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Akai Professional MPK261 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard at a Glance:

Juice your productions with authentic MPC functionality
Addictive keyboard feel and plentiful performance controllers
Enhanced hardware control over your software = greater productivity
Juice your productions with authentic MPC functionality

With the Akai Professional MPK261, you can juice your productions with authentic MPC workflows, using the familiar tools producers have relied upon for years. MPC Swing delivers that tight, organic groove that made MPC units instant classics. MPC Note Repeat and 16 Levels make it easy to build beats and construct short melodic sequences using the MPK261’s 16 RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads. Also onboard is an arpeggiator that lets you easily explore more complex melodic ideas with its adjustable resolution, range, and patterns.

Addictive keyboard feel and plentiful performance controllers

Keyboard feel is a big deal. (We’re a picky bunch.) The MPK261’s semi-weighted action is an ideal middle ground, working well for piano parts as well as fast synth leads. Akai Professional has also equipped it with assignable aftertouch – perfect for adding tasty vibrato and other modulation without having to disengage your hands from the keyboard. In addition to its assignable faders, buttons, and rotary encoders, the MPK261 is also fitted with sustain/footswitch and expression pedal jacks, as well as the de rigueur pitch and mod wheels.

Enhanced hardware control over your software = greater productivity

Seamlessly bridging the gap between hardware control and software performance, Akai Professional’s latest generation of MPK controllers gives you the enhanced response of a refined new keybed, new RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads, the ability to send QWERTY-style commands via soft-controls, and a low-power iOS mode. It all adds up to enhanced hardware control over your software – which translates to greater productivity for you. The MPK261 is plug-and-play with your Mac or Windows computer, and it also sports iOS compatibility via Apple’s optional iPad Camera Connection Kit. It even comes with free software, including Ableton Live Lite, Pro MPC Essentials, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0 and Eighty Eight Ensemble, a re-creation of the 9′ Steinway CD 327 grand, layered with orchestral and synthetic instruments for rich, cinematic textures.

Akai Professional MPK261 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard Features:

61 semi-weighted, full-size keys with aftertouch
16 RGB-illuminated MPC pads derived from the MPC Renaissance (each with 4 banks)
24 assignable Q-Link controllers include knobs, faders, and switches (8 of each)
New control layout with backlit LCD screen
USB-MIDI with 5-pin MIDI input and output
Comprehensive transport and parameter controls for hands-on DAW integration
MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator for advanced rhythmic and melodic manipulation
MPC Full Level, 16 Levels, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with dynamics and tempo
Pitch bend, modulation, and octave controls for expressive recording and performing
One sustain/footswitch jack, one expression pedal jack
USB bus power for plug-and-play connectivity
iOS compatibility via Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
Production software package included: Ableton Live Lite and Pro MPC Essentials
Virtual synths included: Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech and SONiVOX Twist 2.0
Includes SONiVOX Eighty Eight Ensemble
Get enhanced control over your software with the Akai Professional MPK261!

Tech Specs
Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Semi-weighted
Aftertouch Yes
Pads 16
Encoders/Pots 8
Faders 8
Dedicated Transport Control Yes
Other Controllers 8 x Assignable Buttons, Mod, Pitch Wheels
Hardware Requirements – Mac 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or Faster (Intel Recommended), 2GB RAM
Hardware Requirements – PC 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or Celeron CPU, 2GB RAM, Windows-compatible Sound Card
OS Requirements – Mac OS X 10.5 or Later
OS Requirements – PC Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain, 1 x Expression
USB 1 x Type B
Power Supply Bus Powered
Height 3.38″
Width 35.63″
Depth 12.25″
Weight 15.1 lbs.