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AKAI MPK Mini Play: a compact controller loved by many gave birth to sound!

AKAI MPK Mini Play: a compact controller loved by many gave birth to sound!

The trend towards the creation of portable stand-alone devices continues to gain momentum and this is confirmed by the new instrument from AKAI, MPK Mini Play, which just went on sale.This is their new MIDI-keyboard and controller, received in the appendage 128 built-in sounds of various instruments and 10 sets of drums, as well as a small built-in speaker.

This instrument is based on the widely used and very popular MIDI keyboard AKAI MPK Mini, it has 2 octaves of pressure-sensitive keys, 8 pads (2 banks, that is, 16 pads in total) with backlighting, 4 knobs that can control 8 various parameters in real time, as well as a small joystick with 4 directions of movement, which can simultaneously control both pitch and modulation, which greatly simplifies the process of playing with sound. The instrument also has a built-in arpeggiator. In addition, it has a small OLED screen on board for easier navigation through the samples. The samlpes, as can be seen from the AKAI clips, are selected fairly high-quality and, due to the memory capacity of the device, only the most necessary for musicians.

Of course, like previous controllers from AKAI, MPK Mini Play can also be connected to a computer using USB and control any software tools and effects with the same convenience as usual. As for connections, an expression pedal can be connected to the keyboard, and the audio signal can be output with the help of 3.5 jack. Power is supplied via USB, or from three AA batteries, which, according to manufacturers, should be enough for long hours of play.

The number of notes of polyphony, as well as the possibility of transferring audio via USB, are not specified by the developers, however, for a device for $130, MPK Mini Play has quite a good set of features!

Published: 16:01 19.10.2018
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