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Akai MPK61 61 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

Akai MPK61 61 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

Akai MPK61 61 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

By Akai
(7 Reviews)
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Akai MPK61 - Fully loaded for studio and stage.

The Akai MPK61 keyboard performance MIDI controller combines a mix of 61 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 72 assignable Q-Link controllers, 16 pressure and velocity sensitive MPC pads, MPC Swing, Note Repeat and an arpeggiator. The MPK6 is ideal for producers, performers and DJs who need a larger keyboard but a lighter weight and more portability. It also allows for you to divide the keyboard into two separate zones for performing with two different programs at once!

The MPK61 also includes the popular and powerful performance and production Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software. You can compose, record, remix, improvise and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment with Ableton Live Lite. Since the MPK61 is MIDI compliant and works as a MIDI controller that sends data over USB for plug-and-play performance, it will work with virtually all MIDI recording, sequencing and performance software for any user.


The MPK61 is a keyboard performance MIDI controller that expands the popular MPK line. Each MPK controller combines a piano-style keybed with a bank of genuine Akai Professional MPC pads, assignable Q-Link controllers and key technologies from the iconic MPC family of music production workstations.

Producers, performers and DJs will appreciate the MPK61’s mix of 61 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 16 MPC pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity, 72 assignable Q-Link controllers, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing and an arpeggiator. The MPK61’s size is ideal for performers who need a larger keyboard than the original 49-key MPK49 offers, but also prefer the lighter weight and associated portability of a semi-weighted keyboard. The MPK61 retains the key split features from the MPK88, enabling you to divide the keyboard into two zones for performing with two different programs at once.


Like its 25, 49 and fully weighted 88-key siblings – the MPK25, MPK49 and MPK88, respectively – the MPK61 empowers you to create and manipulate melodic, harmonic and rhythmic content and inspires creative production with its arpeggiator, MPC Swing and MPC Note Repeat technologies.

Avid® Pro Tools® Express Included

Compose, record, edit, and mix using the tools the professionals use. Pro Tools Express starts with 16 simultaneous stereo or mono audio tracks. Add in the popular Boom, Xpand!2, and Structure Free player virtual instruments from AIR Music Technology—all included. Finish off with dozens of high-powered effect plug-ins, including the in-demand AIR effects. Plus, Pro Tools Express offers session file compatibility with the entire Pro Tools family, so you can take your tracks to the finest studios around the world.


The MPK61 also comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Pro Edition software, one of the most popular and powerful performance and production programs worldwide. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment. The MPK61 is a MIDI controller that sends MIDI data over USB for plug-and-play performance with Mac and PC. Because they are MIDI compliant, the MPK series works with virtually all MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software for musical performers from keyboard players to producers to DJs and VJs.


Ignite music creation software from AIR works seamlessly with MPK61, giving you the fastest way to capture ideas and make music. It’s a refreshingly different approach, a simple and seamless creative partner that empowers your ideas and brings them to life. Say goodbye to the rigid and complicated methods of the past. Say hello to a fresh new way to create.

Ignite includes over 275 instruments, many of which are taken from our renowned instrument collections - including Strike, Structure, and Velvet. All sounds have been optimized to load quickly, and the editing controls are automatically mapped to your connected MPK61. These extraordinary sounds include keyboards, drums, percussion, basses, guitars, synths, strings, brass, and woodwinds.


