Akai let us know in advance that they had something new planned for the first day of NAMM. Today they announced new additions to their MPK keyboard controller series, the 25-key MPK225, 49-key MPK249 and 61- key MPK261.

For mobile producers that’s not very exciting news in itself, but there are some things making this MPK update worthwhile. First of all is that these new keyboards come equipped with a special low-power mode tailored to iOS devices. Hopefully this means that you can pair the full-size MPK’s with your iPad/iPhone’s CCK without using an external power supply.

MPK Mini Update

Furthermore is that the MPK Mini also receives an update. The MPK Mini was already a massively popular little keyboard to pair with your mobile devices. This update adds a new thumbstick, replaces the pad section with new pads derived from the MPC Renaissance and changes the button layout.

mpk mini old and new

Excerpt from the press release:

  • Ultra-compact design lets you create anywhere; 25 synth-action mini keys
  • 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive trigger pads derived from the MPC Renaissance
  • New 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch/modulation control
  • 8 assignable control knobs for mixing, tweaking plug-ins and more
  • USB-powered; no power adapter required

The price of the MPK Mini will remain the same at $99.

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