Akai hit it out of the park with the original MPK series and thank goodness in the audio world a sequel is usually a good thing. With 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch you know you have a good starting point. Akai know too well that the modern keyboard whether in the studio or even up on stage rarely needs just a decent keybed. The MPK261 also features 16 MPC pads, 24 assignable Q-Link controllers including knobs, faders, and switches as well as the superb Ableton Live lLite to get you kick started. The MPK 88 is a beast for anyone looking for a controller that does it all.
The MPK has 88 fully weighted keys; it’s a hammer-action keyboard. This is a huge unit and it plays like a premium keyboard should. You can assign how much feeling you what just by pressing down harder or softer. Knobs, faders and switches The MPK 88 packs it all and makes enhanced workflow as easy as possible. With 24 assignable Q-Link knobs, buttons, and faders 8 assignable knobs and 8 switches,so you can choose how you want to interact with your software. Do you want to ride volumes with knobs? Or make a filter sweeps with a fader? Now the choice is yours. MPC pads...That’s right actual MPC pads! 16 of them in total. They feel the way MPC pads should and are done the way only AKAI can. Get the real deal ol skool feel with some nice modern touches.
The MPK61 plays well with others and has USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input & output. (1) 1/4" (6.35mm) TRS expression pedal input and (2) 1/4" (6.35mm) TS sustain pedal or footswitch input. The MPK881 is made for the studio and can play well with other MIDI instrument including external synths.
One of the most important input devices on an MPC is its Q-Link assignable control section. Akai Pro built a massive collection of Q-Links into the MPK series. The MPK88 gives you eight virtual knobs that are assignable to control nearly any software parameter. You can control three different parameters per knob thanks to the knobs' three-bank selection, totaling 24 parameters of instant, hands-on control. Like the virtual knobs, eight virtual faders and eight virtual buttons also control three banks of parameters each, so you get 24 virtual faders and 24 virtual buttons. That's 72 Q-Link controls!
Two technologies pioneered in the MPC series and built into the MPK series are MPC Note Repeat and MPC Swing. These note-modifying features can be heard in many of the most popular tracks over the last two decades. MPC Note Repeat is a capability that enables the MPK (or MPC) to automatically play a rhythm pattern, such as 16th notes on a hi-hat, for accuracy and speed of entry. MPC Swing is sometimes referred to as "the heart and soul of hip hop" because it turns perfectly aligned sequences into human feeling time alignments. You can specify exactly the degree and timing of swing you want to apply for the perfect feel.
The MPK88 has Key Split, enabling you to control two different sounds from the same keyboard. On top of MPC technologies, the MPK88 has its own arpeggiator, which enables you to create quick, creative riffs in seconds. Just pick a note or chord and a rhythm pattern in the arpeggiator's library and the MPK will play your notes in the rhythm and sequence you choose.
The MPK88 also has MPC Full Level and MPC 16-Level on its pads, as well as Tap Tempo and Time Division so you can nail the tempo, timing, and dynamics exactly as you hear them in your head.
The MPK88 is a MIDI controller that sends its MIDI values over USB. It is bus powered, so all you need to connect and power the MPK88 is the supplied USB cable. Because it is MIDI compliant, the MPK88 works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software for musical performers from keyboard players to producers to DJs and even VJs!
•Ableton Live Lite
•Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech
•SONiVOX Twist 2.0
•Akai Pro MPC Essentials
Ableton Live Lite
The Software of choice for many of todays top producers. From using the game changing session view to build up an arrangement or bang out a live set to using the more traditional one page arrangement view. Ableton Live lite covers the spectrum in modern Digital music creation. Use the infamous Ableton Drum, Instrument, and Effect Racks to take your productions to a new level. Make sure to check out the incredible native studio effects including EQ, compression, reverb, delay, chorus, filter and more or simply use any of your own 3rd party VST and AU instruments and effects. Ableton Live lite is the perfect kick-start or taster for those who want to see what all the Ableton live fuss is about.
• 88-key fully weighted, hammer-action keyboard with aftertouch for expressive melodic creativity
• 16 genuine MPC pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity
• MPC pads access four banks each for instant access to 64 samples
• Control up to 72 software parameters with 24 assignable Q-Link knobs, buttons, and faders
• Key Split enables two different sounds from the same keyboard
• MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator aid in creative process
• Transport controls for use with sequencers and DAWs
• MPC Full Level, MPC 16-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 virtually all MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software
• MPK88 keyboard controller
• USB cable
• Software CD
• Quick Start guide
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