Akai MPK mini
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Akai MPK mini

MPK mini, 25-Key MIDI Keyboard from Akai in the MPK series.

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Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 23 reviews )
 4 reviews17 %
 13 reviews57 %
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 1 user review4 %
Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent
kondwanikaphaizi07/15/2014

kondwanikaphaizi's review"It just gets the job done"

Akai MPK mini
For over 8 years I made music with only my computer mouse and keyboard, but as time went by and my skill developed I felt it was time to buy a MIDI keyboard just to add a new dimension to my creation process. I decided to get a small keyboard to start with since I'm not an expert player. After a bit of searching I came across the AKAI MPK Mini which I purchased.

The unit is a USB MIDI controller which has 25 standard piano keys, 8 drum pads and 8 knobs for assigning to various controls. It has a dedicated buttons for changing the octave up or down, a built-in arpeggiator and a sustain button for holding notes. The 8 pads have a backlight. Power and MIDI data are both sent via a single USB cable.

Installing the keyboard is a breeze. It doesn't need any extra drivers to work. You simply plug it into the USB port on your computer and the drivers are automatically installed. It should work on both Windows and Mac, though I've only used it on my Windows 7 machine with no issues. It also comes with a software to help you assign the keys on the keys to various functions.


UTILIZATION

The best thing about this keyboard are the velocity-sensitive drum pads. This doesn't come as a surprise because the controller is made by AKAI, the same company which makes the MPC. They make for a very enjoyable experience when programming drums. To really enjoy it though you have to have your latency setting set as low as possible on your host so that you can enjoy the instant feedback. I've personally used it for composing drum patterns and for triggering patterns in FL Studio's performance mode and it is very enjoyable. There's a bank button on the unit which you can use to assign an additional 8 sounds to the pads, so in essence you can assign a total of 16 sounds to the pads.

Another handy feature is the memory bank which allows you to program the keys & knobs to suit your DAW. So every time you use the keyboard in your DAW you don't have to reassign the keys. You can save the settings of up to 4 different DAWs, meaning you can quickly switch from DAW to DAW without having to re-program the keys. This particular feature is very convenient for me because I often work in 2 DAWs (FL Studio and REAPER), sometimes 3 (Studio One) so I never have to re-program the keys when I switch.

The piano keys themselves are sometimes unresponsive which can be quite frustrating as well as the USB connector which is not of good quality. I've damaged mine due to its flimsiness and have to sit carefully with the keys to make sure they don't move around too much which is annoying.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall the controller does the job that it's meant to do, the drum pads are great and it comes with a decent amount of features. As a production keyboard it meets my needs. If you're a mobile musician this keyboard will come in great when you don't want to take your bigger gear along with you. It's best feature as far as I'm concerned are the drum pads. It also works great in FL Studio's performance mode. I'd have to think twice before buying this product because of the fragile USB connector and the keys which are sometimes unresponsive. I have come across some better keyboards such as the SubZero SPC Mini Key which has a lot of the same features and is more durable.

Pros:
- Highly portable
- Packed full of features
- Beautiful design

Cons:
- Keys are springy and sometimes unresponsive
- The USB connector is easy to break
polishdog9008/25/2011

polishdog90's review"Great mini midi controller"

Akai MPK mini
Number of Keys: 25 velocity-sensitive
Pads: 8 velocity-sensitive, light-up MPC-style pads x 2 banks
Knobs: 8 assignable controller pots
Computer Interface: USB/MIDI only
Programs: 4
Octaves: 9
Arpeggiator: Yes
Additional controls: Sustain, Tap-Tempo, CC
Dimensions: 6" x 13.6" x 1.2"
Weight: 2 lbs (shipping weight 2.5 lbs)

I really like this controller because it is small. It's small enough to fit in a computer bag and it's usb powered so you can really jam on it anywhere.

