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Akai Professional MPK261 61-Key Controller 

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Engineered to be your all-in-one controller solution.

The Akai Professional MPK261 is a performance pad and keyboard controller that combines deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations. Each member of Akai Pro's MPK series comes fully loaded with a comprehensive interface for manipulating virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more. MPK261 features 61 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 8 assignable knobs, faders, and switches, 16 MPC-style pads with RGB feedback, and onboard transport buttons. Three banks expand the number of knobs, faders, and switches (up to 24 each), and four pad banks expand the number of pads (up to 64 total). Plus, MPK261 is optimized to interface directly with your Mac or PC with USB power and plug-and-play connectivity.

Made To Play
MPK261 comes equipped with 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys and a premium piano-style keybed for unprecedented response and natural feel. Each key is velocity-sensitive and outfitted with aftertouch for dynamic, expressive performances and recordings. In addition, onboard Octave Up and Down controls allow players to access the entire melodic range. Bundled with MPK261 is SONiVOX's Eighty-Eight Ensemble, an authentic grand-piano virtual instrument, that lets you compose or perform with pristine, expertly voiced piano samples.

Genuine MPC Functionality
Classic MPC Swing, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Full Level, and 16 Levels are all onboard for further inspiration. With MPK261, musicians and composers can incorporate genuine MPC workflow into their productions and create with the tools that producers have relied on for years: MPC Swing lets MPK261 users obtain that tight, organic groove that made Akai Pro's groundbreaking MPC music-making machines so legendary. MPC Note Repeat and 16 Levels make it easy to build beats and construct short melodic sequences using the MPC-style pads. In addition, an arpeggiator, with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns, enables users to explore complex melodic ideas, effortlessly.

Production Software
MPK261 is armed with powerful production software-Ableton Live Lite and MPC Essentials-for out-of-the-box music creation. Ableton Live Lite is a fluid audio/MIDI environment that enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas. MPC Essentials, a groove/beat production and sample-triggering software, can integrate directly into any DAW, such as Ableton Live Lite, or run standalone. In addition, it extends the power of MPK261 by adding up to 8 pad banks and 4 samples and insert effects per pad.

Virtual Instruments
A world-class piano instrument and two high-definition virtual synthesizers bring the best of sample-based and synthesis technology to MPK261 users. SONiVOX Eighty Eight Ensemble is a recreation of the Steinway 9-foot CD 327 grand piano layered with additional orchestral and synthetic instruments for rich, cinematic sounds. Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a versatile virtual synthesizer that combines the warmth of legendary analog synths with a full range of futuristic, digital manipulation capabilities. SONiVOX Twist, a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument, makes it easy to create serious sounds using simple controls.

  • 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
  • 16 RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads each with 4 banks for 64 pads
  • 24 assignable Q-Link controllers include knobs, faders, and switches (8 of each)
  • Revamped control layout with backlit LCD screen
  • USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Comprehensive transport & parameter controls for hands-on DAW integration
  • MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator for advanced rhythmic and melodic manipulation
  • MPC Full Level, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with dynamics and tempo
  • Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls with split mode for expressive performances
  • 2 assignable footswitch jacks and 1 expression jack
  • USB power and plug-and-play connectivity
  • Production software package included

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MPK261 61-Key Controller

  • Number of Keys: 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
    Pads: 16 pressure- and velocity-sensitive, light-up MPC-style pads x 4 banks
    Q-Link Controls: 8 control knobs, 8 faders, and 8 backlit switches
    Computer Interface: USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input & output
    Octaves: 10 with Octave Up and Down
    Arpeggiator: Yes
    Additional Controls: MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, MPC Full Level, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division
    Additional Inputs: (1) 1/4" (6.35mm) TRS expression pedal input and (2) 1/4" (6.35mm) TS sustain pedal or footswitch input
    Power: USB power; no power adapter required
    Dimensions: 35.63" x 12.25" x 3.38"
    Weight: 15.1 lbs

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Good product for the money

By midiman007

from NY

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  • Easy To Use
  • Functional


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      Comments about Akai Professional MPK261 61-Key Controller:

      Not bad at all. My only issue is that I am not a true keyboard player ( keyboard is not my main instrument ) and what I have played is on my Roland D-50. Which the keyboard is fantastic to me. The Akai keyboard is
      ok in feel to me. I am getting used to it. It' s nice to have the volatility and sensitivity curve sine I can adjust it to make it play like I want.


      Very good for this price range

      By Greg

      from Bothell, WA

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      Comments about Akai Professional MPK261 61-Key Controller:

      The build quality is quite good; nice to see metal used in the enclosure. The keys feel good for spring action style keys, though I could do with a little bit softer springs. I think the stiff springs are what is being considered "semi-weighted" though, or if not, I have no clue what "semi-weighted" is referring to. I knew from other reviews that they were just spring action keys before buying. The faders and knobs have a nice amount of resistance to them, while not being hard to move. The knobs are a little stiffer than the faders, but I'd say that balances the selection precision between them for small movements.. The drum pads have very little movement to them, but are a firm rubber that is nice under the fingers.

      In terms of things I'd want changed, and this is a minor thing: while they function perfectly fine, all of the buttons are made of a hard plastic that doesn't feel too great under the fingers, and are a bit too clicky in terms of feel and sound for my tastes. I would prefer some sort of softer buttons or a rubberized surface to make them feel a bit better. Just switching to a softer material for the buttons would probably be enough to fix the over-clickyness too, bringing it down to just a good amount of click for a bit of tactile feedback.


      Dreamy MIDI Controller

      By NewpathD

      from Pittsburgh, PA

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      • Durable
      • Everything In One
      • Functional
      • Good Quality


      • Mapping Takes Time
      • No X-y Touchpads
      • Somewhat Complex To Setup

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      Comments about Akai Professional MPK261 61-Key Controller:

      Great controller. Mapping is a bit frustrating at times. Overall, one of the best I've used and I'd say probably the best on the market right now. If they threw a few X-Y pads like the korg nanopad onto this it would be the ultimate machine.

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