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Review MIDI keyboard Akai LPK 25. Where to buy it?

Akai Professional has been one of the most influential producers of music production instruments in the world since 1984. I’ll tell you how this post is built. First I list the features of this Akai LPK 25 keyboard. Then you have a video or two, purchase links and useful comments from other users and then you have one of the most useful parts; comparison tables with similar keyboards so you can compare.

  • Works with virtually all audio software
  • 25 mini-sensitive keys
  • Arpeggiator
  • Sustain button
  • Octave Up/Down and Tap Tempo buttons
  • USB Plug Socket
  • Fits perfectly into a laptop bag or backpack
  • Four programmable memory banks
  • Mac and computer software-editor included
  • Nutrition by USB
  • Size: 9,65 x 34,04 x 2,79 cm
  • Weight: 0.635 kg

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This MIDI keyboard usually costs around €42/£37/$42, and as you can see it is a very minimalist controller, where we can find 25 mini keys with speed sensitivity (intensity in MIDI language) that will allow us to play from percussion rhythms, melodies, chords, arpeggios (there is also an arpeggiator function), with the samples used in your favorite DAW.

The Akai LPK 25 also has an up/down octave option, for a wider range of both high and low register. It has a sustain button and four memory banks programmed.

Finally, and something that really surprises, is its size that is really small with the following measurements 9.65 x 34.04 x 2.79 cm and a weight of 635g, it can fit in a laptop case or backpack, and maybe you could still carry it around.

Now that we have seen the features of this Akai LPK 25 keyboard, watch these related videos to learn more.

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Akai LPK 25 vs Akai APC Keys 25

The Akai LPK 25 MIDI Keyboard has a price of €42/£37/$42 while the Akai APC Keys 25 has a price of €72/£64/$73, which for the price they have is a revealing difference. Let’s go to their face to face:

  • Both have 25 speed-sensitive mini keys (intensity in MIDI language).
  • The Akai LPK 25 offers octave up/down buttons, sustain button and tap tempo; it is plug and play and works with virtually all audio software.
  • The Akai APC Keys 25 is a specially integrated controller for the Ableton Live DAW, featuring a 5×8 clip launch matrix with RGB lighting for clip status indication, an octave and sustain switch, as well as 8 assignable Faders that Ableton Live recognizes.
  • Both are USB-powered, requiring no external power supply.
  • The Akai LPK 25 includes a Software Editor for Mac and PC, while the Akai APC Keys 25 includes a Software Package (Download versions): Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist Spectral Morphing Synthesizer, Toolroom Records Artist Launch Packs.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Akai LPK 25

Akai APC Keys 25

  • Works with virtually all audio software
  • 25 mini-format speed-sensitive keys
  • Arpeggiator
  • Sustain button
  • Octave Up/Down and Tap Tempo buttons
  • Plug&Play USB socket on Mac and PC without drivers
  • Fits neatly into a laptop bag or backpack
  • 4 programmable memory banks
  • Editor Software for Mac and PC included
  • Powered by USB port, no mains power cable required
  • Size: 9,65 x 34,04 x 2,79 cm
  • Weight: 0.635 kg
  • 25-key mini Synth-Action keyboard
  • Smooth Integration into Ableton Live
  • 5×8 clip launch matrix with RGB illumination for indication of current clip status
  • Octave switch and Sustain
  • 8 Assignable Faders that Ableton Live Recognizes Automatically
  • Includes Software Package (Download versions): Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist Spectral Morphing Synthesizer, Toolroom Records Artist Launch Packs
  • Powered by USB Class Compliant

We found two MIDI controllers with good performance, on the one hand the Akai LPK 25 with a very minimalist sense that offers us 25 mini keys, and the octave, sustain and arpeggiator controls. On the other hand the Akai APC Keys 25, gives us a few more features and focuses on compatibility with the Ableton Live DAW, so if you use it as your main audio software, you know which one you should choose.

And here’s a video of the Akai APC Keys 25

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Akai APC Keys 25 review.

Akai LPK 25 vs Akai MPK mini MK2

The Akai LPK 25 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €42/£37/$42 when the Akai MPK mini MK2 is priced at €79/£70/$81. Let’s go face to face:

  • Both have 25 speed-sensitive mini keys (intensity in MIDI language).
  • The Akai LPK 25 offers octave up/down buttons, sustain button and tap tempo; it is Plug and Play and works with almost all audio software, the Akai MPK Mini MK2 offers a 4 way thumbstick to control pitch bend and modulation, 8 MPC (Midi Production Center) pads with sensitivity, and 8 knobs to control more specific parameters of the DAW in general or some plugins.
  • Both are USB powered, they don’t need any external power source. And the Akai MPK Mini MK2 has a jack input for a sustain pedal.
  • The Akai LPK 25 includes a software editor for Mac and PC, and the Akai MPK Mini MK2 includes a complete production software package (downloads): Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Wobble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Akai LPK 25

