The Akai Professional MPK25 is a portable keyboard controller with MPC production controls.
Based closely on the MPK49, the first keyboard ever to feature MPC pads, the MPK25 scales down
the keyboard by 24 keys and retains the utility, capability, and flexibility that makes the MPK49
one of the world's hottest keyboards. Its smaller, more portable size makes the MPK25 the
perfect travel companion. Its small footprint can fit in your lap on the couch or on a plane,
enabling you to create tracks whenever inspiration strikes. All you need is your laptop and the
MPK25 combines a 25-key keyboard and 12 genuine MPC pads. The keyboard is semi-weighted
and features aftertouch for expressive melodic control. The MPC pads are pressure and
velocity-sensitive to capture every nuance of your creative concepts. The pads can access four
banks of sounds, so you have 48 samples at your fingertips with the touch of a button.
Two technologies pioneered in the MPC series and built into the MPK series are MPC Note
Repeat and MPC Swing. These note-modifying features can be heard in many of the most
popular tracks over the last two decades. MPC Note Repeat is a capability that enables the MPK
(or MPC) to automatically play a rhythm pattern, such as 16th notes on a hi-hat, for accuracy and
speed of entry. MPC Swing is sometimes referred to as "the heart and soul of hip hop" because it
turns perfectly aligned sequences into human feeling time alignments. You can specify exactly
the degree and timing of swing you want to apply for the perfect feel.
One of the most important input devices on an MPC is its Q-Link assignable control section. The
MPK25 gives you twelve virtual knobs and four virtual buttons that are assignable to control
nearly any software parameter. You can control two different parameters per Q-Link thanks to
the knobs' dual-bank selection.