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Mini controller with maximum functionality.
Go mobile without losing control. The MPK mini is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed for the traveling musician and the desktop producer. With an array of hardware controls, MPK mini lets you record, compose, and perform with virtual instruments, effect plugins, and DAWs 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.
MPK mini includes all the essentials for quickly laying down and expanding upon your musical ideas. Dedicated Octave Up and Down buttons increase the keyboard to the full melodic range, and a sustain pedal input is built in for expressive playing and recording. An onboard arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range, and modes makes it easy to create intricate melodic lines with little effort. Plus, MPC Note Repeat and Full Level allow users to access genuine technologies from Akai Professional’s line of MPC workstations.
For maximum portability, MPK mini 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 Mac or PC. Four memory banks enable you to store hardware/software presets for quick and easy setting up of your computer and MPK mini.
MPK mini comes bundled with professional production software and virtual instruments for immediate music creation. Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a 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. MPC Essentials, a groove/beat production and sample-triggering software, lets producers and musicians incorporate genuine MPC workflow into their DAW of choice and extends the power of MPK mini by adding up to 8 pad banks and 4 samples and insert effects per pad. MPC Essentials also runs in standalone mode, so you can start making music without a DAW.
MPK mini MIDI Editor
Unlock the true potential of your MPK mini with the MPK mini MIDI Editor software. This MIDI editor is a powerful preset management software that lets MPK Mini users customize their hardware and software setup on their Mac or PC. Create and tweak presets for your favorite virtual instruments, plugins, and DAWs, then store them on your MPK mini. You’ll spend less time setting up your gear and more time doing what you love—making great music.
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Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:
This controller is decent for someone who just needs an inexpensive home controller. That said, and I don't think it is MF's fault, but promised software is no where to be seen. It is to be downloaded but Akai's website will valid the controllers' serial number and I have seen this a common complaint. No validation, means no software. My email to Akai so has far gone unanswered, so buyer beware.
It does interface with my EZ drummer program which is what I wanted it for but not having the software really limits what I can do with the device.
Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:
I must say this model is MUCH better than the first generation MPK Mini. They definitely improved the quality in every aspect. The pads are now much more responsive and there is no "modding" needed anymore to get them to work properly. The key bed now feels right and when playing a piano or other dynamic instrument, I can get results similar to playing full size keys. You also have the new pitch and mod stick which I've yet to see on another controller this size. The overall build quality is leagues above the old one too. I also noticed they've added some foam underneath the pads so that it feels more sturdy and quiet when you're beating the snot out of them!
I've been less than impressed with a lot of Akai's older controllers (including the 1st generation MPK Mini) but this one they definitely got right. It's the best compact midi controller I've used to date and I hope it will last for years to come. My only complaint is the rotary knobs still feel awkward and there's almost no resistance when turning them.
If you're looking for something to pair with a laptop or even as an extra controller to have around the studio, this is a great value.