Akai MPK261 Review

May 22, 2023
David Sunnyside

akai mpk261 review

At Sweetwater, keyboard feel is a big deal to us. Fortunately, the akai mpk261 review comes with an ideal semi-weighted action that's light enough for piano parts but substantial for fast synth leads. Its keys are velocity-sensitive and outfitted with assignable aftertouch for expressive performances and recordings. The 61-key controller is also equipped with a rotary encoder, buttons, and faders for comprehensive control over your software. In addition, you'll find an expression pedal input and a sustain/footswitch input for extending your hardware rig.

Designed to empower musicians and composers to incorporate genuine MPC workflow into their productions, the MPK261 features a streamlined keybed with 61 semi-weighted, full-size keys that are velocity-sensitive and equipped with aftertouch for dynamic and expressive performances and recordings. Its Octave Up and Down controls provide access to the entire melodic range, while its integrated arpeggiator with adjustable resolution, range, and patterns enables effortless exploration of complex melodic ideas. Classic MPC features like MPC Swing and MPC Note Repeat help you obtain the tight, organic grooves that made Akai Professional's music-making machines legendary, and 16 RGB-illuminated MPC-style pads allow for easy creation of beats and short melodic sequences.

The akai mpk261 review is bundled with over $400 worth of software and virtual instruments, including Ableton Live Lite for some idea-generating rhythm-making fun, and SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble, a world-class piano instrument that's both beautiful and rich in tone. In addition, it includes AIR Hybrid 3, SONiVOX Twist 2.0, and Ableton MPC Essentials for a complete suite of tools for computer-based composition.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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