I wasn’t expecting an 88 keyed hammer-action MIDI controller from Akai Pro but let me introduce you to the MPK Road 88 and I’m really liking it.
MPK Road 88
Most MIDI controllers of this size tend to be festooned with knobs and pads, sliders and buttons whereas this is so featureless you could stand a whole round of beers on it. And that’s exactly why I like. It’s uncomplicated, it’s not trying to control your DAW, it’s just there to let you get the best playing performance out of your virtual instruments or MIDI gear.
88 keys of hammer-action, velocity sensitive and aftertouch response. They say it’s an exclusive Model-A keybed that they’ve spent two years developing – who knew? Akai has built in a 4 output USB audio interface so with this plugged into your laptop you don’t need any other gear. It also comes with a bundle of useful software: Akai Pro VIP, AIR Music Tech DB-33, AIR Music Tech Velvet plus AIR Music Tech Mini Grand for Road 88.
It has dual expression pedal inputs, a sustain pedal, MIDI in/out, pitch and modulation wheels, octave shift and split modes. Just enough to make it useful in a live environment or in the studio. Built in a flight case style with a detachable lid – perfect for gigging.
the Akai MPK Road 88 should be available soon for £799.
- Akai Pro MPK Road 88 webpage.