Akai Professional MPK mini

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

Public price: $99 VAT
Viialou 03/21/2014

Akai Professional MPK mini : Viialou's user review

«  A real pleasure. »

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Value For Money : Excellent
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).


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.


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
It look!

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.