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Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII | 25-Key USB MIDI Keyboard & Drum Pad Controller with Joystick
- Compact keyboard controller easily fits backpack and studio production desk (12.4" long, 1.6 lbs)
- Powered by USB connection to computer, with free virtual-instrument download packages
- Features addiitional features such as Pitchbend/Mod Joystick, Note Repeat button, Full Level button, Tap Tempo button
- 25-synth-action mini-keys, 8 velocity-sensitive rubber drum pads with two banks, and eight assignable control knobs
- Dedicated buttons for Note Repeat, Full Level, and Octave Up and Down. Hardware Requirements - Macintosh - 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended). 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended). Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended). PC - 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended). 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended); Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP; Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended). QuickTime recommended. Editor Software Requirements - Mac OS X 10.7+ or Windows 7+
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The new MPK Mini MKII is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed to easily fit in the laptop-toting musician’s backpack and still earn its spot on the desktop producer’s crowded table space.
For maximum portability, the MPK Mini MKII requires no software drivers or external power adapter for operation. It supports plug-and-play connectivity, features USB-MIDI, and powers up with a single USB connection to your computer.
With an array of hardware controls, the MPK mini MKII lets you record, compose, and perform with virtual instruments, effect plugins, and Digital Audio Workstations whenever inspiration strikes.
It features 25 velocity-sensitive synth-action keys, a 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation manipulation, 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads, and 8 assignable Q-Link knobs. Plus, two banks expand the number of MPC-style pads to 16 for extended creative capabilities.
The MPK mini MKII includes all the essentials for quickly laying down and expanding upon your musical ideas.
Finally, it comes bundled with professional production software and virtual instruments free downloads for immediate music creation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What software comes with the Akai MPK Mini?
The Akai MPK Mini comes with the following software:
- Akai Pro MPC Essentials
- SONiVOX Wobble 2
- AIR Hybrid 3
- Preset Editor Software
How do I get my software?
- Go to akaipro.com/my-account
- Login to your Akai Pro account. If you do not have an account, Create one.
- Once you have logged in or created your Akai Professional user account, choose Register a Product.
- Enter the requested information to Register your MPK2 series controller and press Submit.
- Once you have Registered your MPK2 Series controller, you can now find the downloads for the various included software within the My Account section.
What operating systems is it supported with?
The Akai MPK Mini is supported on the latest operating systems, including Windows 8 and Mac 10.9. The MPK Mini is a class-compliant plug-and-play device that does not require a specific driver installation in order to be functional and will function with all major Windows and Mac operating systems from Windows XP, Vista and 7 to Mac 10.4 and later.
Is it powered by USB or wall power supply?
The Akai MPK Mini is USB hub powered. It connects and powers by a standard USB-A to USB-B cable and does not require a wall power supply.
What are the differences between the MPK Mini MKI and MKII?
Some of the major additions and changes to the Akai MPK Mini are:
- Features a 4-way Pitch Bend and Modulation joystick. This joystick has three assignable modes, including:
- Pitch Bend - Up, down, left and right
- Modulation 1 - There is a single CC per axis. The center CC is at 64 and the joystick modulates on the axis of choice.
- Modulation 2 - There are two CCs per axis. The center axis is 0 and the endpoint CCs on each axis can be set by the user with the included preset editor.
- Connects via standard USB-A to USB-B cable rather than a mini-USB to USB-B cable.
- Features a Noterepeat and Full-level button option.
- Contains a 1/4” Sustain pedal input for standard momentary non-latching foot-switch functionality.
- The 8 velocity-sensitive pads have back-lit red and green coloring.
Can I change the default presets?
Yes! There are four built-in presets that can be chosen in the controller. These presets can be edited, adjusted and uploaded to the MPK Mini using the included preset editor.
Wait! What if I still have more questions?
Don’t worry! You can watch step-by-step tutorials in the Related Video Shorts below or visit akaipro.com/kb/search/MPK_Mini for more detailed FAQs.
