Akai MPK225 Keyboard Controller
Akai MPK225 Keyboard Controller
The Compact Controller Keyboard, Evolved
Akai Professional's MPK controller keyboards have become standard equipment in many professional MIDI rigs. The latest MPK225 rocks improvements in every major area, from its new RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads to the superb action of its aftertouch-enabled 25-note keybed. The MPK225 gives you boatloads of workflow-enhancing features such as MPC Note Repeat and an arpeggiator for complex rhythmic and melodic manipulation. With its assignable encoders and buttons, eight performance pads, transport controls, LCD screen, and USB/iOS modes, the MPK225 gives you absolute control over your software.
Juice your productions with authentic MPC functionality
With the Akai Professional MPK225, you can juice your productions with authentic MPC workflows, using the familiar tools producers have relied upon for years. MPC Swing delivers that tight, organic groove that made MPC units instant classics. MPC Note Repeat and Full Level make it easy to build beats and construct short melodic sequences using the MPK225's eight RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads. Also onboard is an arpeggiator that lets you easily explore more complex melodic ideas with its adjustable resolution, range, and patterns.
Addictive keyboard feel and plentiful performance controllers
At Sweetwater, keyboard feel is a big deal. (We're a picky bunch.) The MPK225's semi-weighted action is an ideal middle ground, working well for piano parts as well as fast synth leads. Akai Professional has also equipped it with assignable aftertouch - perfect for adding tasty vibrato and other modulation without having to disengage your hands from the keyboard. In addition to its assignable buttons and rotary encoders, the MPK225 is also fitted with sustain/footswitch and expression pedal jacks, as well as the de rigueur pitch and mod wheels.
Enhanced hardware control over your software
Seamlessly bridging the gap between hardware control and software performance, Akai Professional's latest generation of MPK controllers gives you the enhanced response of a refined new keybed, new RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads, and a low-power iOS mode. It all adds up to enhanced hardware control over your software - which translates to greater productivity for you. The MPK225 is plug-and-play with your Mac or Windows computer, and it also sports iOS compatibility via Apple's optional iPad Camera Connection Kit. It even comes with free software, including Ableton Live Lite, Pro MPC Essentials, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, and SONiVOX Twist 2.0
Craft sophisticated Virtual Instrument rigs with Akai VIP
The difference between a cool MIDI controller keyboard and a full hybrid keyboard workstation is Akai VIP3. This third-generation version of Akai's Virtual Instrument Player software is a masterpiece of workflow management. It lets you load up just about any VST plug-in and combine up to eight virtual instruments plus effects into sophisticated arrangements with key zones, splits, and custom mappings — exactly what you'd expect from a standalone workstation. What's more, there's an ever-growing list of plug-ins that automatically map to your controller, but thanks to VIP3's MIDI Learn function, you can map any plug-in with any controller in any way you like. Run it as a standalone platform or use it as a plug-in in your favorite DAW. Either way, VIP3 will revolutionize the way you approach virtual instruments.
Includes a free license of Reason Lite (Mac/Windows)
An included copy of Reason Lite gives you even to more to love about your Akai Professional controller. This DAW is industry famous among live performers and electronic musicians for its streamlined workflow and studio-grade recording and mixing tools. Reason Lite includes nine premium instruments (synths, samplers, and drum machines) and 11 effects (reverb, delay, EQ, and distortion), along with virtual amps from Softube and 2GB of included loops and samples to help your fledgling creative ideas take flight. And with plug-and-play support for your controller, making music with Reason Lite has never been simpler. Simply create an account (or log in) and register your product at http://www.akaipro.com/register to receive your free Reason Lite license.
Akai Professional MPK225 Controller Keyboard Features:
- 25 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
- Eight RGB-illuminated MPC pads (each with 4 banks)
- 12 assignable Q-Link controllers include eight control knobs and four backlit buttons
- New control layout with backlit LCD screen
- USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input and output
- Comprehensive transport and parameter controls for hands-on DAW integration
- MPC Note Repeat and arpeggiator for advanced rhythmic and melodic manipulation
- MPC Full Level, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with dynamics and tempo
- Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls for expressive recording and performing
- One sustain/footswitch jack, one expression pedal jack
- USB bus power for plug-and-play connectivity
- iOS compatibility via Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
- Production software package included: Ableton Live Lite and Pro MPC Essentials
- Virtual synths included: Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech and SONiVOX Twist 2.0
- Includes Akai VIP3 virtual instrument workstation software/plug-in
- Includes Reason Lite DAW license
- Number of Keys: 25
- Type of Keys: Semi-weighted
- Aftertouch: Yes
- Pads: 8
- Other Controllers: 4 x Assignable Buttons, Mod, Pitch Wheels
- Encoders/Pots: 8
- Dedicated Transport Control: Yes
- Pedal Inputs: 1 x Sustain, 1 x Expression
- MIDI I/O: In/Out/USB/iOS
- USB: 1 x Type B
- Hardware Requirements - Mac: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or Faster (Intel Recommended), 2GB RAM
- Hardware Requirements - PC: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible, 2GB RAM, Windows-compatible sound card
- OS Requirements - Mac: OS X 10.5 or Later
- OS Requirements - PC: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
- Power Supply: Bus Powered
- Height: 3.63"
- Width: 19.25"
- Depth: 11.75"
- Weight: 6.09 lbs.
- Manufacturer Part Number: MPK225