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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.


Features:
  • 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

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

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Akai MPK25 USB Recording Controller
 
4.7

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
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    4.0

    decent controller .. a little fussy

    By jesster

    from atlanta, ga

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Mapping To Ableton
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Set-up Is Trial And Error

    Best Uses

    • Mobile Performance
    • Small Home Studio

    Comments about Akai MPK25 USB Recording Controller:

    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.)

     
    5.0

    Solidly-built, Compact and Functional

    By WavedriL

    from Oak Park IL

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Akai MPK25 USB Recording Controller:

      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.

       
      5.0

      how to make easy beat

      By J-DUB

      from Las Vegas NV

      About Me Novice

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Akai MPK25 USB Recording Controller:

      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.

       
      5.0

      versatile

      By trinkits

      from NH USA

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Akai MPK25 USB Recording Controller:

      has every feature i need and user friendly as well. loving it

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Powerful Tool

      By Dj Dryft (T.F.G)

      from Songtan, ROK

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Sturdy
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Delay with programs

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Akai MPK25 USB Recording Controller:

      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.

       
      4.0

      Excellent gift

      By del

      from nashville

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Akai MPK25 USB Recording Controller:

        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.

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        • Q:

          What size is this? Length wise.
          Asked on 5/31/2013 by Blaine

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          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            18.7 x 12.1 x 3.3 inches ; 7.7 pounds

            Answered on 6/12/2013 by Kris
        • Q:

          Does the Akai Mpk25 have speakers and does it come with an AC Adpater.
          Asked on 12/21/2011 by Anonymous

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            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.

            Answered on 12/21/2011 by Donovan from Cypress
        • Q:

          What voltage is this product? Or is it universal?
          Asked on 4/21/2011 by DJAhmed from Dubai, UAE

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

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            This item is bus powered. Meaning it is powered by USB.

            Answered on 4/22/2011 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          What are the specs on the mpk25? What are the system requirements? Has anyone tried using it with FL Studio 9?
          Asked on 2/4/2011 by Sniffles from New york

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

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            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

            Answered on 2/11/2011 by Anonymous
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