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Akai Professional Shipping MPK mini

December 21, 2010

Akai Professional announces the immediate availability of the MPK mini portable keyboard controller.

MPK mini melds the immediate control and grab-and-go convenience of the LPK25 and LPD8. The MPK mini is less than 13 inches across and weighs just over 1 pound. It easily fits into a laptop case, backpack, or messenger bag for extreme portability.

The MPK mini keyboard is ideal for quickly entering notes and phrases into a computer, while also capturing performance dynamics thanks to its velocity-sensitive keys and pads. The MPK mini also has a built-in arpeggiator to create sparkling, staccato leads and driving basslines in a variety of time signatures and patterns.

MPK mini's eight backlit, velocity-sensitive pads are great for firing one-shot samples and sequencing drum patterns. The pads can send note information, MIDI CCs, or even program changes. Additionally, the MPK mini has eight assignable Q-Link knobs to control software parameters.

MPK mini is plug-and-play with Mac or PC and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. The included software editor quickly maps MPK mini's controls as well.

MPK mini has a U.S. retail price of $199 and an estimated street price of $99. For more information, visit the MPK mini product page.

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