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Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII |

25-Key Ultra-Portable USB MIDI Drum Pad & Keyboard Controller with Joystick, VIP Software Download Included

Novation Launchkey Mini 25-Note USB Keyboard

Controller, MK2 Version

Novation Launchkey 25 USB Keyboard Controller

for Ableton Live, 25-Note MK2 Version

Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII |
Novation Launchkey Mini 25-Note USB Keyboard
Novation Launchkey 25 USB Keyboard Controller
Specification Akai Professional MPK MINI MK2 MPK Mini MK2
Black
Novation AMS-LAUNCHKEY-MINI-MK2 NOVLKMIN2 Novation AMS-LAUNCHKEY-25-MK2 NOVLKE25MK2
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Description

The new MPK Mini MKII is an ultra-compact keyboard controller designed to easily fit in the laptop-toting musician’s backpack and still earn its spot on the desktop producer’s crowded table space.

For maximum portability, the MPK Mini MKII requires no software drivers or external power adapter for operation. It supports plug-and-play connectivity, features USB-MIDI, and powers up with a single USB connection to your computer.

With an array of hardware controls, the MPK mini MKII lets you record, compose, and perform with virtual instruments, effect plugins, and Digital Audio Workstations whenever inspiration strikes.

It features 25 velocity-sensitive synth-action keys, a 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation manipulation, 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads, and 8 assignable Q-Link knobs. Plus, two banks expand the number of MPC-style pads to 16 for extended creative capabilities.

The MPK mini MKII includes all the essentials for quickly laying down and expanding upon your musical ideas.

Finally, it comes bundled with professional production software and virtual instruments free downloads for immediate music creation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What software comes with the Akai MPK Mini?

The Akai MPK Mini comes with the following software:

  • Akai Pro MPC Essentials
  • SONiVOX Wobble 2
  • AIR Hybrid 3
  • Preset Editor Software

How do I get my software?

  1. Go to akaipro.com/my-account
  2. Login to your Akai Pro account. If you do not have an account, Create one.
  3. Once you have logged in or created your Akai Professional user account, choose Register a Product.
  4. Enter the requested information to Register your MPK2 series controller and press Submit.
  5. Once you have Registered your MPK2 Series controller, you can now find the downloads for the various included software within the My Account section.

What operating systems is it supported with?

The Akai MPK Mini is supported on the latest operating systems, including Windows 8 and Mac 10.9. The MPK Mini is a class-compliant plug-and-play device that does not require a specific driver installation in order to be functional and will function with all major Windows and Mac operating systems from Windows XP, Vista and 7 to Mac 10.4 and later.

Is it powered by USB or wall power supply?

The Akai MPK Mini is USB hub powered. It connects and powers by a standard USB-A to USB-B cable and does not require a wall power supply.

What are the differences between the MPK Mini MKI and MKII?
Some of the major additions and changes to the Akai MPK Mini are:

  • Features a 4-way Pitch Bend and Modulation joystick. This joystick has three assignable modes, including:
    • Pitch Bend - Up, down, left and right
    • Modulation 1 - There is a single CC per axis. The center CC is at 64 and the joystick modulates on the axis of choice.
    • Modulation 2 - There are two CCs per axis. The center axis is 0 and the endpoint CCs on each axis can be set by the user with the included preset editor.
  • Connects via standard USB-A to USB-B cable rather than a mini-USB to USB-B cable.
  • Features a Noterepeat and Full-level button option.
  • Contains a 1/4” Sustain pedal input for standard momentary non-latching foot-switch functionality.
  • The 8 velocity-sensitive pads have back-lit red and green coloring.

Can I change the default presets?

Yes! There are four built-in presets that can be chosen in the controller. These presets can be edited, adjusted and uploaded to the MPK Mini using the included preset editor.

Wait! What if I still have more questions?

Don’t worry! You can watch step-by-step tutorials in the Related Video Shorts below or visit akaipro.com/kb/search/MPK_Mini for more detailed FAQs.

Technical Specs

  • Note Keys: (25) velocity-sensitive mini keys
  • Pads: (8) assignable backlit pads, velocity- and pressure-sensitive
  • Pad Banks: (2) banks
  • Knobs: (8) assignable 270º knobs
  • X-Y Controller: (1) configurable thumbstick with 3 modes
  • Octaves: 10-octave range with octave up/down buttons
  • Arpeggiator: adjustable resolution, range, and modes
  • Additional Controls:
    • Note Repeat button
    • Full Level button
    • Tap Tempo button
  • Inputs / Outputs
    • (1) USB port
    • (1) 1/4” (6.35mm) TS input for sustain pedal
  • Power: USB power via full-size USB jack; no power adapter required
  • Dimensions (width x depth x height):
    • Product: 12.5” x 7.13” x 1.75”
    • Shipping: 14.3” x 8.64” x 2.9”
  • Weight
    • Product: 1.65 lbs
    • Shipping: 2.43 lbs

