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Akai Professional MPK225 is a compact 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. MPK225 features 25 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 8 MPC-style pads with RGB feedback, 8 assignable knobs, 4 backlit buttons, and onboard transport buttons. Three banks expand the number of knobs and switches (up to 24 and 12, respectively), and four pad banks expand the number of pads (up to 32 total). Plus, MPK225 is USB-powered and optimized to interface directly with your Mac or PC with plug-and-play connectivity. Features

  • 25 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
  • 8 RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads each with 4 banks for 32 pads
  • 12 assignable Q-Link controllers include 8 control knobs and 4 backlit buttons
  • Revamped control layout with backlit LCD screen
  • USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input & output
  • iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Comprehensive transport and parameter controls for hands-on
  • DAW integration
  • MPC Note Repeat and arpeggiator for advanced rhythmic and melodic manipulation
  • MPC Full Level, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with dynamics and tempo
  • Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls for expressive recording and performing
  • 1 assignable footswitch jack & 1 expression jack
  • USB power and plug-and-play connectivity
  • Production software package included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0 & Akai Pro MPC Essentials (downloads)


Akai MPK225 VS Alesis Vi25

...this thread with the hope of getting in touch with those that have A) hands on experience with the Akai MPK225 (or 49/61) B) hands on experience with the Alesis Vi25 (or 49/61) C) have recently been down the road of purchasing their first midi keyboard for producing similar style music (or upgraded to one of...

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MPC live

...MPC Touch, MPC Studio Black, MPC Studio, MPC Renaissance and MPC Element. Integration for pads, pad colours and bank switching for MPK225, MPK249 and MPK261 has now been added. Integration for pads for MPD218, MPD226 and MPD232 has now been added. Improvements Advanced Editor Tracks now always appear in slide in menus when copied. As Plugin Bounce to Sample now renders...

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Which 25 key Midi keyboard for Novation Circuit? I can use a USB power adapter or battery pack to supply power. So far I have found the Akai MPK225 which does these (and more) - but the price is quite high. I am wondering if you had any suggestions (at a lower price)? Thank you all!

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