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Professional performance instrument for the modern keyboardist.

The Akai Professional MPK88 is a professional performance keyboard controller with MPC production controls. The MPK88 draws on the design of the popular MPK49, the first keyboard ever to features MPC pads. This first-of-its-kind keyboard is ideal for performance, starting with a premium, fully weighted, hammer-action keyboard, adding MPC pads, Q-Link controls, and a selection of MPC technologies. The MPK88 is born for the stage and is equally at home in the studio.

CREATIVE INPUT

MPK88 features an 88-key keyboard and 16 genuine MPC pads. The hammer-action keyboard is fully 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 64 samples at your fingertips with the touch of a button.

The MPK88 places dedicated transport controls within your reach for easy control of some of the most important tracking and editing controls. The MPK88 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. Akai Pro built a massive collection of Q-Links into the MPK series. The MPK88 gives you eight virtual knobs that are assignable to control nearly any software parameter. You can control three different parameters per knob thanks to the knobs' three-bank selection, totaling 24 parameters of instant, hands-on control. Like the virtual knobs, eight virtual faders and eight virtual buttons also control three banks of parameters each, so you get 24 virtual faders and 24 virtual buttons. That's 72 Q-Link controls!

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.

The MPK88 has Key Split, enabling you to control two different sounds from the same keyboard. On top of MPC technologies, the MPK88 has its own arpeggiator, which enables you to create quick, creative riffs in seconds. Just pick a note or chord and a rhythm pattern in the arpeggiator's library and the MPK will play your notes in the rhythm and sequence you choose.

The MPK88 also has MPC Full Level and MPC 16-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.

Features:

  • 88-key fully weighted, hammer-action keyboard with aftertouch for expressive melodic creativity
  • MPC-pad section of 16 genuine MPC pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity
  • MPC pads access four banks each for instant access to 64 samples
  • Assignable Q-Link controller section for flexible control of most software parameters
  • Eight Q-Link knobs, eight Q-Link faders, eight Q-Link buttons, three banks each
  • Key Split enables control of two different sounds from the same keyboard
  • Dedicated transport controls for tracking and editing
  • MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator aid in creative process
  • MPC Full Level, MPC 16-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

  • MPK88 keyboard controller
  • USB cable
  • Software CD
  • Quick Start guide

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Akai MPK88 Fully-Weighted Controller W/ MPC Pads +
 
4.3

(based on 4 reviews)

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      • Home studio (4)
      • Performances (3)
      • Professional recording (3)

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      4.0

      big heavy super packed beast

      By modsoundmind

      from OKC, OK

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile
      • Very solid feeling gear

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy
      • Very heavy

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Master studio controller
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Akai MPK88 Fully-Weighted Controller W/ MPC Pads +:

      This midi controller would be a great piece of gear if kept in the studio, I found it a bit much to lug around. Required two people to move comfortably without the risk of doing damage to the back or anything else if you twisted or bent wrong while trying to setup quickly. 67lbs plus another 30 or so for a good case. Great weighted keys, pads, sliders, knobs it's all there.

       
      5.0

      Awesome Keyboard Controller

      By Robert Tewes

      from Albert Lea, Minnesota

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Full size keys
      • Hammeraction touch
      • Well laid out

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Akai MPK88 Fully-Weighted Controller W/ MPC Pads +:

        I am upgrading my studio and needed an 88 key controller. After looking around I happened upon this AKAI Professional model. I couldn't be more pleased. It worked as expected and is loaded with features. It will take some time to grow into the complete potential of this product. I am very happy with my purchase and received excellent customer service from PSSL.com.

         
        4.0

        excellent product

        By StaccsHD

        from Stamford Connecticut

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy
        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Akai MPK88 Fully-Weighted Controller W/ MPC Pads +:

        I use this product to make beats
        Its great because its so simple to setup and use.
        everything is so organized.
        But my only thing is I wish the beat pad was a bit softer
        but I'm pretty sure it will loosen up over time
        Such a wonderful MIDI control by akai
        I'd recommend it for anyone with a home studio
        Thank you akai and thank you pssl

         
        4.0

        First Look @MPK88

        By Stephen

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Deep Programmability
        • Excellent build quality

        Cons

        • It's a monster 67 lbs
        • Vyzex Editor—glitchy

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Akai MPK88 Fully-Weighted Controller W/ MPC Pads +:

        I use lots of VI's within my sequencer & also under the hood of a Kontakt Sampler. Many VI's are deeply programmable for expressiveness, so I picked the MPK as my dedicated MIDI Controller.

