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Akai LPD8, LPK25

September 2, 2009

The LPD8 laptop pad controller and LPK25 laptop performance keyboard controller are USB MIDI controllers for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. Each model is less than 13 inches across and weighs less than a pound.

The LPD8 is based on Akai Professional''s MPC line. 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.

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, which steps through chords automatically. Sustain, octave-up and -down, and tap-tempo controls round out the LPK25''s features.

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 about the LPD8. Find out more information about the LPK25.

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