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Akai LPD8, LPK25

July 15, 2009

Akai LPK25

Akai LPK25

The LPD8 laptop pad controller and LPK25 laptop performance keyboard controller will make their debut at Akai Professional's booth (#400) at the Summer NAMM Show held at the Nashville Convention Center, July 17 to 19.

The LPD8 and LPK25 are USB MIDI controllers for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. Each model is fewer than 13 inches across and weighs less than a pound to easily fit into a laptop case, backpack or messenger bag.

The LPD8 is based on Akai Professional''s MPC line of music product stations. The LPD8 has eight orange light-up pads that are velocity sensitive for programming rhythmic or melodic parts. The pads can also send program-change information to software. The LPD8 also has eight assignable Q-Link knobs to which users can assign virtually any parameters in their software for hands-on control.

The LPK25 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 LPK25 contains an arpeggiator that 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 layout.

Each controller works plug-and-play with Mac and PC, and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. Both the LPD8 and LPK25 have four memory banks for programming and recalling settings appropriate to different software programs they use.

The LPD8 and LPK25 will be available from musical instrument and professional audio retailers Q3 2009.

Find out more information from the Akai site.

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