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The MPK 225 from Akai Professional is a compact performance pad and keyboard controller that combines software integration, enhanced workflow and core technologies from the MPC workstations, with a comprehensive interface for manipulating virtual instruments, effect plug-ins, DAWs, and more. The keyboard is optimized to interface directly with a Mac or PC computer with USB power and plug-and-play connectivity.
The controller features twenty-five semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch, eight assignable knobs, four backlit buttons, eight MPC-style pads with RGB feedback, and onboard transport buttons. Three banks expand the number of knobs and switches (up to twenty-four and twelve respectively). Onboard octave up and down controls allows players to access the entire melodic range.
Genuine MPC functionality includes Classic MPC Swing, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Full Level, and 16 Levels. An arpeggiator, with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns, enables users to explore complex melodic ideas, effortlessly. The music production suite of software includes Ableton Live Lite and MPC Essentials for out-of-the-box music creation. MPC Essentials can run standalone and extends the functionality of the controller by adding up to eight pad banks and four samples and insert effects per pad. Two virtual synthesizers are available, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech and SONiVOX Twist.
Twenty-five semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
Eight RGB-illuminated MPC pads each with four banks
Twelve assignable Q-Link controllers include eight control knobs and four backlit buttons
Revamped control layout with backlit LCD screen
iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input and output
Comprehensive transport and parameter controls for hands-on DAW integration
MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator for advanced rhythmic and melodic manipulation
MPC Full Level, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with dynamics and tempo
Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls for expressive recording and performing
Assignable footswitch jack and one expression jack (pedals not included)
USB power and plug-and-play connectivity
Production software package includes Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0, and Akai Pro MPC Essentials (downloads)
In the Box
Akai Professional MPK 225 - Compact Keyboard Controller
25 x Semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
8 x Pressure and velocity sensitive, light-up MPC-style pads (4 banks)
1 x Modulation wheel 1 x Pitch wheel 4 x Backlit switches 5 x Transport controls 23 x Function/control switches 1 x Rotary data selector
10, using octave up/down buttons
1 x USB Type B 1 x 1/4" TS sustain pedal (pedal not included) 1 x 1/4" TRS expression pedal (pedal not included) 2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O
Mac 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended) OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended) 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended) Available USB port
PC 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multi-core CPU recommended); Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended) Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended) QuickTime recommended Available USB port