|Akai Professional MPK25 25-key MIDI Controller (25-Key 12-Pad MIDI Controller)|
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|Number of Keys||25|
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Amazing little MIDI keyboard for the price (I got mine for 150 shipped!) but ya as many users have stated the key pads are not as sensitive at times but are great for people that like touch sensative keys (but for people that want a constant volume when they hit a midi key go ahead and perform the pad upgrade) but not me... keyboard works great with Reason (the cd that comes with it however is a bit outdated and doesnt have the right drivers to make it work of the box with reason 5) but after reading online and overwriting some drivers I got it to works flawlessly. Keyboard has some issue with ACID (delay) but other than that I love it. If you have the money save for the bigger AKAI and get one wityh more keys (you feel limited when after a couple of weeks)
25-key semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch for expressive melodic creativity
MPC-pad section of 12 genuine MPC pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity
MPC pads access four banks each for instant access to 48 samples
Assignable Q-Link controller section for flexible control of most software parameters
2 banks of 12 Q-Link knobs and 4 buttons, 2 banks each
Dedicated transport controls for tracking and editing
MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator aid in creative process
MPC Full Level, MPC 12-Level, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with tempo and dynamics
MIDI output over USB, bus powered, class compliant: plug-and-play with one USB cable
Comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software
Works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software
Custom LCD Display
Footswitchable patch changes
Number of independent MIDI Ins/Outs: 1
Programmable continuous footpedals: 1
Programmable footswitches: 1
Programmable controllers: MMC, MIDI START/STOP, MIDI CC
System real-time controls: MMC, MIDI START/STOP, MIDI CC
I like that it is a smaller keyboard but can be used to completley control your DAW. I love that it has 4 banks of pads and 2 banks of knobs, making for lots of toggles when using Ableton. I dislike the pad sensitivity, but you can adjust it, as well as use the helpful "full volume mode". With everything so dang expensive these days, this is a great value for >$250.
I bought the MPK25 to take advantage of Ableton Live. It was so easy to configure because of the automatic settings already programmed into the unit.
I don't even have to touch my computer!
With the MPC pads, there's no need to purchase another unit for drums or hits!
Needs a good program. MPC keys arn't sensitive but overall a good product. Still learning the product. Great for anyone who wants to produce there own music.