Summary: Length:: 1:00 Mins After we got our MPK88 home and started playing it, we noticed some odd sounds coming from the case when we played a key. We had read reviews commenting on the loudness of the mechanical keyboard action, so we were prepared for the thud sound when a key was played. This sound was something different. It was a buzzing sound, as though two parts inside the machine were vibrating against each other.
Summary: ohhhhhhh wow ! The Only 88key midi ive ever owned with hammer action keys. had a real piano..it makes noise too..almost similar. Not bad at all. How long will she last?Its been one and a half years. I will keep u updated.
Summary: I purchased this as the ultimate Midi controller - and in my opinion it is. There is only one issue - no templates for Logic - come on AKAI - you can do better. A little bit more work for your customers goes a long way!!! However apart from this MAJOR gripe the board is excellent - forget noisy keys or poor build other people have commented on - its a great master keyboard. The key weighting is excellent as is the design and finish.
Summary: Just a couple of things to help you figure out if this review is actually going to be useful: I'm reviewing this in a vacuum, so to speak. I don't have a lot of experience with midi controllers, and in fact this is my first purchase to not only learn on a piano-like instrument, but to start making my own electronic music.
Summary: i love the action on this keyboard, the closest i've played to a real piano. after playing on it for 6 months now there is a buzzing on some of the keys and one key feels like it is rubbing on something. the controls are awesome and the software works great to program all the controls. i was bummed to find no power supply and that it is impossible to send to the midi out if the usb is connected.
Summary: I am currently a college student and bought this midi controller as a hobby. I am both into piano AND electro house music. This product had it all: weighted keys, drum pads, all the knobs and faders. Apart from the obvious physical elements, this midi controller looks and feels very sturdy and of high quality material. It is heavy, but I do not carry it around so that is not an issue. The knobs and faders feel very nice, and the lcd is very intuitive as well.
Summary: I'm a classically-trained pianist, so I am picky about hammer-action touch. I previously owned a CME UF8, which in my opinion had a very good touch. Trouble is, when some of the keys stopped working I could not find anyone to fix it. I decided my next keyboard would be a supported brand. After searching for quite some time, I settled on Akai.
Summary: let me preface this by saying I've been looking for an 88 key midi controller for about 2 years. I finally bit the bullet in the last few weeks, and while I went to the music store with the intention of coming home with an M-Audio product, what ultimately ended up in my studio (read: den) is this controller. The biggest selling point for me on this was the action, which I understand is subjective.
Summary: The keys on mpk88 can be heavy for some people, but it feels just right for me now that I tried it in Guitar Center (coming from an Acoustic Piano background myself). In my humble opinion the keys on akai mpk 88 even felt better than some intermediate stage pianos. The drum pads are too stiff. p.s. i personally purchased korg m50 88, it also has a very realistic weighted keyboard. To me it felt similar to the yamaha P series, but not as good as the CP series.
Summary: I haven't tried it on ableton yet, but from what I have done with LMMS (a free program) this controller rocks! One thing that is kinda buggy is the Arpeggiator seems to cut in/out suddenly, (no fade out like a normal note) but that might just be the program I'm using. The weighted keys feel pretty realistic, although they require more force than the old piano we had. Overall I've been real happy with this.