The MPK88 – an 88-note MIDI controller keyboard – is a monster. When it initially arrived we were stunned by its size and bulk. It weighs in at a quite weighty 67lbs (30kg) so ensure there are 2 of you around to unpack it and set it up.

It’s an attractive device, in keeping with the MPC, MPD and MiniAK items. On the whole, everything feels well made, with the primary case made from hard black plastic on a metal framework. The rotary dials feel smooth and have little play in them and the buttons all have a comforting click.

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The sliders feel a bit lightweight with lots of sideward play and we’re not sure how well these would stand up, specifically on the roadway. Frustrating at this price point.

The weighted hammer-action key bed is outstanding. It’s one of the finest we have actually played. It’s not too light or heavy, has none of the sponginess and sluggish crucial return that pesters some hammer actions and it’s well fit to all kinds of playing, consisting of Clav or organ designs. Links consist of USB for powering the MPK from your computer system, a wall wart power adaptor socket (though it’s tight of Akai not to consist of one!) MIDI In and Out (however why not 2 sets of MIDI ports?) 2 footswitch jacks and an expression pedal jack.

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 Akai MPK88
Akai MPK88

Akai MPK88 Specs

A fast scoot around the panel reveals plenty of controls. Up there are the required pitch wheels, backlit in yellow. To the right are controls for splitting the keyboard and for choosing the 16×4 MPC pad banks. Below are controls for changing the MIDI-sync able arpeggiator on and off, a lock switch and the Note Repeat function that’s raised from the MPC variety for playing rolls and inputting notes (you hold the Note Repeat button and hold a pad and hi presto immediate 16ths or 8ths etc.).

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“The weighted hammer-action is well fit to all kinds of playing, consisting of Clav or organ designs.”

The pads feel OKAY, however, they might certainly be a little thicker like those on the MPC-1000 as they do bad rather quickly.

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In the middle of the board is a clear and useful blue backlit screen. Presets (which consists of all the front panel tasks) is shown on top with MIDI channel and controller assignments/other details shown below. Below are the transport controls for your DAW’s sequencer. It’s really simple to browse the menus, plus there’s a consisted of PC/Mac editor (and a Lite variation of Ableton Live too) making things even simpler if needed.

Utilizes and Showcases.

Let’s begin with the 16 MPC pads. Akai grants you 3 extra banks including 64 innovative possibilities. Together with the MPC pads you have the note repeat choice with a speed choose choice. The pads are touch delicate with 127 levels of speed, providing your tracks the ability to have natural sounding percussion along with numerous other innovative alternatives. Akai provided particularly well on the MPC side however exactly what about those secrets?

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This 88 key-weighted digital piano offers you lots of space to play and provide the genuine feel of a genuine hammer action piano. The MPK88’s secrets have a really good resilient feel to them that actually provides an enjoyable playing experience as a pianist. For some, the keys on this keyboard might be too loud which can be a concern if you tape-record with a microphone while you play. For many, it likely will not be much of an issue at all.

On the best side of the Akai, keyboard is 24 assignable Q-link knobs, buttons and faders with 3 banks equating to out to 72 assignable software application criteria. These choices make it simple to have live control over such things as track volume, panning, treble, bass and a lot more. Having a lot of control in your hands permits a smoother workflow. And this assists enormously with imagination.

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The far leading left side functions 2 wheels: pitch and modulation. The pitch wheel is a breeze to deal with and the wheel self-centers itself. The modulation wheel permits unlimited imaginative expedition while tweaking sounds on the fly.

Next off, the key-split function and arpeggiator. The MPK 88 permits provide you the choice to divide the keyboard and make use of 2 different noises, providing you the chance to explore your imagination much more. Include the arpeggiator, which synchronizes to the pace and has numerous speeds, and you have much more liberty of creative expression. To liberate your hands, while making use of the arpeggiator, there is a “Latch” button which will hold the notes for you.

