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Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2   (Open Box)
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Product# J08540
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
 
2.2

(based on 6 reviews)

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(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

All the Suck

By 

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!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Expectations too high

      By 

      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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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      bad keyboard

      By 

      from cincinnati

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Not Functional

        Best Uses

          Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:

          Everytime I try to load the instruments into the keyboard, and set up the plug ins the system crashes. they didn't give me the complete instructions on how to set up the keyboard until I called customer service, wich was no help at all. i'll be returning this defective product.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          a bunch of over hype

          By 

          from Greenville north Carolina

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Small

          Cons

          • Poor Quality
          • Sucky Software Didnt Map

          Best Uses

          • NONE

          Comments about Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk2:

          Not much of a keyboard more like a toy

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          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          hardware is ok, software not so much

          By 

          from Springfield, IL.

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          Pros

          • Functional

          Cons

            Best Uses

              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.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A HUGE improvement over the original!

              By 

              from North Carolina

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Great Feeling Keys
              • New Pitchmod Joystick
              • Responsive Pads

              Cons

              • Cheap Rotary Knobs

              Best Uses

                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.

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