Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII Review

The Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII is currently among the most popular MIDI keyboards on the market. A lot of MIDI keyboard enthusiasts prefer this over the other available options since it is ultra-compact, portable, and lightweight.

The keyboard is also admired for hosting a wide array of hardware controls that allow its users to compose and record songs using the virtual instruments available on the device.

On top of that, it is offered along with a bundled set of professional production software, and downloadable virtual instruments that enable users to immediately create their own music.

Features

  • Comes with dimensions of 7.1” x 12.4” x 1.8”
  • Weighs about 1.6 pounds
  • Has 25 mini keys that are velocity-sensitive
  • Has 8 velocity, pressure sensitive, and assignable backlit pads
  • Equipped with 2 pad banks
  • Comes with 8 Q-LINK and 270-degrees highly assignable knobs
  • Comes with 10-octave range along with up-down buttons
  • Has adjustable range, modes and resolution
  • Equipped with 1 USB port and a ¼”, or 6.35mm, TS input intended for the sustain pedal
  • Supports plug-and-play connectivity
  • Comes with digital audio workstations and effect plug-ins
  • Features a 4-way thumb stick that allows more dynamic modulation and pitch manipulation

Pros

The Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII proves to be a good product for MIDI keyboard buyers since this is sold at a lower price than similar models. It is also among the most lightweight and compact products in its class.

The Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII is admired for providing a long list of adjustable features that enable its user to compose and record songs on their own, despite the device’s relatively smaller dimensions.

In addition, the product’s performance can be further boosted with the help of more virtual instruments and professional production software that are offered for free.

Furthermore, the Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII comes with the plug-and-play feature that allows it users to use it right after it’s taken out of the box. This is because the product is powered by a USB cable and does not require an external power adapter to function.

On top of that, it can be conveniently plugged into a computer, and does not require any software driver.

Cons

The Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII comes with a few downsides. First, it is easily out of stock and this prevents potential buyers getting a unit when they want it.

Second, the product is not eligible for shipping to some countries, depriving interested buyers in such areas of the opportunity to have an Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII. Finally, the product is not sold along with an applicable warranty to back it up.

Comparison

Aside from the Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII, many buyers also consider the Novation Launchkey Mini 25-Note USB Keyboard Controller, and the Alesis QX25 25-Key Advanced USB/MIDI keyboard Controller as their other top options; both of these products are durable, reliable and affordable.

The Novation Launchkey Mini 25-Note USB Keyboard Controller comes with dimensions of 15” x 8.7”x 3.1” and weighs about 2.4 pounds.  It is admired for its compact and lightweight design. It is equipped with 25 mini keys that provide faster synth-style features that allow it to be played and create music.

It is also fitted with 16 multi-color pads, which are velocity sensitive; 8 knobs; intuitive color buttons; and a more dedicated navigation. Finally, it is sold along with software for PC and Mac which also includes the Ableton Live Lite.

The Alesis QX25 25-Key Advanced USB/MIDI keyboard Controller is sold with dimensions of 4.3” x 10.6”  19.8” and a weight of 4.4 pounds. A lot of MIDI keyboard enthusiasts, particularly those with limited budgets, go for this model.

It is equipped with 25 keys and 4 drum pads used to trigger loops and samples, as well as in sequencing the drums. It is also equipped with 8 faders to adjust the volume and other synth parameters, and 8 knobs for other necessary adjustments. On top of that, the product works well with any Mac, and PC music software.

Out of the three products discussed above, the Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII proves to be the best option since it is equipped with a long list of useful features that the other two don’t have.

The Novation Launchkey Mini 25-Note USB Keyboard Controller can be the second best option for it offers some of the features that the Mini MKII has, at a similar price. Finally, the Alesis QX25 25-Key Advanced USB/MIDI keyboard Controller gets the third spot by providing the most generic features that a good MIDI keyboard is expected to provide, at a much lower price.

Verdict

Although the Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII comes with a number of downsides, it is still regarded as a good buy and a bestseller in its class.

The product comes at an affordable price but provides a long list of useful features responsible for allowing its user to compose and record their own music. On top of that, the device does not require any external power source and driver software. It can be immediately used after taking it out of the box.