Akai MPK mini MK2

  • Works with virtually all audio software
  • 25 mini-format speed-sensitive keys
  • Arpeggiator
  • Sustain button
  • Octave Up/Down and Tap Tempo buttons
  • Plug&Play USB socket on Mac and PC without drivers
  • Fits neatly into a laptop bag or backpack
  • 4 programmable memory banks
  • Editor Software for Mac and PC included
  • Powered by USB port, no mains power cable required
  • Size: 9,65 x 34,04 x 2,79 cm
  • Weight: 0.635 kg
  • 25 mini synthesizer action keys
  • New 4-way ‘thumbstick’ for dynamic tone/modulation control
  • 8 MPC pads with note repetition
  • Arpeggiator
  • 8 assignable control knobs for mixing, adjusting plugins and more
  • Ultra-compact design allows you to create anywhere
  • Additional inputs: 1 x 6.3 mm jack for sustain pedal
  • Powered by USB
  • No power adapter required
  • Full size sustain pedal input jack
  • Includes complete production software package (downloads): Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Wobble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials
  • Dimensions: 317 x 181 x 44 mm
  • Weight: 748 g

Again, we compared two Akai brand MIDI controllers, where one of them has an advantage over the other, while the Akai LPK 25 offers us the very basic design that we have already analyzed, while the Akai Mini MK2 gives us a greater amount of features, also for a higher price, but which is positively worth paying. If you are only interested in the keys you will go for the LPK 25, if you are interested in the pads, knobs, keys and the sustain pedal you could use, your choice will be the Akai Mini MK2, and by the way it is one of the most popular controllers among beginners of music production.

And here is a video of the Akai MPK mini MK2 white keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Akai MPK mini MK2 review.

Akai LPK 25 vs Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25

The Akai LPK 25 MIDI Keyboard has a price of €42/£37/$42 and the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 has a price of €135/£125/$137, this next one will be interesting face to face:

  • When the Akai has 25 speed-sensitive mini keys, the Native Instruments has 25 full-size keys with semi-balance and sensitivity.
  • The Akai LPK 25 offers octave up/down buttons, sustain button and tap tempo; it is Plug and Play and works with almost all audio software, the Kontrol A25 offers a 4 way push encoder, 8 encoders with sensitivity to control more specifically the parameters of the DAW in general or some plugin and pitch bend and modulation wheels.
  • The Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 has intuitive control over Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Garage Band, Cubase and Nuendo. This means that it is compatible with
  • Both are USB powered, they do not need any external power source. And the Kontrol A25 has a jack input for a sustain pedal.
  • The Akai LPK 25 includes a software editor for Mac and PC, and the Kontrol A25 includes Komplete effects and instruments: The Gentleman, Monark, Scarbee Mark I, Reaktor Prism, Reaktor Blocks Wired, Reaktor 6 Player, Kontakt 6 Player, Guitar Rig 5 Player, Komplete Kontrol Software, Maschine Essential.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Akai LPK 25

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25

  • Works with virtually all audio software
  • 25 mini-format speed-sensitive keys
  • Arpeggiator
  • Sustain button
  • Octave Up/Down and Tap Tempo buttons
  • Plug&Play USB socket on Mac and PC without drivers
  • Fits neatly into a laptop bag or backpack
  • 4 programmable memory banks
  • Editor Software for Mac and PC included
  • Powered by USB port, no mains power cable required
  • Size: 9,65 x 34,04 x 2,79 cm
  • Weight: 0.635 kg
  • Newly developed semi-weighted keyboard
  • 25 keys
  • 8 touch-sensitive encoders, tone and modulation wheels
  • Push-button 4D encoder
  • Smart Player
  • Integration with Maschine
  • Intuitive control over Logic Pro X, Ableton Live, Garage Band, Cubase and Nuendo
  • USB powered
  • 6.3 mm input for pedal
  • USB port
  • Dimensions: 488 x 257 x 89 mm
  • Weight: 2.4 kg
  • Includes Komplete effects and instruments: The Gentleman, Monark, Scarbee Mark I, Reaktor Prism, Reaktor Blocks Wired, Reaktor 6 Player, Kontakt 6 Player, Guitar Rig 5 Player, Komplete Kontrol Software, Maschine Essential

In this comparison, we have a somewhat unfair face, on one hand, the Akai LPK 25 with its basic functions and very cheap price, and on the other hand, the MIDI controller Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25, which has a 2-octave semi-weighted keyboard, giving a better quality of feeling when playing it, 1 assignable 4D encoder and 8 assignable encoders for some parameters of the DAW or the plugin you are using. Although the Kontrol A25 is a better option, it also increases its price and is less portable.

And here is a video of the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 review.

Akai LPK 25 vs Miditech Midistart Music 25

The Akai LPK 25 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €42/£37/$42 while the Miditech Midistart Music 25 is priced at €58/£51/$60, but the difference is so small that this may vary.

  • When the Akai has 25 mini speed-sensitive keys, the Miditech Instruments has 25 full-size keys with semi-weighted and sensitivity.
  • The Akai LPK 25 offers octave up/down buttons, sustain button and tap tempo; it is plug and play and works with virtually all audio software, the Miditech buttons for octave up/down and a joystick for pitch bend and modulation.
  • Both are USB powered, no external power supply is needed. And the Kontrol A25 has a jack input for a sustain pedal.
  • The Akai LPK 25 includes a software editor for Mac and PC, and the Miditech includes the Magix Samplitude SE.

