If you're a mobile musician or producer, Akai Professional's MPK Mini Mk II lets you take control of your music making wherever you are. Small enough to fit in your backpack, this diminutive, USB bus-powered MIDI controller gives you 25 velocity-sensitive synth-action mini keys, Octave Up/Down buttons, and an ergonomic 4-way thumbstick for pitch-bend and mod duties. You also get eight backlit, velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads (in two banks) with MPC Note Repeat and Full Level, plus eight assignable Q-Link knobs. In addition, there's an onboard arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range, and modes. Sweetwater sold thousands of its predecessor, and the stage is set for the Akai Professional MPK Mini Mk II to be an even bigger hit!
Craft sophisticated Virtual Instrument rigs with Akai VIP
The difference between a cool MIDI controller keyboard and a full hybrid keyboard workstation is Akai VIP3. This third-generation version of Akai's Virtual Instrument Player software is a masterpiece of workflow management. It lets you load up just about any VST plug-in and combine up to eight virtual instruments plus effects into sophisticated arrangements with key zones, splits, and custom mappings — exactly what you'd expect from a standalone workstation. What's more, there's an ever-growing list of plug-ins that automatically map to your controller, but thanks to VIP3's MIDI Learn function, you can map any plug-in with any controller in any way you like. Run it as a standalone platform or use it as a plug-in in your favorite DAW. Either way, VIP3 will revolutionize the way you approach virtual instruments.
Includes a free license of Reason Lite (Mac/Windows)
An included copy of Reason Lite gives you even to more to love about your Akai Professional controller. This DAW is industry famous among live performers and electronic musicians for its streamlined workflow and studio-grade recording and mixing tools. Reason Lite includes nine premium instruments (synths, samplers, and drum machines) and 11 effects (reverb, delay, EQ, and distortion), along with virtual amps from Softube and 2GB of included loops and samples to help your fledgling creative ideas take flight. And with plug-and-play support for your controller, making music with Reason Lite has never been simpler. Simply create an account (or log in) and register your product at http://www.akaipro.com/register to receive your free Reason Lite license.