Akai Reveals New MPK Controller Line

Akai New MPK Line

Akai just unleashed new controllers for users to get busy with. If you were not satisfied with the previous MPK controllers released a few years back, this new line should spark your interest. I guess this was the big surprise but I’m not dancing for joy for this. I was actually hoping for a new hardware MPC but I guess controllers will have to do. Software is great but I hate that you have to constantly upgrade and stay current. I could go on but I’m sure you get where I’m coming from. Read more below.

Akai reveals 4 additions to its well-liked MPK USB keyboard/pad controller series like the 25-key MPK225, 49-key MPK249, 61-key MPK261 and an update to the ultra-portable MPK Mini. Housed in a thinner, all-new design, each full-size version functions with RGB backlit trigger pads raised straight from the MPC Renaissance and a 20-character LCD display with detailed feedback developed to erase the line between hardware control and software program. The brand-new MPK line additionally features the potential to send out QWERTY-style commands making use of soft-controls and a low-power method for iOS connection via the Cam Hookup Kit and improved feedback from the refined keyboard.

The most recent members of the full-size MPK set additionally have state-of-the-art music production software program titles like Ableton Live Lite and MPC Essentials a highly effective sample-based groove production application and spectral morphing synth Twist from SONiVOX. Owners of the MPK249 and MPK261 will likewise receive AIR Music Tech’s popular high-definition Hybrid 3 virtual synth, while MPK261 additionally get SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble.

MPK Highlights (full-size models):
• New full-size, semi-weighted keybed in 25-, 49- and 61-key models
• Backlit, velocity-sensitive RGB trigger pads derived from the MPC Renaissance
• Includes industry-leading music creation software from Ableton™, Akai Professional,
AIR and SONiVOX
• New layout with LCD screen for faster access to essential DAW-based functions
• 8 assignable control knobs; 8 assignable faders on 49- and 61-key models
• USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input & output; sustain and expression pedal inputs
• Hyper-responsive pitch bend & modulation wheels; octave controls

MPK Mini Highlights:
• Ultra-compact design lets you create anywhere; 25 synth-action mini keys
• 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive trigger pads derived from the MPC Renaissance
• New 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch/modulation control
• 8 assignable control knobs for mixing, tweaking plug-ins and more
• USB-powered; no power adapter required

MPK225 $249.99 USD, MPK249 USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard $399.99 USD, MPK261 USB/MIDI Performance Keyboard $499.99 USD, and MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard $99.99 USD.

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks Jose. As far as changing out what you got I think the MPK249 might be a good step up. It combines what you have already plus the MPK249 has 16 pads and comes with MPC Essentials which is a striped down version of the MPC Software. You also get Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0 with it. If you don’t care about 16 pads go for the MPK225. MPK225 has 8 pads. It doesn’t have the traditional midi ports but if you don’t have any outboard gear to hook up it don’t matter. The MPK225 is pretty much a combined version of what you have already except the keys are semi weighted. MPK225 has MPC Essentials, Ableton Live Lite, etc like MPK249. MPK Mini is a striped down version of those I mentioned. The Keys are not semi weighted like above but they are like the LPK 8 and has 8 pads. It doesn’t come with MPC Essentials. You can’t go wrong with whatever you choose.

  2. Nice bro. Good work. I’ve got a LPK25 and a LPD 8 working wit FL Studio. Maybe I should change them. What’s your advise?

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