Akai MPK mini keyboard/drum pad controller unveiled

The MPK mini quite literally with MusicRadar's hands on it.
The MPK mini quite literally with MusicRadar's hands on it.

Akai's MPK mini, which has just been launched at the BPM DJ/music production show in Birmingham, combines the company's LPK25 mini keyboard and LPD8 drum pad controller into a single unit.

This is good news for anyone who's been thinking of buying both products, particularly as it's predicted that the MPK mini will retail for around £70. This is significantly less than the cost of purchasing an LPK25 and LPD8 separately.

Akai lists the MPK mini's key features as follows:

· Ultra-portable software MIDI controller
· 25-note, velocity-sensitive mini keyboard
· Eight backlit, velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads (2 banks, 16 total)
· Pads can send note information, MIDI CCs and program changes
· Eight assignable Q-Link knobs to adjust virtually any parameter
· Built-in Arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range and patterns
· Tap-Tempo button to quickly adjust pace of the Arpeggiator
· Dedicated Octave Up, Octave Down and Sustain buttons
· Program Recall button to restore up to 4 separate global settings
· Solid Akai Pro design
· Powered through USB

We got our hands on the device at BPM and it looks and feels promising. For the purposes of size comparison, here's the MPK mini with the LPD8 sitting just behind it.

Akai mpk mini

Akai mpk mini

According to the Akai Pro website, the MPK mini will be available soon.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.