Akai announced the MPK61, the fourth model in the company's unique line of keyboard/MPC performance controllers.
Each MPK controller combines a piano-style keybed with a bank of Akai Professional MPC pads, assignable Q-Link controllers and some of the technologies from the icon MPC. Producers, performers and DJs will appreciate the MPK61's mix of 61 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 16 MPC pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity, 72 assignable Q-Link, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing and an arpeggiator.
The MPK61's size is designed for performers who need a larger range than the original 49-key MPK49 offers, but also prefer the lighter weight and associated portability of a semi-weighted keyboard. The MPK61 retains the key split features from the MPK88, enabling the performer to divide the keyboard into two zones for performing with two different programs at once.
The MPK61 comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software, designed to enable musicians to compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment. The MPK61 is a MIDI controller that sends MIDI values over USB for plug-and-play performance with Mac and PC. Because they are MIDI compliant, the MPK series works with virtually all MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software for musical performers from keyboard players to producers to DJs and VJs, the company assures.
The MPK61 performance keyboard controller will be available from professional audio and musical instrument retailers Q3, 2009.
For more information, check out www.akaipro.com.
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