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Akai MPK mini

25-Key MIDI Keyboardfrom the Akai MPK series
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User Reviews

It just gets the job done

By kondwanikaphaizi, 15/07/2014
For over 8 years I made music with only my computer mouse and keyboard, but as time went by and my skill developed I felt it was time to buy a MIDI keyboard just to add a new dimension to my creation process. I decided to get a small keyboard to start with since I'm not an expert player. After a bit of searching I came across the AKAI MPK Mini which I purchased.

The unit is a USB MIDI controller which has 25 standard piano keys, 8 drum pads and 8 knobs for assigning to various controls. It has a dedicated buttons for changing the octave up or down, a built-in arpeggiator and a sustain button for holding notes. The 8 pads have a backlight. Power and MIDI data are both sent via a single USB cable.

Installing the keyboard is a breeze. It doesn't need any extra drivers to work. You simply plug it into the USB port on your computer and the drivers are automatically installed. It should work on both Windows and Mac, though I've only used it on my Windows 7 machine with no issues. It also comes with a software to help you assign the keys on the keys to various functions.


UTILIZATION

The best thing about this keyboard are the velocity-sensitive drum pads. This doesn't come as a surprise because the controller is made by AKAI, the same company which makes the MPC. They make for a very enjoyable experience when programming drums. To really enjoy it though you have to have your latency setting set as low as possible on your host so that you can enjoy the instant feedback. I've personally used it for composing drum patterns and for triggering patterns in FL Studio's performance mode and it is very enjoyable. There's a bank button on the unit which you can use to assign an additional 8 sounds to the pads, so in essence you can assign a total of 16 sounds to the pads.

Another handy feature is the memory bank which allows you to program the keys & knobs to suit your DAW. So every time you use the keyboard in your DAW you don't have to reassign the keys. You can save the settings of up to 4 different DAWs, meaning you can quickly switch from DAW to DAW without having to re-program the keys. This particular feature is very convenient for me because I often work in 2 DAWs (FL Studio and REAPER), sometimes 3 (Studio One) so I never have to re-program the keys when I switch.

The piano keys themselves are sometimes unresponsive which can be quite frustrating as well as the USB connector which is not of good quality. I've damaged mine due to its flimsiness and have to sit carefully with the keys to make sure they don't move around too much which is annoying.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall the controller does the job that it's meant to do, the drum pads are great and it comes with a decent amount of features. As a production keyboard it meets my needs. If you're a mobile musician this keyboard will come in great when you don't want to take your bigger gear along with you. It's best feature as far as I'm concerned are the drum pads. It also works great in FL Studio's performance mode. I'd have to think twice before buying this product because of the fragile USB connector and the keys which are sometimes unresponsive. I have come across some better keyboards such as the SubZero SPC Mini Key which has a lot of the same features and is more durable.

Pros:
- Highly portable
- Packed full of features
- Beautiful design

Cons:
- Keys are springy and sometimes unresponsive
- The USB connector is easy to break
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A real pleasure.

By Viialou, 21/03/2014
At the time I had a small budget. I was looking for a master keyboard FL Studio to easily compose melodies for rap productions. For a beginner, the MPK offers almost everything: master keyboard, 8 pads, 8 assignable knobs, and dimensions that allow it to carry in a bag of mini PC.

In terms of connectivity, a single USB port (a little bit fragile).

UTILIZATION

The touch keyboard is perfect for me who am not a pianist, I even prefer it that touch of classic synth, as more flexible and allows (in my case) to play some faster tunes. The key size realize the most compact keyboard, so it is easier to ask agreements uh ... large?

At pads I ventured to upgrade based plaster following a tutorial on Youtube. And it works the thunder, finger on the pad and it reacts directly. And all this with a red light in the background, this is the class.

Config general simple, plug 'in some past forums still to play in FL Studio hours. Yeah, because as the user manual, apparently in Akai writing is not their thing too. There is also an app comes with ... I do've never used. MIDI via USB.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for almost a year.
No model before this one, I am very satisfied, no acquisition in sight before he let me go. And it can be long.
In its little plastic toy (the latter of pretty decent quality), it seems to me very solid. It has survived me a year, it is a sign.

What I like most:

Maintains in a backpack / computer bag / on a cluttered desk
Brings 3-in-1 controller types with several banks for pads
Keyboard-
It look!
Price-

And many others, this little machine is really a friend.

What I like least:

-Uh ... the knobs! To kick a less cheap plastic hair would have been welcome. If anyone knows a site to order more ...
-The manual, even if the documentation on the internet abounds.

Quality / price ratio: it was worth the money, and even a little more, it's cool from Akai to make computer music accessible with similar products (see MPD16). It's 100% plastic, but less than $ 100, I know few manufacturers that offer such benefits. For example, FLS, I can do everything with ... provided you have a mouse.
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Not bad

By Cocolux, 05/01/2014
Small size, ease of handling.

USE

The keys are well infrieur the most complete models akai home but still not bad.

NOTICE GLOBAL

I do not like the touch keyboard but otherwise everything is ok for the quality price ratio.
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really nice

By officialbob5, 22/10/2013
it is a gift from a friend.
USB connection

UTILIZATION

keyboard and nice and suits me well, the general pattern is clear enough. The midi connection with different programs is quite easy.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 1 year and a half, I've tested a few.

strong point: aesthetics, weight, portability
weak point:

very good value for price.
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Akai MPK mini tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Akai
  • Model:MPK mini
  • Series:MPK
  • Category:25-Key MIDI Keyboards
  • Added in our database on: 10/01/2010

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Akai MPK mini

Published on 12/22/10
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