AKAI LPK25 and LPD8 MK II controllers: the classics get a makeover

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Musicians and producers have been writing music with the LPK25 and LPD8 USB MIDI controllers for so long.

AKAI released the original LPK25 and LPD8 MIDI controllers 13 years ago. Although they have a fresh coat of paint, both controls remain largely as they have been for so long.

For example, they are still small USB MIDI controllers that you can take with you anywhere, so they’re perfect for on-the-go production sessions.

However, the LPK25 and LPD8 controllers sport a new look that reflects AKAI’s current line of popular products like the infamous MPK mini Mk3.


The new AKAI LPK25 MKII

The updated AKAI Professional LPK25 offers 25 velocity-sensitive mini keys like its predecessor.

However, the key bed is the same as you’ll find on the MPK mini Mk3, which is one of the reasons this latest model is so popular.

Aside from its new look, the new LPK25 is much the same as before. You can still find the six buttons for Octaves, Sustain, Extended Functions, and Arpeggiator on the left of the controller interface.

But the arpeggiator has a new swing parameter that you can adjust in five steps.

You can configure the LPK25 on its free counterpart software editor. You can also save a total of eight preset configurations in the software.

And the AKAI LPK25 MK II includes MPC Beast music production software and a number of virtual instruments which you can control with the controller.


And the new AKAI LPD8 presets

The original LPD8 featured only monochrome pads while this new model features eight backlit RGB pads. And AKAI claims these are the same rugged pads you’ll find in the MPC X!

These pads can also send MIDI CC events and program changes in addition to MIDI notes.

And eight rotary knobs let you control plug-in parameters and software instruments without using your mouse.

Finally, you can use the peer software to configure the controller and save up to four presets.


Availablity

You can pre-order the AKAI LPK25 and LPD8 now for $53 each with deliveries starting in a few weeks.


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