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Review Akai MPK miniplay MIDI keyboard. Where to buy it?

Akai Professional has been one of the most influential producers of music production equipment in the world since 1984. I’ll tell you how this post is built. First, I will list the features of this Akai MPK miniplay 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.

  • Very compact standalone keyboard ideal for travel
  • Synth-Action keyboard with 25 keys with dynamic sensitivity
  • 8 Backlit Pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions (x2 banks)
  • 4 controllers for editing internal sounds or parameters (x2 banks)
  • 128 internal sounds and 10 drum kits
  • Integrated speaker
  • OLED screen
  • Joystick for Pitch and Modulation
  • Arpeggiator
  • 3.5 mm mini-jack headphone output
  • Sustain Jack 6.3 mm pedal input
  • USB port
  • Powered by 3x AA batteries or USB bus
  • Dimensions: 312 x 172 x 46 mm
  • Weight: 450 g
  • Includes ProTools First, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3 and SONiVOX Wobble (online download)

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This MIDI keyboard is usually priced at around €105/£93/$107 and offers a keyboard with 25 keys with dynamic sensitivity and synthesizer action, as well as being standalone, meaning that it can sound like an electronic keyboard, without the need for a computer (MIDI keyboard).

It also offers the following control functions: 8 backlit pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions, 4 regulating knobs for editing internal sounds or parameters, Joystick for Pitch and Modulation, and buttons for different functions.

As it has the Standalone keyboard function it offers 128 internal sounds and 10 drum kits, as well as integrating a speaker to reproduce the sounds. It is sure to have a very basic polyphony 8 or fewer notes.

The Akai MPK miniplay integrates the connections for USB, Sustain pedal input and headphone or headset output. Also included with the licenses of ProTools First, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3 and SONiVOX Wobble (online download).

Now that we have seen the features of this Akai MPK miniplay keyboard watch these related videos to learn more.

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Akai MPK miniplay vs Akai MPK mini Mk2

The Akai MPK mini play MIDI keyboard is priced at €105/£93/$107 when the Akai MPK mini MK2 white is priced at €79/£70/$81. Let’s go head to head:

  • Both MIDI controllers offer 25 mini keys with synthesizer action, the Akai MPK miniplay’s keyboard is Standalone so you can play sounds without the use of a computer.
  • The Akai MPK miniplay offers 8 backlit Pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions, 4 control knobs for editing internal sounds or parameters, a Joystick for Pitch and Modulation, and buttons for different functions. And the Akai MPK mini MK2 offers 1 4-way thumbstick for tone/modulation control, 8 MPC (Midi Production Center) Pads, 8 control knobs, transport wheels (rec, play, pause) and buttons for other functions.
  • Both integrate the USB connections, Sustain pedal input and the Akai MPK miniplay has a headphone output.
  • The Akai MPK miniplay includes the licenses for ProTools First, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3 and SONiVOX Wobble (online download). Akai MPK mini MK2 includes Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Wobble and Akai Pro MPC licenses

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

Akai MPK miniplay

Akai MPK mini MK2 white

  • Very compact standalone keyboard ideal for travel
  • Synth-Action keyboard with 25 keys with dynamic sensitivity
  • 8 Backlit Pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions (x2 banks)
  • 4 controllers for editing internal sounds or parameters (x2 banks)
  • 128 internal sounds and 10 drum kits
  • Integrated speaker
  • OLED screen
  • Joystick for Pitch and Modulation
  • Arpeggiator
  • 3.5 mm mini-jack headphone output
  • Sustain Jack 6.3 mm pedal input
  • USB port
  • Powered by 3x AA batteries or USB bus
  • Dimensions: 312 x 172 x 46 mm
  • Weight: 450 g
  • Includes ProTools First, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3 and SONiVOX Wobble (online download)
  • 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
  • The 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
  • Color: White

In this comparison we have two Akai branded MIDI controllers, on the one hand in the previously analyzed Akai MPK miniplay, and on the other hand, the Akai MPK mini MK2 which offers 25 mini keys with synthesizer action, 1 4-way thumbstick for tone/modulation control, 8 MPC (Midi Production Center) Pads, 8 control knobs, transport wheels (rec, play, pause) and buttons for other functions.

