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Akai MPK25 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller w MPC Pads

Akai MPK25 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller w MPC Pads
Akai MPK25 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller w MPC Pads
Akai MPK25 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller w MPC Pads

Akai MPK25 USB MIDI Keyboard Controller w MPC Pads

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Akai MPK25 USB Recording Controller

The Akai Professional MPK25 is a portable keyboard controller with MPC production controls. Based closely on the MPK49, the first keyboard ever to feature MPC pads, the MPK25 scales down the keyboard by 24 keys and retains the utility, capability, and flexibility that makes the MPK49 one of the world's hottest keyboards. Its smaller, more portable size makes the MPK25 the perfect travel companion. Its small footprint can fit in your lap on the couch or on a plane, enabling you to create tracks whenever inspiration strikes. All you need is your laptop and the MPK25.

Creative Input

MPK25 combines a 25-key keyboard and 12 genuine MPC pads. The keyboard is semi-weighted and features aftertouch for expressive melodic control. The MPC pads are pressure and velocity-sensitive to capture every nuance of your creative concepts. The pads can access four banks of sounds, so you have 48 samples at your fingertips with the touch of a button.

MPK25 places dedicated transport controls within your reach for easy control of some of the most important tracking and editing controls. The MPK25 has modulation and pitch-bend wheels for expressive musicality, and two assignable footswitch inputs enable you to connect an expression pedal or other continuous controller and a footswitch for momentary controls like patch change or start/stop.

Q-Link Command

One of the most important input devices on an MPC is its Q-Link assignable control section. The MPK25 gives you twelve virtual knobs and four virtual buttons that are assignable to control nearly any software parameter. You can control two different parameters per Q-Link thanks to the knobs' dual-bank selection.

Expressive Engine

Two technologies pioneered in the MPC series and built into the MPK series are MPC Note Repeat and MPC Swing. These note-modifying features can be heard in many of the most popular tracks over the last two decades. MPC Note Repeat is a capability that enables the MPK (or MPC) to automatically play a rhythm pattern, such as 16th notes on a hi-hat, for accuracy and speed of entry. MPC Swing is sometimes referred to as "the heart and soul of hip hop" because it turns perfectly aligned sequences into human feeling time alignments. You can specify exactly the degree and timing of swing you want to apply for the perfect feel.

On top of MPC technologies, the MPK25 has its own arpeggiator, which enables you to create quick, creative riffs in seconds.

MPK25 also has MPC Full Level and MPC 12-Level on its pads, as well as Tap Tempo and Time Division so you can nail the tempo, timing, and dynamics exactly as you hear them in your head.

Complete System

The MPK25 is a MIDI controller that sends its MIDI values over USB. It is bus powered, so all you need to connect and power the MPK25 is the supplied USB cable. Because it is MIDI compliant, the MPK25 works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software for musical performers from keyboard players to producers to DJs and even VJs!

The MPK25 comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition, one of the most popular and powerful performance and production programs in the world. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment.

Create and perform anywhere with the MPK25. It's the most expression you'll find in a portable, convenient package.

  • 25-key semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch for expressive melodic creativity
  • 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 for flexible control of most software parameters
  • Two banks of 12 Q-Link knobs and four buttons, two banks each
  • Dedicated transport controls for tracking and editing
  • MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator aid in creative process
  • MPC Full Level, MPC 12-Level, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with tempo and dynamics
  • MIDI output over USB, bus powered, class compliant: plug and play with one USB cable
  • Comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software
  • Works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software

  • MPK25 keyboard controller
  • USB cable
  • Software CD
  • Quick Start guide

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What size is this? Length wise.
Blaine on May 31, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 18.7 x 12.1 x 3.3 inches ; 7.7 pounds
Does the Akai Mpk25 have speakers and does it come with an AC Adpater.
null on Dec 21, 2011
BEST ANSWER: The Akai does not have speakers because it is a Midi controller used to control computer production software. It does not have an AC Adapter either because it is powered off the USB of the computer.
What voltage is this product? Or is it universal?
DJAhmed on Apr 21, 2011
BEST ANSWER: This item is bus powered. Meaning it is powered by USB.
What are the specs on the mpk25? What are the system requirements? Has anyone tried using it with FL Studio 9?
Sniffles on Feb 4, 2011
BEST ANSWER: System Requirements:
•Macintosh: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)
•Windows: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP, Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), QuickTime recommended
•Available USB Port
can you hook this up thru a dj mixer?, or how can you hook this up thru a dj mixer ?
entatainer on Nov 27, 2010
BEST ANSWER: You are only able to run this through your laptop and then to a mixer. Give us a call for further assistance.
Akai MPK25 Reviews
4.7 / 5.0
6 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
Powerful Tool
Pros: Easy To Use,Sturdy,Versatile,Compact
Cons: Delay with programs

Im pretty new to music production and not familiar with all functions of this device yet but so far its pretty freaking amazing. Out of the box this thing is ready to use; no elaborate setup or confusing configurations. I use it with Reason 4 and Fl Studio 8 XXL and the preset control maps get you into things pretty quickly. Every knob is programmable so you can choose what it is you want to control. The response time on the knob controls are spot on but the keyboard and pads do experience some lag when trying to record. its nothing a few tweaks in the software cant compensate for. Overall this product is well built and capable of professional level production but priced in a range that even novice users can afford.
May 9, 2011
over 7 years ago
how to make easy beat
Pros: Lightweight,Easy To Use,Clear Sound
Cons: Limited Functions

start making beat by using the keyboard key and add some pad sound to the main beat.It come with 12 pad and 25 keys and record your own beat.
September 24, 2011
Solidly-built, Compact and Functional
Pros: Versatile,Compact,Durable

Akai has been around for a very long time, and is a hardware manufacturer I trust through and through.

I am mainly using this piece of kit with certain softsynths as part of a hybrid hardware/software setup.

The pads have a very solid feel, and it's my belief that to truly take advantage of them, they need to be worn in somewhat. The semi-weighted keys also a have a nice response. None of the fragile toy-feel of lesser quality midi controllers. For the money, this is a true bargain.

The only small complaint is that there are a couple of outdated templates (e.g. Fxpansion's Guru which has now been succeeded by a plugin called Geist) but this is a minor observance, and besides it is easy enough (although time-intensive) to build your own templates.
April 27, 2012
decent controller .. a little fussy
Pros: Compact,Responsive,Mapping To Ableton
Cons: Set-up Is Trial And Error

once you get this thing set-up it's great. i've used it in ableton live and you can map to the knobs and stuff. tried getting it to work with maschine and it was not very easy. if you have the patience to trouble shoot and get the thing hooked up you will be very satisfied with it from that point on. if not you gotta dig around and there's not a ton of documentation online about setting up with different software (esp maschine.)
March 20, 2013
has every feature i need and user friendly as well. loving it
June 22, 2011
Excellent gift
Pros: Compact,Lightweight,Versatile,Clear Sound,Easy To Use

This was a birthday present for my audio tech major son. He loves it. He uses it for his audio classes as well as his band. He looked for a long time and this was exactly what he wanted.
October 13, 2010
over 7 years ago
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