I had a chance to play one of these at Summer NAMM and I have to say I really like the feel of the keys. The keys on the LPK25 are like the keys on the classic Casio SK-1.
Nice all but for connnector
This lasted 6 years; for $70, I can't complain. Ideal for note-input. BUT it would still be in use if it had a USB connection, not these space-saving micro-connectors that are weak and eventually make sporadic contact. Given the weak connector, it was also easy to accidentally disconnect. They should change the connector cable.
One tough little keyboard
I've had this little puppy for several years now. It is the one controller that is always on my desktop which means it is always there if I get musical inspiration (or bored). It shares my desktop with my car keys, ashtray, tall glass of iced tea or brew, and the days junk mail. Not meant to replace a full size keyboard but has a nice feel and like I said it is small enough to share space with my desktop clutter. Is set as the default controller for all my DAWs / VSTi's since it is always right there in front of me. I tend to use it to sample pre-sets or instruments before shifting over to larger keys . Has held up well under my abuse and the abuse of two grandkids who attack a keyboard like they think they are Jerry Lee Lewis on acid.
Wanted something I could take with me on vacation so I could keep up with some practice and learning. The LPK25 is very portable and light weight allowing me to tuck it away in my back pack. Easy to retrieve, plug and play on my laptop. It is not plug and play straight from the box, however. A call to Akai, and they gave me a website address that I download for a necessary midi program...no problems after that. Twenty-five keys is not enough for a serious workout, but it keeps me in touch with where I am right now on my journey. Just what I needed.
Good while it lasted - should have bought it from Sweetwater!
Nice little keyboard for doing some work in the living room comfy chair. But it died after about a year or so. I have since learned that I should buy things from Sweetwater for their excellent customer service!
Nice mini keyboard
It has a really nice feel to the keys. Firm yet ez touch. It fit right into my custom built Jennings Pantages theater organ shelf to take the pedals from the Miditzer theater organ download which I play with my hands. Tones go really deep or real high with the octive controller. I like the real rich deep base pedals. The engineer from Sweetwater was terrific in helping me get it onto my Theater Organ download. Sweetwater is a really great music store to deal with. I have bought many things over the last 5 years and always been happy with them!
Nice keyboard controller
For its size and portability, it is perfect.
TAKE ANY WHERE KEYBOARD
The Akai LPK25 is great mini keyboard for traveling. I recommend it
Got this little guy for my on the go recordings, and I have a feeling this guy is going to work perfectly. I love how light and slim it is, it will fit perfectly in my laptop case for traveling! I wish the keys would be less springy, but nevertheless, this is a great product for getting ideas down the go!
Just what I needed
If you've never owned a MIDI controller before, the Akai LPK 25 is a great one to start with. It has really expanded my musical creativity, allowing me to use virtual instruments and trigger samples with ease. In addition, it is really inexpensive, and its compact size makes for easy travel. The LPK is also one of the few MIDI controllers that comes with an arpeggiator, which can be a lot of fun. Be sure to disconnect the USB cable after use though - the port is fragile.
Great for what it is, but not an "all-purpose" controller.
For what it is, this thing is pretty cool. The keys respond nicely and don't feel cramped, it's extremely light and compact, and the rubber feet are in just the right place so the device can sit on top of the keyboard (for typing words...) on my MacBook Pro, which is very convenient when you're strapped for space. I really enjoy using this thing, and in the field of lightweight, portable USB keyboards, I give it 5 stars---the only issue in this area is that the micro USB port on the keyboard is a little loose, so the cord can sometimes be pulled out easily.
However, the reason I'm only giving this thing 3.5 stars in the review is because of the wasted potential in regards to the additional features. It gets VERY aggravating to have no pitch or mod controls on this thing. Yes, it has an arpeggiator complete with its own tap tempo button, but I have yet to find an actual use for the thing. Also haven't found any useful or even functional environment for the "program" button and four programmable musical keys. The only non-musical button that I've had success mapping to software controls is the sustain button. I would have gladly traded the arp and program keys and even the sustain button for a small pitch and mod wheel. I guess that many people who read this review might say "you should have read the box, don't buy it if it doesn't have the features you want..." and they'd be right, and that is why I'm telling you, do not underestimate the usefulness of pitch and mod wheels...
As a portable or space-saving keyboard for inputting notes on the fly, this thing is probably the best in its class. But if you're new to MIDI and you're looking for an inexpensive way to start taking control of your software sounds, this keyboard will definitely leave you wanting more. Opt for something with pitch and mod controls and maybe a couple assignable pads, knobs, or sliders, unless you already have a larger controller and are looking for something to take on the road etc.