  • 61-key semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch for expressive melodic creativity
  • 16 genuine MPC pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity
  • MPC pads access four banks each for instant access to 48 samples
  • Control 72 software parameters with 24 assignable Q-Link controllers
  • Key Split enables two different sounds from the same keyboard
  • MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator aid in creative process
  • Transport controls for use with sequencers and DAWs
  • 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 virtually all MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software
  • MPK61 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: 36"x11.25"x2.
Can i use this with FL?
A.M.F on Feb 4, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Hello, if you are reffering to FL Studio then yes. I wouldn't see any reason why you couldn't use it with that software. As far as I know it should be compatible. Thanks.
Can this product be used with Sony Acid?
Butch on Mar 14, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Yes, can be used with Sony Acid.
is there any warranty?
null on Jan 21, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Yes, there is a 1 one year manufacture's warranty and you have the option to extend to up 5 years! Give us a call and we'll great you going!
whys it cheaper then the mpk 49?
null on Dec 28, 2011
BEST ANSWER: The mpk 49 seems to have a couple of more extra functions than the mpk61. Please call 1800-268-5520 if you have any questions.
Is it sold used, refurbished or brand new.
god on Dec 23, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Brand new. We have refurbished or open box items at a lower price at times. If they are available it will appear on the description page.
Is this product new?
null on Dec 18, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is a brand new product.
Can I use this product with Abelton Live?
A on Oct 27, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can use the MPK61 to control Abelton Live.
if this product isnt compatible with the factory version of digidesign pro tools 8 then what compatible interface and software is equivelent to pro tools 8
null on Feb 5, 2010
BEST ANSWER: This produuct is compatible with factory version of digidesign pro tools 8 with the mbox 2 interface from Digidesign(pro tools).
Akai MPK61 Reviews
4.4 / 5.0
7 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
Awesome Velocity Response
Pros: Easy to Use,Touch Sensitive Keys,Good durable quality out,Responsive / Good Action
Cons: No Logic Studio presets

I enjoy the quality of play - the playability of it, and the quality is outstanding. I use it for composing & producing tv music. Since I've grown accustomed to the number/letter keyboard being placed over the left top part of the keyboards I've used before I haven't had much use for the faders of the MPK61. Otherwise all good.
December 5, 2011
over 6 years ago
nice keyboard
Pros: Realistic Sound,Responsive / Good Action,Portable,Easy to Use,Pre-programmed music

I love using this keyboard
April 29, 2012
Super Cool!
Pros: Realistic Sound,Easy to Use,Touch Sensitive Keys,Portable,Responsive / Good Action,Pre-programmed music

If you are thinking about getting a MIDI controller, and are loaded, and aren't looking for something hard to play like fully hammer-weighted keys, then forget the 88. Get the MPK61 and all your dreams will come true. With 16 velocity sensitive pads as well as 5-octave velocity keys, as well as 8 knobs and faders for mixing, you have a full workstation at your disposal. It's not too heavy and it will definitely be an asset to your production.
November 22, 2012
This thing is very versatile and built like a tank. If your a beginner it may take some time to learn its uses. My only complaint is that it doesn't come with an AC adapter and when its powered by USB you can not operate other midi devices but the computer.
October 21, 2009
Great studio addition
Pros: Easy to Use,Portable
Cons: Poor Action,Poor graphical interface

Pretty easy to use once set up. Pre loaded settings for DAWs don't match up. You will have to program it yourself. Interface is very basic and hard to maneuver around in for programming. Once set up it very easy to use and has lots of options. I never could get the transport controls to work though.
September 20, 2010
over 7 years ago
Solid Performer
Pros: Easy to Use,Responsive / Good Action,Flexible Use,Sturdy

Production with any software synth (drums are particularly fun!)is made infinitely easier with the performance controls. Great action on the keys and drum pads. Sliders are stiff and knobs are tight offering precise control over levels and sends.

This thing is built to a very high quality standard. It has surprising heft for being just a MIDI controller. Feels good :)

That said, it is a MIDI controller and the presets don't always jive with the software you may be using. Some manual programming will be required.
August 17, 2011
MPK 61 and FL Studio
Pros: Easy to Use,Portable

Awesome controller. Ok so what you need to know....
I use this controller with FL Studio. It works great..can be set up to work well with the FPC and samplers/slicers. There are presets online to fool around with too.

Ok..now if you are using Windows 7 Home..Windows will find the drivers. If you are using Windows 7 Pro....you'll have to go in and update the driver using a generic windows sound device driver. (there are many forums on this online)

Once its set up its awesome. Create a preset so that your FPC pads line up accordingly.

Only other thing I can say...if you make beats..key sensitiviy is fine. If you play piano the keys are a lil stiff...I like the solid feel..but I dont play with multiple hands.

I like the keys on the Axiom controllers a lil better but they are fine for what I do.
The controller is solid.

The pads are slightly smaller than the mpd pads..they get the job done. They seem not to sit at the same height as my older mpd either but are fine. Also, online you can buy all kinds of custom pads and change how they feel.

They only bad thing I can really say about the MPK...like the MPDs there is no OFF switch...usb powered ..if your computer is on..so is your MPK.

All in all...great buy..great price from PSSL.

-Emphatic of JMProductions
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