UTILIZATION

Using this product was really easy. I just plugged it into my mac, installed the drivers and it was good to go. The only thing that takes a little bit of setting up is using the pads. The pre-loaded notes didn't match up with the drum kits in reason so I had to manually change the notes so that I could have a more comfortable and usable drum/sample pad. The tap tempo and arpeggiator features both work very well and come in handy. The keys aren't weighted but if you get used to them you can utilize the velocity sensitive feature. The 8 assignable controller pots are useful too. They are the same situation as the pads, you have to set them up, but once you get them working they are really awesome. You can use them to add real time effects to your synth/instrument. I have some assigned to reverb, delay, modulation, phaser, etc. Using the knobs allows you to add any amount of those effects in real time so that you can improvise some pretty cool stuff live.

OVERALL OPINION

I really like this controller. It is perfect for a portable midi controller. Weighted keys, more keys, and a modulation wheel would be nice but aren't really practical for such a small unit. For the price, I can't think of a better midi controller. I've used a few other small midi controllers but got annoyed with all of the wires I had to carry around to get it working properly with my computer. This one is one plug and done. No midi adapters, no power chords, no instrument wires, no pedals. It's small enough to just fit in with my laptop wherever I take it. It definitely has enough features to effectively produce some cool electronic music. I would buy this again if I needed another.
myguk01/29/2011

myguk's review" Not agree at all with the previous Opinion"

Akai MPK mini
I have XP home edition and it works fine with me ...
Akai will probably propose a solution in the future (drivers) for this kind of product.

UTILIZATION

Everything is included on this little MIDI keyboard, a real Swiss Army knife for computer music:
knobs, pads, keyboard, ultra compact and small (almost a toy).

OVERALL OPINION

Very pleased with this acquisition, I had a keyboard E-MU Xboard 25 and remained very good but I was looking for something smaller to move, the pads also have finally convinced me, sold one to buy another.
Definitely the best MIDI keyboard for musicians on the go!
Mésonoxie01/16/2011

Mésonoxie's review"Does not work under Windows XP"

Akai MPK mini
I just wanted to post my review to indicate that the Akai MPK Mini seems to not work under Windows XP, even when the USB Audio Device is installed.

So beware before you buy!

UTILIZATION

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OVERALL OPINION

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Viialou03/21/2014

Viialou's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A real pleasure."

Akai MPK mini
At the time I had a small budget. I was looking for a master keyboard FL Studio to easily compose melodies for rap productions. For a beginner, the MPK offers almost everything: master keyboard, 8 pads, 8 assignable knobs, and dimensions that allow it to carry in a bag of mini PC.

In terms of connectivity, a single USB port (a little bit fragile).

UTILIZATION

The touch keyboard is perfect for me who am not a pianist, I even prefer it that touch of classic synth, as more flexible and allows (in my case) to play some faster tunes. The key size realize the most compact keyboard, so it is easier to ask agreements uh ... large?

At pads I ventured to upgrade based plaster following a tutorial on Youtube. And it works the thunder, finger on the pad and it reacts directly. And all this with a red light in the background, this is the class.

Config general simple, plug 'in some past forums still to play in FL Studio hours. Yeah, because as the user manual, apparently in Akai writing is not their thing too. There is also an app comes with ... I do've never used. MIDI via USB.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for almost a year.
No model before this one, I am very satisfied, no acquisition in sight before he let me go. And it can be long.
In its little plastic toy (the latter of pretty decent quality), it seems to me very solid. It has survived me a year, it is a sign.

What I like most:

Maintains in a backpack / computer bag / on a cluttered desk
Brings 3-in-1 controller types with several banks for pads
Keyboard-
It look!
Price-

And many others, this little machine is really a friend.

What I like least:

-Uh ... the knobs! To kick a less cheap plastic hair would have been welcome. If anyone knows a site to order more ...
-The manual, even if the documentation on the internet abounds.

