Customer Reviews

139
4.1 out of 5 stars
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2012
This is not so much a review as help for anyone who buys this mini keyboard and expects to play music with it 'out of the box' - even to test that it's working. It won't do anything without other software, but there's plenty around that is free.

As far as the LPK25 product is concerned, it's great and does everything it's supposed to. Apart from Amazon, there are plenty of positive reviews and video demos to support this. However, the LPK25 is not really intended for someone who just wants to start playing a music keyboard through a computer by paying as little as possible. In spite of the attractive price for a touch sensitive keyboard, this is actually more a digital music creator's tool. It's not a 'standalone' playable keyboard. The LPK25 is simply a MIDI controller, and there is a big difference. Nevertheless, using a suitable program (many are free), anyone can learn to arrange and play music with the LPK25.

A buyer could be forgiven for thinking the unit is faulty out of the box, as although it should be recognised when plugged into a USB port, apart from a light or two working, it will be otherwise unresponsive and no sound will come out of the computer speakers or other sound output when keys are played.

What to do now? Before assuming it might be DOA (as have others) I spent countless hours on research in forums, reading reviews, watching YouTube demos, learning about all the different programs you can use for various effects, musical composition etc - downloading, installing and trying them, and I still failed to get a single peep out of the b....y thing! Eventually the 'Aha moment' arrived, sound emanated and things became clearer. On the positive side, I have learned a lot!

So here's how to quickly check your LPK25 out and start making music (sound at least!) with it using a suitable music program to control it.

Note that the supplied Akai LPK25 Editor isn't for producing sound. It is only for controlling the 4 program presets and built-in Arpeggiator (notes play automatically in sequence). It's not even necessary to install it at this stage.

Any computer audio interface/card should work well enough for MIDI output using e.g. Windows MS GS Wavetable SW Synth; however, CoolSoft VirtualMidiSynth (free) gives better instrument sounds. Later you may move on to sound fonts and live instrument patches, but don't worry about that now.

The LPK25 needs only one program to play and/or record keyboard input to be sent to your computer speakers. Any MIDI sequencer, composer, mixer, DAW (digital audio workstation) will do. There are hundreds out there, a lot of them completely free or with usable demo versions. Any program that has a MIDI input port controller should work. The problem is that many of them have so many features, it's difficult to find out how to start playing a few notes without going through a whole tutorial - to then decide that you don't really like that program!

I tried many, but I found Sequetron LE (free) was very easy to install and use immediately to play notes. The first short YouTube video (search Sequetron 8.06) will be enough to get you going and also provides the publisher website from where you can download the program.

1. Plug the LPK25 into a USB port. The operating system should recognise it as 'LPK25' or simply 'USB Audio Device' and it will use a Windows or other system driver. Nothing else is needed other than speakers turned on!

2. Once Sequetron (or other program) is installed, run it and in Config, Ports, set the MIDI Input to USB Audio Device (LPK25). Close the dialog box, then click the Run (Stop) button (metronome moves in Run mode). Press keys on the 'virtual keyboard' with your mouse and play some notes on the LPK25. From either, you should hear piano sounds from your speakers. If you turn on the LPK25 Arpeggiator button/light, notes you hold should repeat in sequence. It's working! If you press Stop, sound output stops too. Press Run to hear sound.

You can change from piano to any MIDI instrument and do all sorts of wonderful things once you learn how by reading and watching tutorials and using your undiscovered musical talents with your eventual software choice!
33 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2011
I thought I would look at other reviews of this piece of equipment before purchasing, it didn't take me long to make my mind up. There are four similar keyboards presently available and the Akai wins hands down! There is nothing better than getting the feeling that you know what sound you want and being able to take your laptop and this keyboard out and whether you use Fruity loops or Sibelius, you can get it from your head to the computer anywhere and that IS cool!. Of robust design and the velocity sensitivity is very accurate. Initially picking it up through DMS can be tricky but it carries its own usb and midi port information that its easy to find. For me its made making music so much fun, and as I live in a flat its not so easy to leave a large midi keyboard out for space reasons so this is perfect, its small and fits on the qwerty keyboard shelf on my computer desk so all I have to do is plug it in, and see if its connected by turning on the arpeggio button, oh yeah its got programmable arpeggio settings... fun in a small packet. Whether your into Chopin or like me Chicane, this is a great piece of kit. I can horoughly recommend buying it... If you doubt me, check it out on You Tube....
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This may be great for the price. The serious design fault I encountered, as I am sure have others, is that the USB connector to the keyboard is in a vulnerable position and in no time with the weight of the capacitor and normal movement to and from the work surface the cable connection and the socket break up and leaving you with a non-functional keyboard.