As in the last comparison, if you want a MIDI controller where you can also play sounds without a computer so that you can perhaps have musical ideas at any time or place, the Akai MPK miniplay will be your ideal choice. Now if you only want a MIDI controller with moderate functions your best choice in the price it offers is the Akai MPK mini MK2.

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 MPK miniplay vs Akai LPK 25

The Akai MPK miniplay MIDI Keyboard is priced at €105/£93/$107 and the Akai LPK 25 is priced at €42/£37/$42. Let’s go head to head:

  • Both MIDI controllers offer 25 mini keys with synthesizer action, the Akai MPK miniplay keyboard is Standalone so it allows you to play sounds without the use of a computer.
  • The Akai MPK miniplay offers 8 backlit Pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions, 4 control knobs for editing internal sounds or parameters, Joystick for Pitch and Modulation, and buttons for different functions. And the Akai LPK 25 offers: octave up/down buttons, sustain buttons, tap tempo and arpeggiator.
  • Both integrate USB connections, and the Akai MPK miniplay has a sustain pedal input and headphone output.
  • The Akai MPK miniplay includes the ProTools First, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3 and SONiVOX Wobble licenses (online download). The Akai LPK 25 includes a software editor for Mac and PC.

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

Akai MPK miniplay

Akai LPK 25

  • Very solid standalone keyboard ideal for travel
  • Synth-Action keyboard with twenty-five keys with active sensitivity
  • Eight backlit pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions (x2 banks)
  • Four controllers for editing internal sounds or factors (x2 banks)
  • One hundred and twenty-eight internal sounds and ten drum kits
  • Integrated Alternator
  • OLED screen
  • Joystick for Pitch and Modulation
  • Arpeggiator
  • Mini-jack headphone output three with five mm
  • Sustain jack six with three mm pedal input
  • USB port
  • Nutrition by 3x AA batteries or USB bus
  • Measures: three hundred and twelve x one hundred and seventy-two x forty-six mm
  • Weight: four hundred and fifty g
  • Includes ProTools First, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, AIR Music Tech Hybrid three and SONiVOX Wobble (online download)
  • 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 a USB port, no mains power cable required
  • Size: 9,65 x 34,04 x 2,79 cm
  • Weight: 0.635 kg

In this comparison we have on the one hand the Akai MPK miniplay with its functions and features that we have already analyzed before, on the other hand we have the Akai LPK 25 that offers 25 mini keys with sensitivity, octave up/down buttons, sustain buttons, tap tempo and arpeggiator.

As before, if you want a MIDI controller where you can also play sounds without a computer, to perhaps have musical ideas at any time or place, the Akai MPK miniplay will be your ideal choice. Otherwise, if you want a more minimalist MIDI controller with only a few control functions, the Akai LPK 25 will be fine for us. Clearly the Akai MPK miniplay is a better choice.

And here is a video of the Akai LPK 25

 

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

Akai MPK miniplay vs Akai APC Keys 25

The Akai MPK miniplay MIDI Keyboard is priced at €105/£93/$107 and the Akai APC Keys 25 is priced at €72/£64/$73. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • Both MIDI controllers offer 25 mini keys with synthesizer action, the Akai MPK miniplay keyboard is Standalone so it allows you to play sounds without the use of a computer.
  • The Akai MPK miniplay offers 8 backlit Pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions, 4 control knobs for editing internal sounds or parameters, Joystick for Pitch and Modulation, and buttons for different functions. And the Akai APC Keys 25 offers: a 5×8 clip launch matrix with RGB illumination for clip status indication, 8 assignable faders directly compatible with Ableton Live, octave and sustain switches, and transport buttons (play, pause, stop).
  • Both integrate USB connections, Sustain pedal input and the Akai MPK miniplay has a headphone output.
  • The Akai MPK miniplay includes the ProTools First, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3 and SONiVOX Wobble licenses (online download). The Akai APC Keys 25 includes licenses for Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid three by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist Spectral Morphing Synthesizer, Toolroom Records Artist Launch Packages.

