Akai Professional has announced some new products at the MusikMesse.

The MPK88 is a professional performance keyboard controller with MPC production controls.

Akai MPK88

The MPK88 draws on the design of the popular MPK49, the first keyboard ever to features MPC pads. This first-of-its-kind keyboard is ideal for performance, starting with a premium, fully weighted, hammer-action keyboard, adding MPC pads, Q-Link controls, and a selection of MPC technologies. The MPK88 is born for the stage and is equally at home in the studio.

MPK88 features

  • 88-key fully weighted, hammer-action keyboard with aftertouch for expressive melodic creativity.
  • MPC-pad section of 16 genuine MPC pads with pressure and velocity sensitivity.
  • MPC pads access four banks each for instant access to 48 samples.
  • Assignable Q-Link controller section for flexible control of most software parameters.
  • Eight Q-Link knobs, eight Q-Link faders, eight Q-Link buttons, three banks each.
  • Key Split enables control of two different sounds from the same keyboard.
  • Dedicated transport controls for tracking and editing.
  • MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, and arpeggiator aid in creative process.
  • MPC Full Level, MPC 16-Level, Tap Tempo, and Time Division assist with tempo and dynamics.
  • MIDI output over USB, bus powered, class compliant: plug and play with one USB cable.
  • Comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software.
  • Works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software.

The MPD18 is the most portable, easy-to-fit MPD for your setup.

Akai MPD18

If all you need is a set of 16 high-quality MPC pads in a super-compact footprint that will fit into any music production setup, you’ll want to check out the new MPD18. This USB-MIDI controller can work with virtually all software and hardware, and can be had for a song.

MPD18 features

  • MIDI controller for production and performance.
  • MPC pads: bank of 16, velocity and pressure-sensitive.
  • Three selectable pad banks for a total of 48 sounds accessible from the pads.
  • Two Q-Link assignable controllers: fader and button.
  • MIDI-over-USB or MIDI operation.
  • MPC 16-Level and Full Level.
  • USB powered or powered via optional AC adapter.

The MINIAK is a music production powerhouse, featuring virtual analog and FM synthesis, more than 600 presets, onboard sequencing, a built-in arpeggiator, onboard effects and a 40-band vocoder.


The MINIAK is the first synthesizer from Akai Professional. Developed in partnership with the world-renowned Alesis synthesis team, the MINIAK brings together the control of the Akai Pro MPD, MPK, and APC series with powerful DSP sound-generation technology. The MINIAK is a perfect synth for producers in the studio and live performers on stage because, while it is extremely compact and portable, it’s a serious instrument for creating sounds for both performance and production.

MINIAK features

  • Eight voices, each with three oscillators.
  • Up to eight multi-timbral parts with stereo effects and 40-band vocoder.
  • Two multi-mode filters, three envelope generators, two LFOs, sample and hold, tracking.
  • generator.
  • Dynamic real-time and step sequencers, arpeggiator, and drum machine/rhythm.
  • sequencer.
  • Stereo bus effects including reverbs and delays.
  • 24-bit 1/4″ balanced stereo analog outputs and inputs.
  • 37-key synth-action keyboard with velocity sensitivity.
  • More than 600 preset sounds.
  • Sound banks: bass, lead, pad, string, brass, keys, comp, drum, SFX.

Pricing and availability of the MPK88, MPD18, and MINIAK are TBA.

Visit Akai Professional for more information.