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Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard 

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The Akai LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard is a USB-MIDI controller for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. The keyboard measures les...Click To Read More About This Product

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Melodic performance in the palm of your hand.

The Akai LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard is a USB-MIDI controller for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. The keyboard measures less than 13" across and weighs under a pound, so it fits easily into your laptop case, backpack, or messenger bag for extreme portability.

Keyboard players who want to work with software on their computer will find that the Akai LPK25 gives their laptop the keys they need to express themselves anywhere. The LPK25 is a scaled-down relative to the Akai MPK series of keyboard performance controllers. The diminutive keyboard is made up of 25 miniature, velocity-sensitive keyboard keys with synth action.

The Akai LPK25 Performance Keyboard contains an arpeggiator, which steps through chords automatically, assisting musicians with creating quick melodic ideas. Sustain, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls round out the Akai LPK25 keyboard controller's easy-to-learn layout.

The Akai LPDK25 offers plug-and-play with Mac and PC computers and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. The LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard has 4 memory banks for programming and recalling settings appropriate to the software programs you use.

FEATURES
  • USB-MIDI controller works with virtually all audio software
  • 25 velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard keys
  • Arpeggiator, sustain button, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls
  • Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC requires no driver installation
  • Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag
  • Four programmable memory banks
  • Send note information or program changes from keys
  • Comes with editor software for Mac and PC

Quickly create melodic and harmonic riffs anywhere when you buy the LPK25.

SPECIFICATIONS

LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard

  • Weight: 1 lb.
    Dimensions: 1.1"H x 13.4"W x 3.8"D
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Akai ProfessionalLPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard
 
4.3

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

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    (2)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (11)
  • Good quality (9)
  • Easy to use (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for what it is, a little small

I have used a lot of midi keyboards with all the bells and whistles. Anything from 16key to 81key. This one is great with the two octave rango. It has the arp, sustain...Read complete review

I have used a lot of midi keyboards with all the bells and whistles. Anything from 16key to 81key. This one is great with the two octave rango. It has the arp, sustain for the arp, and octave up/down. Everything you need, nothing you don't. It's small, fits in my 13" Macbook Pro Messenger bag. It is SO light. For composing, on the road, this thing is great. However, for studio work and live, I would not recommend. The keys are SO small. Little licks, riffs, and solos are nearly impossible. I bought this along with Scarlett 2i2 for on-the-go writing and recording on a budget. I wish I could go back and buy a full size midi keyboard. If you're on a budget, this should suffice. If you have a little more coin, try going for Oxygen or something along those lines.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good for the price...

If I had tried it in the store I would not have bought it. Two reasons: The keys are very stiff and sluggish and it has no pitch bend. Useful at only the...Read complete review

If I had tried it in the store I would not have bought it. Two reasons: The keys are very stiff and sluggish and it has no pitch bend. Useful at only the most basic level but I can use it to make accompaniments on garageband. It is a very handy size for laptop music making. I tried it because of the size and price.

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

does what it does very well

By nofrets

from Denver/Front Range, CO

Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

This is a simple 2-octave keyboard. A true keyboardist would call this a "toy" but when on-site and you need to add pads or percussion or basic keys parts, this can be a life saver. Nicely made equipment even though plastic. And I've used it with 32-bit Windows (XP & Vista) as well as 64-bit Mac. To the best of my knowledge, I've had no problems whatsoever in any environment with this little dude.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So far, perfect.

By BlackStar

from Arlington, TX

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

      Perfect size. Low power usage. Love it!

