Precise Portable Playability!
The Akai Professional LPK25 is a miniature MIDI keyboard controller designed to lay down sequences and melodies anywhere you go! The LPK25 is just about the smallest piano-style MIDI keyboard you’ll find, and a great alternative for those that don’t mesh well with the pad-style keys of the Korg nanoKEY2 or the QuNexus. Weighing under a pound with dimensions of only 4” x 13.5” x 1” (LxWxH), this little keyboard will fit in your laptop bag, no problem. You won’t want to go anywhere without it!
USB powered and with no additional drivers required, all you need to do is plug her in and go! The LPK25 connects with Mac, PC or even iOS (via the camera connector kit) and runs with basically all major DAWs. The 25 velocity-sensitive keys help convey your musical ideas from your brain to your computer the minute you feel inspired. Never miss that moment again!
For being such a small device, the Akai Pro LPK25 comes with a number of key features that make it stand out from the competition. It should go without saying that this (or any) two octave controller includes octave up and down buttons to achieve the range desired by the musician. On top of that you also get a sustain button, tap tempo controls, an arpeggiator and 4 programmable memory banks to save your ideal settings for future use.
Akai Pro LPK25 Key Features:
- 25 miniature keys mimic synth-action
- 4 memory banks recall predetermined program settings
- Built in arpeggiator
- No driver installation required – Plug and play connectivity with Mac and PC
- USB powered
- Tap tempo controls
- Sustain, octave up and down
- Included editor software for both Mac and PC.
Who is the Akai Pro LPK25 best suited for?
This little device is a match for anybody who likes to have fun with their DAW while on the go. Super small means you can take it anywhere you take your laptop or tablet!
Remember though, this is a miniature version of a keyboard, and it is not pretending to be anything else. If you are looking for something that has the feel of weighted keys or even full sized keys, then this is not the MIDI controller for you. If you are looking for a keyboard that you can have some fun with while at the coffee shop or in the airport, sequencing some simple melodies and beats, then this is exactly what you are looking for!
Honestly though, this is a controller designed to be a secondary MIDI controller for amateur use. You won’t be able to effectively learn to play on it, nor compose masterpieces, nor perform live (apart from triggering basic effects). I am not saying that it’s a bad controller by any means, I am just stating that this keyboard is not designed with professional use in mind.
A great device that delivers on it’s intent of facilitating portable MIDI control!
Pros and Cons
- TINY! Perfect portable MIDI companion.
- Solid, sturdy design
- Actual keys as opposed to pad style of some ultra-compact keyboards
- Plug and Play connectivity
- USB powered
- Key qualms; size, feel
- Velocity sensitivity not up to par
- Arpeggiator is finicky… A wasted function
Key Qualms Factor – A number of users have commented that the keys don’t live up to their expectations. While I can see how people would be annoyed with less-than-satisfactory keys, in purchasing a miniature MIDI controller one should be prepared to be dealing with something that is not going to feel like the real deal. The keys are designed to be as close to synth-action as possible, though they tend to feel a tad spongy under the fingers.
Small keys. An issue for some, a non-issue for others.
Velocity Sensitivity Factor – The keys are intended to respond to the feeling of the force being applied to them. While these miniature keys do register velocity variances, the difference between hitting the key hard enough to get a ‘soft’ sound and hitting the key to get a harder, ‘loud’ sound isn’t major. In other words, the velocity curve is small.
Again, if you are expecting a concert piano you are going to be disappointed. An ultra-portable keyboard’s purpose is to be ultra-portable, and just the fact that this keyboard HAS velocity sensitivity is a bonus!
Arpeggiator Factor – One customer states, and I quote, “The arpeggiator is a superfluous waste…”. Points for the big word, but they aren’t alone with this qualm.
Although some customers enjoy this feature, others wish for the option of a different button in it’s place on a surface where real estate is scarce (unfortunately the buttons on the LPK25 cannot be reassigned with the editor software).
* For those who don’t know, an arpeggiator breaks down your chords for you into a progression of notes, allowing you greater creative control or the specific sound sequences.
Overall, the Akai Pro LPK25 is a great little MIDI controller. Totally portable, piano-style keys, and a few extra features to boot! If you are in need of a simple keyboard to accompany you on your journey, you need to check out this one!
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Akai Professional LPK25 Portable USB MIDI Keyboard Controller for Laptops
Precise Portable Playability! The Akai Professional LPK25 is a miniature MIDI keyboard controller designed to lay down sequences and melodies anywhere you