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Akai MPK88 88 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller

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Akai MPK88 88 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller; piano action production powerhouse!

The Akai Professional MPK88 is a professional performance keyboard controller with MPC production controls. The MPK88 draws on the design of the popular MPK49, the first keyboard ever to features MPC pads. This first of its kind keyboard is ideal for performance, starting with a premium, fully weighted, hammer action keyboard, adding MPC pads, Q Link controls, and a selection of MPC technologies. The MPK88 is born for the stage and is equally at home in the studio.

Akai MPK88 Features:

  • 88 key fully weighted, hammer action keyboard with aftertouch for expressive melodic creativity
  • 16 genuine MPC pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity
  • MPC pads access four banks each for instant access to 64 samples
  • Control up to 72 software parameters with 24 assignable Q Link knobs, buttons, and faders
  • Key Split enables two different sounds from the same keyboard
  • MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator aid in creative process
  • Transport controls for use with sequencers and DAWs
  • 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 Edition software
  • Includes Free download of AIR Ignite
  • Includes Pro Tools Express, a 16 Channel, Lite version of ProTools 10
  • Includes Includes Vyzex Editor and Librarian Software
  • Includes a $50 voucher for Sonivox Virtual Instruments
  • Works with virtually all MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software
Creative Input
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.

Q Link Command
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!

Expressive Engine
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 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.

Complete System
The MPK88 is a MIDI controller that sends its MIDI values over USB. It is bus powered, so all you need to connect and power the MPK88 is the supplied USB cable. Because it is MIDI compliant, the MPK88 works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software for musical performers from keyboard players to producers to DJs and even VJs!

The MPK88 comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition, one of the most popular and powerful performance and production programs in the world. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment.

Hit the stage with the only keyboard designed to enable you to perform the way todays music is made.

Product Specifications
Akai MPK88 88 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller Specifications

  • Number of Keys: 88 + 16 x 4 banks of drum pads
  • Type of action: Fully weighted hammer action
  • Aftertouch (Channel)
  • Computer Interface: USB/MIDI
  • Displays: Custom LCD
  • Footswitchable Patch Changes: Yes
  • Number of Independent MIDI Ins/Outs: 1
  • Programmable Continuous Footpedals: 1
  • Programmable Footswitches: 2
  • Programmable controllers: MMC, MIDI START/STOP, MIDI CC
  • System Real-Time Controls: MMC, MIDI START/STOP, MIDI CC

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  401-658-4032 Warranty:  1 Year
Gaius Rougier Submitted: 7/2/2015
Product Rating
well worth every penny
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
I play live music in church and studio with and this is by far better than my motif.. macbook air loaded with native bundle complete along with mainstage.. you have enough sounds to do what ever you like.. mpc on steroids.. that's what this is for less than a mpc
John from Appomattox, Virginia, USA Submitted: 3/11/2013
Product Rating

Great Controller Keyboard for price
Your general opinion of this product.
I really like. This is step 1 of a 3 step set-up I am configuring. I am a motif guy and i was looking at the Yamaha Motif xf 8...After alot of research, I figured to give this a try. And I like. I went this route because my Step 2 will be to get the XF 6 or 7 and carry this if I need the weighted action. Currently I carry the Motif 8 on gigs, which that will not occur anymore as this is alot lighter than the full board Motif...Also I went this route because my motif would barely ft on my Ultimate Apex Stand...This set will allow me to put all my gear on one stand...The Controller on bottom, Motif in Middle, and my laptop, presonus fire wire, and triton rack on top...So much compact looking than 2 stands and a small table or seat....
jenkx from Los Angeles Submitted: 5/17/2011

I like it
Mose from Staten Island, NY

Subject: Works great with the pad enhancement kit - Took a couple tries to sync with cubase
Discussion: This controller fits the bill nicely. Good weighted feel, and the MPC-Style pads for drum or sample input. The pads as they come from the factory are inconsistent and a bit mushier than the the original MPC Pads, so I ordered a pad enhancement kit from retailer(The one with rubber cutouts) and these pads are perfect now. Consistent feel thru the velocity range. I wish this controller had one more slider to make it completely compatible with organ simulators (9 Drawbars) but I can live with 8. The sync to cubase took a few tries to catch on for the the note repeat to work correctly. The key is to turn the unit off after saving the parameters and it works fine. Exactly on beat. One thing, I am not wholly happy with the preset velocity curves for the keyboard, but there are 2 settings I switch between and it works adequately. Overall a great unit and worth every penny. Do the pricematch, and check around for the lowest and come back here and purchase yours, you wont be disappointed.
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