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.
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