It's usable in a real pinch, but after having one for over 6 months, it has been used less and less (now not at all). I compose, and it's just not possible to get what I need from a keyboard when workshopping ideas. Opened it up to see what was wrong with the action, and saw the keys are actually connected to each other, not individually mounted. While they move like keys, they're no better than buttons to me. Still looking for that little laptop-attached keyboard for use away from the studio.
Akai Professional LPK25
Works great as an addition to my set up.
I've been absolutely delighted with this purchase. I have a MacBook Air and this little guy fits right in my 15" computer bag with all my other stuff. It's light weight, thin and performs very well. It's so small I can record my ideas comfortably anywhere -- even in a coach seat on an airplane. I highly recommend the LPK25 for performance on the go!
This keyboard is excellent value for musicians on the move who need to travel light. The compromise is small keys and short key travel, but that is well offset by the neat arpeggiator as a standard feature and four programmable memory banks.
Another plus here is that the keyboard does not require a separate power supply.
I am using this in conjunction with an iPad and the combination re-defines portability.
Just what I was looking for
Even though I'm a guitarist, I still like to noodle around on keyboard instruments every once in a while. I was looking for a simple, inexpensive MIDI controller that would allow me to add some basic keyboard parts to my songs. The LPK 25 fit the bill perfectly. It integrated seamlessly with Logic Express 9 right out of the box and has been very handy for adding that little something extra. I have to admit that I was a little worried about the key size when I ordered it, but I have found the keys to be very comfortable, however I have smallish hands, so if you have large hands you might want to look elsewhere. My only real criticism is that the keys seem to be a little too velocity sensitive and sometimes I wish I could find a way to lock the velocity (there may well be a way to do this in the software, but there is no button for it on the controller). Overall I would say that this is a solid product and pretty much impossible to beat in the price range.
Perfect controller for your macbook pro
the reason I love this controller so much is because I travel all the time. A talented producer can make hit songs with this! Traveling is a great influence on anyone's music. If you need a controller with MIDI dimms then read the box before purchasing people. 5 stars
The LPK 25 is amazing!
I got mine when it first came out so I've had my LPK25 for 4 maybe 5 months! It's super portable so my studio follows me where ever I go, not sure if that's a good or bad thing anyway! Great solid build quality it's held up very nice as I have really put it through it's paces in the last 4 or 5 months! It feels great for it's size don't expect it to be super comfortable! It gets the job done!
Amazing portability....less than a pound and about a foot wide. Though hard to use if you are actually playing piano (obviously only 25 keys at a time)it is phenominal to have as a rap producer. FANTASTIC!!
It is a USB-only controller
I needed a MIDI-connectible miniature controller for my TC-Helion M. It was only after opening the box that I realized the USB-"only" was missing from AKAI ads!
Beware, this cannot connect to anything but a USB DAW, specifically all legacy MIDI devices which have 5-DIN MIDI jacks.
Nevertheless, it is a very fun and useful potable device. Reminiscing the first Yamaha Melodica gift I got for my 5th B-day 40 some years ago.
Fun, Useful Little Keyboard
So far, from playing around with mine for about an hour, it seems pretty nice. Keys feel good and construction is light but durable. Velocity curve seems OK. Arpeggiator is fun - I thought I wouldn't use it, but maybe I will, since I often have to plunk out basslines at gigs and I'm not really a keyboardist by any stretch of the imagination! I like the different arp modes and the latching system.
Sustain switch is not that useful when not in arpeggiator mode, because it takes a finger to hold it down (granted the keyboard is small, so you can still use a few fingers form that hand to play). I would have preferred a jack for a footswitch (even if it had to be 1/8" to fit, you could easily use a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter). I also wish it had at least one continuous controller. A suggestion would be to use software that turns your laptop trackpad into a continuous MIDI controller. Dunno what's out there to do that, but it can be done in Max/MSP very easily.
And I wish there was some indication of how many octaves you have shifted up or down - right now the button backights if you have shifted by any number of octaves in the direction. A different color LED backlight to the button or even a blinking pattern (the cheaper solution) to indicate how MANY octaves you are shifted in a direction would be good. Also the graphics above the octave keys appear to be wrong - there is an UP pointing arrow over the octave down (left) key and a DOWN pointing arrow over the octave up (right) key… no big deal, but sorta weird.
But for the price I am very satisfied. It's fun to play and just the size I have been looking for for years. Truly plug and play and super portable.
As a Max/MSP programmer, I like how the editor software for the LPK25 was written in Max. Hey - why spend lots of dev time (and therefore charge the customer more) on proprietary code if you can do it in 1/8 the time in Max? I'm all for it.