The MPK25 draws on the design of the MPK49, and features a 25-key, semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch, 12 MPC pads, Q-Link controls, MPC technology and a small footprint. The MPC pads are pressure- and velocity-sensitive to capture every nuance of the user''s creativity. The pads can access four banks of sounds so performers can have 48 samples at their fingertips with the touch of a button.
The MPK25 offers assignable controls through its Q-Link section. The MPK25 gives players 32 parameters of hands-on control through 12 virtual knobs and four virtual buttons, each of which can access two different banks of assignment via a bank-change control.
Also featured are the MPC Note Repeat and MPC Swing note-modifying features. MPC Note Repeat automatically plays a rhythmic pattern, such as 16th notes on a hi-hat, for accuracy and speed of entry. With MPC Swing, users can specify the degree and timing of swing they want to apply.
The MPK25's arpeggiator features six different modes and can have its own swing settings independent of the MPC Note Repeat settings.
Because MPK series controllers are USB class–compliant, they do not require custom drivers to work with Mac or PC computers and will work with all MIDI recording, sequencing and performance software.
The MPK25 comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software, and will be available in Q2 at an MSRP of $399.99 and an estimated street price of $299.99.