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

Akai MPK miniplay

Akai APC Keys 25

  • Very compact standalone keyboard ideal for travel
  • Synth-Action keyboard with 25 keys with dynamic sensitivity
  • 8 Backlit Pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions (x2 banks)
  • 4 controllers for editing internal sounds or parameters (x2 banks)
  • 128 internal sounds and 10 drum kits
  • Integrated speaker
  • OLED screen
  • Joystick for Pitch and Modulation
  • Arpeggiator
  • 3.5 mm mini-jack headphone output
  • Sustain Jack 6.3 mm pedal input
  • USB port
  • Powered by 3x AA batteries or USB bus
  • Dimensions: 312 x 172 x 46 mm
  • Weight: 450 g
  • Includes ProTools First, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3 and SONiVOX Wobble (online download)
  • 25-key mini Synth-Action keyboard
  • Smooth Integration into Ableton Live
  • 5×8 clip launch matrix with RGB illumination for an 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

In this comparison, we find two somewhat similar MIDI controllers, on the one hand, the Akai MPK miniplay which offers 25 mini keys with synthesizer action, 8 backlit pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions, 4 control knobs for editing internal sounds or parameters, Joystick for Pitch and Modulation, and buttons for different functions. And then there’s the Akai APC Keys 25 which also features 25 mini synth-action keys and a 5×8 clip launch matrix with RGB lighting for clip status indication, 8 assignable faders directly compatible with Ableton Live, octave and sustain switches, and transport buttons (play, pause, stop).

As we can see, the Akai MPK miniplay offers two functions, a MIDI controller and an electronic keyboard. While the Akai APC Keys 25 is a MIDI controller that is fully compatible with the Ableton Live DAW, so if you work with this audio program it will be your best choice, and otherwise, if you want a MIDI controller that can also play sounds without a computer the Akai MPK miniplay will be your choice.

Here is 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 MPK miniplay vs Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25

The Akai MPK miniplay MIDI Keyboard is priced at €105/£93/$107 when the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 is priced at €135/£125/$137, with a difference of $30 between the two. Let’s move on to the face-to-face:

  • Both MIDI controllers offer 25 keys with synthesizer action, the Akai MPK miniplay’s keyboard has mini keys and is Standalone so it allows you to play sounds without the use of a computer. The keys of the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 are full size.
  • The Akai MPK miniplay offers 8 backlit pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions, 4 regulating knobs for editing internal sounds or parameters, Joystick for Pitch and Modulation, and buttons for different functions. And the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 offers 1 4D push encoder, 8 assignable control knobs, octave up/down buttons, and wheels for pitch bend and modulation.
  • Both integrate USB connections, sustain pedal input and the Akai MPK miniplay has a headphone output.
  • The Akai MPK miniplay includes the ProTools First, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3 and SONiVOX Wobble licenses (online download). The Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 includes The Caballero, Monark, Scarbee Mark I, Reaktor Prism, Reaktor Blocks Wired, Reaktor Six Player, Kontakt Six Player, Guitar Rig Five Player, Komplete Kontrol Software, Maschine Essential.

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

Akai MPK miniplay

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25

  • Very solid standalone keyboard ideal for travel
  • Synth-Action keyboard with twenty-five keys with active sensitivity
  • Eight backlit pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions (x2 banks)
  • Four controllers for editing internal sounds or factors (x2 banks)
  • One hundred and twenty-eight internal sounds and ten drum kits
  • Integrated Alternator
  • OLED screen
  • Joystick for Pitch and Modulation
  • Arpeggiator
  • Mini-jack headphone output three with five mm
  • Sustain jack six with three mm pedal input
  • USB port
  • Nutrition by 3x AA batteries or USB bus
  • Measures: three hundred and twelve x one hundred and seventy-two x forty-six mm
  • Weight: four hundred and fifty g
  • Includes ProTools First, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, AIR Music Tech Hybrid three and SONiVOX Wobble (online download)
  • 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 two good MIDI controllers, on the one hand, the Akai MPK miniplay with the functions and features we have already mentioned. And on the other hand the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 offers a keyboard with 25 semi-weighted keys and up/down octave buttons, a joystick for pitch bend and modulation, and an assignable fader.

