Play the MPK Mini Play for Major (Or Minor) Musical Fun

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The Akai Professional MPK Mini is a popular MIDI controller indeed; with 25 synth-action mini keys, a four-way joystick-style controller, and some backlit MPC-style pads, the controller is perfect for mobile composers looking to bang out beats on the go. All you'd ever need is the MPK Mini and a corresponding computer.

But what if you don't have a computer? Or, what if you want to leave it at home? That's where Akai's new unit comes into play. Called the MPK Mini Play, this controller stores 128 sounds in its built-in sound module, giving you an onboard speaker for music playback. A headphone jack is also on board, should you not want to disturb your neighbor. With the MPK Mini Play, you'll have everything you need to produce, jam, and edit sounds all by your lonesome. Simply plop in three AA batteries for hours of programmatic fun.

Other accoutrements include a built-in arpeggiator and four knobs to edit sounds or send MIDI along—because yes, you can plug this device into your computer over USB and use it as a MIDI controller. Like the MPK Mini, you'll get eight backlit pads and 25 mini-keys to jam to your heart's content. Both the knobs and the pads are banked, giving you double the amount of usage per pad or knob. Getting around the internal engine is relatively intuitive with its OLED display, prominently labeled buttons, and octave controls, which are on hand to expand the instrument's range.

Whether you're looking to jam out by yourself on a quiet beach or plug-in to your laptop to lay down some rocking beats, the MPK Mini Play is major fun—either for work, or play! So, come on down to the B&H SuperStore or peruse the little item on our website for a deeper look.

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