In this video, I do a super complete review of the Akai Professional MPK Mini, the most popular mini MIDI keyboard controller out there!
Akai Professional MPK Mini has:
– 25 compact keys
– 8 velocity-sensitive MPC pads
– 8 knobs for macro-mapping
– 4-way joystick for pitch and modulation control
– Built-in arpeggiator
– Octave Up/Down buttons
– Software included: Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Wobble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials
– Dimension: 7.1 x 12.4 x 1.8 inches
Opinion: The Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII is, definitely, the most popular compact MIDI keyboard controller in the market. One reason for its fame is its price combined with its brand because you know you are taking an Akai home.
Its design is beautiful and made of good quality plastic. I have one myself and I backpacked with it for three months in Southeast Asia and it survived with no issues at all.
One of its best features is the MPC pads, great for finger drumming, or as an extension of the keyboard. Talking about the keyboard, it’s probably where it falls a little, keys are really small and the plastic doesn’t feel the best. I haven’t had any problems, but I read some bad reviews about it.
Also, it has great software included, but it might be a hassle to use it if you are a beginner, for the lack of tutorials on it.
Overall, I think it’s a great beginner compact keyboard, not intended for serious performance, but great if you need a small keyboard on the go.
– Software included
– MPC Pads
– Keys are not great
– Complicated included software Set up