As we mentioned before, if you want a MIDI controller where you can also play sounds without a computer, so you can perhaps have musical ideas at any time or place, the Akai MPK miniplay will be your ideal choice. However, if we need a MIDI controller with semi-balanced keys and moderate control functions the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 is an excellent choice.

Here’s a video of the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol A25 keyboard

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

Akai MPK miniplay vs Miditech Midistart Music 25

The Akai MPK miniplay MIDI Keyboard is priced at €105/£93/$107 while the Miditech Midistart Music 25 is priced at €58/£51/$60, with a difference of $47. Let’s go head to head:

  • Both MIDI controllers offer 25 keys with synthesizer action, the Akai MPK miniplay keyboard has mini keys and is Standalone so it allows you to play sounds without the use of a computer. The keys on the Miditech Midistart Music 25 are full size.
  • The Akai MPK miniplay offers 8 backlit pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions, 4 control knobs for editing internal sounds or parameters, Joystick for Pitch and Modulation, and buttons for different functions. And the Miditech Midistart Music 25 offers: octave up/down buttons, a joystick for pitch bend and modulation, and an assignable fader.
  • Both integrate USB connections, sustain pedal input and the Akai MPK miniplay has a headphone output.
  • The Akai MPK miniplay includes the licenses for ProTools First, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3 and SONiVOX Wobble (online download). The Miditech Midistart Music 25 includes the license for Magix Samplitude SE.

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

Akai MPK miniplay

Miditech Midistart Music 25

  • Very compact standalone keyboard ideal for travel
  • Synth-Action keyboard with 25 keys with dynamic sensitivity
  • 8 Backlit Pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions (x2 banks)
  • 4 controllers for editing internal sounds or parameters (x2 banks)
  • 128 internal sounds and 10 drum kits
  • Integrated speaker
  • OLED screen
  • Joystick for Pitch and Modulation
  • Arpeggiator
  • 3.5 mm mini-jack headphone output
  • Sustain Jack 6.3 mm pedal input
  • USB port
  • Powered by 3x AA batteries or USB bus
  • Dimensions: 312 x 172 x 46 mm
  • Weight: 450 g
  • Includes ProTools First, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3 and SONiVOX Wobble (online download)
  • 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

In the last comparison we have two MIDI controllers, on the one hand, the Akai MPK miniplay whose functions and performance we have already analyzed previously, and on the other hand the Miditech Midistart Music 25 that offers 25 normal size keys, octave up/down buttons, a joystick for pitch bend and modulation, and an assignable fader.

As in all comparisons we have commented, if we need a MIDI controller that has the function of an electric keyboard as well, the Akai MPK miniplay will be an excellent option for this. However, if we need a MIDI keyboard with full-size keys and few control functions, as well as being somewhat economical, this will be a good option.

Here is a video of the Miditech Midistart Music 25 keyboard

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

Which is the best of these MIDI keyboards if I am a beginner on a low 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 range of notes possible, or if you want to have as many control functions as possible, or perhaps a mix between the two, that is without leaving behind the different connections and software licenses that most MIDI controllers offer, we will give an objective opinion according to our experience in music production and thus also with the price that the controllers demand, a kind of value for money.

In this post, we find a group of cheap MIDI controllers with a price of maximum of 135 euros, as a star product and ideal controller for a beginner, we can mention the Akai MPK miniplay that even in its compact and light design, we have great functions and features, such as a standalone keyboard, that is, it can play without the need of a computer or other device, 8 pads and 4 knobs, both assignable. It also integrates a sustain pedal input and headphone output. All this makes the Akai MPK miniplay a perfect controller for beginners.

Where to buy the Akai MPK miniplay

 

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