Akai MPK Mini MkII MIDI Keyboard Controller Review
Akai MPK Mini MkII
- 25 synth-action mini keys
- 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation control
- 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads with Note Repeat & Full Level
- 8 assignable Q-Link knobs for mixing, tweaking plug-ins, and more
- Built-in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range, and modes
- Dedicated Octave Up and Octave Down buttons (10 octaves)
- Full-size sustain pedal input jack
- USB-powered; no power adapter required
- Comprehensive production software package included: Akai Pro MPC Essentials, SONiVOX Wobble, and Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech (downloads)
The Akai MPK Mini MkII is the culmination of five years of customer feedback for an all-new, enhanced design. An ultra-compact feature-rich USB MIDI keyboard controller built for the home studio or mobile musician, the Mini MKII erases the line between hardware control and software performance.
One of the best selling MIDI keyboard controllers in its class, the Akai MPK Mini MkII is competitively priced while offering the deep workstation-like features of much more expensive units. For the budget-conscious user who wants portability, options, and practical use of space, the MPK Mini MKII has it. Its hardware controls let you compose, perform, and record with virtual instruments, effects plugins, and the features of any major DAW in an instant.
Retain the human qualities of your performances across the entire unit, as its 25 synth-action keys and 8 backlit rubber MPC-style pads are velocity-sensitive. These pads feel thick, sturdy, and playable, ready for years of heavy use. If drum programming is high priority and you’re in need some something compact and portable, then look no further than the Akai MPK Mini MkII.
A 4-way thumbstick allows for dynamic pitch and modulation manipulation, and 8 assignable Q-Link controllers allow you to dial in effects parameters meticulously. And with the free virtual-instrument packages, and bundled production software, you’ll have plenty of parameter to tweak: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 virtual synth by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX’s Wobble, MPC Essentials, and the MPK mini MIDI Editor software.
This MIDI editor is a powerful easy-to-understand preset management software that lets MPK Mini MKII users customize their hardware and software setup on their Mac or PC. Get a total visual representation of the device’s inner workings and share all your favourite presets between the Mini MKII and your computers hard drive.
The built-in button-controlled arpeggiator is another key feature, offering adjustable resolution, range and modes, allowing you to make elaborate melodies seamlessly. Simply switch it off or on, Tap Tempo and further adjust its many settings in the software editor where it can also by synced to an external source.
Dedicated Octave Up and Down buttons increase the keyboard to the full melodic range by up to 10 octaves. A Sustain button serves two purposes. Acting much like a sustain pedal for expressive playing the sustained notes hold indefinitely while the button is held down until the button is released.
The Akai MPK Mini MKII is the most versatile, compact, feature-rich MIDI keyboard controller in its price range and is impressively well built, assuring a long lifespan. There’s no question why it has remained a top seller for all the years after its release.
Mac OS X 10.7+
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)
PC: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended); 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended); Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP; Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended); QuickTime recommended
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