Hands-on Compact Control from Akai Professional
Whether you’re a mobile performer or a studio producer, Akai Professional’s MPK Mini MkII lets you take control of your music making in exciting new ways. Small enough to fit in your backpack, this diminutive, USB bus-powered MIDI controller gives you 25 velocity-sensitive synth-action mini keys, Octave Up/Down buttons, and an ergonomic 4-way thumbstick for pitch-bend and mod duties. You also get eight backlit, velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads (in two banks) with MPC Note Repeat and Full Level, plus eight assignable Q-Link knobs. In addition, there’s an onboard arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range, and modes. Get hands-on with your music again with the Akai Professional MPK Mini MkII from Sweetwater.
Craft sophisticated Virtual Instrument rigs with Akai VIP3.0
The difference between a fun MIDI controller and a full hybrid keyboard workstation is Akai VIP3.0 — a powerful instrument and FX suite (a $100 value) that’s free with your purchase of the MPK Mini MkII. This third-generation version of Akai’s Virtual Instrument Player software is a masterpiece of workflow management. It lets you load up just about any VST plug-in and combine up to eight virtual instruments plus effects into sophisticated arrangements with key zones, splits, and custom mappings — exactly what you’d expect from a standalone workstation. What’s more, there’s an ever-growing list of plug-ins that automatically map to your controller, but thanks to VIP3.0’s MIDI Learn function, you can map any plug-in with any controller in any way you like. Run it as a standalone platform or use it as a plug-in in your favorite DAW. Either way, VIP3 will revolutionize the way you approach virtual instruments.
Includes plug-in and standalone software instruments
Along with its full-featured button layout and great synth action, your purchase of the MPK Mini MkII qualifies you for a generous suite of virtual instruments. Here’s what you get:
- AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3: a high-definition synthesizer that can create anything from fat, retro synth sounds to edgy modern leads
- SONiVOX Wobble: an electronic music grime synthesizer that features two independent channels of spectral morphing synthesis with harmonic controls, individual filtering, and discrete LFO controls
- MPC Essentials: a groove/beat production and sample-triggering software that lets producers and musicians incorporate genuine MPC workflow into their DAW of choice. Extends the power of MPK Mini MkII by adding up to 8 pad banks and 4 samples and insert effects per pad. MPC Essentials also runs in standalone mode, so you can start making music without a DAW.
Step up your game with Melodics software
For a limited time, the MPK Mini MkII gets you 60 free lessons from Melodics, the desktop app that teaches you how to put the MkII’s MIDI keys and pad controllers to work for your music. Whether you’ve been playing keyboard instruments a long time or just a little, Melodics is guaranteed to improve your skills.
Akai Professional MPK Mini MkII 25-key Controller Features:
- 25 velocity-sensitive synth-action mini keys
- Dedicated Octave Up and Octave Down buttons
- Innovative 4-way thumbstick for ergonomic control of pitch and modulation
- 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads with Note Repeat and Full Level
- 8 assignable Q-Link knobs for mixing, tweaking plug-ins, and more
- USB bus powered; no power adapter required
- Full-size sustain pedal input jack
- Includes Akai VIP3.0 virtual instrument workstation software/plug-in
- Includes exclusive Melodics software lessons, a virtual instrument pack with AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3, SONiVOX Wobble, and MPC Essentials