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Imaginative input:

The Akai MPK88 showcases an 88-key keyboard and 16 real MPC pads. The hammer-action keyboard is completely weighted and showcases aftertouch for meaningful arise control. The MPC pads are pressure and velocity-sensitive to catch every subtlety of your imaginative principles. The pads can access 4 banks of noises, so you have 64 samples within your reaches with the touch of a button. The MPK88 USB MIDI Controller locations committed transportation controls within your grab simple control of a few of the most crucial tracking and modifying controls. The MPK88 has modulation and pitch-bend wheels for meaningful musicality, and 2 assignable footswitch inputs allow you to link an expression pedal (or another constant controller) and a footswitch for temporary controls like spot modification or start/stop.

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Q-link command:

Among an essential input device on an MPC is its Q-Link assignable control area. Akai Pro developed an enormous collection of Q-Links into the MPK series. The MPK88 keyboard provides you 8 virtual knobs that are assignable to manage almost any software application specification. You can manage 3 various specifications per knob thanks to the knobs’ three-bank choice, totaling 24 specifications of immediate, hands-on control. Like the virtual knobs, 8 virtual faders and 8 virtual buttons likewise manage 3 banks of specifications each, so you get 24 virtual faders and 24 virtual buttons for an overall of 72 Q-Link controls.

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Meaningful engine:

2 innovations originated in the MPC series and developed into the MPK series are MPC Keep in mind Repeat and MPC Swing. These note-modifying functions can be heard in numerous popular tracks over the last 20 years. MPC Keep in mind Repeat is an ability that makes it possible for the MPK (or MPC) to immediately play a rhythm pattern, such as 16th notes on a hi-hat, for precision and speed of entry. MPC Swing is in some cases described as “the body and soul of hip jump” since it turns completely lined up series into human sensation time positioning. You can define precisely the degree and timing of swing you wish to make an application for the best feel. The Akai MPK88 has Secret Split, allowing you to manage 2 various noises from the very same keyboard. On top of MPC innovations, the MPK88 has its own arpeggiator, which allows you to develop fast, innovative riffs in seconds. Simply choose a note or chord and a rhythm pattern in the arpeggiator’s library and the MPK will play your notes in the rhythm and series you pick. The MPK88 USB MIDI controller likewise has MPC Complete Level and MPC 16-Level on its pads, along with Tap Pace and Time Department so you can nail the pace, timing, and characteristics precisely as you hear them in your head.

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Full system:

The Akai MPK88 is a MIDI controller that sends its MIDI values over USB. It is bus powered, so all you have to link and power the MPK88 is the provided USB cable television. Due to the fact that it is MIDI certified, the MPK88 deals with a lot of MIDI taping, sequencing, and efficiency software application for musical entertainers from keyboard gamers to manufacturers to DJs as well as VJs. The MPK88 includes Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition, among the most popular and effective efficiency and production programs on the planet. Ableton Live Lite makes it possible for artists to spontaneously makeup, record, remix, improvise and modify musical concepts in a smooth audio/MIDI environment. Strike the stage with an unbelievable keyboard created to allow you to carry out the method today’s music is made.

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To the right are controls for splitting the keyboard and for choosing the 16×4 MPC pad banks. Below are controls for changing the MIDI-sync able arpeggiator on and off, a lock switch and the Note Repeat function that’s raised from the MPC variety for playing rolls and inputting notes (you hold the Note Repeat button and hold a pad and hello presto immediate 16ths or 8ths etc.).

2 innovations originated in the MPC series and developed into the MPK series are MPC Keep in mind Repeat and MPC Swing. MPC Keep in mind Repeat is an ability that makes it possible for the MPK (or MPC) to instantly play a rhythm pattern, such as 16th notes on a hi-hat, for precision and speed of entry. The MPK88 USB MIDI controller likewise has MPC Complete Level and MPC 16-Level on its pads, as well as Tap Pace and Time Department so you can nail the pace, timing, and characteristics precisely as you hear them in your head.

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