Akai Professional MPK88 Keyboard Controller

88-key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard with Hammer-action Keys, 16 MPC Pads, Assignable Knobs, Faders, and Buttons, and Transport Controls
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Get the Most out of Your Music with This Keyboard Controller!

The Akai Professional MPK88 MIDI keyboard controller gives you the power and flexibility to get the most out of your instruments — onstage or in the studio. The 88-key MPK88 gives you a fully weighted hammer-action keyboard for incredible feel and expression, while its 16 onboard MPC pads provide velocity- and pressure-sensitive control. You'll also appreciate the array of assignable knobs, faders, and buttons, as well as handy transport controls and pitch and mod wheels. Built to work wonders for a vast range of players, the MPK88 is a real performer.

Akai Professional MPK88 88-key MIDI Keyboard Controller with MPC-style Pads at a Glance:
  • Creative control at your fingertips
  • Assignable knobs, faders, and buttons
  • Great rhythm features built-in
  • The flexibility you need, onstage or in the studio

Creative control at your fingertips
MPK88 features an 88-key keyboard and 16 genuine MPC pads. The hammer-action keyboard is fully weighted and features aftertouch for expressive melodic control. The MPC pads are pressure and velocity-sensitive to capture every nuance of your creative concepts. The pads can access four banks of sounds, so you have 64 samples at your fingertips with the touch of a button. The MPK88 places dedicated transport controls within your reach for easy control of some of the most important tracking and editing controls. The MPK88 has modulation and pitch-bend wheels for expressive musicality, and two assignable footswitch inputs enable you to connect an expression pedal or other continuous controller and a footswitch for momentary controls like patch change or start/stop.

Assignable knobs, faders, and buttons
One of the most important input devices on an MPC is its Q-Link assignable control section. Akai Pro built a massive collection of Q-Links into the MPK series. The MPK88 gives you eight virtual knobs that are assignable to control nearly any software parameter. You can control three different parameters per knob thanks to the knobs' three-bank selection, totaling 24 parameters of instant, hands-on control. Like the virtual knobs, eight virtual faders and eight virtual buttons also control three banks of parameters each, so you get 24 virtual faders and 24 virtual buttons. That's 72 Q-Link controls!

Great rhythm features built-in
Two technologies pioneered in the MPC series and built into the MPK series are MPC Note Repeat and MPC Swing. These note-modifying features can be heard in many of the most popular tracks over the last two decades. MPC Note Repeat is a capability that enables the MPK (or MPC) to automatically play a rhythm pattern, such as 16th notes on a hi-hat, for accuracy and speed of entry. MPC Swing is sometimes referred to as "the heart and soul of hip hop" because it turns perfectly aligned sequences into human feeling time alignments. You can specify exactly the degree and timing of swing you want to apply for the perfect feel.

The flexibility you need, onstage or in the studio
The MPK88 has Key Split, enabling you to control two different sounds from the same keyboard. On top of MPC technologies, the MPK88 has its own arpeggiator, which enables you to create quick, creative riffs in seconds. Just pick a note or chord and a rhythm pattern in the arpeggiator's library and the MPK will play your notes in the rhythm and sequence you choose. The MPK88 also has MPC Full Level and MPC 16-Level on its pads, as well as Tap Tempo and Time Division so you can nail the tempo, timing, and dynamics exactly as you hear them in your head.

Akai Professional MPK88 88-key MIDI Keyboard Controller with MPC-style Pads Features:
  • 88-key fully weighted, hammer-action keyboard with aftertouch for expressive melodic creativity
  • MPC-pad section of 16 genuine MPC pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity
  • MPC pads access four banks each for instant access to 64 samples
  • Assignable Q-Link controller section for flexible control of most software parameters
  • Eight Q-Link knobs, eight Q-Link faders, eight Q-Link buttons, three banks each
  • Key Split enables control of two different sounds from the same keyboard
  • Dedicated transport controls for tracking and editing
  • MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator aid in creative process
  • MPC Full Level, MPC 16-Level, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with tempo and dynamics
  • MIDI output over USB, bus powered, class compliant: plug and play with one USB cable
  • Comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Professional Edition software
  • Works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software
  • Includes USB cable, software CD, and Quick Start guide
Akai Professional MPK88 88-key MIDI keyboard controller puts creative control where you need it!

