AKAI Professional MPC Key 61

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The MPC Key 61 combines the power of the current MPC generation along with the proven operation with a 61-key keyboard.  All product info
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Product information - AKAI Professional MPC Key 61

Standalone sampling workstation with keyboard

  • Standalone MPC with keyboard - works without computer!
  • Sampler
  • 128 track (MIDI) sequencer
  • Implemented plug-in synthesizer
  • 61 keys keyboard with Velocity & aftertouch
  • Pitchbend & modulation wheel
  • High quality effects
  • High-resolution 7" multi-touch display
  • 16 velocity sensitive pads
  • Ribbon controller
  • Comprehensive MIDI sequencer
  • 4x4 Q-Link knobs
  • Transport buttons
  • 4x audio Out (2x Stereo / 1x Stereo and 2x mono / 4x mono)
  • 8x freely configurable CV/Gate outputs
  • Pedal connectors for expression, Sustain & footswitch
  • MIDI In/Out/Thru
  • Internal 24 bit audio interface
  • 2 inputs with gain / 48V respectively Line/Instrument
  • Up to 32 audio outputs with external USB audio interfaces
  • USB & Network
  • 16 GB Factory library
  • 32 GB internal memory
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Compartment for an additional SSD hard drive
  • Wifi & Bluetooth

The MPC Key 61 from Akai Professional combines the power of the current MPC Generation along with proven operation with a pleasantly playable 61-key keyboard that generates velocity and aftertouch. Most of the controls, including the razor-sharp 7" multi-touch display, are identical to the other MPC models. Added to the MPC Key 61 are several keys for the transport section, direct access to sounds, transpose for the keyboard, pitch bend and modulation wheel, as well as an assignable ribbon controller used to control effects, note repeat and other functions. By merging a keyboard, sampler, sequencer, various synth plug-ins with thousands of sounds, high-quality effects and intuitive operation, AKAI has created a multi-functional all-in-one instrument that is ideal as a studio and live center for musicians of almost any genre. Designed as a professional standalone sampling workstation, there is hardly a discipline with which the MPC Key 61 could not be finished. Thanks to well thought-out operation and the good workflow of the MPC series, the instrument is emphatically results-oriented. Overall, the MPC Key 61 is designed very live: due to the significantly larger housing is between all controls more space, which is also used for additional labels. Four knobs, which can be freely assigned in four groups or assigned to certain parameters in the respective plug-ins, make screwing with sounds and effects a pure pleasure. Thanks to Wifi and Bluetooth, wireless music equipment such as a blow converter can be connected to the workstation and used to play the sounds.

Control in high resolution

The central control element of the MPC Key 61 is the large 7" full color multi-touch screen. Editing MIDI events, adding effects, editing step sequences, browsing through sound categories, arranging, sampling and much more can be done in an intuitive way.

Illuminated pads

The velocity sensitive pads (and of course the keyboard) are used to play notes into the sequencer and trigger the sounds. For an even better overview, the pads are backlit in RGB colors. Of course the pads are also capable of the tricks of the old MPCs like eg. 16 levels, 16 notes, full level and mute.

Memory size

The Akai MPC Key 61 offers an internal memory capacity of 32 GB ex works; likewise, a 16 GB Factory Library is already included in the memory! The size of the working memory is 4 GB RAM. As further interfaces, two USB 2.0 slots are available for external hard drives, or the connection with MIDI controllers. There is also a flap on the bottom of the device, under which an additional SSD hard drive can be installed in a few steps.

PlugIn Synthesizer & Effects

The Akai MPC Key 61 includes eight powerful plug-in synthesizers that can be used as full-fledged instruments without a necessary computer connection. Over 6000 presets provide an excellent basis for musical exploration:

  • TubeSynth emulates the sound of classic analog polysynths with the analog-modeling technology
  • Bassline emulates the sound of classic vintage mono synthesizers.
  • Electric emulates the sound of classic electric pianos.
  • Drumsynth 8 synthesis models for your own drum sounds.
  • AIR Hype over 1500 inspirational sounds of different genres and synthesis forms
  • AIR Mellotron emulates the cult band instrument Mellotron
  • AIR Solina emulates the 70s string synthesizer ARP Solina String Ensemble
  • WayOutWare Odyssey emulates the iconic analog synthesizer ARP Odyssey

What would be the coolest sounds without effects! It's like the salt in the soup; a little bit is always allowed. Over 100 effects are waiting to be used! Different delay and reverb variants, all modulation effects like chorus, flanger or phaser and of course harder effects like distortion and bitcrusher are also on board. Even the audio inputs can be provided live with effects. Specialized FX plug-ins for pitch correction, enhancement of spatial perception and creation of four-part harmonies are especially beneficial for a connected microphone.

Connections for Studio and Eurorack

The back of the MPC Key 61 is pleasantly versatile. In addition to the keyboard there are the foot pedal connections Expression, Sustain and Footswitch. This increases the expression possibilities at the keyboard with the usual pedals. MIDI communicates via the connection trio In/Out/Thru as well as USB. This is perfect for anyone who wants to run additional equipment such as a rack synthesizer or DAW with the MPC Key 61. In its capacity as a sampler, audio inputs must not be missing, of course! Two inputs with high-quality 24-bit converters bring every signal to the desired level; 48V phantom power and switching between line and instrument are also integrated. For signal output there are four 6.3mm jack sockets, which can be configured 2x stereo, 1x stereo and 2x mono or 4x mono. If this is not enough, you can expand the instrument with a class-compliant USB device (e.g. USB audio interface) and up to 32 audio outputs. Eight freely configurable CV/Gate outputs allow the connection between the MPC Key 61 and a modular system. Also other synthesizers, which have CV/Gate inputs, can be controlled by the MPC Key 61 in this way.

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  • Manufacturer: AKAI Professional
  • Construction / Number of Keys: 61
  • Velocity sensitive: Yes
  • Sound Generation: Digital
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Aftertouch: Yes
  • Number of Pads: 16
  • Number of Knobs: 6
  • Number of Keys: 44
  • Pitchbend, Modwheel: Pitchbend and Modwheel
  • Display: Yes, Touch
  • USB MIDI Interface: Yes
  • USB AUDIO Interface: Yes
  • Headphone Connection: Yes
  • Sustain Pedal Connection: Yes
  • Mounting Options: MIDI and Audio Recorder
  • Sampler: Yes
  • Internal Memory: 16
  • MIDI Interface: Yes
  • LINE IN: Yes
  • LINE OUT: Yes
  • Microphone Input: Yes
  • CC Pedal Connection: Yes
  • Volume Pedal Connection: Yes
  • Weight (kg): 8.6
  • Vocal Harmonizer: Yes
  • Integrated Effects Processor: Yes
  • Number of Sounds: 6000
  • Power Supply: Adapter, internal
  • Width (cm): 98.7
  • Height (cm): 9.7
  • Depth (cm): 31.5
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