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Akai Professional MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller

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Product Highlights
  • 25 Velocity Sensitive Keys
  • 8 Velocity-Sensitive MPC-style Pads
  • 8 Assignable Q-Link Knobs
  • Arpeggiator
  • USB Powered
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7

The MPK mini from Akai is an ultra-compact mini-keyboard that features 25 velocity and pressure sensitive keys, eight MPC-style trigger pads and eight Q-Link rotary controllers. The keyboard is ideal for quickly entering notes and phrases into the software of choice. The velocity-sensitive keys allow you to accurately express dynamics, while accessing different pitch ranges is achieved through dedicated octave up and down buttons.

A built-in arpeggiator functions in a variety of time denominations and patterns, while a tap-tempo button provides the ability to quickly adjust the arpeggiator clock, essential if you're looking to stay in sync with a band. A Sustain button holds notes after releasing your hand from the keyboard allowing you to easily utilize the pads and knobs.

The MPK mini's back-lit, velocity-sensitive pads are based on Akai Professional's MPC line of music production stations and are perfect for firing one-shot samples and sequencing drum patterns. They will also send note information, MIDI CCs, or even program changes. Pressing the Bank button will quickly toggle between 2 banks of pads giving you access to 16 pads in total.

The keyboard works plug-and-play with Mac and PC computers and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. It has four memory banks for programming and recalling settings and the included software editor lets you quickly map the controller's controls as well. The MPK mini strikes the perfect balance between portability and comprehensive software control.

Ultra-portable software MIDI controller
25-note, velocity-sensitive mini keyboard
8 backlit, velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads (2 banks, 16 total)
Pads can send note information, MIDI CCs and program changes
8 assignable Q-Link knobs to adjust virtually any parameter
Built-in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and patterns
Tap-Tempo button to quickly adjust pace of the arpeggiator
Dedicated octave up, octave down and sustain buttons
Program Recall button to restore up to 4 separate global settings
Powered through USB
Keyboard 25 semi-weighted keys, velocity sensitive
Presets No
User Memory 4
Controllers 8 x Drum Pads (velocity sensitive)
8 x Rotary Controls (infinitely variable)
10 x Switches
Output USB
Display No
Power Requirements USB
System Compatibility Mac OS X
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7
Dimensions (WxDxH) 13.6 x 6 x 1.2" (345 x 152 x 30mm)
Weight 2 lb (0.9kg)
Specialties Internal arpeggiator
Sustain, Tap-Tempo, and CC controls
Akai Professional MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller
  • USB Cable
  • AIR Ignite Software
  • One (1) Year Limited Warranty
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    AkaiMPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller
     
    4.5

    (based on 47 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (37)
    • Portable (24)
    • Responsive / good action (15)
    • Touch sensitive keys (14)
    • Versatile (14)

    Cons

    • No speakers (4)
    • Limited sound selection (3)
    • Poor instructions (3)

    Best Uses

    • Electronic music (19)
    • Travel (19)
    • MIDI (18)
    • Learning (10)
    • Home studio (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (22), Novice (9), Professional musician (8)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (5)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (3), PC (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Usb Controller

    The MPK Mini Professional Laptop Production Keyboard made by Akai has turned the mobile production world around. The MPK mini has 8 velocity trigger pads with GREAT operation. The keyboard, also velocity...Read complete review

    The MPK Mini Professional Laptop Production Keyboard made by Akai has turned the mobile production world around. The MPK mini has 8 velocity trigger pads with GREAT operation. The keyboard, also velocity sensitive.. on all 25 keys. To accommodate both the pads and keys, 8 universal knobs. The MPK Mini also includes an onboard arpeggiator, sustain, both octave up and down, and memory bank buttons on it. Not forgetting the program key and program change key

    Being a USB controller and not an actual MIDI controller, it can be a bit confusing to setup for some. I recommend trying some intense google or forum searching to find what you need. But once you get it working, ooh man look out!

    Overall it's what you would want and expect when looking at the picture of it. 8 pads that you can make awesome beats with while you give other tracks at the same time on the keyboard, or whatever you want to do with it. It fits on your lap or even laptop.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Helps me very good!

    I use this product to note scores. I use it with Sibelius. I also use it to make demos in Garageband.

    With Sibelius I choose a tempo in my score, press...Read complete review

    I use this product to note scores. I use it with Sibelius. I also use it to make demos in Garageband.

