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Akai Professional MPK61 61-key MIDI Controller Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
  • from NC, USA December 24, 2013Music Background:
    Stage, composer, cinematographer

    MPK 61

    I use the 49, 61, sand 88 key versions of this controller for different situations in the studio and onstage. The MPK61 is quite possibly the perfect stage controller. It's solid, and doesn't feel like it will fly off the stand. It has I has controller options for days. And it's the third MPK I've purchased from Sweetwater in just under two years. Akai makes great gear.

  • from United States July 17, 2013Music Background:
    music and video producer and music & video engineer

    Review The Akai Professional MPK61

    keys have a great feel sturdy and solid worth the money !!!!!

  • from Baltimore, MD December 16, 2012Music Background:
    Producer

    It's a dream

    I got this to replace an older controller keyboard that I had. What drew me to the MPK line were the pitch/mod wheels (my previous controller used a single stick type that I didn't care for too much), the fact it's one of the few controllers out there right now with aftertouch, and I had heard good things about the feel of the action with this controller.

    After having used it for a while I can tell you some of the things I like and don't like about it.
    First, the action on this controller has to be one of the best feeling I've used, especially for piano.
    All of the controls are easy to use, very smooth and well built. The only problem I have at all is that I find the pads to be pretty stiff compared to what I'm used to. My understanding is that there is a way to modify them to be softer but I have not really looked into what that would entail. Really it's the stiffness of the pads that keep me from giving this controller a perfect 5.0 rating.

  • from Encinitas, CA November 27, 2012Music Background:
    Professional Music Producer, Recording Engineer, Composer, Song Writer, Professional Musician

    Love This!

    I have had a couple of different midi controllers over the last few years. A 49 key made by another company that is quite popular, that actually broke on me (USB input in the back just stopped working) and so i purchased the 61 key PRO version of that keyboard. I didn't care for it at all. i didn't use the advanced MIDI mapping features it toted it was exactly the same as the previous model i bought, and i had no confidence of it lasting. Then i checked out the Akai and after owning now for a couple of weeks i LOVE IT! people tend to complain in review about the stiff keys, but as someone who shoe grew up playing a Baldwin baby grand it felt more natural to me, as did the way all of the buttons and knobs are layed out. I really like the arpeggiator built as well as the mic pads and pad bank it is so much better then those 4 pad setups. the mod/pitch bend wheels are so hardy and solid, so much beefier then others I've tried. I also enjoyed the feel of the keyboard itself the weight and construction. 5/5 for me I'm very satisfied.

  • from Fullerton, CA July 13, 2010Music Background:
    Born in a synthesizer, Student.

    Midi Delirium

    The mpk is one cool midi keyboard thats solid like rock. Only about a million and half mappable knobs faders buttons and pads. Love the thing always on it configuring different do dads and such. Only downside is the absence of a power button???..... Still a great big controller for only five benjies

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