Additional Media

MPK 61 and 88-key MIDI Controller Quick Start Guide
MPK 61 and 88-key MIDI Controller User Manual

Tech Specs

Pads 16
Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Weighted
Aftertouch Yes
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Encoders/Pots 9
Faders 8
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain, 2 x Foot Switch
MIDI I/O In/Out/USB
USB 1 x Type B
Hardware Requirements - Mac 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or Faster (Intel Mac Recommended), 1GB RAM (2GB Recommended)
Hardware Requirements - PC 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron CPU or Faster, 1 GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Later
OS Requirements - PC Windows XP, Vista, 7
Power Supply Bus Powered, AC Adapter
Height 5.2"
Width 51.7"
Depth 14.9"
Weight 67 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MPK88

Customer Reviews

3.5/5
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5/5

AKAI MPK 88

If you are looking for playability and feel this is your machine. I tend to be very picky about the feel of any synth. If you tried the Korg Kronos and liked it but not the price, you will be blown away by the quality for what you are paying. I have owned several weighted-key controlers and this is the best so far!
Music background: 30+ years as a pro musician, recording engineer and studo owner
5/5

Great!

I've played piano/keyboards for over 40 years. I've been using MIDI since the Mac came out, and I purchased one in 1986. Over the years, I've played quite a few 88-key digital pianos and MIDI controllers. This is the best I've ever used. Beyond the quality and feel of the keys, this thing is a one-stop MIDI control center. Nothing better!
Music background: composer, performer
4.5/5

Great working station

I have Akai MPK88 pro for 6 years now. It worked perfectly until i spilled my coffee on it... but that was not a problem - opened it myself, cleaned it and it continued working like new. I use it mostly for keyboard playing, it has a good feeling. Never really used drum pads... Arpeggiator is very useful as many settings are as well. Faders and sliders work very well. It's quite heavy compared to other keyboards. But for me it's just a sign of built quality. Use it every day for 6 years... what a great friend!
4.5/5

My Favorite Controller To-Date

I've played host of keyboards including acoustic pianos over the years. I've always used a synth or semi-weighted action for my controller keyboard. This year I decided to go with a fully-weighted controller. I wanted 88 keys and automation controls as well. I decided on the MPK 88 after a long search and I am really happy with it. I like the feel of the action and the controller section sliders and knobs are good quality - they behave like a good mixing console's controls. Let me address some of the other reviewer's issues: 1. The keys are noisy. I agree, but they aren't too noisy for my needs. Even an acoustic piano's keys are not silent. I would think that if you wanted to sing at the keyboard, a good directional mike would suffice to eliminate any noise. 2. The controls are difficult to set up with [Insert your DAW]. I use Sonar X3 and ACT is a little tricky but that is the DAW's issue not the controller. The software that comes with the keyboard makes setting up presets an easy task. You do need to read the manual for the controller section and software (which is short). Some other things to know: The controller is USB-powered. There is an optional power supply but know that if you use the power supply, the MIDI connection works differently. With the USB power, the MIDI signals In and out go over USB and show up as another set of MIDI devices in your DAW. MIDI will be routed back out to the controller so you can connect another sound source to its MIDI out. Connecting a power supply changes this behavior. Read up on this before spending $$$ on a power supply. There is no off switch. This is a USB device. Disconnect it to turn it off. Be sure to reconnect before starting your DAW or it may not recognize the controller. If you are using the USB interface, make sure to connect to a fast USB port. Often these ports are on the rear of a PC, but check your PC's docs. You will get much better performance (lower latency) if you are connected to a fast port (same goes for a USB audio interface. Once you get the controller section set up the way you like, use the software to save a copy to disk and also save the preset to an empty slot in the controller. That way you can call up the preset when the controller starts up and if you accidentally mess it up, you can load the disk file into the software. Save your DAW's settings (ACT for Sonar) to disk as well. I hope this helps someone else make a decision if this controller is right for them.
Music background: Semi-Pro, 40 yrs playing and writing
4.5/5

Great keyboard but random key makes annoying click sound

I was excited to get this controller and began using it right out of the box. It works great and has some really cool features. However, only 2 days after I started using it, the 2nd octave G# key started clicking every time I pressed it. It still does it and I can't hear it with my headphones on but I can feel it and it can get a little annoying. I would have expected a bit higher quality from such an expensive keyboard. Other than that it's great.
Music background: Student, hobbyist
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