Akai MPK Mini Play Compact Keyboard and Pad Controller with Speaker
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The ultra-portable MPK Mini Play is based on the world’s most popular midi controller - Akai Professional’s MPK Mini - but now it comes packed with 128 sounds and its own built-in speaker!
With 8 backlit MPC drum pads and a 4-way joystick for simple control, players have all they need to play their music anytime, anywhere.
Four knobs (two banks capable of controlling eight different parameters) can be used to tweak sounds and edit multiple parameters in real-time, giving musicians even more performance possibilities.
Powered by 3 “AA” batteries, the MPK Mini Play is built for hours of wireless fun.
Not just a mini keyboard, the MPK Mini Play can also connect to a computer via USB port for the same plug-and-play MIDI functionality as the classic MPK Mini controllers.
If not disturbing others is a priority, players can use the mini-audio output jack to connect headphones to the MPK Mini Play. When you want a bigger sound, simply connect to external speakers using the same output jack.
All-in-one, easy-to-use fun with “pro” features - that’s the MPK Mini Play!
MPC 2.0 INCLUDED
We are pleased to announce that the critically acclaimed MPC Software 2.0 upgrade is now available for your MPK, greatly enhancing the capability and functionality from the included MPC Essentials.
Additional Software Included
The Akai MPK Mini Play comes bundled with professional production software and virtual instruments for immediate music creation.
- Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a high-definition synthesizer that can create anything from fat, retro synth sounds to edgy modern leads and everything in between.
- SONiVOX’s Wobble is an electronic music grime synthesizer that features two independent channels of spectral morphing synthesis with harmonic controls, individual filtering, and discrete LFO controls.
- MPC Essentials, a groove/beat production and sample-triggering software, lets producers and musicians incorporate genuine MPC workflow into their DAW of choice and extends the power of MPK Mini Play by adding up to 8 pad banks and 4 samples and insert effects per pad. MPC Essentials also runs in standalone mode, so you can start making music without a DAW.
- Pro Tools | First, the industry standard for recording software, is now included with Akai MPK Mini Play. This amazing audio recording software helps inspire any artist, travelling musician, or singer-songwriter to create, record and share all of their ideas across the world at any time. Pro Tools | First features unlimited busses, elastic time and elastic pitch, offline bounce, and 1 GB of free cloud storage space for collaboration or accessing your projects from any computer anywhere that is connected to the internet.
This truly amazing software recording package is primed to get your ideas out of your imagination and amplified out into the world.
- Standalone mini keyboard with built-in speaker and USB MIDI controller
- Built-in sound module with over 128 instrument sounds + 10 drum kits
- 25 synth-action mini keys
- OLED display for easy sound browsing
- 8 red backlit drum pads (2 banks, 16 total)
- 4 knobs edit sounds or send midi (2 banks, 8 total)
- 4-way joystick for pitch and modulation control
- Built-in arpeggiator
- 1/8” headphone jack
- Battery powered using (3) AA batteries
- Available USB Port
- Intel Processor, 2GB RAM minimum
- OS X 10.4.5 or later (OS X 10.7 or later recommended)
- Multicore processor, 2GB RAM minimum
- Windows 7 or later
- ASIO driver supported sound card recommended
Akai MPK Mini Play Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a computer to use the MPK mini Play?
No! The MPK mini Play has instruments, sound effects, and drum sounds built right into it so you can start playing right away!
Does the MPK mini Play include any software?
Yes, the MPK mini Play includes an exclusive version of Pro Tools First (includes plugins and effects), as well as MPC Essentials with 3 sample expansion packs. When connected to a computer (Internal Sounds button turned OFF), the MPK mini Play is easy to use with virtually any DAW or music creation software.
What types of sounds are inside the MPK mini Play?
The MPK mini Play includes all 128 instruments and sound effects found in the standard General MIDI sound set. In addition to those sounds, the MPK mini Play features 10 drum kits including classic 808 and 909-type kits as well as orchestral drum sounds and more!
Does the MPK mini Play have any onboard sound effects or functions?
Yes! The MPK mini Play features on-board chorus and reverb effects that can be dialled in with its encoders. In addition to these sound effects, the MPK mini Play also features re-triggering functions like an arpeggiator for its keys and note repeat for its pads.
