In the YouTube video of his mashup/cover of *One Dance* by [Drake](http://equipboard.com/pros/drake) and *Hasta el Amanecer* by [Nicky Jam](http://equipboard.com/pros/nicky-jam), Alex Aiono can be seen using an Akai MPK Mini Laptop Production Keyboard (the small keyboard right in front of him). He starts the video by using the pads to play the drum beat, which he then loops. The newer version of his Akai keyboard is the [Akai MPK Mini Mk2](http://equipboard.com/items/akai-professional-mpk-mini-mk2).more
"I have a CME keyboard, though last year I was in America, and purchased an Akai MPK mini with the drum pads. I used that for a couple of weeks and really liked it, so the next one I’m going to purchase will be the 88-note Akai MPK88 (its big brother). Software-wise, I use Native Instruments Komplete 7, Cubase 6, Vienna Ensemble Pro to act as a host and to network with my other computers to host the Vienna libraries, as well as other 32- and 64-bit applications. I use the Spectrasonics Instruments too– absolutely fantastic and easy to program. I’m also running Halion 4 and Halion Sonic amongst a whole host of others. I also use the Sony Oxford range of plugs when mixing, along with Izotope Ozone and Alloy."more
I'm stunned my own MPK Mini isn't broken by now— I use this controller for quite possibly everything. Whether I'm at the airport working on music between flights or on stage performing, this controller is an absolute powerhouse for whatever I throw its way. I upgraded to this from the LPD8, and what an upgrade it was— with two banks of eight drum pads, eight assignable knobs, and 25 keys with octave control, any MIDI parameter is at my command.
Obviously it's not the solution to every problem— if it was an all-in-one solution, I wouldn't need to use it alongside a Mixtrack and MIDI Fighter when I perform. It's stunning how quickly all those knobs and drum pads get taken up, so even if you know what you're doing, you'll end up resorting to the keys for many of the functions you wish you could assign to those pads.
That's my only problem with this controller, and frankly it's not a bad problem to have. For the price I paid for it, it's everything I've wanted it to be and then some. If you need a go-to controller for on the go production or are curious about controllerism as a performance method (and can't afford a QuNeo), this is a fantastic piece of kit!
Does the job! Has the fundamentals for a standard midi device. Firm drum pads, easy for creating quick patterns, nice layout and easy to understand without manual. Great for newcomers to electronic production. Powered by USB and small enough to carry around on the road!
very light and small device which easily can be transported inside of a backpack. Nice integrated Arp with different modes. Pads are not so good n my opinion and at my device i very often have a connection problem where i have to replug it to my mac.
I bought this mpg mini for my travel! I just produce everywhere and I need a small keyboard to input midi signal. Mpk mini is a really nice product for me. It not only have keyboard but also have drum pads and knobs. So with this little keyboard I can produce easily and quickly at the outside of studio!
Every summer i take my macbook pro and the Akai mpk mini just because of the lightweight and the small size. Its dosen´t have a mod wheel just a knob and for me its pretty annoying.
Knobs map easily to Ableton when used with Launchpad95 midi script (free online). The settings software was a bit of a learning curve. But my biggest problem was that one of the keys snapped off at 11 months. Akai repaired the unit but a year later with warranty lapsed another two keys broke off. The same problem has been reported by others online so be warned - there are no replaceable parts on this.
This keyboard does a lot for its small size. It's editable to the point where you can change practically all the routings without a hitch with a program on a disk, and it even works on Android via OTG cable.
Pads are responsive, keyboard itself is very snappy and fun to play, and the knobs are fairly precise too. One gripe I have is the lack of a sustain pedal jack; this one only gives you a button to use.
Wouldn't be caught dead without this thing. The built in arp is useless but every other feature of this keyboard is absolutely incredible, I just wish the pads were slightly more sensitive.