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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 68 reviews )
 23 reviews34 %
 31 reviews46 %
 3 reviews4 %
 1 user review1 %
 2 reviews3 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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vsavagellc08/19/2012

vsavagellc's review"Great for Mobile setups"

Akai LPK25
I purchase this keyboard for 2 main reasons. 1 It's small and portable and 2. Akai made it and I already owned the bigger version (Akai mpk49) but didn't want to spend money on the Mpk25 (cost too much for what I needed. I needed something that was thin and could fit in my backpack along with my laptop,headphones and maschine

This Keyboard connects via USB which is excellent makes it easy, the drivers automatically install for you (can't argue with that)

There are some pretty nice features on this unit such as sustain, octave, tap tempo.

I was actually glad it had the tap tempo feature

UTILIZATION

I do a lot of music production projects with this little keyword - especially when I'm traveling. It's perfect for getting little ideas out and or full projects but again since inspiration can hit at anytime I like to take the AKAI LP25 with me everywhere I go. I literally just put it in my backpack along with my laptop and the rest of my portable gear and I'm on my way.

I also use the lpk25 for auditioning sounds when I'm sound designing. it's just easier to pull this out rather than my bigger keyboard.

OVERALL OPINION

The only thing I don't like about this mini keyboard is there is no actual mod or pitch bend wheel. I also don't like the cheap feel of the keyboard but then again it was only $50.00 and it's light weight so I guess I can't really complain to much.

I've used a lot of other mini 25 key keyboards before but this was the thinnest of all as well as the 1st mini akai I had used (at the time) before then it was the bigger much clunky looking oxygen 25.

I personally think this unit performs well especially for what it cost it works well with everything application I've ever used it with. - It gets the job done!
stompboxjon05/22/2012

stompboxjon's review"i need more keys"

Akai LPK25
The Akai LPK 25 is a 25 key midi keyboard that is really small. I was very surprised to see how small and compact it is. The space between the top of the keys and the top of the board is virtually not even there . There is just a little black strip which cuts the height of the board down and makes it smaller than most 25 key controllers. Akai has really taken over some of the midi keyboards recently with some of there larger models. But the LPK25 is one of the lower end models that they produce. You will NOT be satisfied with this if you play with both hands. You will have to record your lower end instruments and sequences separate from your melodies just because there arent enough keys. I wouldn’t get this unless you are looking for something small enough to go into your back pack so you can pull it out on the go and make music wherever you are.


UTILIZATION

If you are looking for a good midi controller at home I wouldn’t get this either unless you are tight on workspace and need something small. Not that it cant do what a 61 or 88 key can do because in the end its all the same. But I like to play my melodies with my low end at the same time to really get the sound of it before I record the midi sequence.


OVERALL OPINION

I am not bias but im just not a fan of 25 key midi controllers because they are just not enough for me. If I am going to use a 25 key controller I mine as well load up FL studio and just use the recorder keys that are on my laptop as the piano keys (fl studio has an option for this) and make my patterns and save money from buying at 25 key controller.
yoTrakkz10/16/2011

yoTrakkz's review"very portable"

Akai LPK25
So far, from playing around with the Akai LPK25 for about an hour, it seems pretty nice. Keys feel good and construction is light but durable. Velocity curve seems OK. Arpeggiator is fun - I thought I wouldn't use it, but maybe I will, since I often have to plunk out baselines at gigs and I'm not really a keyboardist by any stretch of the imagination! I like the different arp modes and the latching system.


UTILIZATION

Sustain switch is not that useful when not in arpeggiator mode, because it takes a finger to hold it down (granted the keyboard is small, so you can still use a few fingers form that hand to play). I would have preferred a jack for a foot switch (even if it had to be 1/8" to fit, you could easily use a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter). I also wish it had at least one continuous controller. A suggestion would be to use software that turns your laptop track pad into a continuous MIDI controller. I am not sure what's out there to do that, but it can be done in Max/MSP very easily.



OVERALL OPINION

Overall, I wish there was some indication of how many octaves you have shifted up or down - right now the button backlights if you have shifted by any number of octaves in the direction. A different color LED backlight to the button or even a blinking pattern (the cheaper solution) to indicate how MANY octaves you are shifted in a direction would be good. Also the graphics above the octave keys appear to be wrong - there is an UP pointing arrow over the octave down (left) key and a DOWN pointing arrow over the octave up (right) key no big deal, but kind of weird. But this is a nice portable midi controller that you will use often In your portable set up. Akai has done it again.
moosers09/08/2010

moosers's review

Akai LPK25
The Akai LPK25 (Laptop Performance Keyboard) is a MIDI controller keyboard consisting of 25 mini keys. Like the name states, it's designed to be compact and portable for use with your lap top, but of course you can use it with anything you'd like. It is USB based, and it's plug and play so you just plug it and you're good to go - no driver is needed. It is also USB bus powered, so you won't need an external power supply, which is a great feature especially if you're going to use this on the move. It is also supposed to come with editing software, but I don't know what kind of software it is and I've never had a need to check it out.

