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It broke In The First Week
The port on the midi controller broke on the first week i would like a refund or a exchange!
1Wireless portability and iOS app support make the LPK25 a winner for mobile songwriting
I've traditionally played workstation-style and arranger keyboards - all self-contained. Then I got into iOS music apps, but the lack of actual keys was a bit problematic.For me, the LPK25 solves the problem. The wireless feature helps me play it anywhere within reasonable range of the iPad Pro, and it easily connects via GarageBand bluetooth pairing. While the limited number of keys makes it challenging to replicate full piano/keyboard-driven pieces, its versatility helps me greatly in writing riffs and songs, particularly with the built-in arpeggiator. Sound is great right out of the iPad; I had some latency issues with wireless headphones, but plug-in phones work great.The BIG plus, beyond wireless connectivity and so many iOS apps that are supported, is portability - I can pack this in my mini-pack and take it wherever I go with my iPad. At that level, it's a game-changer. Hats off to Akai for this wonderful device.
5Perfect for what it's used for!
Wow! This little keyboard is exactly what I was hoping for. I am a band teacher so I compose/arrange on the road a lot with sibelius, so this was a must have, and it's does it's job perfectly! I did purchase a sturdy case for it thanks to review suggestions of the keyboard breaking. It is definitely not a rigid keyboard that could handle being roughed up so the case was a MUST, but my keyboard get's used often, travels permanently in my backpack, and has held up well now for 9 months. As other reviewers have suggested, it does not have weighted keys so it's action is nothing like a real keyboard, and the keys are a bit plastic feeling and on the small side for my fingers, but for me it is perfect. I only compose melodies though so I would not suggest it for chordal/harmonic playing, the keys are much too small to efficiently play simultaneous notes. Otherwise, very light-weight, very easy to take anywhere, zero latency issues with sibelius, very easy to use (just plug-n-play!), and really great quality for the value!
5Can't Get USB cable to stay in Otherwise Fine Product
Liked this thing. As a beginner producer, I didn't need anything flashy and I thought this would fit the bill. I could put up with the weird feel of the keys and issues with inconsistent touch sensitivity could be remedied by setting a specific velocity in my DAW. It was also a nice little plus it worked with Caustic on my phone.But then the issues with USB port started and since then, this thing's just been gathering dust.For starters, I only used this thing maybe 9 or 10 times until I started having issues. After that, I started getting errors in Windows about how a USB device is malfunctioning. Then I started to notice I couldn't get my cable to stay in properly. And finally, we're at a point where I can't get it to play it unless I oddly position the cable and VERY CAREFULLY press the keys.If it wasn't for this, I'd give this controller four stars. As it is, I just can't recommend this thing.
2Great for music notation!
I needed a small and affordable keyboard to use for music note input in Finale. Went with this one and I love it! It looks like an actual piano, and you can feel the keys depressing when you play them (unlike some other controllers, which look and feel more like buttons than keys). All I have to do to use it is plug it into my computer's USB port using the cord which they provide. No batteries required. There are buttons for "up an octave" and "lower an octave" which I use all the time to get notes right where I want them. One funky thing which I noticed right away is that I have to have the controller plugged into my computer before I open my Finale files in order for it to actually input notes using speedy entry. Another minor annoyance is that you have to have the keys completely depressed for them to be notated in the software - it is easy to slip for a moment and lose a note which you needed. Be aware, this is NOT a keyboard with its own bank of audio effects, so you will only hear sound out of it if it is plugged into your computer and you have music software running (and with Finale, you had to have used Playback once so that the audio bank is actually loaded up). If you're looking for a keyboard to play around with for fun, this is definitely not for you. But if you need something to make music notation easier, this is definitely worth the money! Saved me hours of time.
5Great product, cheap USB port
Had this product for over 2 years. I bought this to help me transcribe music into Sibelius (Mac), and it saves me sooo much time. Product feels sturdy, keys are responsive, buttons are intuitive. I wish I bought a keyboard with more keys, but that is not an issue with this keyboard, per se. It is ultra portable, and works like a charm!The only issue I have with this keyboard is the mini-usb port. It is very cheap and was some wiggle in the port when I bought it. After carrying it in a laptop bag with the cable still inside the port (for a year or so), it stopped working. Apparently this is a common issue. Luckily, I am an engineer with just enough soldering experience to be dangerous. I followed the steps here:[...] and got it back up and running in a matter of an hour or so. I now have a USB cable hard-wired into the keyboard. Used some JB PlasticWeld to keep the joint stiff, and it has been going strong ever since. I think akai should genuinely consider hardwiring a cable as opposed to leaving an exposed port, but that's just my opinion.Regardless, I would still recommend this keyboard.
