Akai MPK 261

USB/MIDI Pad and Keyboard Performance Controller with 61 Keys

  • 61 Semi-weighted keys
  • 16 MPC Pads with RGB lighting
  • 8 assignable knobs, sliders and switches each
  • Inputs for expression and sustain pedal
  • Arpeggiator
  • MPC Note repeat
  • MPC Full level
  • Tap tempo and time division
  • Backlit LCD indicator
  • DAW Integration through comprehensive transport and parameter control
  • Assignable buttons for keyboard commands
  • 2 x Jack input for expression pedal
  • 1 x Jack input for sustain pedal
  • USB MIDI and 5-Pin MIDI in/ out
  • iOS Compatible with Apple Camera onnection kit (not included)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 905 x 311 x 86 mm
  • Weight: 6.85 kg
  • Incl. Software downloads: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0 and Akai Pro MPC Essentials

Further information

Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones 2
Layer function No
Pitch Bend / Modulation Yes
Rotary Encoder 8
Fader (Amount) 8
Pads 16
Display Yes
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out
Pedal input Yes
USB-port Yes
Mains Operation Yes
Battery Operation No
Bus-Powered Yes

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DO NOT buy this if you plan on mixing!

Steve-22, 21.08.2017
I've had nothing but trouble with this MIDI controller. What's advertised as "Ableton friendly" is likely the worst controller you can get for this DAW.

Firstly, if you want remote controls, then you'll have to resort to old presets (e.g. MPK 88, MPK 61) because MPK 261 presets won't work the way you imagine them to work.

The number one reason for my rating? Absolute/relative values. You CANNOT use relative CC values for your "endless" encoders. There is a work around for the MPK225 Python files, so I tried that, but no matter what I did, the end result was: no remote access. AKAI has plenty of forum topics regarding this, and you'll be pointed towards a website which recommends setting your surface control MIDI to the older (MPK49, MPK61, MPK88 etc.) models... which will give you remote control, BUT their python files are completely different, and I'm not a coder.

The problem could be fixed apparently, but head over to AKAI forums to see how much "support" you'll get... promises dating back to several years.

AKAI's AIR Hybrid plugins have fantastic patches, but will mess with your projects if you use MAX for Live (which I do for LFO-s). This was discovered after trying to finish a huge project, but got stuck with it. Contacted Ableton and they reassured me that it's not all in my head. Both Ableton and Cycling '74 (Max for live) tried to reach out to AIR, several times, to no avail. Months worth of effort put into my project was wasted.

Overall this is a high quality unit with great keys, great faders and knobs. It's like a sports car without an engine. Useless. Such a basic thing as relative controls of knobs and lack of instant automapping makes this unit useless in my eyes. And if you plan to sell it, well good luck with ILOK! You will need it...

I don't recommend this!
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Great MIDI Keyboard Controller for home studio

05.05.2016
Using this keyboard for producing music in my home studio, very comfortable, good-looking, solid instrument. Keys feel very pleasant when you touch it, similar to the real piano keys.

Comes with powerful software: Ableton Live Lite, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist 2.0, SONiVOX Eighty-Eight Ensemble and the Akai Pro MPC Essentials, but I'm using it with Logic Pro.

Special thanks to Thomann GmbH, Your delivery and notification services work great, it took only 5 days to deliver parcel to Estonia, You did it with real German precision, quality and responsibility. It was my first experience of using Your store, and I can say, that this is the best service among online stores I've ever met.
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