UTILIZATION

The make up of the Akai LPK25 really couldn't be much easier. Beyond the 25 mini keys, it's also got buttons for octave up and down, sustain, program, and for using an arpeggiator. Users should be able to operate the LPK25 upon initial inspection and certainly without the assistance of a manual since it's such a simple make up.

OVERALL OPINION

With certainly not the best overall MIDI controller, the Akai LPK25 doesn't aim to be. It's made for those who want the portability of a MIDI keyboard for use on the stage, in the studio, or wherever else you care to bring it. I'm definitely not a huge fan of mini keys in general, but that's definitely what needed to be done here in order to make it portable and the way it is. The keys don't have the greatest feel, but again what can you really expect with a keyboard of this size? It's certainly a trade off, but if you want something for bringing with you, the trade off is definitely worth it. There are a few other MIDI controllers out there that are this size, but to date I haven't tried many of them. The Akai LPK25 seems to be a great bet for those looking for an inexpensive, portable MIDI controller.
tilmanjulien@live.fr09/25/2013

tilmanjulien@live.fr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Nice"

Akai LPK25
I was looking for a master keyboard small to place on my desk next to my keyboard (I could connect my Roland Juno-G but the size is not very practical in this case). It connects via USB directly to the computer.

UTILIZATION

The feel is related to the price of the keyboard: all plastic and at a cost of € 39. It is cheap but we know we not buy a high end for the price. It is very easy to use (in its grip as its installation: plug and play).

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a few weeks and it suits me perfectly. I have not tried other keyboard except the Fame of the same kind (such high quality). It is compact and that's why I wanted this format. Value for money quite honest. I would do this choice without hesitation: he does what he is asked and that's what matters to me ...
FilipeT03/20/2013

FilipeT's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Nice / Practice / Different uses"

Akai LPK25
Compact / Tranportable
Connectivity: USB

UTILIZATION

The keys are a bit small and not very wide. but nevertheless it is very suitable for my, I used to use my samples play on serato
Not even need the manual hand grip quite easy e

OVERALL OPINION

1 year

Akai LPD8 the

most transportable midi / usb usable with most production software

good value for money, but there are better for 40-50 € more
hybrid slinky03/18/2013

hybrid slinky's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" computer music everywhere, all the time!"

Akai LPK25
What characteristics have motivated your choice?
Size, ideal for nomads who seek to exploit any moment to compose.

USB is simple, plug and play ...

I use it with garage band.

For me it is a great way to lay the beginnings of a component. Keyboard clean, with some sounds on garage band, it allows you to concentrate solely on the music, and it avoids distracting the rest ...

UTILIZATION

The touch keyboard is it enjoyable?
yes and no, I usually play on a M50 88 ... we are obviously disappointed but the keyboard is very easy to play and ask a component do not ask more than that;)

Should your use?

Yes I use during my long journeys trains. Travelers are not disturbed unless it like a type MPC-____-.

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you been using?
5 months
Did you try many other models before buying it?
not my keyboard is a smaller axiom 49
What is so special that you like most and least?
Easy to change octave, sustain not easy to hold.
What is so special that you like most and least?
For 40 euros, very good value for money.
I am not necessarily interested in similar products, but I am fully satisfied with the product.
medline03/17/2013

medline's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" fun and easy"

Akai LPK25
Size.
USB connection.

UTILIZATION

Easy to use, convenient for a small home studio to make bass lines, melodies and even agreements. To solos on the other hand I use a midi keyboard with more keys and octave size standarts.

It should not have big fingers.

I did not read the manual. But I do my controller is only for plugins.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a year in a lot of prods that are now out. As what we can suffice him as usual.

Everything depends on the style of music that you eventually. But it has its uses to make lines, riffs, gimmicks and simple chords. It does not take place. In short, it has flaws when used for what it is not.

Use Wisely for all the potential it has.

It has a good value for money, it is quite robust. Only the cable noon is fragile, twelve o'clock USB plug has not resisted the use of my 3 year old son ... This is unfortunate for portable equipment that should be increuvable.
R2o03/12/2013

R2o's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" practice"

Akai LPK25
Small portable controller. Mini usb connector. Cable supplied.
Keyboard, knobs, pads and arpeggiator, all standing in a backpack. Plug and play. Recognized by most daw.

UTILIZATION

No need for manual very intuitive.
The keyboard has a relatively low hit particularly accurate velocity. To consider as a keyboard dappoint.
The pads are correct and accessible knobs.

OVERALL OPINION

I lutilise for travel within nomadic. The value for money is the linstant meileur the market for this size master keyboard with all the controllers required to model.
Koolfunky03/08/2013

Koolfunky's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Simple and efficient for the price / size"

Akai LPK25
Chosen for its mini size and portability as for mobile use. USB connection.

UTILIZATION

Used with an ultrabook is the ideal choice to play melodies with the other laptop keyboard. Affected somewhat elastic but not annoying. It should not be expected to touch piano for the price and size. Automatically recognized in ableton live, perfect for vst and other synths.

OVERALL OPINION

Used for over a year. It does not replace a real master keyboard but for a portable studio or home it troubleshoots minimum well. For me it is a complement. The arpeggiator is a bit anecdotal but hey, it can be used. I do not regret my purchase.