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MPK261

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Engineered to be an all-in-one controller solution, the Akai Professional MPK261 is a performance pad and keyboard controller that combines deep software integration, enhanced workflow, and core technologies from the iconic line of MPC workstations. Each member of Akai Pro's MPK series comes fully loaded with a comprehensive interface for manipulating virtual instruments, effect plugins, DAWs, and more. MPK261 features 61 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch, 8 assignable knobs, faders, and switches, 16 MPC-style pads with RGB feedback, and onboard transport buttons. Three banks expand the number of knobs, faders, and switches (up to 24 each), and four pad banks expand the number of pads (up to 64 total). Plus, MPK261 is optimized to interface directly with your Mac or PC with USB power and plug-and-play connectivity.

Made To Play
MPK261 comes equipped with 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys and a premium piano-style keybed for unprecedented response and natural feel. Each key is velocity-sensitive and outfitted with aftertouch for dynamic, expressive performances and recordings. In addition, onboard Octave Up and Down controls allow players to access the entire melodic range. Bundled with MPK261 is SONiVOXs Eighty-Eight Ensemble, an authentic grand-piano virtual instrument, that lets you compose or perform with pristine, expertly voiced piano samples.

Genuine MPC Functionality
Classic MPC Swing, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Full Level, and 16 Levels are all onboard for further inspiration. With MPK261, musicians and composers can incorporate genuine MPC workflow into their productions and create with the tools that producers have relied on for years: MPC Swing lets MPK261 users obtain that tight, organic groove that made Akai Pros groundbreaking MPC music-making machines so legendary. MPC Note Repeat and 16 Levels make it easy to build beats and construct short melodic sequences using the MPC-style pads. In addition, an arpeggiator, with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns, enables users to explore complex melodic ideas, effortlessly.

Production Software
MPK261 is armed with powerful production softwareAbleton Live Lite and MPC Essentialsfor out-of-the-box music creation. Ableton Live Lite is a fluid audio/MIDI environment that enables musicians and producers to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas. MPC Essentials, a groove/beat production and sample-triggering software, can integrate directly into any DAW, such as Ableton Live Lite, or run standalone. In addition, it extends the power of MPK261 by adding up to 8 pad banks and 4 samples and insert effects per pad.

Virtual Instruments
A world-class piano instrument and two high-definition virtual synthesizers bring the best of sample-based and synthesis technology to MPK261 users. SONiVOX Eighty Eight Ensemble is a recreation of the Steinway 9-foot CD 327 grand piano layered with additional orchestral and synthetic instruments for rich, cinematic sounds. Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a versatile virtual synthesizer that combines the warmth of legendary analog synths with a full range of futuristic, digital manipulation capabilities. SONiVOX Twist, a spectral morphing synthesis virtual instrument, makes it easy to create serious sounds using simple controls.

FEATURES:
• 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
• 16 RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads each with 4 banks for 64 pads
• 24 assignable Q-Link controllers include knobs, faders, and switches (8 of each)
• Revamped control layout with backlit LCD screen
• USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input and output
• iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
• Comprehensive transport & parameter controls for hands-on DAW integration
• MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator for advanced rhythmic and melodic manipulation
• MPC Full Level, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with dynamics and tempo
• Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls with split mode for expressive performances
• 2 assignable footswitch jacks and 1 expression jack
• USB power and plug-and-play connectivity
• Production software package included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0, SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials (downloads)

SPRECIFICATIONS
Number of Keys: 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
Pads: 16 pressure- and velocity-sensitive, light-up MPC-style pads x 4 banks
Q-Link Controls: 8 control knobs, 8 faders, and 8 backlit switches
Computer Interface: USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input & output
Octaves: 10 with Octave Up and Down
Arpeggiator: Yes
Additional Controls: MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, MPC Full Level, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division
Additional Inputs: (1) 1/4" (6.35mm) TRS expression pedal input and (2) 1/4" (6.35mm) TS sustain pedal or footswitch input
Power: USB power; no power adapter required
Dimensions: 35.63" x 12.25" x 3.38"
Weight: 15.1 lbs

REQUIREMENTS
Macintosh: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)
Windows: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP, Windows compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended), QuickTime recommended

Wanted proper dynamics. Got em!3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreVictoria, British Columbia
I initially wanted to find something to control my modules that could output a proper velocity. My JX8P and DX7 weren't cutting it as they max out at around 100 rather than 127. I heard the MPK2 had semi-weighted keys or something similar but I was set on the M-Audio Code61. I wanted that X-Y Pad! Research showed the Code series not to be of consistent quality and when I touched those keys in-store, they felt clacky as anything else. The MPK261 however: while there is no feeling similar to hammer-string action, the keys feel great and the overall quality of the controller is decent. To describe the feel of the keys, it's like a slight resistance. It forces your fingers to play better. The pads are nice to have too and really freshen things up. One last point I'd like to make is what sold me on this controller and its the software that came with it. I had been playing only hardware synths and needed some good software. The Twist Piano plugin is gorgeous and the Air Hybrid synth engine is a blast. I use them all the time. The only thing I don't love is the User Interface. It's just small, a little confusing at times and not super intuitive. Get this controller!
Posted by Jordan on Mar 14, 2018
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Closest StoreHamilton, Ontario
Does everything I need it for using Ableton, VSTs and external synth modules.
Posted by ackzz on Jul 16, 2017
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Everything you need in one beautiful package.6 of 6 customers found this review helpful

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This thing is a beast of a controller. 61 full sized, semi-weighted keys, 4 banks of 16 rubbery, playable, backlit MPC pads. 3 banks of 8 solid feeling faders and endless encoders, all completely MIDI mappable. It's very solidly built, yet still light enough, with plastic all around the top and bottom with a nice bright red metal bottom. And in a few months of travelling with it, it has no signs of wear. And the pre-bundled VSTs it comes with are absolutely stellar. Eighty-eight 2 gives you a beautiful acoustic piano with tons of patches to choose from. Hybrid gives you a large amount of leads, basses, and pads, and Twist is great for sound effects, as well as risers and so on. The screen on this thing is not very easy to understand, but it does give you tons of flexibility with MIDI mappings, with custom preset ones for certain DAWs, as well as being able to create your own. All in all, it's a fantastic piece of hardware, with some killer software to go with it, and you'll be jamming out within minutes of getting it out of the box.
Posted by Cameron on Dec 9, 2015
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