I purchase this keyboard for 2 main reasons. 1 It's small and portable and 2. Akai made it and I already owned the bigger version (Akai mpk49) but didn't want to spend money on the Mpk25 (cost too much for what I needed. I needed something that was thin and could fit in my backpack along with my laptop,headphones and maschine
This Keyboard connects via USB which is excellent makes it easy, the drivers automatically install for you (can't argue with that)
There are some pretty nice features on this unit such as sustain, octave, tap tempo.
I was actually glad it had the tap tempo feature
I do a lot of music production projects with this little keyword - especially when I'm traveling. It's perfect for getting little ideas out and or full projects but again since inspiration can hit at anytime I like to take the AKAI LP25 with me everywhere I go. I literally just put it in my backpack along with my laptop and the rest of my portable gear and I'm on my way.
I also use the lpk25 for auditioning sounds when I'm sound designing. it's just easier to pull this out rather than my bigger keyboard.
The only thing I don't like about this mini keyboard is there is no actual mod or pitch bend wheel. I also don't like the cheap feel of the keyboard but then again it was only $50.00 and it's light weight so I guess I can't really complain to much.
I've used a lot of other mini 25 key keyboards before but this was the thinnest of all as well as the 1st mini akai I had used (at the time) before then it was the bigger much clunky looking oxygen 25.
I personally think this unit performs well especially for what it cost it works well with everything application I've ever used it with. - It gets the job done!
The Akai LPK 25 is a 25 key midi keyboard that is really small. I was very surprised to see how small and compact it is. The space between the top of the keys and the top of the board is virtually not even there . There is just a little black strip which cuts the height of the board down and makes it smaller than most 25 key controllers. Akai has really taken over some of the midi keyboards recently with some of there larger models. But the LPK25 is one of the lower end models that they produce. You will NOT be satisfied with this if you play with both hands. You will have to record your lower end instruments and sequences separate from your melodies just because there arent enough keys. I wouldn’t get this unless you are looking for something small enough to go into your back pack so you can pull it out on the go and make music wherever you are.
If you are looking for a good midi controller at home I wouldn’t get this either unless you are tight on workspace and need something small. Not that it cant do what a 61 or 88 key can do because in the end its all the same. But I like to play my melodies with my low end at the same time to really get the sound of it before I record the midi sequence.
I am not bias but im just not a fan of 25 key midi controllers because they are just not enough for me. If I am going to use a 25 key controller I mine as well load up FL studio and just use the recorder keys that are on my laptop as the piano keys (fl studio has an option for this) and make my patterns and save money from buying at 25 key controller.
The Akai LPK25 (Laptop Performance Keyboard) is a MIDI controller keyboard consisting of 25 mini keys. Like the name states, it's designed to be compact and portable for use with your lap top, but of course you can use it with anything you'd like. It is USB based, and it's plug and play so you just plug it and you're good to go - no driver is needed. It is also USB bus powered, so you won't need an external power supply, which is a great feature especially if you're going to use this on the move. It is also supposed to come with editing software, but I don't know what kind of software it is and I've never had a need to check it out.
The make up of the Akai LPK25 really couldn't be much easier. Beyond the 25 mini keys, it's also got buttons for octave up and down, sustain, program, and for using an arpeggiator. Users should be able to operate the LPK25 upon initial inspection and certainly without the assistance of a manual since it's such a simple make up.
With certainly not the best overall MIDI controller, the Akai LPK25 doesn't aim to be. It's made for those who want the portability of a MIDI keyboard for use on the stage, in the studio, or wherever else you care to bring it. I'm definitely not a huge fan of mini keys in general, but that's definitely what needed to be done here in order to make it portable and the way it is. The keys don't have the greatest feel, but again what can you really expect with a keyboard of this size? It's certainly a trade off, but if you want something for bringing with you, the trade off is definitely worth it. There are a few other MIDI controllers out there that are this size, but to date I haven't tried many of them. The Akai LPK25 seems to be a great bet for those looking for an inexpensive, portable MIDI controller.
The AKAI LPK25(short for Laptop Performance Keyboard) is a compact sized midi keyboard from AKAI. It features 25 velocity sensitive keys, octave up and down buttons, a Sustain function, and an arpeggiator with tap tempo. And it really is extremely small.
The package in which the LPK25 arrvies contains a USB cable for connecting the LPK25 to your computer and a CD with editing software. The editing software is very simple, but it works. You can edit arpeggios, and save up to 4 different presets. The Sustain works as expected. The arpeggiator is well thought out, and you can easily switch between the different modes(UP, DOWN, EXCL, INCL, RAND) and time divisions(1/4T to 1/32T).
The LPK25 connects to your computer through USB. There is unfortunately NO midi out, so you can't control anything else with it, which is a shame, since that would really have made it quite perfect.
Setting up the LPK25 could not be easier. You simply plug it in to your computers USB port and play. There is literally nothing more to it.
The 25 keys feel great for such a small size. You probably can't play anything super too complicated with it, but it works great for simple melodies and motifs. It will also take a while to get used to the smaller keys, but that's the same with any new keyboard.
In conclusion, I loved the LPK25. It has a solid feeling, and it's only about as big as a laptop keyboard. I doubt I've ever seen better value for such a price. The durable build quality(I've dropped it on the floor a few times) and great arpeggiator are the cherry on top of the cake.
I would recommend this for anyone who wants a portable and well made midi controller. Of course it won't replace a full size midi keyboard, but for this price, who can complain?