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OVERVIEW

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.

Get Creative
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.

Plug-And-¦Go!
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.

Software Included
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.

FEATURES
  • Incorporates 5 years of user feedback for an all-new, enhanced design
  • 25 synth-action mini keys
  • 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation control
  • 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads with Note Repeat & Full Level
  • 8 assignable Q-Link knobs for mixing, tweaking plug-ins, and more
  • Built-in arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range, and modes
  • Dedicated Octave Up and Octave Down buttons
  • Ultra-compact design lets you create anywhere
  • USB-powered; no power adapter required
  • Full-size sustain pedal input jack
  • Comprehensive production software package included

Order this compact keyboard and pad controller today.

SPECIFICATIONS

MPK Mini Mk2

  • Number of Keys: 25 velocity-sensitive
    Pads: 8 pressure- and velocity-sensitive, light-up MPC-style pads x 2 banks
    Knobs: 8 assignable controller pots
    Computer interface: USB-MIDI communications to Mac/PC
    Programs: 4
    Octaves: 10 with Octave Up and Down
    Arpeggiator: Yes
    Additional Controls: Pitchbend/Mod Joystick, Note Repeat button, Full Level button, Tap Tempo button
    Additional Inputs: (1) 1/4" (6.35mm) TS input for sustain pedal
    Power: USB power via full-size USB jack; no power adapter required
    Dimensions: 12.5" x 7.13" x 1.75"
    Weight: 1.65 lbs
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Akai ProfessionalMPK Mini Mk2
 
3.2

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

54%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (5)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)
  • Not functional (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

very satisfied

solid! so affordable and practical. still impressive. the best part of course are the 8 pads. the 25 keys may leave a little to be desired for some people, but they work...Read complete review

solid! so affordable and practical. still impressive. the best part of course are the 8 pads. the 25 keys may leave a little to be desired for some people, but they work just fine for me. I used mine for about a year and now have moved on to a full size instrument, the mpd232. I'm happy with the upgrade. the pads on the mpd232 are even nicer than on the mpk25 mini and are just slightly larger surface area making it much easier to drum with three even 4 fingers on a pad. So the mpk25 mini is the perfect place to start for someone who is on a budget and also for those who want a portable instrument with a sleek and durable design that will fit in a backpack or laptop case. I travelled with mine across the US and it did what i needed, without taking much space or weighing me down. And when people saw it they were impressed and intrigued. I also had the Launch Control XL on the road and they both fit in my backpack with macbook and headphones. I now have the APC key 25 and love it as well. AKAI Pro all the way! No they didn't pay me for this, but I have much love for the company responsible for the MPC. The pads, sequencer, swing feature, sample slicing, and other features have become a standard to musical style and rhythms in hip hop. They have the best pads hands down. I recommend the mpk25 mini as well as the others i have the mpd232 and the AMX mixer for serato. Love it!! the Apc key 25 is another great option. I use it for ableton of course but also have it mapped for a few serato commands. they all came with great software plugins also. I just purchased for a student of mine, a mpk25mini for all of his hard work last year and he was given the choice of other more expensive keyboards and he chose the mpk mini over them all and has been very happy with it since receiving it.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Expectations too high

I found that the MK2 has too much hype around it. I mean, sure it's size is amazing, it's pads are awesome and the joystick is a really nice addition that's really nice...Read complete review

I found that the MK2 has too much hype around it. I mean, sure it's size is amazing, it's pads are awesome and the joystick is a really nice addition that's really nice to use. It's usb powered, which makes it really awesome if you're on the go (unless you're on an iPad), but for all those things it is, it's also not.

It's lightweight is good, but it's also at the cost of feeling cheap. The knobs are cheap feeling hard plastic, min to max settings. Then I get to the keys. Ok, this is a compact keyboard so you're not going to get waterfall keys, but they feel cheap and are really springy. They are velocity sensitive kind of. In practice the keys seem like have about 3 states, light, medium and full depending on how fast or light you press them. There is no aftertouch, which is stated, but would have made for an a+ addition. The pads are nice, which I would hope so coming from Akai.

