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AKAI MPC Key 37

AKAI MPC Key 37  ·  Source: AKAI Professional

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The AKAI MPC Key 37 has officially landed. After several leaks had appeared over the past few weeks, we already knew that it was coming. Now the AKAI MPC Key 37 is finally here – and you can order yours today!

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AKAI Professional unveils the MPC Key 37

The first rumors about the small MPC keyboard made headlines just before NAMM. If you were hoping that AKAI Professional would unveil the bright-red machine at the show, you were out of luck. But now it’s finally official: The MPC Key 37 is now available!

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The little sister of the MPC Key 61 sports a bright-red livery just like the MPC One+. The keyboard offers 37 velocity-sensitive keys with aftertouch. Pitch and modulation wheels are also included, as are the 16 RGB pads that make this a proper MPC.

Despite the compact size, the MPC Key 37 features the same 7” multi-touch screen as the other current MPC models. It is accompanied by four 360° Q-Link encoders.

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With 2 GB of RAM, the MPC Key 37 offers the same amount as the MPC One+ and Live II, but half of that of the MPC Key 61. However, it has 32 GB of internal memory, which is the same as in the 61-key version and comes loaded with more than 8 GB of samples and drum kits. Eight plug-in instruments are also included.

In terms of connectivity, you do need to make do with a little bit less than in the larger model. Luckily, however, the MPC Key 37 is still a very capable machine that can run your entire studio if you wish. In addition to MIDI In/Out and one USB-A and USB-B port each, it offers four CV/Gate output jacks (TRS) for sending up to eight CV or gate signals to modular systems.

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Furthermore, the MPC Key 37 offers one stereo input and output each for audio, as well as a headphone output. You can also connect up to three pedals (sustain, expression, assignable). In addition, there’s wireless Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity for things like Ableton Link synchronization and controlling mobile apps via Bluetooth MIDI.

Price and availability

The AKAI MPC Key 37 is now in stock at Thomann* for $815!

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19 responses to “AKAI MPC Key 37: It’s official – and available now!”

    Jon says:
    11

    It’s painfully all red. Wish they would stop with the red livery.

      Maria says:
      3

      I kind of like the red.

      CKDexterHaven says:
      11

      Agreed, re: red. Hope there are white and black/charcoal versions at launch. If it’s just red, I’ll absolutely just wait until they come to their senses.

        die beastie boys says:
        1

        @Dexter, If you’d eschew purchasing this solely because of its color, then you’re not in the market for an instrument. What you need is a fashion accessory.

        Try gucci-news dotcom for all your fashion needs.

          CKDexterHaven says:
          -3

          Pontificate, brother! Cute!
          Cute, but stupid. What it means in the real world is that I don’t ’need It’ (just sold a Live II to go back to a MacBook Air and controller for a portable setup). It means that Akai has to make me ‘want’ it, and they haven’t quite done that. I AM a designer and I hate tacky sh!t. You arrogantly represent yourself as having no such sensibilities. So, while you may find yourself to be delightful and without reproach because of it, you’re also probably a tacky POS…. So, yeah—I’ll wait. Until Akai comes to their senses, just like the others in this thread who expressed the same sentiment. You carry on with yo’ bad self.

            die beastie boys says:
            0

            @Dexter
            Making music isn’t a fashion show. I don’t care how tacky or fashionable my gear is. I’m making music, not fashion statements.

          Nik Arden says:
          0

          “Interesting” comment. Considering that making it RED makes it far more of a fashion accessory than the utilitarian black or retro that most people want. Maybe it’s you who should be plugged in to Gucci.com. Heck you were familiar with the URL. Project much? Kinda douchey to make this personal.

            die beastie boys says:
            0

            I’m confused by both of your comments, and maybe you’re misreading mine.

            What I’m saying is that the color of a product should not make-or-break your consideration. If the features don’t meet your needs, that’s fine. But if a product works for you, or if you’re weighing the pros and cons, then the color shouldn’t hold so much importance.

            If the color is more important than the features, then you’re more concerned about the fashion than the utility.

            I don’t think that’s a personal criticism. It seems like an objective statement to me. I did make a joke of it, but it wasn’t a mean-spirited joke. Even Dexter seems to think it was cute lol

            Dexter’s initial comment provided to context about his interest in the product, other than its or, so I assumed (apparently I wrongly assumed, although I can’t exactly tell what his second comment is on about) that his sole consideration was the color.

            die beastie boys says:
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            I forgot to proofread that last paragraph. Shame on me:

            Dexter’s initial comment provided no context about his interest in the product, other than its color, so I assumed (apparently I wrongly assumed, although I can’t exactly tell what his second comment is on about) that his sole consideration was the color.

      Åphp says:
      3

      Errr! Are you not awarq that AKAI means RED in japanese!!

        die beastie boys says:
        0

        This is the most insightful comment here lol

        I should have realized this because of Akainu from One Piece 🤣🤣

    Martin says:
    1

    350 yes 800 no ! Everything in there we are all already having it in our studio .I bet this toy do not have a HDMI out !Red humm why not better than blue !

    Banastre Tarleton says:
    -7

    You’ve got to hand it to AKAI – they’re only ~2 years away from their goal of having released exclusively crap products for the last 20 years.

      Paul Whiting says:
      5

      What a strange comment. I own a number of their products and they are well built and reliable. The MPC One is an excellent product and reasonably priced. What Akai products do you own?

        die beastie boys says:
        1

        yeah, I’m also confused by these types of comments.

        There’s also this tendency for people to accuse companies of producing “cheap, plastic toys”. It must have been a different article, but I’ve seen these accusations levied against AKAI.

        It’s ironic, because even the most criticized modern AKAI products, the wolf/cat series, are lauded for their excellent build quality.

      Åphp says:
      2

      Crap products? What are you talking about? AKAI have released plenty of really good hardware products and software during the last years.

    Jon says:
    1

    Omg imagine this with a battery and a speaker. That would be super fun! Also needs SSD expansion like the Live, 61, and X

      CKDexterHaven says:
      -2

      Yes, a battery would have made this significantly more useful for my situation. I really enjoyed that aspect of the Live II, unfortunately i sold that because it was too clumsy to use with the MPK Mini Plus keyboard. This ‘combo’ unit solves one problem but regresses on the other. I wonder if they’re able to add it to a “Live” version in the future. I’d have paid a couple hundred more for that version.

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