Quality / price ratio: it was worth the money, and even a little more, it's cool from Akai to make computer music accessible with similar products (see MPD16). It's 100% plastic, but less than $ 100, I know few manufacturers that offer such benefits. For example, FLS, I can do everything with ... provided you have a mouse.
Cocolux01/05/2014

Cocolux's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Not bad"

Akai MPK mini
Small size, ease of handling.

USE

The keys are well infrieur the most complete models akai home but still not bad.

NOTICE GLOBAL

I do not like the touch keyboard but otherwise everything is ok for the quality price ratio.
officialbob510/22/2013

officialbob5's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" really nice"

Akai MPK mini
it is a gift from a friend.
USB connection

UTILIZATION

keyboard and nice and suits me well, the general pattern is clear enough. The midi connection with different programs is quite easy.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 1 year and a half, I've tested a few.

strong point: aesthetics, weight, portability
weak point:

very good value for price.
Djzapman05/28/2013

Djzapman's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Still a little disappointed from the LPD8."

Akai MPK mini
1. FEATURES
I bought for use primarily with Serato DJ ScratchLive (SSL), so my opinion is very personal.
The goal was to replace my LPD8 and gain more control keys & Ben ..... he missed! : (
What connector (MIDI pedals ...)? ...
USB

UTILIZATION

2. USE
The feel is correct in the genre.
The manual is zero and English.
The setup is a little headlock, I really struggled! The problem is that by default, the pads have the same parameters noon keys. It will then assign the software comes with. There are still four presets on the AKAI site, it helps out.
Yes and no, it must pass through the software delivered and do not forget to click UPLOAD to confirm. Something I did not at first. So of course ....: D

OVERALL OPINION

3. OPINION GLOBAL
I use it for a month, but I will surely separate me.
I have the LPD8 and my use is very good, but I wanted to have more change & control buttons except .....
The LPD8 has 4 pad banks AND the knobs. And that's the difference! Hence my disappointment! Indeed, MPKMINI has only two banks Pad and ONE of knobs.
So I find myself even more cramped with the LPD8. And this is the drama ...
So disappointed (again for my use), but at the same time, I should have informed me further.
Otherwise, good value and good construction report. Reliability is also waiting for you (see what I should have put him in LPD8!). That said, a pity that the knobs are too short and slippery, it is necessary to press it hard enough to not we escape, and DJing, well here we go sometimes as bourins ... I take the opportunity to appeal: If someone is better knobs, I am!
The pads are good & nice but the keyboard still a bit limited with my big fingers. It will serve me any time in my studio attendants to find better.
With experience, you do again this choice?
I do not have that choice for SSL, but it is a nice well built keyboard for a mini budget.
To summarize:
The +
-Small, solid, enjoyable.
-Pads enjoyable.
The -
-Manual in English and very succinct found on the net (!).
- (So) galley well at first.
-Buttons too small (though there is room height) fingers slide a little (see above)
Only two bank-PAD (the LPD8 in 4)
-Only one bank of knobs (in the LPD8 4)
Mini-USB
Edmondlouis02/16/2013

Edmondlouis's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very interested in a priori"

Akai MPK mini
Reviews found on the Internet.
But this device is virtually unused so far.

UTILIZATION

Touch: probably much
The rest, I do not know ... and for good reason: I can not use me!
The "manual" is very very poor!
Could you ask the author of the report that you publish smart today if it would not be possible to create a manual reflecting its own experience, you pass to it is attached to Audiofanzine there and to troubleshoot any unhappy users who MPK on the Web, complain bitterly of a serious lack of good documentation on this unit.
Thank you all, you and the author of the report, as I do myself today.
With all my friendships.
EG

OVERALL OPINION

Given what I have just written, you understand, I am sure, that it is impossible to objectively answer your questions. And I deeply regret.
chiourme12/25/2012

chiourme's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Fragile"

Akai MPK mini
Keyboard 25 keys, 8 pads, 8 knobs.
Mini USB socket simply welded.

UTILIZATION

He does what is asked

OVERALL OPINION

Mini USB connectors on very fragile, not fixed, only soldered onto the board.