Next comes the software. It's missing bits. You cannot assign things to a midi message from a list of standard midi, you have to know the CC and actually type it in, no drop-down or mouse actions to change them. It's also a little deceiving in regards to the joystick, you get 2 axis, but yet, you can physically push in the joystick like a button, however there's nothing you can set for this action. I would live to be able to have the z-index mapped to aftertouch or something else (I'm dreaming). Besides that you get 2 flavors on the y motion, single or split, meaning if you are in single mode, then you have min at the bottom to max at the top (resting is at half), in split mode, min is center, up or down is max. What's missing is that in the split mode, you cannot have 2 controls, one for up, one for down. The default for the Y (up down) is the modwheel, x is the pitch. T

hen there is the arpeggiator. I with they had included a pattern editor for it. There is also a Full Level button, but you should note this is only for the pads, not the keys.

Other notes, there are no midi ports (in or out) and only input for a sustain pedal (no expression). But this is fine for the mini thing it is. a switchable (in or out) midi port would have been a nice addition.

All in all, I was hoping this would be the be all end all for compact midi keyboard. I felt that with all the hype and great reviews I was in for a real treat. However, after several months of use, I've come to realize it's short comings. Because of the hype and my heighten expectations I have to rank it a bit lower than the average that it truly is.

Reviewed by 14 customers

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4.0

Cool Product

By Tricky

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • No Tutorial Included on how to load Presets

Best Uses

    Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:

    Appears to be a very handy product for a traveling musician. It would be nice if it came with a video tutorial on how to program the device. I ended up finding some helpful youtube videos.

     
    5.0

    Great product

    By Donnie

    from Lombard, IL

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:

      It's reliable, portable, and it gets the job done

       
      1.0

      Not sold on this one, yet...

      By Frustrated Dad

      from Bloomington Illinois

      About Me Novice

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Not Functional

        Best Uses

          Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:

          I cannot get the software to work properly. DEFINITELY not plug n play! Have not got it to work yet. Still working on it, but its gonna take a professional just to get it hooked up. It looks really usable from videos ive seen. Wish i could get to a usable position.

           
          3.0

          I have no idea!

          By Tracy22NC

          from Lexington, NC

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Not Functional

            Best Uses

              Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:

              Well the product seems cool, however, the product is useless unless you can get the downloads from the Akai website which has been down since my purchase. According to their website's forums, this is a regular issue. I'd love to be able to use this thing so that I can provide a better review.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesomeness

              By Goryll4z

              from Grand forks North Dakota

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:

                  Its awesome period im still learning so many things it can do

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Compact and Functional

                  Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:

                  I am a guitar player and just needed something to be able to make beats or song parts in Logic Pro X. I didn't want to take up much space on my desk. This little keyboard controller fit the bill for me.

                  A friend bought it on a recommendation from a keyboard player and I had a chance to mess around with it before making the decision to buy it. The MPK Mini is perfect for my needs.

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  very satisfied

                  By mrFiksiT

                  from Tampa, FL

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound
                  • trusted name in hip hop

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • home/travel
                    • Live And Recording
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:

                    solid! so affordable and practical. still impressive. the best part of course are the 8 pads. the 25 keys may leave a little to be desired for some people, but they work just fine for me. I used mine for about a year and now have moved on to a full size instrument, the mpd232. I'm happy with the upgrade. the pads on the mpd232 are even nicer than on the mpk25 mini and are just slightly larger surface area making it much easier to drum with three even 4 fingers on a pad. So the mpk25 mini is the perfect place to start for someone who is on a budget and also for those who want a portable instrument with a sleek and durable design that will fit in a backpack or laptop case. I travelled with mine across the US and it did what i needed, without taking much space or weighing me down. And when people saw it they were impressed and intrigued. I also had the Launch Control XL on the road and they both fit in my backpack with macbook and headphones. I now have the APC key 25 and love it as well. AKAI Pro all the way! No they didn't pay me for this, but I have much love for the company responsible for the MPC. The pads, sequencer, swing feature, sample slicing, and other features have become a standard to musical style and rhythms in hip hop. They have the best pads hands down. I recommend the mpk25 mini as well as the others i have the mpd232 and the AMX mixer for serato. Love it!! the Apc key 25 is another great option. I use it for ableton of course but also have it mapped for a few serato commands. they all came with great software plugins also. I just purchased for a student of mine, a mpk25mini for all of his hard work last year and he was given the choice of other more expensive keyboards and he chose the mpk mini over them all and has been very happy with it since receiving it.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    I would buy this again

