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Akai MPK261 61 Key Performance Keyboard Controller

A performance pad and keyboard controller that combines deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations!
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A performance pad and keyboard controller that combines deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations! The MPK261 by Akai comes fully loaded with a comprehensive interface for manipulating virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more.

MPK261 features 61 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 8 assignable knobs, faders, and switches, 16 MPC-style pads with RGB feedback, and onboard transport buttons. Three banks expand the number of knobs, faders, and switches (up to 24 each), and four pad banks expand the number of pads (up to 64 total). Plus, MPK261 is optimized to interface directly with your Mac or PC with USB power and plug-and-play connectivity.

Akai MPK261 61-Key Performance Keyboard Controller Features
  • 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
  • 16 RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads each with 4 banks for 64 pads
  • 24 assignable Q-Link controllers include knobs, faders, and switches (8 of each)
  • Revamped control layout with backlit LCD screen
  • USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Comprehensive transport and parameter controls for hands-on DAW integration
  • MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator for advanced rhythmic and melodic manipulation
  • MPC Full Level, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with dynamics and tempo
  • Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls with split mode for expressive performances
  • 2 assignable footswitch jacks and 1 expression jack
  • USB power and plug-and-play connectivity
  • Production software package included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0, SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials (downloads)
Made To Play
MPK261 comes equipped with 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys and a premium piano-style keybed for unprecedented response and natural feel. Each key is velocity-sensitive and outfitted with aftertouch for dynamic, expressive performances and recordings.

In addition, onboard Octave Up and Down controls allow players to access the entire melodic range. Bundled with MPK261 is SONiVOX’s Eighty-Eight Ensemble, an authentic grand-piano virtual instrument, that lets you compose or perform with pristine, expertly voiced piano samples.

Genuine MPC Functionality
Classic MPC Swing, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Full Level, and 16 Levels are all onboard for further inspiration. With MPK261, musicians and composers can incorporate genuine MPC workflow into their productions and create with the tools that producers have relied on for years: MPC Swing lets MPK261 users obtain that tight, organic groove that made Akai Pro’s groundbreaking MPC music-making machines so legendary.

MPC Note Repeat and 16 Levels make it easy to build beats and construct short melodic sequences using the MPC-style pads. In addition, an arpeggiator, with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns, enables users to explore complex melodic ideas, effortlessly.

Production Software
MPK261 is armed with powerful production software—Ableton Live Lite and MPC Essentials—for out-of-the-box music creation. Ableton Live Lite is a fluid audio/MIDI environment that enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas. MPC Essentials, a groove/beat production and sample-triggering software, can integrate directly into any DAW, such as Ableton Live Lite, or run standalone. In addition, it extends the power of MPK261 by adding up to 8 pad banks and 4 samples and insert effects per pad.

Virtual Instruments
A world-class piano instrument and two high-definition virtual synthesizers bring the best of sample-based and synthesis technology to MPK261 users. SONiVOX Eighty Eight Ensemble is a recreation of the Steinway 9-foot CD 327 grand piano layered with additional orchestral and synthetic instruments for rich, cinematic sounds.

Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a versatile virtual synthesizer that combines the warmth of legendary analog synths with a full range of futuristic, digital manipulation capabilities. SONiVOX Twist, a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument, makes it easy to create serious sounds using simple controls.

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Phone:  401-658-4032 Warranty:  1 Year

Product Specifications

Akai MPK261 61-Key Performance Keyboard Controller Specifications
  • System Requirements:
    • Macintosh: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)
    • Windows: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP, Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), QuickTime recommended
  • Number of Keys: 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
  • Pads: 16 pressure and velocity-sensitive, light-up MPC-style pads x 4 banks
  • Q-Link Controls: 8 control knobs, 8 faders, and 8 backlit switches
  • Computer Interface: USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • Octaves: 10 with Octave Up and Down
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Additional Controls: MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, MPC Full Level, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division
  • Additional Inputs: (1) 1/4 inch TRS expression pedal input and (2) 1/4 inch TS sustain pedal or footswitch input
  • Power: USB power; no power adapter required
  • Dimensions: 35.63 x 12.25 x 3.38 inches
  • Weight: 15.1 lbs.

Customer Reviews

Review: Greg h, Skotia95@gmail.com Submitted: 10/6/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Amazing for beginner ready to be serious
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Music production is extremely exciting to me and I really am eager to learn. I got this paired with the mpc x and have really been enjoying getting accustomed to everything.

Review: Charles Goodson Submitted: 9/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Very nice!!!

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Great to produce beats and songs. Like a in home studio.

Review: Ted Submitted: 7/27/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Alia MPK 261

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One of the best keyboards I have ever owned. The keys provide a perfect balance between playing with speed and the action of the weighted keys. Everything is onboard at a price that you can afford.

Review: Jim Submitted: 3/6/2019

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.

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Easy set up with my software

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another great PRODUCT BY AKAI!

Review: Peter Submitted: 2/24/2019

Product Rating1 out of 5 stars.

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Sending it back

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It would be great, I’m sure, if it would work with my iPad Pro: like I was told it would, but it doesn’t I’ll be returning it this week

Review: Shae Submitted: 12/5/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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KING AKAI!!!!

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It's Akai. It speaks for itself. Simply The Best of the Best & The Industry Standard!!! Nothing compares!!! Highly Highly Recommended!!!

Review: Chauncy Troy Mercer II Submitted: 10/24/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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The best controller I’ve ever had

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Let me just say this board is a beast I control everything through it.the functionality on it is butter smooth my production rate is much quicker It’s just amazing overall a lot of hit records will be created using this machine thanks again American musical

Review: Cam Submitted: 10/5/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Great light weight controller

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I do a lot of gigs got tired of carrying heavy keyboards all the time I got this and some good software made set ups and break downs so much easier now csm

Review: Nicole Submitted: 8/14/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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I absolutely love this product

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This keyboard has shorten by production time in half. Usually it would take me several days to create music that was satisfying to my liking. Now, I am making industry quality music in minutes. This is one keyboard that needs to be in your arsenal as a music creator.

Review: Chad Submitted: 8/9/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Exactly what I was looking for!

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I just started learning how to play but also I wanted to learn to produce. I bought this keyboard in hopes I could do both with it and it’s perfect! Definitely recommend it.

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