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- keyboard is good - I am not a keyboard player and so no expert, but perfectly fine for my novice use.
- drum pads are 'ok' they sometimes miss hits and not very sensitive. So I don't use for recording, but great for experimenting and developing ideas and patterns
- portability is great, I can sit in an armchair with laptop on my lap and the akai next to me; very comfortable - I don't have to use a desk etc.And keyboard fits in my laptop bag
- powered from USB - no separate power supply needed/possible
- knobs for synth programming is what I really wanted this for and is where it works very well in Reaper.
There are 8 knobs - to assign to a control in a VST is easy enough with Reaper - select 'Learn' in the VST window, pick the control from the drop down list and turn the appropriate dial - Reaper detects and remembers the CC number.
But ALSO (I'm using Windows 7 but available for others too), the MPK mini editor software allows you to assign different CC numbers to each of the 8 knobs - for each of 4 different 'programs' selectable from the keyboard.
So, when programming synths I can select Programs 1-4 on the Akai and each program gives me 8 knobs. In effect, 32 different controls on a synth.
OK, I have to teach each VST separately and there are no 'presets' but when Reaper has learnt the controls, these are saved here:
So I don't need to teach it again.
If I have a project with multiple VSTs - no problem - the one with the current focus is the one that accepts my CC messages. So very easy to swap between synths.
The compact size along with the ability to have 32 different knobs has hugely improved by speed and control when programming synths. As a device for playing the keyboard and drums, I think it's fine for me but suspect that 'proper' keyboard players would be less impressed.
Hope this helps anyone considering the MPK Mini