Akai updates the MPK mini Play mk3 controller with a louder speaker, better keybed and stronger battery

The controller is aimed at both beginners and pros.

Akai MPK Mini Play 3

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Akai Professional has updated their portable MPK mini Play mk3 keyboard controller, with features the musical equipment maker claims will fit the needs of newcomers and pros alike.

Akai are marketing the updated MPK mini Play mk3 as a controller musicians can pull out anywhere, and this update to the mk3 model features a stronger 14 hour battery, a better-feeling Gen 2 keybed and a louder built-in speaker. It also includes 128 instruments and drum kits, so all the tools necessary for composing are right in hand whenever needed.

A 3.5mm headphone jack outlet is also included for users who don’t want to disturb others while using the keyboard.

The MPK mini Play mk3 also features the Gen2 keybed, which Akai claims offer accurate velocity response. The keyboard’s 8 drum pads have also been changed to velocity sensitive MPC drum pads.

Akai MPK Mini Play 3
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Class Compliant, plug-and-play capability means that the MPK mini Play mk3 can be plugged in via USB and used as a MIDI controller without additional drivers. The keyboard offers versatility for on-the-spot production with four assignable rotary encoder knobs that can be assigned to control Pan or Automation. The joystick on the keyboard is also assignable, adding to the versatility of the device.

The MPC Beats DAW has also been bundled with the keyboard, along with plug-in instruments by award-winning sound design company AIR Music Technology.

For beginners, the MPK mini Play mk3 also comes with the Melodics educational software to help master the basics of production like the MIDI keyboard, pad controllers, and e-drums. Over 60 lessons are available for download and are plug and play compatible.

The MPK mini Play mk3 keyboard controller is expected to release with a retail price of £109.99.

Learn more about the controller on Akai’s website.