Finally, we have an all-in-one MIDI Ableton performance controller! I’ve had to hassle with having two separate devices since I like both Akai’s Ableton pads but also need some keys at-hand if i’m ever in the mood to hit the porcelain (especially live, you can’t go wrong with some keyboarding on stage). One of our favorite music equipment brands has come out with the all-new APC Key 25 Ableton Controller which gives us those nice set of min keys plus some other external controls specifically for Ableton. We saw a little mixture of power with the new APC40 MkII and the APC Mini controller, but this particular piece of gear has it’s own personal spin as well. I really love this machine, not only because of the obvious reasons I’ve already stated but because it’s only $130! Let’s take a look at it.
Akai Professional‘s incorporation of a specifically made-for-Ableton MIDI controller in 2009 has been a huge success for the company. Their original Ableton performance controller, the Akai APC40, has received many positive reviews from musicians and performers and single-handedly innovated the Ableton Live controller music equipment game. We recently included this in our best MIDI controllers for Ableton post and feel their latest upgrade to the controller has made it that much better. [Read more…] about Akai APC40 Mk2 Ableton MIDI Controller Review
To finish off the last of the new MPK II series of USB MIDI controllers by Akai Professional, the 61-key MPK261 is pretty beastly. The new MPK261 is the successor of the Akai MPK61, a pretty popular MIDI keyboard across the music equipment realm. If you’re looking into a 61-key USB MIDI keyboard but need the drum pads as well (whether it’s for recording or live performances), the MPK models are recommended by us and a lot of other music stores around the net. The new MPK II series offers some tweaks and upgrades (nothing too major) to their popular MIDI keyboards. Here’s what they’ve added to the MPK261.
Akai Professional released information at this year’s NAMM about their MPK II series of MIDI controller keyboards with some decent upgrades to their popular models. We saw in our MPK249 review that the main upgrades included the improved LCD screen, the backlight RBG LED lights on the legendary MPC pads, as well as a slimmer design and more ‘comfortable’ keys. Pretty much the same tech has been improved in this 25-key midi controller, a step up from their great MPK25 USB MIDI controller that has been quite popular since it’s release. Let’s get down into the details.
New for the year 2014, Akai Professional has launched their brand-new MPK II series of USB keyboard/pad controller models. This includes the 25-key MPK225, 49-key MPK249 (which we’ll be talking about in this article), 61-key MPK261 and lastly an update to their compact controller, the Akai MPK Mini MkII keyboard.
Akai offers quite a few upgrades in these models, including new keys, drum pad lighting, and a few other smaller tweaks to the controllers. Akai explains that they’ve used customer feedback from the past 5 years to incorporate into these new models so let’s see what they’ve come up with. They wanted to focus on control capabilities but have also included a lot of their new and uprising music creation software. Let’s get into the details.