- Note Keys: (25) velocity-sensitive mini keys
- Pads: (8) assignable backlit pads, velocity- and pressure-sensitive
- Pad Banks: (2) banks
- Knobs: (8) assignable 270º knobs
- X-Y Controller: (1) configurable thumbstick with 3 modes
- Octaves: 10-octave range with octave up/down buttons
- Arpeggiator: adjustable resolution, range, and modes
- Additional Controls:
- Note Repeat button
- Full Level button
- Tap Tempo button
- Inputs / Outputs
- (1) USB port
- (1) 1/4” (6.35mm) TS input for sustain pedal
- Power: USB power via full-size USB jack; no power adapter required
- Dimensions (width x depth x height):
- Product: 12.5” x 7.13” x 1.75”
- Shipping: 14.3” x 8.64” x 2.9”
- Product: 1.65 lbs
- Shipping: 2.43 lbs
- MPK mini
- USB Cable
- MPK mini Editor (download)
- Software Download Card
- User Guide
- Safety & Warranty Manual
From the manufacturer
Take Control, Wherever you go!
Go mobile without losing control. Akai Professional’s MPK Mini MKII is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed for the traveling musician and the desktop producer.
With a cluster of production-centric in-demand hardware controls coupled with a slim-line ultra-portable footprint, MPK mini lets you record, compose and perform with virtual instruments, effect plugins and DAWs whenever inspiration strikes.
Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Technology, is a critically acclaimed high-definition synthesizer that can create anything from fat, retro synth sounds to edgy modern leads and everything in between.
SONiVOX’s Wobble is an electronic music grime synthesizer that features two independent channels of spectral morphing synthesis with harmonic controls, individual filtering and discrete LFO controls.
With MPC Essentials, charge your production with a powerful 64-bit music production package featuring up to eight pad banks (for a total of 128 tracks), a 1 GB sound library and user-friendly import capability for your own WAV and AIFF samples.
Experience expanded control of your VST instrument and effect collection with MPK Mini MKII and VIP 3.1. VIP 3.1 provides you with unparalleled access to your virtual instrument and effect collection, seamlessly integrating the hardware / software experience.
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With the Essential Collection expand your sonic arsenal with an exclusive, expertly-curated Ableton-ready sample library comprising: 3 Ableton Live Clip Projects, complete with lessons and walkthroughs; 8 Drum Racks and 1 Drum Rack Project; 6 Audio FX Racks, curated into Ableton Live Lite, Studio and Suite versions; 8 groove-fuelled MIDI drum clips; 16 hard-hitting, professionally mixed drum loops; 128 production ready one-shot samples - kick, bass, cymbal, snare, hi-hat, percussion, FX, vocal and melodic; 32 inspiring melodic, bass, vocal and atmospheric / FX loops.
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- The pads' lights may turn on but no midi is sent. This happens if you don't press the pads hard enough.
- The keys are rather small so don't expect to play Asturias so smoothly.
- The joystick on the top left has an unusual Knob1 on X axis and Knob2 reverse on Y axis so didn't use it much.
The keys and pads are responsive and the LEDs under the pads are trey cool. The octave up/down buttons will place these keys anywhere you want. There were zero issues setting it up. Presonus StudioOne had it already setup as an instrument. Just select and go. I love this thing.
Easy to install (literally plug and play), easy to figure out the features and I really like the included VST's. The fact that they provide you with a couple of plugins to start making sounds is simply pleasant. Had it for a few months now, and it works perfectly, not a sign of misbehaviour or damage.
Also I had an issue with my unit so Amazon sent me a replacement free of charge!
This little Akai is super compact, and got Drum Pad, I started producing on it and it works great.
I now have a bigger 61 Key keyboard but I still use this Akai a lot, you have everything you need on it, pitch bend, Drumb pad and 25 keys.
The keys feels a bit like a toy when you are used to real piano but it works great for producing
Really good for starting
This is perfect for more of the all around musician, or a beginner trying to figure out what they like with their styles.