Akai MPK Mini MK2

Akai MPK Mini MK2

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Product information

Coolblue's Choice

This product is our choice for a compact basic MIDI keyboard.
Coolblue's Choice

Key specs

Aantal toetsen
25
Gewogen toetsen
No
Aanslaggevoeligheid
Yes
Pitch bend wiel
No
Number of drum pads
8

Pros and cons

According to our MIDI electric keyboards expert
  • Pros:
    Put more feeling into your performance thanks to the touch-sensitive keys.
  • Pros:
    With the touch-sensitive drum pads, you can tap beats and rhythms using your fingertips.
  • Pros:
    Operate the recording software and plugins with the 8 dials.
  • Con:
    The keys are small in size, which makes them less pleasant to play on than normal-sized keys.
Product Expert MIDI electric keyboards

The Akai MPK Mini MK2 is a compact MIDI keyboard for beginning producers. Put more feeling into your performance thanks to touch-sensitive keys that distinguish hard keystrokes from soft ones. Place the mouse to one side, and play melodies with your fingers. The melodies will sound less static, and you'll add a human feeling to your productions. Use your fingertips to tap in drums and rhythms on the 8 velocity-sensitive drum pads. Save time, and directly hammer out the idea you have in mind. The 8 dials let you control parameters from your recording software and plugins. You decide which parameters to link to the dials, so you don't need a mouse to control your software.


Included by default

  • Manual
  • USB cable
  • AIR Music Hybrid 3 (download)
  • SONiVOX Twist 2.0 (download)

Key specs

Aantal toetsen
25
Gewogen toetsen
No
Aanslaggevoeligheid
Yes
Pitch bend wiel
No
Number of drum pads
8

Included by default

  • Manual
  • USB cable
  • AIR Music Hybrid 3 (download)
  • SONiVOX Twist 2.0 (download)

Rating

Rating per section

Sound quality
Review score 4.8 out of 5 stars
9,6
User friendliness
Review score 4.65 out of 5 stars
9,3
Price-quality ratio
Review score 4.8 out of 5 stars
9,6
Music options
Review score 4.6 out of 5 stars
9,2
Design
Review score 5 out of 5 stars
10

Most helpful reviews

Most helpful reviews

Review score 5 out of 5 stars
5 / 5 stars
9,6/10
"Super portable, easy to use, excellent value for money."

Aleemul Haque | 4 November 2019 | Aantal toetsen: 25

  • Pros:
    Portable: Drop Akai MPK Mini Play in a bag and take it anywhere.
  • Pros:
    Akai MPK Mini Play comes loaded with 128 sounds and a built in speaker which means it can be played as a standalone instrument.
  • Pros:
    Also Battery powered: Besides USB power Akai MPK Mini Play can be used with only three AA batteries.
  • Con:
    Keys are very small and could be not so comfortable to some people.for long time playing
  • Con:
    Built-in-speaker sounds not that great.
  • Con:
    Three AA batteries may not last longer.

Complete with a built-in speaker and headphone output, with built-in sound module, and with just three AA batteries, the Akai Professional MPK Mini Play is more like a tiny synth workstation, I can create melodies anywhere I like.

Review score 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 / 5 stars
8,8/10
"The industry standard home studio small MIDI keyboard"

Daniel Simon | 27 March 2020

This is the industry standard in small MIDI keyboards for home recording. You will not have any regret costs with this device. The only negative is that you can find these cheaper (15-20%) elsewhere. However when CoolBlue delivers next day that is a premium I am willing to pay for.

Review score 5 out of 5 stars
5 / 5 stars
10/10
"Im to Old to grow up, need more this Kind of tresures"

Mateusz Szuba | 17 September 2019

  • Pros:
    Functionable with Ableton Live
  • Pros:
    Have own software with amaizing plugins to play with
  • Pros:
    Pocket size and wight
  • Pros:
    Good option for begginers
  • Pros:
    Everything has to be activate with internet connection and iLock Manager
  • Con:
    Everything has to be activate with internet connection and iLock Manager
  • Con:
    There are no option to choose under plugins and lessons

After couple days of playing with and using it like a bedroom producer i cannt get enought. If i get chance to play for audience i would take it with me like one of most important intruments. Anyway i was so suprised after boxingoff, connect it with lap and See what kind of gifts ware waiting for me after all. Yeah, im kinda suprised.

Super portable, easy to use, excellent value for money.