5Not for people who need a professional key feel
First, I should say that I am a composer who works with Finale and Logic. I play tracks into software but I also work with in scores laying down musical notation by hand.The good: This keyboard is very well built. It is very light but it looks and feels quite solid. When I opened the box, I was very pleased with the size. I hoped to be able to drop it into my laptop bag and I wasn't disappointed. It dropped right in and it was not at all bulky. The keys were mini-sized but would have been good enough.The bad: The key action was unacceptable for my purposes. I've given some thought to how to describe it and this is what I got: When you press down on, it doesn't drop down like an unweighted synth keyboard. At the onset, you feel a spring's resistance that quickly increases as the key goes down and is fairly stiff about 3/4s of the way down. When you play a cord, the combined resistance across all your fingers is substantial. I found that the keyboard would bounce on my lap as a played it.My preference is for a keyboard with light initial resistance followed by either the feeling of weight and velocity (weighted) or a uniform resistance drop (unweighted). I would consider this to be neither. Maybe I'd call it "spring action".I can't speak to the software or other features. I wasn't able to get past the key action.I'm sending it back and putting the money towards the Akai Professional MPK Mini. Let's see what happens.https://www.amazon.com/Akai-Professional-MPK-Performance-Ready-8-Assignable/dp/B00IJ6QAO2
3Decent, if sligtly delicate and finicky tool
I've had this controller for maybe 3 years and overall it's great! I recommend it, but there's a couple things that are good to know before you buy.Number one, and this is a big deal for most people, the (cheaply surface mounted) mini usb port has broken 3 times, rendering the controller 100% useless. Thankfully a good friend builts analog studio equipment for a living and has always been willing to help solder it back. But if you don't have a friend like this... well this is probably the end of your controller. It's the typical cheap production you see in controllers like this, but yeah, maybe good to know. My advice is buy a right angle usb plug!Another potentially important note, this controller has very bad velocity sensitivity reading. Don't buy this is you're trying to write expressive piano pieces on the go. It jumps from 6 to 127 wayyyyy too easily. This won't matter if you're using mono synths or organs or whatnot, but be aware that this tool isn't going to inspire much expressive or dynamic creativity.Other than that, 3 years later, I still use it! Super portable and easy to use, never had a problem with plug and play. Just know what you are buying!
4this thing is really awesome for what it does - i think it's a ...
truly - some of the comments on here blow my mind - and i am a total noob when it comes to this stuff. this is a really small midi controller -- that's it. no speakers, no sound, 25 tiny unweighted keys, transmits bluetooth with no noticable latency (which is really impressive), and it is made by Akai (which is a legit company that makes products you'll see in almost any music video that has a dj in it)so, this thing is really awesome for what it does - i think it's a tiny bit expensive for that, tho, as it doesn't really have any competitors in its' class (you can buy a cheap wired one from a different company for something like $35) - so, clearly, this is a niche kind of thing as any self-respecting real musician probably wouldn't use this for a live performance (altho i'd be impressed if they did!). thus, i believe this is for people like me -- i needed something to use on the road -- on an airplane, on the train home, maybe in a moment while sitting on my couch, or when tv is just plain boring me (who needs to hear the tv sound when you're watching golf anyway!?!?). it packs up REALLY small and is way better than playing the onscreen keyboard on my sampletank or arturia imini which has absolutely no tactile feedback.ok - i'm almost done - this is my setup when using this keyboard -- ipad mini 3, akai lpk25 wireless (arturia imni via interapp audio to garageband for ios); that's it. the instructions show you how to link it (hint: you have to do it from inside garageband). it's plain old awesome and usually blows everyone's minds when they see it.
5"That's what I like in my equipment. Works well and inspires"
Having the old Line 6 Toneport KB37 as my midi controller for the last 10 years, I was super excited to get a new and super small keys controller. The Toneport served its life well, helping me write 4 albums of instrumental music and 7 movie scores for PBS. I used it with an 08 Mac laptop using garageband and an 2010 imac with protools for many years, but now it seems to not interface with any of my 3 rigs and actually crashed my Protools rig. After setting up the new Garageband and on a new imac, it wouldn't interface and the time to update equipment has arrived! So easy to use! I turned on garageband and connected usb and BHAM! it loads automatically. If you've used a DAW before, usually you have to select in a special window which is fine, just digging the new garageband and the seamless connectivity this controller offer. I'm a musician not a engineer, so I want to spend my time recording and not tinkering. Ive recorded a few songs and loved the feel of the keys. Good response and has a good feel. Touch sensitivity is not as good as my much bigger keyboard, but for under $60 compared to the $300 spent in 2008 that makes sense! Also the user reviews here have a ton of complaints about a faulty usb connector, but seems rock solid to me. I don't travel with my gear or abuse it so I never have those problems that many seem to have with their gear...As always the bottom line is take care of your stuff and it will last!!! Final Verdict: Couldn't be happier. Perfect piece of equipment and can't wait to write and use it! That's what I like in my equipment. Works well and inspires. Excelsior!!!
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AKAI Professional LPK25 | USB-Powered MIDI Keyboard with 25 Velocity-Sensitive Synth Action Keys for Laptops (Mac & PC), Editing Software Included