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Akai MPK261 61-Key Performance Keyboard Controller

The Akai Professional MPK261 is a performance pad and keyboard controller that combines deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations.


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The Akai Professional MPK261 features 61 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 8 assignable knobs, faders, and switches, 16 MPC-style pads with RGB feedback, and onboard transport buttons. Three banks expand the number of knobs, faders, and switches (up to 24 each), and four pad banks expand the number of pads (up to 64 total). Plus, MPK261 is is USB-powered and optimized to interface directly with your Mac or PC with plug-and-play connectivity.

Made To Play
MPK261 comes equipped with 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys and a premium piano-style keybed for unprecedented response and natural feel. Each key is velocity-sensitive and outfitted with aftertouch for dynamic, expressive performances and recordings. In addition, onboard Octave Up and Down controls allow players to access the entire melodic range. Bundled with MPK261 is SONiVOX’s Eighty-Eight Ensemble, an authentic grand-piano virtual instrument, that lets you compose or perform with pristine, expertly voiced piano samples.

Genuine MPC Functionality
Classic MPC Swing, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Full Level, and 16 Levels are all onboard for further inspiration. With MPK261, musicians and composers can incorporate genuine MPC workflow into their productions and create with the tools that producers have relied on for years. In addition, an arpeggiator, with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns, enables users to explore complex melodic ideas, effortlessly.

Software gets you going and keeps you moving
MPK261 is armed with powerful production software, a world-class piano instrument, and two high-definition virtual synthesizers. Ableton Live Lite is a fluid audio/MIDI environment for composing, recording, and remixing. MPC Essentials is a groove/beat production and sample-triggering software that can integrate directly into a DAW or run standalone.

SONiVOX Eighty Eight Ensemble is a recreation of the Steinway 9-foot CD 327 grand piano layered with orchestral and synthetic instruments. Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a versatile virtual analog and wavetable synthesizer. SONiVOX Twist, a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument, makes it easy to create serious sounds using simple controls.

  • 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
  • 16 RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads
  • 4 banks for 64 pads total
  • 24 assignable Q-Link controllers
  • 8 knobs, 8 faders, and 8 switches
  • Revamped control layout with backlit LCD screen
  • USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • Comprehensive transport & parameter controls for your DAW
  • MPC Note Repeat and MPC Swing
  • Arpeggiator for advanced rhythmic and melodic manipulation
  • MPC Full Level, 16 Levels of Tap Tempo
  • Time Division assist with dynamics and tempo
  • Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls
  • Split mode for expressive performances
  • 2 assignable footswitch jacks and 1 expression jack
  • USB power and plug-and-play connectivity

Comes complete with Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3, SONiVOX Twist, SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble, and Akai Pro MPC Essentials

Things You Will Get:

    USB Cable
    Quickstart Guide
    Safety & Warranty Manual


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Number of Keys 61
Type of Action Semi-Weighted
Controller Types Pads: 16 pressure- and velocity-sensitive, light-up MPC-style pads x 4 banks
Q-Link Controls: 8 control knobs, 8 faders, and 8 backlit switches
Octaves: 10 with Octave Up and Down
Additional Controls: MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, MPC Full Level, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division
Arpeggiator Yes
MIDI I/O USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input and output
Weight 16 lbs.
Dimensions 6 x 40 x 17 inches (WxHxD)
Series MPK
Model 261

Akai MPK261 - User Guide.pdf

Akai MPK261 - Quickstart Guide.pdf

Warranty Info:

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.

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