Review score 5 out of 5 stars
5 / 5 stars
9,6
  • Pros:
    Portable: Drop Akai MPK Mini Play in a bag and take it anywhere.
  • Pros:
    Akai MPK Mini Play comes loaded with 128 sounds and a built in speaker which means it can be played as a standalone instrument.
  • Pros:
    Also Battery powered: Besides USB power Akai MPK Mini Play can be used with only three AA batteries.
  • Con:
    Keys are very small and could be not so comfortable to some people.for long time playing
  • Con:
    Built-in-speaker sounds not that great.
  • Con:
    Three AA batteries may not last longer.

Complete with a built-in speaker and headphone output, with built-in sound module, and with just three AA batteries, the Akai Professional MPK Mini Play is more like a tiny synth workstation, I can create melodies anywhere I like.

Aleemul Haque | 4 November 2019 | Aantal toetsen: 25

The industry standard home studio small MIDI keyboard

Review score 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 / 5 stars
8,8

This is the industry standard in small MIDI keyboards for home recording. You will not have any regret costs with this device. The only negative is that you can find these cheaper (15-20%) elsewhere. However when CoolBlue delivers next day that is a premium I am willing to pay for.

Daniel Simon | 27 March 2020

Im to Old to grow up, need more this Kind of tresures

Review score 5 out of 5 stars
5 / 5 stars
10
  • Pros:
    Functionable with Ableton Live
  • Pros:
    Have own software with amaizing plugins to play with
  • Pros:
    Pocket size and wight
  • Pros:
    Good option for begginers
  • Pros:
    Everything has to be activate with internet connection and iLock Manager
  • Con:
    Everything has to be activate with internet connection and iLock Manager
  • Con:
    There are no option to choose under plugins and lessons

After couple days of playing with and using it like a bedroom producer i cannt get enought. If i get chance to play for audience i would take it with me like one of most important intruments. Anyway i was so suprised after boxingoff, connect it with lap and See what kind of gifts ware waiting for me after all. Yeah, im kinda suprised.

Mateusz Szuba | 17 September 2019

Excellent value for money

Review score 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 / 5 stars
9,2
  • Pros:
    Customisable
  • Pros:
    Great value for money
  • Pros:
    Comes with licensed software
  • Con:
    Can be limited for certain applications

A very lightweight and portable MIDI. Can connect to any laptop or even iPad.

Kaustubh Patil | 2 January 2020

Personally i love it

Review score 5 out of 5 stars
5 / 5 stars
10
  • Pros:
    Nostalgia
  • Pros:
    Mpc Pads
  • Pros:
    Endless knobs

Its what i need

Ruben | 18 September 2020 | Aantal toetsen: 25

Most helpful reviews

Most helpful reviews

Review score 5 out of 5 stars
5 / 5 stars
9,6/10
"Super portable, easy to use, excellent value for money."

Aleemul Haque | 4 November 2019 | Aantal toetsen: 25

  • Pros:
    Portable: Drop Akai MPK Mini Play in a bag and take it anywhere.
  • Pros:
    Akai MPK Mini Play comes loaded with 128 sounds and a built in speaker which means it can be played as a standalone instrument.
  • Pros:
    Also Battery powered: Besides USB power Akai MPK Mini Play can be used with only three AA batteries.
  • Con:
    Keys are very small and could be not so comfortable to some people.for long time playing
  • Con:
    Built-in-speaker sounds not that great.
  • Con:
    Three AA batteries may not last longer.

Complete with a built-in speaker and headphone output, with built-in sound module, and with just three AA batteries, the Akai Professional MPK Mini Play is more like a tiny synth workstation, I can create melodies anywhere I like.

Review score 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 / 5 stars
8,8/10
"The industry standard home studio small MIDI keyboard"

Daniel Simon | 27 March 2020

This is the industry standard in small MIDI keyboards for home recording. You will not have any regret costs with this device. The only negative is that you can find these cheaper (15-20%) elsewhere. However when CoolBlue delivers next day that is a premium I am willing to pay for.

Review score 5 out of 5 stars
5 / 5 stars
10/10
"Im to Old to grow up, need more this Kind of tresures"

Mateusz Szuba | 17 September 2019

  • Pros:
    Functionable with Ableton Live
  • Pros:
    Have own software with amaizing plugins to play with
  • Pros:
    Pocket size and wight
  • Pros:
    Good option for begginers
  • Pros:
    Everything has to be activate with internet connection and iLock Manager
  • Con:
    Everything has to be activate with internet connection and iLock Manager
  • Con:
    There are no option to choose under plugins and lessons

After couple days of playing with and using it like a bedroom producer i cannt get enought. If i get chance to play for audience i would take it with me like one of most important intruments. Anyway i was so suprised after boxingoff, connect it with lap and See what kind of gifts ware waiting for me after all. Yeah, im kinda suprised.

