The laptop producer nowadays can’t go without a proper pad or key controller with his in-the-box setup. Your laptop keyboard just doesn’t cut it anymore when you’re sketching out ideas for a song or beat. The AKAI LPK25 is one of those must-have midi controllers that can make your mobile productions a whole lot easier.
The ’25’ in the LPK25 stands for the number of keys you’re getting. These keys are velocity sensitive and feel nice and responsive to play as far as a mini-keyboard goes. You can span multiple octaves with the octave up- and down buttons. When you’re stuck coming up with a melody of yourself the useful arpeggiator function can jump to your aid. Furthermore you’ll find buttons for tap tempo and sustain (for sustaining notes or arpeggiators).
This little keyboard controller is plug-and-play in most cases, powered by USB, which is also its only connection port it is instantly recognized in the most popular DAW’s. The added software driver which you can download on AKAI’s official website has a handy little editor to edit one of the four programmable memory banks on Mac or PC.
- USB-MIDI controller works with virtually all audio software
- 25 velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard keys
- Arpeggiator, sustain button, octave up and down, and tap tempo controls
- Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC requires no driver installation
- Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag
- Four programmable memory banks
- Comes with editor software for Mac and PC
- USB bus powered – no additional power cable needed
AKAI LPK25 VS Korg NanoKEY
The direct competitor of the LPK25 is Korg’s NanoKEY (or NanoKEY 2). The NanoKEY 2 looks much cooler and futuristic next to your Macbook, but if you’re used to operating keyboards/piano’s and playing more than 1 key at a time you’ll get much more use out of the LPK25. This makes the LPK25 a slight favorite in our opinion as the original NanoKEY’s have been reported as kind of flimsy.
When you’re using your laptop for mobile music production sooner or later you will require either a portable pad or keyboard controller to sketch out ideas and compositions. In its price class, which is around $50 at the time of writing you’ll find no better option than the AKAI LPK25.