Since I first issued the review, I got a replacement by kind courtesy of JB's the merchant and I taped the connector and anchored it to the corner of the keyboard with insulation tape. So I am happy to upgrade my rating because of good backup and the fact that the keyboard works well otherwise.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2014
I already have a full sized 42 key midi keyboard, but it isn't portable at all. This little keyboard is great for putting in your bag with your laptop for any long journey. Before i bought this, i was inputting notes on my Mac's QWERTY keys, but without seeing where the black and white notes are all the time, it didn't feel natural. This shouldn't be used in any kind of studio if you have the space, but i love having it by the side of my bed, if i wake up with a little tune in my head, or want to do some writing before i sleep. For the price, i can't really complain that it doesn't come with pitch and modulation wheels, but the programs and the arpeggiator are great additions.

PROS:-
PRICE. One of the best prices i've seen for a well known company.
SIZE. Great piece of kit for on the go, spontaneous writing or producing from your bed.
ARP + PROGRAMS. Very useful tools with ease of use.
WEIGHT. Very very light. Wouldn't even notice it in my bag, but still feels like OK build quality.

CONS:- (Not many. Being really nit-picky when you consider the price)
KEYS. The "spring" in the keys feels quite loose. It wouldn't break if i pressed hard, but i wouldn't want to try.
MOD + PITCH. The lack of a mod + pitch wheels is a shame, but understandable.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2014
I purchased this as my first midi-keyboard, which some of you might say was a good shout. I bought this keyboard for my work on Logic Pro to make it a lot easier to play things then the on screen keyboard Logic offers. When I received the keyboard I was initially over the moon, just playing any old tune etc...Then after a little while my excitement declined. As another reviewer stated the keys are way to firm and springy for a smooth continuous playing session. On Logic if you don't punch the key through the keyboard the sound you get is minimal and offers a much softer sound. There is probably a setting for this but yes it can add some really nice effect to your music but not when you have to really press the keys to get the full sound. In all fairness you get use to it and just work with it. If I was serious about making music and wanted to get into it career wise then I would probably recommend a much larger keyboard and check the reviews to make sure the keys are more appropriate.

Overall it isn't a terrible little thing I mean it's a great price and all you have to do is plug it in through USB and away you go so if you're serious about making music I would use this simply as your portable option and then purchase a better one for your "home studio".
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2010
At this price point you are unlikely to find a better midi keyboard. It's obviously not a performance instrument but is more than adequate for messing around on a PC. The arpeggiator is a great addition, something not always found on budget controllers. The velocity sensitivity is not great but this is a cheap keyboard, you can't have everything. Some people seem to have problems setting it up; for Windows 7 users it's a doddle just plug it in, open your music software, select it as your midi input and away you go.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 9 October 2010
I'll start off by saying that I have an Apple Macintosh computer, and cannot play or read music. Having said all that, this is a great fun purchase.

First impressions are not great, it comes in a blister pack that would have been at home in Woolworths during the seventies. There is the keyboard, a USB cable, and a CD Disk. Plug the USB cable into the computer, open up GarageBand, and hit a key and hear music. No power cord required. It is a handy laptop size, so you can easily just leave it on a corner of your desk, so that you can noodle away on GarageBand any spare moment you have.

Apart from the dreadful packaging which must surely limit retail sales, and the ill-advised use of the word professional, for what is clearly a fun product, it is hard to find fault at this price. It is a shame every new Mac does not come with this keyboard, big kids of all ages will love it.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2010
Good purchase but can be a problem for Windows 7 users. Not an issue if you know why it won't work with music production software though, so I'll explain for you. If the lights are on but it doesn't recognise it with your software, you may need to disable your webcam in "Device manager>imageing devices" (if it's an inbuilt camera). I had to contact the company to find this out.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2012
As as noob to the world of Logic etc. my knowledge of Midi is only very basic.
This keyboard is fantastic for a beginner. The only real hindrance is the number of keys, but this can be easily adjusted by using the octave keys.

Great stuff!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2013
Had this bought for chrsitmas. Very nice quality 2 octave mini keyboard for under £40. I also considered the Korg Nanokey2 as I generally use a step sequencer (Renoise) but I wanted something that would offer the opportunity to allow me to play sheet music and perhaps learn the piano rather than sequencing. Space it at a premium in our household so the size is perfect.

I do have a 49 full size key midi controller in the loft, but thats staying there as it takes up too much room.

The keyboard was picked up instantly in Xubuntu 12.10 and quickly configured in Renoise. All in all an excellent and inexpensive introductory keyboard.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Questions? Get fast answers from reviewers

Please make sure that you've entered a valid question. You can edit your question or post anyway.
Please enter a question.
See all 18 answered questions


Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)
  -  
Buy Now For £29 At Decks. Free Next Day Delivery Available.
  -  
Top quality MIDI controller. Order now and save!