    With Sibelius I choose a tempo in my score, press record and start playing the melody line on my MPK mini, and after that I have the exact length of the song and the right number of bars in the score which gives a perfect overview for beginning the arrangement of the composition.

    You can adjust the input range in Sibelius and make it a bit "slobby" which is useful, because it REALLY notates exactly what you play, so if you're a bit imprecise it might notate a bounce of 16-notes and 32-notes that you didn't want.

    With garageband it works great!

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    4.0

    Its Ok but the instructions blow

    By Joey

    from SoCal

    Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

    Works after you call up Akai due to very unclear instructions on programing.. Akai needs to work on the instructions bad.. I almost returned it cause I couldn't get it to work but called up their very friendly tech department and they walked me through it in less than 4 mins.. The best part only waited on hold for 3 mins..

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    5.0

    Great entry tool for music production!

    By nmjcolette

    from New York, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comprehensive
    • Easy to Use
    • Great For Beginners
    • High Quality
    • Portable
    • Responsive / Good Action
    • Sturdy
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

    • Limited Sound Selection

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music
    • Learning
    • MIDI
    • Travel

    Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

    The MPK Mini is probably the closest to ideal for those just looking to get into music production. It's got 25 keys and 8 pads in one compact controller, so it's definitely easy to carry and not very intimidating. However, don't let its small size fool you into thinking you can't do much with it -- it has just enough keys, triggers, and knobs so you can easily create all those great ideas you've been dying to get out of your head :) Needless to say, I got this for my younger brother who is going to be a college freshmen this fall, so this awesome AKAI controller is pretty much perfect for anyone, no matter what age or experience!

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    4.0

    Great product

    By Seth

    from Nashville

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Touch Sensitive Keys

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

        This is a great product for someone wanting a midi controller that is portable. Great product for the price. Easy to program with Logic.

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        1.0

        WOW! What a piece of ****!!

        By Express

        from California

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Breaks If You Drop It
        • Toy Like

        Best Uses

          Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

          Havent even had it a full month and it broke. It fell and the usb connector fell inside the keyboard so there is no way to plug it in making it useless.

          I had the LPK mini for over a year and that never happened and that went through some serious abuse, this MPK mini is bull*** though, dont buy it.

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          5.0

          Just Perfect

          By XiViX

          from Nola

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Electronic Music
            • Travel

            Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

            This controller is just perfect for my desktop and fits nicely without taking a bunch of room. Has keys, pads and knobs which is all I need for my dance music production. The build feels sturdy and looks great too.

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            5.0

            Great Simple controlling to get started

            By ikewink@

            from Fairfield, IA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Beginners And Pros
              • Electronic Music
              • Learning

              Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

              I'm using this product with Ableton Live 8 on a MAC and absolutely love it. Great price for a 2 octave keyboard with all these features (velocity sensitive keys, built in arpeggiator, 8 pads, 8 knobs, etc.). Also very simple to setup. Everything was pretty much plug and play. In order to get the knobs to be mappable (command+M on a mac), all you have to do is make sure that you set the input and output of the Track and remote to "On", located under Live>Preferences>"midi and sync" tab on the left of the window (3 down).

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              4.0

              Flexible tool that's easy to use

              By mikrofone

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Electronic Music
                • MIDI
                • Travel

                Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                I bought this to use with midi synth apps on my ipad 2 using the camera connector kit. Akai and Apple both say it isn't compatible, but it is. As long as you plug it in while the ipad is locked, the unit will power up and function properly.I've never owned a midi controller before, having always been an analog synth purist. And I initially thought of it as a fun toy. But I recently performed with the MPK mini and Moog's Animoog app and I'm honestly considering never lugging an old analog machine to a gig ever again. As a midi beginner, it was super easy to map the knobs and pads to my synths. Functionality is very intiutive and the layout of pads and knobs is great -- there's no awkward reaching that you have to do to tweak knobs while playing the keyboard.There are 8 pads, but really 16 per program/patch because you can toggle between a main bank and a secondary one. My main complaint is that you can't do the same with the knobs. There are more than 8 parameters I'd like to be able to tweak on, say, korg's iMS20 during a performance.For the price, though, this is definitely worth the purchase if you need a portable solution.

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                5.0

                Great so far !

                By Pop writer 2013

                from LA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Electronic Music
                  • MIDI
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                  Great for writing sessions. Small and light. Easily fits in most laptop bags. Easy to program. Can be good for having several produce at once.

