These settings can be saved and recalled from up to 30 unique presets. You may also like. First up there are the obligatory pitch wheels, backlit in yellow. Like the virtual knobs, eight virtual faders and eight virtual buttons also control three banks of parameters each, so you get 24 virtual faders and 24 virtual buttons. The hammer action is average, and a little noisier than other hammer weighted keyboards I have owned in the past. It weighs in at a pretty weighty 67lbs 30kg so make sure there are two of you around to unbox it and set it up. I was looking for an 88 weighted controller that was reasonably priced.
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The knobs, faders and pads all work fine, mok the keyboard has a faulty key right in the centre of it, making it impossible to use for live performances. The MPK88 places dedicated transport controls within your reach for easy control of some of the most important tracking and editing controls. It can be connected to a computer via npk bus-powered USB port, or with traditional MIDI cables in which case an external power adapter is required.
Connections include USB for powering the MPK from your computer, a wall wart power adaptor socket though it’s tight of Akai not to include one!
Our Verdict A few issues here and there considering the price, but the MPK88 is a fine ‘board with a great keybed. All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more. The price was ridiculous too as any guitarcenter price was about more. This one popped up at bucks and low cost shipping, so I snagged it, and am glad I did.
It’s a good space saver in a way beyond the full sized keys. Easy to use, on the whole. The pads can access four banks of sounds, so you have 64 samples at your fingertips with the touch of a button.
I was hoping for possibly bigger pads more similar to the full sized MPD’s, but it’s cool. People who bought this also bought.
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The MPC pads are pressure and velocity-sensitive to capture every nuance of your creative concepts. It is 888 too heavy to take around with you to gigs etc. It works beautifully in my studio. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
A few issues here and there considering the akwi, but pmk MPK88 is a fine ‘board with a great keybed. You can specify exactly the degree and timing of swing you want to apply for the perfect feel. When this is active, user-programmed settings for the 8 buttons are ignored. The hammer action is top notch, and the board overall has good quality.
Only two keyboard zones. I quit gigging years ago, but I wouldn’t traces with it, there plenty of high quality boards out there that are roadworthy. Akai Electronic Keyboards with 25 Keys. Fortunately the weighted hammer-action keybed is impressive.
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That’s 72 Q-Link controls! These settings can be saved and recalled from up to 30 unique presets. First up there are the obligatory pitch wheels, backlit in yellow.
A quick scoot around the aai shows a large number of controls. Fully weighted hammer action Aftertouch Channel Computer Interface: I guess if you wanted to use this product in a studio environment, for recording purposes only, then it would probably be quite well suited.
Other 88 key boards don’t have all of what this offers at the same time.