Akai MPK Mini Play MK3 – Mini Controller Synth

The Akai MPK Mini Play MK3 is an ultra-portable Mini Controller Synth. It is based on the world’s most popular midi controller the Akai Professional’s MPK Mini.

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Akai MPK Mini Play MK3 – Mini Controller Synth

The Akai MPK Mini Play MK3 is a Standalone mini keyboard with a built-in speaker and USB MIDI controller with 25 synth-action mini keys. It is based on the world’s most popular midi controller the Akai Professional’s MPK Mini. But now it comes packed with 128 sounds and its own built-in speaker. With 8 backlit MPC drum pads and a 4-way joystick for simple control, players have all they need to play their music anytime, anywhere.

The MPK Mini Play MK3 offers Four knobs: (two banks capable of controlling eight different parameters) that you can use to tweak sounds and edit multiple parameters in real-time. As a result, it gives musicians even more performance possibilities. Powered by 3 “AA” batteries; the MPK Mini Play offers you hours of wireless fun.

Amazing Connections

Not just a mini keyboard, the MPK Mini Play can also connect to a computer via a USB port for the same plug-and-play MIDI functionality as the classic MPK Mini controllers. If not disturbing others is a priority, players can use the mini-audio output jack to connect headphones to the MPK Mini Play. When you want a bigger sound, simply connect to external speakers using the same output jack. All-in-one, easy-to-use fun with “pro” features—that’s the MPK Mini Play!

Effortless Integration, Enhanced Workflow

Experience expanded control of your VST instrument and effect collection with MPK Mini Play and Akai Pro VIP3.0 (Free Download Included a $99.99 value). VIP3.0 provides you with unparalleled access to your virtual instrument and effect collection. It provides seamless integration with your hardware/software experience and grants the unrestricted freedom to create in a user-friendly, intuitive format. So the combination of VIP and MPK Mini Play maximizes workflow and ensures a playing experience that feels natural and enhances creativity. The natural, tactile feel of hardware fused with the unrivalled processing capability of virtual Instruments.

Quickly find sounds based on instrument type, timbre, style or articulation from your entire VST library. As a result, you can sculpt immersive, expressive sounds and textures layering up to 8 separate instruments and patches per VIP instance; load up to 4 different VST effects per instrument channel to sculpt the perfect sound; put power into your performance with Pad Chord Progressions and user-friendly Key Control processors; and much more. From live performance to studio production, VIP’s user-friendly functionality coupled with a diverse feature set guarantees simple, seamless integration into your existing setup and provides the ultimate platform for unrestricted creative expression.


The critically acclaimed MPC Software 2.0 upgrade is now available to purchase for your MPK Mini Play MK3. Therefore greatly enhancing the capability and functionality of the included MPC Beats Software.

To see your upgrade path, click here.

MPC Software 2.0 is a cutting-edge production suite combining 128-track sequencing capability, real-time time-stretching, clip-launch functionality, advanced MIDI editing capability, VST compatibility in controller mode, operation as a standalone application on Mac & PC, advanced sampling & audio editing/recording functionality, seamless DAW integration, a redesigned GUI, Ableton Link Compatibility and much more. Whether you’re seeking freedom from computer-based music production, or searching for the perfect controller for DAW-centric creative exploration, MPC Software 2.0 grants the ultimate in adaptive creative versatility.

Additional Software Included with the MPK Mini Play MK3

MPK Mini Play also comes bundled with professional production software and virtual instruments for immediate music creation. Hybrid 3, by AIR Music Tech, is a high-definition synthesizer. It can create anything from fat, retro synth sounds to edgy modern leads and everything in between.

SONiVOX’s Wobble is an electronic music grime synthesizer that features two independent channels of spectral morphing synthesis with harmonic controls, individual filtering, and discrete LFO controls. MPC Beats is a free and fully featured beat making DAW software for both Mac and PC based on the legendary MPC workflow. It also works as a VST plugin inside any major DAW.

From the moment you install MPC Beats, you’re ready to start creating, fast. Utilize over 2GB worth of content including samples, loops, and built-in virtual instrument plugins to craft your sound. So you can experience plug and play compatibility with all class-compliant USB controllers. MPC Beats has plenty of power for ambitious creators. Offering over 80 audio FX plugins to warp, manipulate and transform audio into whatever you can think of.

Even more Software

Plus VST/AU compatibility means there’s room to expand your sonic palette. This includes compatibility with both third-party virtual instrument plugins and audio processing plugins. You can even record instruments or vocals with 2 stereo audio tracks to add live elements to your music.

Pro Tools | First, the industry standard for recording software is now also included with Akai MPK Mini Play. This amazing audio recording software helps inspire any artist, travelling musician, or singer-songwriter; to create, record and share all of their ideas across the world at any time.

Pro Tools First: features unlimited busses, elastic time and elastic pitch, offline bounce. And you also receive 1 GB of free cloud storage space for collaboration. So you can access your projects from any computer anywhere that is connected to the internet.

This truly amazing software recording package is primed to get your ideas out of your imagination.


  • Standalone mini keyboard with built-in speaker and USB MIDI controller
  • Built-in sound module with over 128 instrument sounds + 10 drum kits
  • 25 synth-action mini keys
  • OLED display for easy sound browsing
  • 8 red backlit drum pads (2 banks, 16 total)
  • 4 knobs edit sounds or send midi (2 banks, 8 total)
  • 4-way joystick for pitch and modulation control
  • Built-in arpeggiator
  • 1/8” headphone jack
  • Battery-powered using (3) AA batteries

Keys: 25 velocity-sensitive


  • 8 pressure and velocity-sensitive
  • MPC-style Light-up Pads x 2 Banks


  • 4 assignable controller pots
  • 1 x 360 Encoder for Display Navigation
  • 1 Volume control

Computer Interface: USB-MIDI communications to Mac/PC

Octaves: 10 with Octave Up and Down

Arpeggiator: Yes

Additional Controls

  • Pitchbend/Mod Joystick
  • Note Repeat Button
  • Full Level Button
  • Tap Tempo Button

Additional Inputs: 1 ¼” (6.35mm) TS input for sustain pedal


  • 1 1/8″ (3.5mm) headphone output
  • Built-in speaker


  • USB bus-powered
  • 3 x AA batteries


  • 12.29″ x 6.80″ x 1.83″ / 31.2 x 17.2 x 4.6 cm (WxDxH)
  • 1.6 lbs
For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.