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Musical gem

By MUS1C, 09/08/2013
I needed a MIDI keyboard to start in computer music. That one I immediately liked it because it is a little "all in one". Pads, 25 buttons, sliders, REC / Start / Stop buttons, rapid changes Etc. octaves.
Great way to start! It is visually pleasing and easy to pick up!


The keys may be a little too harsh, but it is on a MIDI keyboard, not a piano.
Easy to learn, fast, light, ergonomic keyboard for that price you could not ask for more.
The manual is only useful for specific keyboard layouts, if we want to increase our use of the keyboard, if it is so easy to use that just plug and play!


I use it for about 5 months and I'm really satisfied! It was my first MIDI keyboard and you can not ask for anything better for that price! Only drawback, the responsiveness of the pads. I can improve by adding the squares of rubber in the pads (note: most of warranty if it's done but essential for proper use), but otherwise nothing too bad.
Akai is a very good brand and I think in the future I will take the top model!

I recommend

By damcry, 19/04/2013
I was looking for a strong master keyboard 25 keys, with a lot of knobs and drum pads, USB and Midi.

I use it mainly with Ableton Live.


I have a piano and am accustomed to heavy touch. I was afraid to touch because it is difficult to find something drinkable in 25 keys. Well I must say I am pleasantly surprised. It suits me perfectly.

Verily I love. They are solid and really fun to use.

This is where it gets a little gate. Very hard, so not easy to use according to how it is used. Personally I'm using that to launch clips in Ableton live. And then it fulfills its role.

A little surprised at first because I was expecting to have to install a driver: but no driver. Plug and Play. So at the beginning we do not know too if it is installed or not.

For Quickstart, okay, this is translated into French. But not the rest, so when you want to enter the parametrage, it's a little complicated if you are not used


Overall very positive.


By johnrae, 16/04/2013
The Akai MPK25 is an advanced MIDI controller, that features 25-key semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch, MPC-pad section of 12 genuine MPC pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity, MPC pads access four banks each for instant access to 48 samples, assignable Q-Link controller section, 2 banks of 12 Q-Link knobs and 4 buttons, 2 banks each, dedicated transport controls for tracking and editing, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator, MPC Full Level, MPC 12-Level, Tap Tempo, and Time Division, MIDI output over USB, bus powered, custom LCD Display, and footswitchable patch changes. I bought this as a sort of all-in-one piece for my RV, to make music on the go. It's fit that bill flawlessly. It has everything I need, buttons, knobs, pads and keys.


Configuring this thing is a breeze. Took me 2 minutes to install the drivers, hook it up to Ableton Live and start creating. It's been an awesome all-in-one tool, since I have everything I need in one compact controller. Never gives me any hiccups, no software or hardware issues, even after spilling a glass of water on the pads! Really well built and easy to use and understand. The LCD is nice and bright, which is great for night time, I don't have to use the RV's power to have the lights on.


Overall, this is exactly what it's advertised to be. Compact, cheap, well built and all entailing. Everything you need to mix, make beats, whatever. I own hundreds of MIDI controllers, and trust me, this one is good. It's pads are precise, it's keys feel good and simple the knobs are responsive and tactile and it's easy to set up. I might even buy another one of these for my studio, since it's been so useful in the RV. Great for entry level producers. Cheap, very well built and completely functional, if you need a first MIDI controller, buy this!

Almost perfect

By Jedi Dark, 12/01/2013
Wanting to take the musical compo after many years off, I wanted a small keyboard master (re) start in computer music.

The MPK25 MIDI with a USB connection, pads, control pots, it is what I wanted.


Touch is very "synthetic", so it does not bother me, however.

The assignable pots are perfectly and allow me to find / create the commands I wanted to use (Cut off, ADSR, etc.).

Knobs Pitch bend and modulation wheels are of very good quality gear for this range.

There is still a HUGE downside: Pads! Originally, they are too hard and do not allow optimal use, but having read the various opinions on the site, I decided to purchase a kit on ebay to rectify the situation, and then c ' is perfect.

The manual, I have not taken too much time to dwell on them, preferring to focus on learning the software Ableton Lite comes with the MPK25.


I use it for two months now, and I confess to being pleasantly surprised by the quality and options MPK.

I have not tried other models before buying this, trusting to read different opinions on AF.

What I like most: ease of use, the number of assignable controls, the robustness of MPK.

What I like least: The Pads! but easily upgradeable ;)

The price / quality ratio: at first, the price may seem high for a 25-key, but after some time of use, I found the price quite correct.

Having put aside music for a very (too) many years, at the time I used synths analos (JP8, Prophet5, etc..), The synth "digital" as it was called at that time, (DX7 ...), and some tools computer (Atari 1040, MegaSt, Notator, etc..), recovery is gradual, the MPK allows me to return it quietly.
So yes, I would do this choice.
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Akai MPK25 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Akai
  • Model:MPK25
  • Series:MPK
  • Category:25-Key MIDI Keyboards
  • Added in our database on: 01/13/2009

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News MPK25

[NAMM] Akai MPK25

Published on 01/13/09
Akai Professional announces the MPK25, a new addition to its MPK series of keyboard controllers with MPC pads.

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