MPK Mini by Akai

music production hardware

The MPK Mini, by Akai Japan, is a compact and impressive MIDI keyboard controller made and designed for the nomad music producer in mind. Its array of buttons, pads, and knobs gives you the chance to perform and produce your music in a very intuitive and practical way. Specifically, it has 25 velocity-sensitive keys for you to transfer your creativity into a hands-on experience. Moreover, it has eight backlit MPC similar pads and eight knobs to enhance your music productivity. All in all, it’s the ultimate controller that you can take everywhere.

MPK Mini: Features

Thanks to its velocity-sensitive keyboard, the MPK Mini allows you to have a dynamical musical expression. With it, you access various pitch ranges that you can switch with its octave up and down buttons. Moreover, it has a built-in arpeggiator, along with sustain controls and a top tempo. Its pads correlate to the professionals’ MPC line, so well-known for its iconic instrumentation. Additionally, with this great hardware tool you’ll be able to sample and sequence drum patterns with ease. Also, you can use them to transfer note information, MIDI CCs, and even to program changes. Plus, the MPK Mini has a bank button to access a pair of banks, giving you a total of 16 pads in total.

The MPK mini also comes with eight assignable q-link knobs. These you can assign to almost any parameter in your DAW software. Furthermore, it’s completely ready for Macs and PCs. If you want to save your programming parameters, it has four memory banks. Plus, it comes with an included software that lets you set its control settings in no time. Lastly, this keyboard pad controller is USB-powered and doesn’t need a wall adapter. As you can see, it’s a real nomad producers tool.

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