Box Contents

  • MPK mini
  • USB Cable
  • MPK mini Editor (download)
  • Software Download Card
  • User Guide
  • Safety & Warranty Manual
Launchkey Mini (MK2) is Novation's most compact and portable MIDI keyboard controller. It may be small, but it gives you everything you need to create new tunes in Ableton Live without cluttering up your desk. Launchkey Mini has been designed to make it easy and fun to produce electronic music. All the controls work as soon as you plug it in and are arranged to make the most sense in Ableton Live. 16 velocity-sensitive pads let you launch clips and play beats. They light up to show you when clips are loaded, playing, and recorded and are laid out to match your Ableton Live session view; one row to launch clips, and one row to stop them. You can also easily tweak your instruments using eight high-quality knobs, and sketch out ideas on a 25-note mini keyboard with a fast synth-style action that makes it really enjoyable to play. Launchkey Mini is compact and tough enough to throw in your bag, so you can take it anywhere. It will work the moment you plug it into your laptop and you won’t need any drivers or power cables, because it’s class compliant and bus-powered via USB. You can also connect it to your iPad via a Camera Connection Kit to control all sorts of iOS music apps, like Novation's free Launchkey App. Launchkey Mini also integrates immediately with FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, Cubase, and Logic without any mapping whatsoever. It comes with everything you need to start making music: Ableton Live Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 4GB of Loopmasters samples.
Novation Launchkey (MK2) is the quickest and easiest way to produce and perform electronic music using Ableton Live. Just plug in via USB and the keys, knobs, and velocity-sensitive RGB pads give you immediate hands-on control of your session view, instruments, effects and mixer. Launch clips, control FX, play beats, and much more using 16 pads laid out in two rows of eight, to match your Ableton Live session view; one row to launch clips, and one row to stop them. Full color RGB LEDs mean they'll match the color of your clips too, while velocity-sensitivity lets you really put some feeling into your beats. Launchkey is designed to let you shape your sound however you like, using eight rock solid rotary knobs for tweaking your instruments and effects. If you need even more control of your mixer the Novation Launchkey 49 and 61 also include nine dedicated faders. The 25-note synth-style keyboard is lightweight, fast and very easy to play, but also velocity-sensitive so you can create truly expressive performances. All the controls integrate seamlessly and immediately with Ableton Live, and can be reassigned to anything. Of course, if you do not use Ableton, it will map to other major music software using In Control. Launchkey 25 is compact and tough enough to throw in your bag, so you can take it anywhere. It will work the moment you plug it into your laptop and you won’t need any drivers or power cables, because it’s class compliant and bus-powered via USB. Launchkey comes with absolutely everything you need to start making music: Ableton Live Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 4GB of Loopmasters samples.
Dimensions Width: 31.4 cm (12.36'')
Length: 18 cm (7.08'')
Height: 4.6 cm (1.8'')
Width: 22 cm (8.66'')
Length: 38 cm (14.96'')
Height: 7.8 cm (3.07'')
Width: 12 cm (4.72'')
Length: 50.5 cm (19.88'')
Height: 32 cm (12.6'')
Weight 0.739 kg (1.63 lb) 1.08 kg (2.38 lb) 2.3 kg (5.07 lb)
Package Dimensions Width: 22.1 cm (8.7'')
Length: 36.6 cm (14.41'')
Height: 8.6 cm (3.39'')
Width: 21.8 cm (8.58'')
Length: 37.6 cm (14.8'')
Height: 8 cm (3.15'')
Width: 33 cm (12.99'')
Length: 50 cm (19.69'')
Height: 12 cm (4.72'')
Package Weight 1.066 kg (2.35 lb) 1.08 kg (2.38 lb) 2.608 kg (5.75 lb)
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Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII |Novation Launchkey Mini 25-Note USB KeyboardNovation Launchkey 25 USB Keyboard Controller
Features
  • - Compact keyboard controller easily fits backpack and studio production desk (12.4" long, 1.6 lbs)
  • - Powered by USB connection to computer, with free virtual-instrument download packages
  • - Crammed full of all the features you need to play and edit musical ideas
  • - 25-synth-action mini-keys, 8 velocity-sensitive rubber drum pads with two banks, and eight assignable control knobs
  • - Includes VIP3.0 - the ground-breaking, award-winning music software platform that provides musicians and composers with a powerful hands-on control solution for their virtual instrument and virtual effect collection
  • - Launchkey Mini - the mini keyboard for Ableton Live
  • - 16 velocity-sensitive multi-color pads
  • - 8 knobs, dedicated navigation and control buttons
  • - Software for Mac and PC, Including: Ableton Live Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 4GB of Loopmasters samples
  • - Make dynamic beats, play like an instrument and mix without losing focus and ontrol any effect or instrument mid-performance to add expressive effects like reverb or filters
  • - MK2 version of Novation's 25-note USB keyboard controller for Ableton Live
  • - 16 velocity-sensitive RGB pads, 8 knobs, and dedicated navigation and control buttons
  • - Software for Mac and PC
  • - Fully USB bus-powered and class compliant; works without drivers or power cable
  • - Software for Mac and PC, Including: Ableton Live Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 4GB of Loopmasters samples
Publication Date 2014-05-28 2015-05-01 2015-07-01
Model info
  • Manufacturer: inMusic Brands Inc.
  • Publisher: inMusic Brands Inc.
  • PartNumber: MPK Mini MK2
  • ProductGroup: Musical Instruments
  • Amazon ASIN: B00IJ6QAO2
  • EAN: 0694318015599
  • UPC: 694318015599
  • Manufacturer: Novation
  • Publisher: Novation
  • PartNumber: NOVLKMIN2
  • ProductGroup: Musical Instruments
  • Amazon ASIN: B00VVNOMGI
  • EAN: 0815301000457
  • UPC: 600599652507
  • Manufacturer: Novation
  • Publisher: Novation
  • PartNumber: NOVLKE25MK2
  • ProductGroup: Musical Instruments
  • Amazon ASIN: B00VVK275Y
  • EAN: 0815301000464
  • UPC: 815301000464
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