                    By Kin

                    from Johnnyville, talento

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:

                        I use the for producing my music and I've never used a more versatile and reliable midi controller like this one.

                        (5 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        All the Suck

                        By Ian

                        from Atlanta

                        About Me Novice

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Difficult To Use
                          • Poor Quality

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:

                            I bought this thinking it would be good for my band at live gigs to add in sounds/instruments we have in our tracks, but don't usually play live.

                            Imagine my disappointment that not only is the software they have you download the polar opposite of user friendly, it doesn't even really work with this product. It also doesn't really like most of the audio samples I tried to pull in once I figured out how to get the most basic of functions to work. The samples it rejects seem to be completely random.

                            And don't even THINK about trying to get customer service. It doesn't exist. They MIGHT reply...but they probably won't. In the rare instance they do, they're not going to be any help at all.

                            So if you're looking for some sort of midi controller to give you basic instrument sounds...don't get this one! Just get a keyboard with midi ports!

                            (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Expectations too high

                            By CICDC

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Pads
                            • Pitchmod Joystick
                            • Size
                            • Usb Powered

                            Cons

                            • Cheap Feel
                            • Keyboard Keys
                            • Software

                            Best Uses

                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:

                            I found that the MK2 has too much hype around it. I mean, sure it's size is amazing, it's pads are awesome and the joystick is a really nice addition that's really nice to use. It's usb powered, which makes it really awesome if you're on the go (unless you're on an iPad), but for all those things it is, it's also not.

                            It's lightweight is good, but it's also at the cost of feeling cheap. The knobs are cheap feeling hard plastic, min to max settings. Then I get to the keys. Ok, this is a compact keyboard so you're not going to get waterfall keys, but they feel cheap and are really springy. They are velocity sensitive kind of. In practice the keys seem like have about 3 states, light, medium and full depending on how fast or light you press them. There is no aftertouch, which is stated, but would have made for an a+ addition. The pads are nice, which I would hope so coming from Akai.

                            Next comes the software. It's missing bits. You cannot assign things to a midi message from a list of standard midi, you have to know the CC and actually type it in, no drop-down or mouse actions to change them. It's also a little deceiving in regards to the joystick, you get 2 axis, but yet, you can physically push in the joystick like a button, however there's nothing you can set for this action. I would live to be able to have the z-index mapped to aftertouch or something else (I'm dreaming). Besides that you get 2 flavors on the y motion, single or split, meaning if you are in single mode, then you have min at the bottom to max at the top (resting is at half), in split mode, min is center, up or down is max. What's missing is that in the split mode, you cannot have 2 controls, one for up, one for down. The default for the Y (up down) is the modwheel, x is the pitch. T

                            hen there is the arpeggiator. I with they had included a pattern editor for it. There is also a Full Level button, but you should note this is only for the pads, not the keys.

                            Other notes, there are no midi ports (in or out) and only input for a sustain pedal (no expression). But this is fine for the mini thing it is. a switchable (in or out) midi port would have been a nice addition.

                            All in all, I was hoping this would be the be all end all for compact midi keyboard. I felt that with all the hype and great reviews I was in for a real treat. However, after several months of use, I've come to realize it's short comings. Because of the hype and my heighten expectations I have to rank it a bit lower than the average that it truly is.

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