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Akai MPK61 USB MIDI Controller

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Akai MPK61

The MPK61, from Akai, is a powerful combination of a 61-note semi-weighted keyboard, 16 MPC velocity-and-pressure-sensitive MPC pads, and 8 Q-Link faders with a total 72 assignable Q-Link controls. There’s also MPC swing and an arpeggiator that afford easy creation of melodic progressions. Additionally, the unit benefits from a key split function that allows the keyboard to be divided into two distinct zones for dual operation.

If all this wasn’t enough, the controller also includes Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition, which allows users to record, mix, compose, and revise musical ideas. Even more, it features USB bus power and plug-and-play connectivity, meaning it can be used in a variety of different environments without the need for additional connections or an external power supply.

MPK61 Features

  • 61-key semi-weighted 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 48 samples
  • Control 72 software parameters with 24 assignable Q-Link controllers
  • 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 12-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
  • Works with virtually all MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software
  • Number of keys: 61 + 16 x 4 banks of drum pads
  • Type of action: semi-weighted
  • 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: 1
  • Programmable controllers: MMC, MIDI START/STOP, MIDI CC
  • System real-time controls: MMC, MIDI START/STOP, MIDI CC
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