AKAI MPK Mini Keyboard Review

What’s up guys, it’s your boy,  So, I know I’ve been gonefor a minute but I actually have a video that washighly requested by you guys and it’s a tutorial onusing the AKAI MPK Mini. So, I looked on youtube for alittle bit to see if there’s any tutorials on there andthere are some, but they’re not really in-depth and they’remore on the software so I’m actually going to do oneof the actual mini itself and hopefully you guys canlearn something and enjoy it and actually maybe get one for yourselves. Because I actually highlyrecommend this pad. So, hopefully you guysenjoy this video and let’s get into it. Alright guys, so when you getthe Akai MPK Mini, it comes in this box. And there’s likea user manual, there’s the website to go to for the software etc etc. And then it comes with thiscable. This cable just has USB at the end and I’m pluggingthat into my MacBook Pro, which is a 15-inch, 2015MacBook Pro and it just opens to a GarageBand so I canactually make a sound and you guys can hear it. So, alright guys, I’m gonnastart from the top left of the midi and then we’regoing to move right and I’ll show you everything that itdoes etc etc and like how you guys can use it becausethis is a tutorial on how to use it, not just what it does. So, if we start on thetop-left, you can see this red knob right there.

I’ll justpick it up so you guys can see it closer. That’sthat. It’s a knob right. It’s the pitch bend so forexample- if I hold C and move it to the right, it’ll go up or vice-versa. (keyboard plays) So, that’s all that does. Alright, when you look belowthe pitch bend, you’ll see an arpeggiator, on andoff and a tap tempo. So, arpeggiator is really funfor me. I really like using it So for example when I try the arpeggiator, I can just tapthe tempo. See, it’s blinking That’s the tempo it’s set at.But for example if I wanted to slow it down, I’ll belike- one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four So, now the lights should beblinking on the one’s and two’s and three’s. So now, if Ihold down a note, my bad. It should sound on thatbeat, so like this. (keyboard playing) Alright guys, so this issomething I haven’t seen anybody talk about on YouTube yet.So, on top of the keys for the arpeggiator there’sthings like right there, you guys can see and it’s 1/4and then 1/4T which is 1/4th triplet, and then 1/8th, 1/8thtriplet, 1/16th same thing. And then, up and down islike if you wanted to go up the notes for your arpeggiator or down. So, I’ll show you how it works. So, in order to set thatin, alright when you focus. Alright, in orderfor it to set it you have to hold down the arpeggiatorbutton, which is the top left button right here. You holdit down and say I want it to be a 1/8th triplet and I want to go up. So now when I try it on,let’s say I wanna play F You see, that’s what it would do. Or for example, if I wantedto go a little bit faster and get a 1/16th triplet.I just go like that after I hold it down and it should be in. So, (Funky tune) Yeah you see, so the Arpeggiatoris actually kind of fun to use and if you use itright, you can actually make something really fire. Okay guys, so under theArpeggiator you have the octaves and there are 10 octaveson this midi. So, it’s kind of self explanatory. So, obviously… let’s use a C and you hit the octave up, it turns red. And if you’re going to pressit again, it’s going to blink which indicates as going up sothat’s the blink.

That’s up. One more time. Okay so now, ifno lights are on, that means there’s no octave up or down.This is the actual sound of middle C, same thing going down. So, kind of self-explanatory. Okay, now below the Octaves,there are two buttons that all have to do with the pads. So, it’s full level and note repeat. So full level, it’s kind ofself-explanatory as well cause the pads are like pressuresensitive. So if I press it softly, you barely hear itbut, if I press it hard. (Loud noise) So, it’s pressure sensitiveso if I turn on full level, it’ll light up red, right. It’s on right now, which isthe bottom left button and if I press it, no matter howsoft or how hard it’ll be the same like full soundso this is a soft press. This is just soft. And if I press hard vs You see, that’s what fulllevel does and then note repeat is you just press it for exampleif I hold down note repeat which is the button righthere and I hold this down It’s going that fast becauseof the 1/16th triplet that I put before. Okay so now wejust got through the pads and all the buttons and knobshere. The keyboards is just a regular keyboard. It’s just a normal, you know regular, nothing special. Whatever you, you can seeeverything you need to see. I might just show you a closeupof it. Just to show you, just the keyboard. Alright, Okay now to the topright corner, those knobs affect these pads here andthey give you a software that you can use to put intothese knobs to make them do something, I guess cool. Youcan put kind of effects on it and each one effects each pad differently. And then, in terms of thebuttons here, lemme show you. There you go. There’s BankA and Bank B which is green The pads here are a certainset of pads and then when you click it, it turns red andthen different set of pads. So for example, oh sorry. For example- if I go into I’m just going to type in a drumkit. I’m in GarageBand by theway guys. Alright, so When it’s A It’s just like a tong, butwhen I change it to Bank B it should have all newsounds. It should be a kick. Right, so I’ll show youagain with a different one. Say this one, with Bank A and Bank B. Alright guys, so next to theBank A, Bank B you’ll see the middle button, which isa CC and then the one to the right is Program change andthen the one all the way to the right is Program select.So, if you want to change the program, for which they’llgive you a software that’ll let you be able to editeach pad individually. You press program change right,and then you’ll hold down program select and then ifyou can see it, above the pads itself, like next to program5, I mean next to pad 5 you’ll see Program 1, Pad 6-program 2, Pad 7- program 3 and Pad 8-program 4 and youcan see the top in the red. There’s just hold it downselect any program you want and then your pads should act differently depending on program you select. So, other than that, that’sall you need to know about the AKAI MPK mini mk2. On theside, is where you plug in the plug they give you andon the back, as you can see right there, if you couldfocus, there’s the sustain. Just plug it in, so youcould hold out your notes.

Alright so, these are theprograms that come with the Akai which is MPC Essentials,Hybrid 3 and Wobble. So I’ll show you what theylook like in the back, just in case you guys are interested.I don’t usually- ooh my bad. I don’t usually use thembecause I prefer GarageBand and it’s kind of hard to I learn or I haven’t spend the time but that’s what they are. These are the differentinterfaces that shows you what each one of them does andthis one down here is the main one you should use, if youare changing the pads or using the knobs that givedifferent effects. So, that’s it. That’s pretty much everythingthat comes with it. I’ll show you if I can quick that. You can pause the video andread that if you want to. That should show you everything you need and that’s pretty much it. So, alright guys, that wasthe tutorial slash review on the AKAI MPK mini mk2 . Ireally hope you enjoyed it and don’t worry cause I’m goingto be making a beat for my next video and I actuallyhave some fired that’s waiting for you guys. I’ll giveyou a little sneak peek at what it sounds like.It’s going to be good. So, I hope you enjoyed that,I hope that helped. Let me know what questions you haveslash if it helped you and this is gonna be kind of whatnext video is going to sound like. Let’s see if it’llplay it for you guys. (ambient music) Alright guys, that’s allfor now, so come back very very soon cause this videowill be up like how I made it and everything and I actuallyhad help with this video. Some of my friends helped meout, so I want to say shout out to you guys and this videois going to be really lit. So, I hope you guys enjoyedthis one, see you guys very soon and thanks for rocking withme through that little pause.

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