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Akai MPK261 61-Key Semi-weighted Performance Keyboard Controller
Akai MPK261 61-Key Semi-Weighted Keyboard Controller

Akai MPK261 61-Key Semi-Weighted Keyboard Controller

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Ideal for musicians and composers, the MPK261 keyboard controller from Akai Professional allows you to incorporate MPC workflow into productions. Its 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys are velocity-sensitive and outfitted with aftertouch for dynamic, expressive performances and recordings, while its piano-style keybed allows for unprecedented response and natural feel. Built-in Octave Up and Down controls enable access to the entire melodic range, while an integrated arpeggiator (with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns) allows for effortless exploration of complex melodies.

The MPK261 is packed with features and effects such as MPC Full Level that open up greater imaginative scope. Classic MPC Swing helps you obtain tight, organic grooves. MPC Note Repeat and 16 Levels make it easy to build beats and short melodic sequences using 16 RGB-illuminated, MPC-style pads. On top of that, the MPK261 includes the authentic grand-piano virtual instrument Eighty-Eight Ensemble by SONiVOX.

The MPK261 comes with a free download of Akai Pro VIP3.0 software to enhance your control of virtual studio technology (VST), virtual instruments, and effects collections. Ideal for studio production and live performance, VIP gives you quick and easy access to your entire VST library with user-friendly functionality and browsing capability. Packed with tons of features, Akai Pro VIP3.0 seamlessly integrates into your existing sound production setup to provide the ultimate platform for free creative expression.

Akai MPK261 Features

  • 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
  • 16 RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads each with 4 banks for 64 pads
  • 24 assignable Q-Link controllers include knobs, faders, and switches (8 of each)
  • Revamped control layout with backlit LCD screen
  • USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input and output
  • iOS compatibility using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Comprehensive transport & parameter controls for hands-on DAW integration
  • MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator for advanced rhythmic and melodic manipulation
  • MPC Full Level, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with dynamics and tempo
  • Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls with split mode for expressive performances
  • 2 assignable footswitch jacks and 1 expression jack
  • USB power and plug-and-play connectivity
  • Production software package included: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0, SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble and Akai Pro MPC Essentials (downloads)
  • Includes VIP3.0 - the ground-breaking, award-winning music software platform that provides musicians and composers with a powerful hands-on control solution for their virtual instrument and virtual effect collection
  • MPK261 61-Key Semi-weighted Performance Keyboard Controller1
  • Keys61 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
  • Pads
    • 16 pressure- and velocity-sensitive
    • light-up MPC-style pads x 4 banks
  • Q-Link Controls
    • 8 control knobs
    • 8 faders
    • 8 backlit switches
  • Computer InterfaceUSB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input & output
  • Octaves10 with Octave Up and Down
  • ArpeggiatorYes
  • Additional Controls
    • MPC Note Repeat
    • MPC Swing
    • MPC Full Level
    • 16 Levels
    • Tap Tempo
    • Time Division
  • Additional Inputs
    • (1) 1/4" (6.35mm) TRS expression pedal input
    • (2) 1/4" (6.35mm) TS sustain pedal or footswitch input
  • PowerUSB power; no power adapter required
  • Dimensions (WxDxH) and Weight35.63x12.25x3.38 inches, 15.1 lbs

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