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Welcome to the world of wireless MIDI controllers! It seems like everything these days is becoming wireless and AKAI has decided to be one of the first to introduce this into the pro audio market. The style and design of this MIDI controller is simple, compact and basic yet it comes with a powerful arpeggiator that will be discussed and demonstrated in detail later in this post and video. Also, if you’re having difficulty trouble shooting the AKAI LPK25 Wireless setup, keep reading because that will be explained here as well!
One of the greatest selling points about the AKAI LPK25 Wireless is it’s small, simple and light design. The wireless option is battery powered by 3 AA batteries. It also comes with a USB wire for direct connection if you prefer connecting direct or in the event that the batteries die. This device is plug and play so no drivers are needed. The user manual is short and explains everything you need to know in just three pages.
The keys are not full size and are very light to the touch. This might be difficult to get used to if you actually play piano and would like to feel your way around the keyboard like usual. The action however is acceptable and does the job quite well for what it is. Of course, being only 25 keys or 2 octaves in length, along the left side of the controller are octave shift buttons which allows you to access the complete range of the sampler or virtual instrument. There is also a sustain port available to add a pedal.
Pairing the device is a little different than one might expect. The AKAI LPK25 Wireless will NOT show up in the bluetooth settings and needs to be discovered directly within the audio application. AKAI is compatible with Garage Band and a few other apps however not everything is supported. Be sure to check on the official site for compatibility and up to date support information.
Once connected the wireless range is quite large as I had to actually go outside before maxing out it’s limit. This got me thinking about all sorts of ways to utilize the wireless feature. At the moment, I haven’t really come up with anything profound other than the fact that with no wires involved, it’s super portable and can quickly be set up in any environment. This brings us to the arpeggiator which is probably the funnest thing about the AKAI LPK25 Wireless Midi Controller! While holding a combination of buttons on the left, the keys can be pushed to cycle through many different arpeggiator options. Speeds offered include, quarter note, quarter note triplet, eighth note, eighth note triplet, sixteenth note, sixteenth note triplet, thirty second note and thirty second note triplets! There is also a tap tempo feature which quickly and easily sets the tempo to the desired beat, whether syncing to the tempo of your DAW or just setting the desired tempo you hear inside your mind.
Aside from the speed and rate, there are also a number of arpeggiator options in terms of the direction, if certain notes repeat and also how the arpeggiator operates with the latch feature. This basically means that once you push the keys, the arpeggiator will continue without needing to hold the keys down like a sustained chord. The number of octaves can also be changed from one, two, three or four. Once you begin to play with all these features yourself, you’ll soon understand how inspiring this can be for new ideas.
Overall, this is a great little MIDI controller that should not be underestimated. It comes at a nice price and is one of the first in its kind to have the wireless feature. It is very compact and portable making it ideal for producing while on the go from location to location. The arpeggiator is an added bonus but could quickly become an essential piece in your production process adding a special variety and spice to your music you might otherwise never have thought of.
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