable controls, with assignable inputs that include an expression pedal, footswitch, pitch bend and modulation wheel.

61-key, semi-weighted 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
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 61 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
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 MPK61 - 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 ProfessionalMPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard
     
    4.7

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (11)
    • Responsive / good action (8)
    • Versatile (7)
    • Easy to navigate (5)
    • Portable (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • MIDI (9)
      • Electronic music (7)
      • Learning (6)
      • Multimedia (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (6), Novice (4)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (7)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (6)

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      4.0

      great product overall

      By mchlmdws

      from Washington, D.C.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • No Speakers
      • Shallow Mpc Pads

      Best Uses

      • Electronic Music
      • Learning
      • MIDI
      • Travel

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

      I use the product for producing, utilizing both the keys and the MPC pads. I love the feel of the pitch bend and modulation. very solid. the knobs and all the controls are very solid as well. the keys work great and take a little getting used to if you normally use fully weighted keys. the MPC pads are a little too shallow and not sensitive enough, you can buy thicker pads and add cushioning to solve that easily. wonderful product. easy to use.

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      4.0

      The best controller you can buy!

      By EddiE P

      from Miami, Fl

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • MIDI

        Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

        This product is great overall, easy to map all parameters, fun and great to work with. This keyboard has made my life a whole lot easier! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an amazing controller for a great price! Only downside is that the drumpads are not that sensitive, you actually have to press down hard on them but I herd you can modify your keyboard to make the drum pads super sensitive just like the mpc's, GOOGLE IT! :D

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        5.0

        awesome controller keyboard!

        By Trevor

        from Viera, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

            I use this keyboard as a live controller with a laptop and a "soft synth" program. It works great.... it's easy to program, durable, & portable!

            I would buy it again in a heartbeat!

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            4.0

            All In One

            By drfish

            from Chandler, AZ

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • MIDI

              Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

              Having drum pads, keys, and mixer controls right at the tip of my fingers makes for excellent workflow.

              Using with Renoise and Ardour 3

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              5.0

              I love it so far

              By Luzyourmind

              from Houston

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Limited Sound Selection
              • No Speakers

              Best Uses

              • Electronic Music
              • Learning
              • MIDI

              Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

              My first midi controller. I love that you can split the keyboard to have two sounds coming out of it. I enjoy how real the keys feel.

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              5.0

              Excellent Keyboard, very satisfied.

              By Shuffle Sam

              from Crested Butte Colorado

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Electronic Music
                • MIDI

                Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                Mpk61 arrived on time, and was in perfect condition. the keyboard itself is amazing and works flawlessly with all of my software. Glad I purchased it at B&H defiantly the best price around.

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                5.0

                Akai living up to their expectations

                By OMEN

                from KEARNY NJ

                About Me Dj, Producer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                    This is one of the greteast buys i have ever bought. Great product for a producer. I use it with Live and i am still learning the things it does. Drum pads are a big plus especially when you are a rap/hip-hop producer, with all 16 pads like the original MPC.
                    IF you are even thinking about buying this item.
                    Dont hesitate buy it. ITS FULLY WORTH IT

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Great Keyboard Controller

                    By Ed

                    from Lake Tahoe

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                          I bought this Keyboard to use with Reason and It works better than I expected. I just plugged it into my Mac selected the MPK 49 in the Reason Akai instrument list and everything worked great. The faders and knobs are already functional for many of the reason instruments (MPK49 instrument selection). I do agree with other reviews that the Pads could be more sensitive; however, I didn't buy it for the Pads. B&H has the best price that I could find and their service is #1. I would recommend the MPK61, especially for Use with Reason.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          Best Buy on the Web!!!

                          By SUPER PRODUCER MARK MICHAEL

                          from New York, NY

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                          I caught this thing last week @ [$] with free shipping!!! I bought a lot of stuff from you guys before but that deal was too good to be true. Glad I purchased right away!!! You goto B&H!!!

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                          5.0

                          quality stuff

                          By Ian

                          from west middlesex, PA

                          About Me Beginner with midi

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                              I am new to the world of MIDI and took some time in deciding which keyboard to go with. I'm glad to say that I think I made the right choice. This keyboard has many quality functions that are easy to learn. The included Ableron lite software is also very easy to understand and powerful! As always, the best price by far was found here at B&H!

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

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                              4.0

                              Good Value ... Nice feeling action

                              By Sylver

                              from Philadelphia, PA

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Navigate
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Freezes or Crashes

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                                Nicely responsive keyboard. This is well put together .. good build quality. Buttons knobs and faders all seem to be solid and smooth. This is a nice controller for my small studio. The pads were a plus and a selling point for me.

                                I've seen other reviews where people didn't like the pads, but I felt like after making some adjustments in the software, they are fine.

                                The sequencer does lock up once in a while, but all you have to do is switch presets and it clears. It might be an issue if you use the sequencer for live performance. I was there was a nifty preset for Logic!

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                4.0

                                Love it.

                                By Kane

                                from Canada, Ontario

                                About Me Artist, Mixer, Producer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Navigate
                                • Versatile
                                • Works With Other Software

                                Cons

                                • The Packaged Software

                                Best Uses

                                • Beats
                                • Multimedia
                                • Studio

                                Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                                works with fruity loops right away, also works with ableton live. although i don't really like the software it comes with. but its still works with other software. i have this, along with the Maschine. and these two paired together through Maschine's Software. you can do some pretty awesome stuff. definitely get this product. but id say pair it with something else like Maschine and you will be set for making beats. The Program has some problems with the Hardware. which is why i don't like Ableton.