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Akai LPK 25

Miditech Midistart Music 25

  • Works with virtually all audio software
  • 25 mini-format speed-sensitive keys
  • Arpeggiator
  • Sustain button
  • Octave Up/Down and Tap Tempo buttons
  • Plug&Play USB socket on Mac and PC without drivers
  • Fits neatly into a laptop bag or backpack
  • 4 programmable memory banks
  • Editor Software for Mac and PC included
  • Powered by USB port, no mains power cable required
  • Size: 9,65 x 34,04 x 2,79 cm
  • Weight: 0.635 kg
  • 25 large keys with sensitivity
  • Joystick for Pitchbend and Modulation
  • Octave buttons +/-
  • MIDI output
  • USB port
  • Includes USB cable
  • Magix Samplitude SE
  • Size: 380 x 80 x 240 mm
  • Weight: 2.3 Kg

Now we have a comparison that is a little more on par with the previous one, both MIDI controllers offer us 25 keys with sensitivity, only that in the Akai they are mini, and in the Miditech they are full-size. Both have octave up/down controls and are USB powered. I would go for the Miditech, because of the size of its keys and the small difference in price.

And here’s a video of the Miditech Midistart Music 25

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the Miditech Midistart Music 25 review.

Akai LPK 25 vs M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4

The Akai LPK 25 MIDI Keyboard is priced at €42/£37/$42 and the M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 is priced at €122/£105/$122, with a difference of $83. We’ll see you face to face:

  • When the Akai has 25 speed-sensitive mini keys, the M-Audio has 49 full-size keys with sensitivity.
  • The Akai LPK 25 offers octave up/down buttons, a sustain button and tap tempo; it’s plug-and-play and works with virtually all audio software, the M-Audio offers 8 sensitive pads, 8 assignable rotary buttons, 9 assignable sliders, octave up/down buttons and wheels for pitch bend and modulation.
  • Both are USB-powered, requiring no external power source. And the M-Audio has a jack input for a sustain pedal.
  • The Akai LPK 25 includes a software editor for Mac and PC, and the M-Audio includes Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software).

Let’s put the features of these keyboards in a table so you can compare

Akai LPK 25

M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4

  • Works with virtually all audio software
  • 25 mini-format speed-sensitive keys
  • Arpeggiator
  • Sustain button
  • Octave Up/Down and Tap Tempo buttons
  • Plug&Play USB socket on Mac and PC without drivers
  • Fits neatly into a laptop bag or backpack
  • 4 programmable memory banks
  • Editor Software for Mac and PC included
  • Powered by USB port, no mains power cable required
  • Size: 9,65 x 34,04 x 2,79 cm
  • Weight: 0.635 kg
  • 49 sensitive keys
  • 8 Sensitive Pads
  • 8 freely assignable rotary knobs
  • 9 freely assignable sliders
  • Transport button e.g. for DAW control
  • LCD screen
  • Powered by USB port
  • USB Midi
  • Sustain pedal connection
  • Includes USB cable, Quickstart Guide, Ableton Live Lite (Software) and Sonivox Twist (Software)
  • Dimensions: WxDxH 814 x 243 x 94 mm
  • Weight: 2.9 kg

We found an interesting comparison, with two MIDI controllers: the Akai LPK 25 that we have already analyzed with its basic functions, while the M-Audio Oxygen 49 MK4 has more and better features, starting with the keyboard that has 49 full-size keys, 8 sensitive pads, 8 assignable rotary buttons, and 9 sliders that are really useful in production processes such as recording and mixing as well as plug-in parameters. Logically this is the best option, although the price is also increasing.

Here is a video of the M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 keyboard

If you want to know more about this option, click on the following link to see the M-Audio Oxygen 49 Mk4 review.

What is the best of these MIDI keyboards if I am a beginner on a budget?

While the answer to this question lies mostly in what specific need you have, for example, if you want to have a keyboard with the widest possible note range, or if you want to have as many control features as possible, or perhaps a mix between the two, that is without leaving behind the different connections and software licenses offered by most MIDI controllers, we will give an objective opinion according to our experience in music production and thus also with the price demanded by the controllers, a kind of value for money.

We found some minimalist MIDI controllers with few functions, however also with a low budget, you can get interesting options that are really worth it, one of the best examples is the Akai MPK Mini Mk2 that offers control functions like: MPC (MIDI Production Center) pads and assignable knobs, besides having a sustain pedal input and other functions, despite being a compact and economical controller it has great advantages against other controllers with similar prices. Go for it.

Where to buy the LPK 25 Akai keyboard

Thomann

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  • Usually the Best price.
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Amazon

  • Free Shipping and the possibility of shipping in one day with Amazon Premium.
  • Full Guarantee but they are no experts in music equipment.
  • Sometimes a better price.
  • He’s got worse stock than Thomann.

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