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Based on 54 Reviews and 208 Ratings
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Huge Milage, Tiny Controller
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!
Cheap, questionably built but VERY Helpful
I've had this Midi Controller to about a year and pretty much have taken so much care of it but the middle C key is pushed out of place (Still works, just looks weird) and it was shipped to me without one of the rubber foots, though it is a very minor problem, when inspiration hits and I'm writing down an idea, the clunking of the plastic (Due to missing a rubber foot) really kicks me out of my zone. Super well built, the pads are so amazing and Acurate for the price, Its good
Handy on the move
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 nice for traveling
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!