The AKAI MPK Mini MK3 is a compact MIDI controller designed for music production and live performance. Here are some practical descriptions of its features:
Compact size: The MPK Mini MK3 is incredibly small and lightweight, making it easy to take on the go or use in a small studio setup. It measures just 12.5 inches by 7.1 inches, so it can fit in most backpacks or laptop bags.
25 velocity-sensitive mini keys: The keyboard on the MPK Mini MK3 is small but responsive, making it ideal for playing simple melodies or chord progressions. The velocity-sensitive keys ensure that the volume of each note varies depending on how hard you press the keys.
Eight backlit MPC-style pads: The pads on the MPK Mini MK3 can be used for drum programming, triggering samples, or playing melodies. They are velocity-sensitive and backlit, making it easy to see which pads are active in low-light situations.
Built-in arpeggiator: The arpeggiator on the MPK Mini MK3 can be used to create complex patterns from simple chords. There are multiple modes available, including up, down, up/down, and random, as well as adjustable tempo and note length.
Dedicated octave up/down buttons: If you need to play higher or lower notes than what’s available on the 25 mini keys, you can use the dedicated octave buttons to shift the range of the keyboard by up to four octaves.
Eight assignable knobs: The eight knobs on the MPK Mini MK3 can be assigned to control various parameters in your DAW or virtual instruments, such as filter cutoff, resonance, or modulation depth.
Four-way joystick: The joystick on the MPK Mini MK3 can be used to control pitch bend, modulation, or other parameters in your DAW or virtual instruments.
USB-powered: The MPK Mini MK3 can be powered directly from your computer’s USB port, so you don’t need to worry about carrying around a separate power supply.
Compatibility: The MPK Mini MK3 is compatible with most DAWs and virtual instruments, including Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro, and more. It also comes with a software bundle that includes a variety of virtual instruments and effects.