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                  5.0

                  Simple, Functional, Ultra Portable

                  By ROBBY DIGITAL

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Electronic Music
                    • MIDI
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                    I dig this mpk! It's a great solution for anyone just using their regular laptop keyboards, a step up from a midi controller, and the pads work awesome! Would recommend this for anyone getting into music, making beats, and throwing a quick show for the people.

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                    5.0

                    Just Buy It Already!!

                    By Audio

                    from NYC

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Electronic Music
                      • MIDI
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                      Really great and functional.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome!

                      By congeetime

                      from toronto

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Poor Instructions

                      Best Uses

                      • Electronic Music
                      • Learning
                      • MIDI
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                      Great product, very easy to use and seems durable. Very portable as well. Keys are pressure sensitive which is nice.

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                      3.0

                      Helps me very good!

                      By Mary

                      from Denmark

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Portable
                      • Responsive / Good Action

                      Cons

                      • No Speakers

                      Best Uses

                      • Electronic Music
                      • To work with nodes
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                      I use this product to note scores. I use it with Sibelius. I also use it to make demos in Garageband.

                      With Sibelius I choose a tempo in my score, press record and start playing the melody line on my MPK mini, and after that I have the exact length of the song and the right number of bars in the score which gives a perfect overview for beginning the arrangement of the composition.

                      You can adjust the input range in Sibelius and make it a bit "slobby" which is useful, because it REALLY notates exactly what you play, so if you're a bit imprecise it might notate a bounce of 16-notes and 32-notes that you didn't want.

                      With garageband it works great!

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                      5.0

                      Great little keyboard

                      By Freegirl

                      from Georgia

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                            Perfect beginner keyboard for use with my son's laptop. Quick shipment too!

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

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                            5.0

                            Production made easy!

                            By DRE

                            from NYC

                            About Me I make music

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                              This MIDI controller is easy to use, didn't even need a manual or anything everything is pretty much straight-forward. I'd reccomened.

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

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                              5.0

                              Integral to my live show and travelling

                              By 0e0

                              from Toronto

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Educational Purposes
                              • LIVE
                              • Multimedia
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                              It's great when a company makes EXACTLY what i need.

                              The price can't be beat. I've built two patches in reaktor that mesh so well with this interface and it's incredibly fun.

                              Can't say enough good things about this.

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

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                              5.0

                              Great buy!

                              By Cizzle

                              from Troy, NY

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Navigate
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                                  I bought this keyboard for a computer music class I am taking. It is perfect for the class as well as music composition and works very well with Ableton Live. However it is not necessarily "plug and play" as it says.
                                  I had trouble at first making it connect, and even had to call Akai customer service. However they were very informative and got my controller working.
                                  B&H shipped it in less that 24 hours, free shipping, and it has served me perfectly.

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

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                                  5.0

                                  Great little controller & keyboard

                                  By dubfur

                                  from Seattle, WA

                                  About Me Musician

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to use
                                  • Portable
                                  • Small size
                                  • USB powered

                                  Cons

                                  • Small for extended use

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Music production

                                  Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                                  It's got a great feel to the pads and keys for something this small. Sits nicely in front of a laptop without too much overhang. With a little configuration, Ableton Live worked great with it.

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

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                                  5.0

                                  MPK MINI REVIEW

                                  By Steve J

                                  from Plainfield, Il

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Size of Keys

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Media Production
                                  • Sound Design

                                  Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                                  I use this product for my audio production. It is small and convenient. The size makes production easy for almost anywhere. I travel a lot so this more the adequate. I found this product cheaper at B&H than anywhere else, which makes the product that much more worth it. The only downfall to the product is that the keys are not real size, like ones you would find on a real piano, but I bought this knowing that. Overall, great product.

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

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                                  5.0

                                  love it

                                  By ezky773

                                  from chicago illinois

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • Unnecessary Functions

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                                  I love it because its very light weight easy to travel with and I use the product to make my beats with but I thought that it would have its own sounds installed in side of the keyboard only dislike

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                                  4.0

                                  MPK Mini

                                  By jaleezy

                                  from Dallas, TX

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Excellent Sound

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording

                                    Comments about Akai MPK mini - Keyboard Software Controller:

                                    I bought this product recently [...]. Basic plug and play midi keyboard with some good features, I would recommend this product if you're not doing anything complicated.

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