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Akai MPKmini MIDI controller

by Akai
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • The Akai MPK mini strikes the perfect balance between portability and software control by combining the control and convenience of the LPK25 and LPD8.
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  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 34.5 x 3.2 cm ; 898 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • Item model number: MPK mini
  • ASIN: B00466HM28
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 25 Nov 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,928 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Ultra-portable software MIDI controller 25-note, velocity-sensitive mini keyboard 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive pads (2 banks, 16 total) Pads can send note information, MIDI CCs and program changes 8 assignable Q-Link knobs to adjust virtually any parameter Built-in Arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and patterns Tap-Tempo button to quickly adjust pace of the Arpeggiator Dedicated Octave Up, Octave Down and Sustain buttons Program Recall button to restor up to 4 separate global settings Solid Akai Pro design Powered through USB

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little music maker. 1 Dec 2010
I'll start this review by giving praise to The Production Room, the seller. These guys got this thing dispatched and to my door the next day. If your planning to buy anything related check with these guys first. I even got a text message to say when it would be delivered. Impeccable service.

On to the keyboard. I've seen very few reviews so this might be fairly long. Out of the box the comes with a USB cable. PC picked up drivers straight away and although Reason 5.0 could not find the keyboard, it's easily added. It's very light. And fits into the front pocket of my laptop bag, ultra portable.
I don't play piano or keyboard as a first instrument, I bought it because production is a hobby and I needed a smaller controller for travel. Because of it size, the keys are a fair bit smaller than a standard midi keyboard for instance, the M-Audio Oxygen. Its hard to get decent dynamics out of the keys. One touch normally produces one velocity so for anyone looking for something with velocity sensitive keys or aftertouch this may not be the best keyboard.
The drum pads are assignable and nicely spaced to easy to use. No slipping or miss hits. Again,not very velocity sensitive. The knobs can be used in conjunction with the pads or the keys. I found the lack of a pitch bend/mod wheel to be minor as these knobs can be used for that purpose.
The inbuilt arpeggiator is great. Tap tempo based or duration assignable (1/16 or 1/8T etc.) Also comes with a sustain function. Not as versatile as a VST arpeggiator (e.g. RPG-8 in Reason) but it does aid in versifying dynamics and production. Octave shift is present to compensate for small number of keys.

All in all although it may not be as powerful as other similar controller keyboards (e.g. M-Audio Axiom 25/49/61) but it is a buy I would recommend. Immense fun and really useful to add to any collection of analog or digital synthesisers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By James
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I've been using midi controllers for nearly 15 years now and have tried most major brands. When I decide to go traveling I needed a midi controller that is compact enough to fit in a backpack, have 25 keys and 8 controller knobs to use with the 8 macro control sets in Ableton Live. The drum pads are an added bonus but not entirely necessary for me as I do own a Korg PadKontrol which I keep in my room wherever I'm currently staying. The keys are the typical spring action synth style keys which are to be expected of this size/price range. They do feel solid and not cheap.

MPKmini Pros:
It's Light weight and compact.
Offers plenty of midi control for such a small size.
The height of encoder knobs, pads and keys are set just right. This means they are unlikely to catch on my bag as I transfer it in and out or catch on other items in my bag during transport. This is huge plus over other controllers in the market.
Feels solid / well made.
Is USB buss powered - Yay!
Built in arpeggiator, although Ableton Live has this feature in the software and is far more sophisticated.
Two bank modes for the 8 pads: so a total of 16 pads :Useful for Live's Drumracks.
It comes with a discount voucher for Ableton Live (wasn't useful for me as I already own the full suite version).

No pitch or modulation wheels but these could be assigned with the encoder knobs but still not practical. Compared to other small midi controllers out there, this seemed like the only compromise.
Drum pads aren't as responsive as I would have liked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 2 Feb 2014
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Bought this product for my son who is very happy with it he uses it all the time and produces some really good results.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars badly constructed, weak usb socket 3 July 2013
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I have had this item for around 6 weeks and was enjoying using it, especially the drum pads. I noticed one day when plugging the micro usb lead in, that the micro usb socket on the keyboard had started to wobble. I thought nothing of this until i plugged the usb lead in last week a little heavily and the micro usb socket broke off inside the case. As I am a bit techy i thought "ok well lets have a look and see if I can fix it", so I took a look inside the case. The micro usb socked is basically only held in place by the black plastic outer cover and four rather puny pieces of solder that attach it to a circuit board. There is no bracket or screws to hold the socket firmly in place onto the circuit board and frankly having looked at it, I am surprised it didn't break sooner. This piece of kit is great fun, but in my opinion is poorly made in regards to its micro usb socket, which lets the whole keyboard down. As the soldering is very fine I am not sure if it can be easily fixed either. I hope you don't have these issues but I felt I should let you know my experience.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great portable keyboard 1 April 2011
My main worry with ordering a controller of this size was the key action. I'd heard that some have keys which are almost like those on a computer keyboard, but I'm happy to report that with the MPK Mini that's dinstinctly not the case. The controls along the top have a nice action as well, I'd thoroughly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works a treat 20 Sep 2013
By Ben
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Brilliant product. Great size for use on a laptop (I use Macbook pro 13" retina).

Key size took some getting used too like all new product.

The pads are great for use on inputting drum patterns in a project.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased.
Exceeded all expectations. Very, very pleased.
Published 28 days ago by Patricia Phillips-Hague
5.0 out of 5 stars doesnt work
i brought this item last week only to find out that the software is only compatible with mac 10.7 or above! Read more
Published 3 months ago by jason
1.0 out of 5 stars I regret buying this.
The drum pads require a very forceful strike to produce any decent volume. The keys are too small for me (I expected it to be slightly bigger). The keys are too light. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Integration
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for my first MIDI keyboard ^___^
I'd recommend this controller for beginner producers who don't want to empty their pockets, or producers who aren't sure whether making music is for them. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Daniel Bate
5.0 out of 5 stars Ledge
I use fruity loops to make beats because I want to start making my own music...

A few months in and this peice of equipment has helped me make things I possibly couldnt... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sturmovik man
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Controller
This was bought for my son who loves mixing music on the PC. He just simply plugged it in mapped the keys with the software provided and he was up and running in 5 minutes..Simple
Published 13 months ago by TonyL
1.0 out of 5 stars Flimsy
Started off well, the controller worked fine and I had a lot of fun playing around with the drum pads and arpeggiator settings. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars LEdge
With this it is really easy to make beats, I use fruity loops and it works so well.

I just insert a sound/intrument to the mixer, and i can just play with it using the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by N
1.0 out of 5 stars Worked great until...
Have had the controller for a few months, maybe used it 10 times. However the USB input just broke off and is now rattling around inside the controller. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Themager
4.0 out of 5 stars Blop
This works like a charm with Garageband, simply plug in and play. The material it self feels very delicate but it sure can take a beating
Published 16 months ago by matt
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