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

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                                5.0

                                Best mid controller ever!

                                By Poundrowdys

                                from Daly City, Ca

                                About Me Dj, House Producer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                • Easy to Customize
                                • Easy to Navigate
                                • Great with ableton live
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Educational Purposes
                                  • Great for first time user
                                  • Multimedia

                                  Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                                  This controller has everything you need in a controller. The keys are semi weighted which gives the controller a realistic feel to a grand piano. It is very sturdy and the size is perfect for a 61 key. I was a bit scared it was going to be lengthy, but the size is equivalent to a 49 key axiom controller, which I previously owned before. The 16 pads are great,but literally feels like a akai mpc 1000. You can slice samples perfectly and trigger them with each individual pads. I sold both my m audio axiom and my akai mpd32 for this controller and I don't think I will be looking for any other controller for a long time. Best decision I have ever made!

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Simply the best...

                                  By D-Lite

                                  from Manchester, CT

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Customize
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor pad reaction

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Performance
                                  • Writing music

                                  Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                                  The headline says it all... I've just got into the art of songwriting and I could not decide what to buy between Akai Pro 61 and Axiom Pro 61. But seeing how Akai product has 16 pads compared to Axiom Pro's 8 pads, I've decided to go with Akai. It came in just 2 days and I fell in love with it the moment I opened the box. I use this product with Logic but the Logic preset is not included in the keyboard. So it is a bit tedious to set your own presets with this keyboard but still, it's a great keyboard. The only con I have about this keyboard is the pads. The pads are not very sensitive even when the full level button is on. You have to literally pound the pads to get them to work. But that doesn't stop this keyboard from being great. Overall, a great product that I would definitely recommend to others.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  4.0

                                  great controller

                                  By cannonball

                                  from Chicago IL

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Multimedia

                                    Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                                    I use the product for audio production and live performance. I plugged it in and it instantly works with all of my software. response is great with no detectable lag time. MPC pads could be more sensitive but I can get use to it. There is a kit you can buy to help with pad sensitivity but I'm not that desperate. Overall good buy. If you are looking for a media controller keyboard this is the one.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    lets your inspiration flow

                                    By G

                                    from OKC

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Beat making
                                      • In the studio
                                      • Learning
                                      • Practice

                                      Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                                      I use the MPK61 with FL Studio and right out the box it was working in 20 seconds. I had the pads linked up to the FPC in about 2 minutes. The learning curve on this thing is tremendous. You can literally learn almost everything about this in a couple of weeks. Coming from someone who mainly purchased Korg products, I still have all of my old manuals sitting next to me. Sometimes I still have to refer back to old manuals even after numerous reads, but never the MPK61. The pads aren't as bad as some people say, and the weight of the keys might take a couple of days getting used to. I was instantly playing songs only using the pads and using different banks. Setting up something like this on my padKontrol in FL Studio was always a struggle. (and I still love Korg)Very simple, no confusion. Has presets for most DAW's and I have used it with Reason 5 and Ableton 8.btw-for [$] from B&H you can't beat this[...]

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                                      5.0

                                      Plug and Play joy with Reason and Logic

                                      By Brett

                                      from Knoxville TN

                                      About Me Experienced

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Portable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • MIDI

                                        Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                                        It is amazing how well this works with Reason all the way down to the automated faders. It will also do this with Logic with a little tweaking making the keyboard a remote controller for the faders. So worth the money for all of the ways this can be used.

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                                        4.0

                                        Read This!!!

                                        By DANILA

                                        from Tampa Bay, FL

                                        About Me Novice

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                        • MPC Pads can be improved

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Electronic Music
                                        • Learning
                                        • MIDI

                                        Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                                        Well... Overall, great product. I mainly use it for Electronics Music Production, Trance, House and etc...

                                        Easy to use, Ableton software allows for easy mapping, I have the lates full version. The semi-weighted keys are a big plus. Touch sensitivity is spot on. The keys DO NOT produce a "thud" sound when hit, which is characteristic to full-weighted keys.

                                        MPC pads are ok, probably the only CON of this product.

                                        MPK can gives you full DAW capabilities. Once you take your time and learn its full capabilities.

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                                        5.0

                                        Such a great product

                                        By h4ndles

                                        from San Diego, CA

                                        About Me Novice

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Portable
                                        • Pre-programmed music
                                        • Realistic Sound
                                        • Responsive / Good Action

                                        Cons

                                        • Heavy
                                        • Poor Action

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Accompaniment
                                        • Electronic Music
                                        • Learning
                                        • MIDI
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                                        Does everything and anything as a coming up producer needs, If you cant decide to go with the 88 your best bet is to stick with the 61, has all the essentials you need. MUST BUY!.!,!/!

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                                        5.0

                                        Great keyboard, great price

                                        By Stack Overflow

                                        from Los Angeles, CA

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Responsive / Good Action

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Electronic Music
                                          • MIDI

                                          Comments about Akai Professional MPK61 - USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard:

                                          This is easily the best 61-key keyboard on the market. Keys are solid and the pads work well. As with all MIDI controllers, you may need to adjust some things to your taste, but Akai makes it very easy.

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