NAMM 2019: The MPK Road 88 Keyboard Controller from Akai

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For ages, Akai has been known for producing rock-solid, user-friendly music production machines. The company’s latest release, the MPK Road 88, extends that legacy. It’s a formidable keyboard controller with 88 keys and so much more. With an integrated vintage-style travel case, the MPK Road 88 is designed to join you on your adventures across the world, from gig to gig.

Akai Professional MPK Road 88 - Professional 88-Key Controller with Integrated Road Case
Akai Professional MPK Road 88 Case

Knowing that playability and feel are key to giving a great performance, Akai embedded the MPK Road 88 with its Model-A keybed. More than two years went into making sure this hammer-action, velocity-sensitive keybed with aftertouch delivers the response and interaction for which seasoned players yearn. Next to the vast expanse of keys, you’ll find wheels for pitch and mod, a dedicated volume control, and buttons for transposition, split modes, and preset browsing. Saunter around the Road 88 and you’ll discover its capable connectivity. It accommodates two expression pedals and a sustain pedal, so there will be no problems nailing a realistic piano performance or pulling off an outlandish synth part.

Akai Professional MPK Road 88 - Professional 88-Key Controller with Integrated Road Case
Akai Professional MPK Road 88

Thanks to 5-pin MIDI I/O and a USB port, the MPK Road 88 can trigger traditional MIDI synths and sound modules, or act as a controller for virtual instruments in your DAW. The Road 88 is outfitted with a class-compliant soundcard that empowers you with four outputs and effortless integration with your computer-based setup. To expand your VI collection, the Road 88 includes a software bundle—Akai Pro VIP, AIR Music Tech DB-33, AIR Music Tech Velvet, and AIR Music Tech Mini Grand for Road 88.

So, before heading out to your next show, stop by the B&H SuperStore or visit our website to learn more about the MPK Road 88!

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