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great for what it is, a little small

      By Frank

      from Boston, MA

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      Pros

      • Compatible
      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Lightweight
      • Small

      Cons

      • Keys are very small

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Travel
      • Writing

      Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

      I have used a lot of midi keyboards with all the bells and whistles. Anything from 16key to 81key. This one is great with the two octave rango. It has the arp, sustain for the arp, and octave up/down. Everything you need, nothing you don't. It's small, fits in my 13" Macbook Pro Messenger bag. It is SO light. For composing, on the road, this thing is great. However, for studio work and live, I would not recommend. The keys are SO small. Little licks, riffs, and solos are nearly impossible. I bought this along with Scarlett 2i2 for on-the-go writing and recording on a budget. I wish I could go back and buy a full size midi keyboard. If you're on a budget, this should suffice. If you have a little more coin, try going for Oxygen or something along those lines.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Score

      By Spectaclees

      from Garden Valley, TX

      Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

      Just purchased this, I have never owned a midi controller before. I have a little experience with the microkorg, but that's the extent of my keyboard knowledge. The LPK25 is great, I chose this over the nanokey because of the obvious advantages in quality. The two things I wish this keyboard had are mod buttons like the nanokey and a sustain pedal input. I don't understand why these portable controllers don't have sustain inputs, the little buttons can be so inconvenient. Other than that, great controller. Pairs great with a macbook and garage band. I'm still learning how to program the controller and use the arpeggiator, but that's not the keyboard's fault. If you're looking for something to experiment with midi on but don't want blow your cash, this is a great choice. i suggest you take advantage of the price match policy as well, you can save a good chunk of cash.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Accessory

      By Shred Science

      from Tulsa

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      Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

      I use this Akai LPK25 with Reaper. The size is perfect, as it EASILY fits right between me and the computer keyboard. The mini-keys work well for me, as I am not Mozart. This unit does not have the feel of a grand piano, which is what one might expect. It works fine with my 32-bit Windows XP. You can take it anywhere you go with a laptop. No driver to install, just plug it in. This is great for the guitarist who just wants to add a little variety to their performance. I think it's a very nice product.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great travel solution

      By fussylizard

      from Austin, TX

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Portable

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Travel

      Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

      I got this to use while traveling, and I've used it heavily about a month. It's a good size overall- easy to carry around in a backpack and perfect for playing chords and melodies while on the go.

      With only 2 octaves there are limits to what you can do, but that's the tradeoff for the small size. While it's better than using a piano roll or computer keyboard to enter notes into a DAW on the go, I need more octaves for normal studio use. The keys are small but useable.

      The keyboard has synth weighting and feels pretty good, and while being made of plastic it seems solid enough. If it were stolen or lost, I'd get another immediately.

      Bottom line: A great product if you need extreme portability.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice and Small

      By Bass Player / Producer

      from Iowa

      Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

      I bought this yesterday and I'm so happy with it. I can create music anywhere and it is such an upgrade that trying to use my rather large M-Audio Axiom 49 or the CAPS LOCK on the keyboard. Very nice feel for the size.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Midi!!!

      By Juan Jacquez

      from Coachella, CA

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      Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

      I use this keyboard a lot and it is really fun to use. It feels really durable and will last a long time.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Travel Practice Keyboard

      By stephenabritton

      from Boston Ma

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

      • 'no' Software

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Travel

      Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

      I am predominantly a bass player, but I am a musician first. Often I need to travel for extended periods for work and am unable to bring a bass with me, so recently I bought this little guy to take with me.

      The build quality is incredible, and it fits in my back pack with ease and without fear of causing any damage to it. It's so small I was able to comfortably play music on the plane with a person on either side of me ( in coach ).

      Be aware it is only a barebones keyboard, no bending, no sustain; 25 keys, octave up and octave down. Also as far as I can tell there is no software bundled with it that allows you to actually use it. This may or may not be common, I'm not quite sure.

      I am extremely pleased with this product and would definitely considering buying Akai again if I needed another product that they sell.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      one of the best keyboard i ever try

      By cmg

      from Bronx, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Akai Professional LPK25 Laptop Performance Keyboard:

          this one of the best midi usb keyboard i try and is very portable not heavy sound great love it easy to use and the price was very good.

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