Melodic performance in the palm of your hand.
The Akai LPK25 laptop performance keyboard is a USB-MIDI controller for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. It measures less than 13 inches across and weighs less than a pound to easily fit into a laptop case, backpack or messenger bag for extreme portability.
Keyboard players who want to work with software on their computer will find that the Akai LPK 25 gives their laptop the keys they need to express themselves anywhere.
High-quality, velocity sensitive, synth-action keyboard
The Akai LPK25 laptop keyboard is a scaled-down relative to the MPK series of keyboard performance controllers. The diminutive keyboard is made up of 25 miniature, velocity-sensitive keyboard keys with synth action.
The Akai LPK25 keyboard contains an arpeggiator, which steps through chords automatically, assisting musicians with creating quick melodic ideas. Sustain, octave up and down and tap tempo controls round out the LPK25’s easy-to-learn layout.
Plug and play - USB powered
The LPK25 works plug and play with Mac and PC and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. It has four memory banks for programming and recalling settings appropriate to different software programs you use.
Create melodic and harmonic riffs in seconds, anywhere, with the Akai LPK25 laptop performance keyboard.
Manufacturer Akai Model Akai LPK25 Compact Controller Keyboard Dimensions (H x W x D) 33 x 339 x 97 mm Weight 40g Connectivity Data Port: 1 x USB Mini Port System Requirements Mac OSX 10.4.0 or greater (Leopard also supported) G4/1GHz, both with 256MB RAM PC Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or greater (Vista 32/64 also supported) Pentium 3/1GHz/256MB RAM (machines running Vista will require a higher spec) Included Accessories USB Cable Ignite Software CD Safety Instructions and Warranty Information
There are, though, two bad points. Sometimes it takes a while to process what you are playing and that can be confusing if you are recording. Secondly the keys are too close together so you end up playing the wrong notes.
On the other hand it is only £39.99, so a really good buy and worth getting one for your home studio.
It is a really simple piece of equipment so you don't get confused with which buttons to press.
If you are on a low budget and need one of these it's under 40 quid, so get it.
I have very limited space in my bedroom studio and this controller has done everything I want it to do. It's very, very easy to set up (literally just plug & play) and has instantly given me much more control over my samples. Being able to control sounds with a piece of hardware brings production to another level and gives much more inspiration.
Whilst this is the very entry-level controller it will do perfectly for those with limited space and a low budget! If you have the space, then a controller with more keys may be a better option but for just under £40.00 (now reduced to £29.99!) this is a steal! Due to the small size this is also ideal for the 'on the move' producer and could easily fit in your laptop bag.
It has memory banks along with an arpeggiator, sustain button, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls. These can all create new ideas giving you a different perspective on the sample you're using.
All in all this piece of equipment is ESSENTIAL to your studio. If you're thinking about it - Get One!
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