Akai Professional LPK25 25 Key USB-MIDI Controller Keyboard

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$69
Akai Professional LPK25 USB-MIDI Controller Keyboard

This 25 Key USB MIDI controller is designed to be a portable no-frills keyboard controller that just works.

The 25-key velocity sensitive keybed is front and center and takes up most of its overall profile to keep its size as small as possible, without making the keys too tiny.

There is some space for a few buttons that control octave up and down, tap tempo, arpeggiator and sustain.

More importantly, it works plug and play with Mac or PC computers, and runs on USB bus power.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 25 velocity sensitive mini keys with synth action.
  • Pads: none.
  • Buttons: Arpeggiator on/off, Tap tempo, Sustain, Latch (used to change arpegiator notes), Program select, and Octave +/-.
  • Octaves: 9 with the Octave Up and Octave Down buttons.
  • Bundled Software: AIR Ignite - editing controls are mapped to the LPK25.
  • Power: USB powered.
  • Connectivity: USB.
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X + Windows 8, 7 and XP - still in testing for Windows 10 and not yet officially supported.
  • Dimensions: 13.4" x 3.8" x 1.1"
  • Weight 0.9 lbs

Pros:
The biggest selling point of the Akai Professional LPK25 is its value for money, with many saying that its quality exceeds their expectations for the price. It also gets a lot of positive comments for its playability, even experienced musicians and music producers have good words for it, describing it as sensitive enough for most uses. There are also a number of users who appreciate its compact profile and portability.

Cons:
There are some who feel that the chassis is a bit flimsy, and there are a few reports of the USB port giving out after some use. Still, all of these are generally avoidable with proper handling.

Overall:
If you're looking for a budget no-frills portable MIDI keyboard controller, then do check out the Akai Professional LPK25.

You can also see which 25 key controllers we recommend in our guide to The Best 25 Key MIDI Controller Keyboards.

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