AKAI Professional MPK mini Play MK3

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Mini USB Keyboard Controller with Speaker

  • More than 100 internal drum and instrument sounds
  • Gen-2 keyboard with 25 velocity-sensitive mini-keys
  • 8 Backlit MPC pads with note repeat and full level function (x2 banks)
  • 4 Knobs for editing internal sounds or MIDI parameters (x2 banks)
  • Built-in loudspeaker
  • OLED display
  • Pitch / modulation joystick
  • Arpeggiator
  • Connection for sustain pedal: 6.3 mm jack
  • USB-B port
  • Headphone output: 3.5 mm jack
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 317 x 178 x 58 mm
  • Weight: 860 g
  • Incl. software package (downloads): Akai Pro MPC Beats, AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3, Mini Grand, Velvet and Melodics learning software with 60 lessons
Available since February 2022
Item number 535185
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Number Of Keys 25
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch No
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel Yes
Sound Engine Samplebased
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Effects Yes
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 2
Digital Output No
Display Yes
Pitch Bend / Modulation 1
Rotary Encoder 4
Fader (Amount) 0
Pads 8
MIDI interface No
Sustain Pedal Connection 1
Mains Operation 1
Battery Operation 1
Bus-Powered 1
Width in mm 317 mm
Pedal Connections 1x Sustain
Height in mm 58 mm
Depth in mm 178 mm
Dimensions 317 x 178 x 58 mm
Weight in kg 0,9 kg
Special Features -
Weight 0,9 kg
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A great musical device to enhance creativity & learn theory
Mina Maria The 30.09.2022
Creating music at times can seem daunting but this little keyboard is perfect for all levels of creation.
The best part about it is the fact that it can be used without a DAW, while the speaker isn't the best, the fact that you can plug your headphones in is perfect.
I first bought the midi keyboard to practice music theory on the go and now the greatest thing about it is that I can easily advance to using it onto a DAW.
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Good for what it is, compact and fun
Housumies 15.08.2023
I got this more as something you can chuck in a bag (fits nicely, smaller than my 13" laptop, if thicker) and jam with or doodle ideas outside/on the go - think old Casiotone keyboards, just with a bit more functionality.

I wish AKAI had put a little effort into the sounds (it's the same old miditones familiar from every other beginner keyboard since at least the 80's), but being able to change the attack and release, in addition to the onboard reverb and chorus really save a lot and bring a lot of welcome mileage to the sounds. Those really save this keyboard as a keyboard.

Build quality seems fair, although the ball the modulation joystick is made out of this weird, scratchy foam that honestly looks like it's meant to stay in a prototype. I wish they'd gone with a 1/4" jack for the headphone jack, seems like a weird decision to go with 3.5mm jack on music equipment in this day and age.

The keys are fine, they can seem a bit stiff if you're used to other minikeys, but personally I like these. The velocity settings are fine and get better if you twiddle with them a bit to suit your preference, but out of all the minikeys I've tried these have a great response. If you can stand mini keys this'll do just nicely, they're quite plastic, but that's to be expected.

Overall, for a mini keyboard, it's good for what it is. If you have no need for the onboard sounds, definitely go for the regular MPK mini as it has better knobs (infinite vs. the 270° ones this has because of the features) and no real estate is lost to the speaker - plus you get other colors! I wish these were available in the different colors the regular MPK mini - I really don't like the color of this thing and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna paint the plastic case.

This thing would be great if AKAI gave the possibility to actually change the sounds or just went for better sounds. There's a lot of very usable, good sounds, but it's not exactly going to blow your mind. If they'd slap a sequencer or something on this thing to quickly whip up some ideas (chords + lead + drums) remotely, this would be a really awesome little beast. Maybe some day.
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Jamming keyboard
Duval 04.09.2022
Good quality. You can use effect processor and loop pedal whith this keyboard for live performance. Speaker just for fun.
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Amazing little device
Biblical 10.08.2022
Wanted something for lessons with my 3 year old niece... Got this delivered a few days ago, amazed with quality of it... put in some batteries to try out the standalone feature first, great sounds actually... and it controls my ableton well
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