Super portable, easy to use, excellent value for money.

Review score 5 out of 5 stars
5 / 5 stars
9,6
  • Pros:
    Portable: Drop Akai MPK Mini Play in a bag and take it anywhere.
  • Pros:
    Akai MPK Mini Play comes loaded with 128 sounds and a built in speaker which means it can be played as a standalone instrument.
  • Pros:
    Also Battery powered: Besides USB power Akai MPK Mini Play can be used with only three AA batteries.
  • Con:
    Keys are very small and could be not so comfortable to some people.for long time playing
  • Con:
    Built-in-speaker sounds not that great.
  • Con:
    Three AA batteries may not last longer.

Complete with a built-in speaker and headphone output, with built-in sound module, and with just three AA batteries, the Akai Professional MPK Mini Play is more like a tiny synth workstation, I can create melodies anywhere I like.

Aleemul Haque | 4 November 2019 | Aantal toetsen: 25

The industry standard home studio small MIDI keyboard

Review score 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 / 5 stars
8,8

This is the industry standard in small MIDI keyboards for home recording. You will not have any regret costs with this device. The only negative is that you can find these cheaper (15-20%) elsewhere. However when CoolBlue delivers next day that is a premium I am willing to pay for.

Daniel Simon | 27 March 2020

Im to Old to grow up, need more this Kind of tresures

Review score 5 out of 5 stars
5 / 5 stars
10
  • Pros:
    Functionable with Ableton Live
  • Pros:
    Have own software with amaizing plugins to play with
  • Pros:
    Pocket size and wight
  • Pros:
    Good option for begginers
  • Pros:
    Everything has to be activate with internet connection and iLock Manager
  • Con:
    Everything has to be activate with internet connection and iLock Manager
  • Con:
    There are no option to choose under plugins and lessons

After couple days of playing with and using it like a bedroom producer i cannt get enought. If i get chance to play for audience i would take it with me like one of most important intruments. Anyway i was so suprised after boxingoff, connect it with lap and See what kind of gifts ware waiting for me after all. Yeah, im kinda suprised.

Mateusz Szuba | 17 September 2019

Excellent value for money

Review score 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 / 5 stars
9,2
  • Pros:
    Customisable
  • Pros:
    Great value for money
  • Pros:
    Comes with licensed software
  • Con:
    Can be limited for certain applications

A very lightweight and portable MIDI. Can connect to any laptop or even iPad.

Kaustubh Patil | 2 January 2020

Personally i love it

Review score 5 out of 5 stars
5 / 5 stars
10
  • Pros:
    Nostalgia
  • Pros:
    Mpc Pads
  • Pros:
    Endless knobs

Its what i need

Ruben | 18 September 2020 | Aantal toetsen: 25

Specifications

Product

Product number
446307
Manufacturer code
1.02337
Brand
Akai
Warranty
2 years
Warranty type
Carry-in warranty
Old product returned for free
Yes

Keys

Aantal toetsen
25
Aanslaggevoeligheid
Yes
Gewogen toetsen
No
Hamermechaniek
No
Full-size toetsen
No
Lichtgevende toetsen
No
Aftertouch
No
Maximale polyfonie
25
Octaafknoppen
Yes
Modulatiewiel
No
Pitch bend wiel
No

Programmable drum pads, buttons, and faders

Programmable drum pads
Yes
Number of drum pads
8
Velocity sensitive drum pads
Yes
Backlit drum pads
No
Programmable rotary controls
Yes
Number of rotary knobs
8
Programmable push buttons
Yes
Number of buttons
8
Programmable faders
No

Sequencing

Step sequencer
No
Arpeggiator
Yes

USB connectors

USB port
Yes
Number of USB ports
1
USB function
Data transfer

MIDI connectors

MIDI-ingang
No
MIDI-uitgang
No
MIDI-doorvoer
No

Foot pedal

Aantal voetpedaalaansluitingen
1
Foot pedal connections
Sustain

Display

Display
No

Audio software

Audio software included
Yes
Included audio software
Hybrid by AIR, SONiVOX Wobble

Physical properties

Depth
18,1 cm
Height
4,5 cm
Width
31,8 cm
Weight
0,87 kg
Material
Plastic

Power supply

Power source
Yes
Power supply type
Via a different product