Akai MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller

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The new MPK mini mkII from Akai Professional is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed for the traveling musician and the desktop producer.

The Akai MPK MINI MKII Keyboard Controller lets you record, compose, and perform with virtual instruments, effect plugins, and DAWs  whenever inspiration strikes, giving you  a complete selection of hardware controls, including 25 velocity-sensitive synth-action keys, a 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation manipulation, 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads, and 8 assignable Q-Link knobs. To make it even better, the 8 pads have two banks, so you have virtually 16 pads literally at your fingertips.

Create with nothing in your way
MPK mini includes all the tools you need to work on your music, expand on your ideas and record them. Dedicated  buttons for octave choice increase the keyboard to the full  range and an onboard arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range, and modes makes it easy to create intricate melodic lines with little effort. Plus, MPC Note Repeat and Full Level allow users to access genuine technologies from Akai Professional’s line of MPC workstations.

Maximum Portability
The MPK mini requires no software drivers or external power adapter. Plug-and-play with USB-MIDI, powering up with a single USB connection to your Mac or PC. Four memory banks give you plenty of storage for hardware/software presets to set up your computer and controller.

Software gets you going and keeps you moving
MPK mini comes complete with virtual instruments and pro production software so you can start making your music right away.SONiVOX’s Wobble is an electronic music grime synthesizer;  MPC Essentials is a groove/beat production and sample-triggering software, AIR Music Tech's Hybrid 3 is a high-definition analog and wavetable synthesizer and the MPK mini MIDI Editor is a powerful preset management application that lets you customize your hardware and software setups on your PC or Mac.

Features:
  • 25 synth-action mini keys
  • 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation control
  • 8 backlit velocity-sensitive pads with Note Repeat & Full Level
  • 8 assignable Q-Link knobs to mix, tweak plug-ins, and more
  • Built-in arpeggiator has adjustable resolution, range & modes
  • Dedicated Octave Up and Octave Down buttons
  • Ultra-compact design lets you create anywhere
  • USB-powered; no power adapter required
  • Full-size sustain pedal input jack
  • Includes Pro MPC Essentials, SONiVOX Wobble & Hybrid 3
Number of Keys 25
Type of Action Velocity-Sensitive
Controller Types Pads: 8 pressure- and velocity-sensitive, light-up MPC-style pads x 2 banks
Knobs: 8 assignable controller pots
Additional Controls: Pitchbend/Mod Joystick, Note Repeat button, Full Level button, Tap Tempo button
Number of Presets 4
Arpeggiator Yes
MIDI I/O USB-MIDI communications to Mac/PC
USB Yes
Weight 1.65 lbs.
Dimensions 7 x 2 x 13 inches (WxHxD)
Series MPK
Model MINI MKII

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AkaiMPK MINI MKII 25-Key Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller
 
4.6

(based on 20 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (14)
  • Portable (13)
  • Responsive / good action (11)
  • Touch sensitive keys (8)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Electronic music (14)
    • MIDI (13)
    • Learning (6)
    • Travel (6)
    • Concerts (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (6)

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    4.0

    Great Piece for a small studio

    By 

    from White Plains

    About Me Experienced

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Electronic Music
      • MIDI
      • Music Production

      Comments about Akai MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller:

      If you have a small space you're working out of, this is a great way to have a music production tool without taking up too much space. This thing is simple and strait forward, works well, and priced right. Great buy!

      This is a real hands on product review from Chris O'Neil @ Sam Ash White Plains

       
      5.0

      Compact and customizable

      By 

      from Charlotte, NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Akai MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller:

            Plug right into your laptop or Mac and have full control over your sound. Easy to use, edit and customize. Sensitive and high powered functions make it the perfect travel companion.

            This is a real hands on review by Chris at Sam Ash Charlotte.

             
            4.0

            Great Compact

            By 

            from Sarasota, Fl

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Electronic Music
              • MIDI

              Comments about Akai MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller:

              Great entry level 25 key MIDI controller. Easy to use and program.

              This is a hands on review by Dylan @ Sam Ash Sarasota

               
              5.0

              Great Akai piece

              By 

              from Edison, NJ

              Comments about Akai MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller:

              This controller is great. Small and compact but with endless uses. Great for smaller sized studios that can't have huge keyboards inside of it.

              This is a hands-on product review by Tamir @ Sam Ash Edison

               
              5.0

              MPK ALL THE WAY

              By 

              from White Plains, NY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Chamber Music
                • Concerts
                • Electronic Music
                • Learning
                • MIDI
                • School Bands
                • Travel

                Comments about Akai MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller:

                I love this device! easy use, easy to carry, good to learn on, and I can use it as my midi controller!!! It has never ending possibilities.

                Sam Ash reviewer from White Plains, NY

                 
                5.0

                Awesome Mini Controller

                By 

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Experienced

                Staff Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Electronic Music
                  • MIDI
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Akai MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller:

                  The Akai MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller is awesome for the price and portability. You can take it anywhere. The Drum pads are an awesome add on that a lot keyboards don't have in the lower price ranges. I highly recommend this product if you are a beginner or intermediate user. This mini keyboard is worth every penny. This is a real hands-on product review from Rick @ Sam Ash Phoenix.

                   
                  5.0

                  Compact, affordable , awesome!

                  By 

                  from Cleveland OH

                  About Me Experienced

                  Staff Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Electronic Music
                    • MIDI

                    Comments about Akai MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller:

                    Akai has recently been coming out with some really awesome and useful hardware and the MPK Mini is no exception. The MPK Mini gives you 25 keys, 8 well designed Akai pads, and 8 assignable knobs all in a small, lightweight, and portable frame. It has about the same power as far as production as the full size MPK 25, but fits easily into a backpack making it possible for you to hash out complicated ideas on the move. Or, maybe you would just like a nice MIDI keyboard for you studio but don't have a lot of space. For $99 it doesn't get any better than the MPK Mini. Two Thumbs up!

                    [ This was a real hands on product review from Austin at Sam Ash Cleveland ]

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice little contoller

                    By 

                    from Cincinnati,OH

                    About Me Experienced

                    Staff Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Electronic Music
                      • Learning

                      Comments about Akai MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller:

                      I found the Akai mpk mini mk2 a great little keyboard that functions just as well as a controller. It's compact, affordable and has some great features for the price. I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

                       
                      4.0

                      Great Controller

                      By 

                      from KOP

                      Staff Reviewer

                      Comments about Akai MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller:

                      Easy to use. Easy to setup. Great sound and functionality. Portable. Lots of fun. I am a Sam Ash reviewer from KOP.

                       
                      5.0

                      Nice keys and fun pads!

                      By 

                      from Chicago, Il

                      About Me Experienced

                      Staff Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Akai MPK MINI MKII 25-Key Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller:

                          This is the newest MPK.
                          The Upgrades notably include a Joy Stick for pitch and mod, A sustain input and a better USB plug. I love the feel of the pads as well.
                          If you're looking for something to pair with a laptop or even as an extra controller to have around the studio, this is a great value.
                          This is a real hands on product review from Warren @ Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

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                          The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.