        Since I'm obsessed with learning everything about my gear, I'm not quite there yet with the MPK. This is a first look and so far, so good. I like the build quality—not the weight—but I expected this with an 88 key. Also, I'm finding a similar complaint (as with all the MPK Series pads) regarding their lack of sensitivity (although I don't know if I'll attempt the modification the you can find easily described on YouTube).

        I do plan to use all the functionality—(16!) pads, sliders, knobs—and each set of these has several layers of programmability. Also with the Vyzex Editor you can save Presets or entire sets as 30 Presets each, so your preset library will be endless.

        The Yyzex Editor is glitchy I think, even with doing a simple 'save as' —sometimes it doesn't. I thought it might be because USB is sending data through multiple midi streams back & forth all at once but then using a (not included) power supply and standard midi cables didn't fix it either. It is on one hand intuitive software and on the other hand confusing software, especially when you can't be sure if you're doing something wrong or not... So, I'll stand by my initial feelings that it's really the software.

        Here's another example to prove I didn't just give up: I installed the (Mac/Application Support/Library) codec(s) as described in the many PDF user manuals, but still couldn't get the MPK to talk to Reason 3.5 beyond simply playing keys and operating the 2 standard wheels. So the onboard Transport Functions didn't work with the Reason Preset selected (via the MPK—should be a no-brainer, right?). It wasn't until I used Reason's Overrides with the Vyzek software actually highlighted on 'Transport Panel' that the Reason Overrides finally were activated and able to save my overrides. So, I think you'll find it all works, but I sure do miss simple 'midi learn' buttons. I'm hoping some of my VI software with their 'midi learn' functions will work in the reverse with the MPK and I won't have to use the Vyzek software for this.

        My experience with PSSL was great. They had the best price by far, even over other online stores I've used for years. And since they're in the LA area, I had my keyboard the very next day. Cool.

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        • Q:

          Is this new or used?
          Asked on 9/22/2011 by allfusion from Miami, Fl

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            This is a brand new, no finger prints.

            Answered on 9/23/2011 by DJ Menergy from Santa Ana, CA
        • Q:

          Can the mpk88 be mapped and recognised by Reason 5 and Sonar?
          Asked on 2/19/2011 by Mantho from Brazil

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Yes this would be able to be recognized by Reason and Sonar via midi mapping

            Answered on 2/22/2011 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          I know its just a midi keyboard but can this be used as a sampler with some type of software? And if so is it the software that come with it or do I have to purchase another? and if what software would I need for the mpk88 to function like an mpc in my computer based studio.
          Asked on 3/28/2010 by Ronzoulla J. from Batavia, NY

          1 answer

          • CUSTOMER CARE

            A:

            The MPK88 comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software which can be used in conjuction with the MPK88. Any software that features midi mapping can also be used with the MPK88.
            As far as emulating the functions of MPC, this is something subjective however many people seem to prefer to use Ablelton Live with this product.

            Answered on 4/2/2010 by Andrew N from Cypress CA
        • Q:

          can the mpk88 be used with pro-tools programs like structure and transfuser. will it line up and allow you to control all the vertual dials and controls from the mpk88's dials and controls?
          Asked on 3/24/2010 by Ronzoulla J. from Batavia, NY

          2 answers

          • CUSTOMER CARE

            A:

            Yes, you will need to midi map this in pro-tools settings.

            Answered on 3/25/2010 by Stephen from PSSL from Cypress, CA
          • CUSTOMER CARE

            A:

            This is a midi control and it can be midi mapped for most any midi aplication.

            Answered on 3/25/2010 by takk... from Long Beach CA
        • Q:

          can this be used as a sampler?
          Asked on 3/15/2010 by Kobe from Pittsburgh, PA

          1 answer

          • CUSTOMER CARE

            A:

            Akai MPK88 Fully-Weighted Controller W/ MPC Pads is not a sampler, just a midi keyboard. Try looking into A MPC by Akai
            with a midi keyboard connected.

            Answered on 3/18/2010 by Stephen from PSSL from Cypress, CA
        • Q:

          can I use a song from my computer and remix it with this unit?
          Asked on 2/27/2010 by P from phoenix , AZ

          1 answer

          • CUSTOMER CARE

            A:

            Yes, although you will need some sort of software.

            Answered on 3/1/2010 by Leroy from Cypress, CA
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