How does the MPK mini Play output audio?
The MPK mini Play can output audio from its built-in speaker. You can also connect headphones to its headphone output for more discreet playing or connect the headphone output to a speaker to get even louder!
How can I power the MPK mini Play?
The MPK mini Play can be powered by its USB connection or with (3) AA batteries. The power source can be selected with a switch on the back of the MPK mini Play. Although the Play can be powered via USB, the USB connection will not charge batteries that are installed in the unit.
How long will the batteries last in my MPK mini Play?
Batteries in the MPK mini Play can last up to 8 hours with continuous use. When you're running the Play off battery power and you've finished using it, be sure to switch it from BATT to USB to preserve battery life. Switching to USB will act as an 'off switch' for battery power. The Play will power on if you connect a USB cable to its USB port when the switch is set to USB but this will not drain the batteries.
Can I connect a sustain pedal to the MPK mini Play?
Yes, the MPK mini Play features an input for a standard 1/4" momentary non-latching footswitch that will act as a sustain pedal.
What does the joystick do?
Pitch Bend - Up, down, left and right
Modulation 1 - There is a single CC per axis. The centre CC is at 64 and the joystick modulates on the axis of choice.
Modulation 2 - There are two CCs per axis. The centre axis is 0 and the endpoint CC's on each axis can be set by the user with the included preset editor.
What is Full Level?
Pressing the Full Level button will cause the pads to always send data at full velocity. This means that every time you press the pad, the note will be played back at full volume and strength. Full Level will not affect the velocity of the keys.
I created a sound that I like and I want to use it again later! Can I save my favourite sounds?
Yes, the MPK mini Play features 8 favourite slots that can be used to store the sounds you use the most.
To store a favourite, design your sound, press the Favourites and Internal Sounds buttons simultaneously, then tap one of the eight pads to store your Favourite to that location.
When you want to use that sound again, load a favourite by pressing the Favourites button and tapping one of the pads to recall that Favourite.
Settings like chorus, reverb, filter cutoff, etc. will be stored in a favourite's settings. An arrow in the display will indicate if a knob's current position is greater or less than the setting stored in the favourite so you can see any changes you've made. You can always retrieve the original settings of a favourite by simply reloading it.
Can I use the MPK mini Play with my computer?
Yes! In addition to the built-in sounds, the MPK mini Play can act as a class compliant USB MIDI controller so you can connect it to your computer and input MIDI data. The Play does not require a driver installation in order to connect to your computer. It will function with all major Windows operating systems from Windows XP and later to Mac operating systems from OS X 10.4 and later.
When the Play's internal sounds are turned off, it will act very similarly to its older sibling, the MPK mini mkII so you can use it to input MIDI note and MIDI control data into your DAW via its USB connection.
The Play's keys and pads can send data on unique MIDI channels so it can be used to input MIDI note and control data on up to two separate channels simultaneously. The Play's keys default to MIDI channel 1 and its pads default to MIDI channel 10 but these channels can be customised with the software editor.
Is a software editor available for the MPK mini Play?
Yes, like the MPK mini mkII, a software editor is available to customise the controller's output when it is being used as a MIDI controller. The editor can also be used to configure your 8 Favourite presets. You can access the editor at the MPK mini Play's product page under Downloads.
Can I send MIDI from my computer back to the MPK mini Play?
Yes, the MPK mini Play can receive MIDI sequences from your DAW on 2 different MIDI channels simultaneously so the keys and pads can play at the same time. You will select the Play as a destination for MIDI data in your DAW. The MPK mini Play has 32 voices of polyphony so it can play back up to 32 individual notes at once.
Can I sync the arpeggiator and note repeat with my DAW?
Absolutely! The clock source for the MPK mini Play will need to be set to External in order for it to receive clock and be synchronised to MIDI clock data coming from your DAW. You can use the MPK mini Play's software editor to toggle the Play's clock to Internal or External.
Can I use the MPK mini mkII with my iOS device?
Yes, the MPK mini Play is a class-compliant USB MIDI controller so it can be used to input MIDI data into applications on your iOS device. The MPK mini Play does not have a low power mode to operate with an iOS device but many users have reported success by using a powered USB hub and an Apple-branded Camera Connection Kit to provide the necessary amount of power and the right connectivity.