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Ignorant people leaving negative reviews are the worst.
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2022
This review is inspired by ignorant reviews, ESPECIALLY the one that somehow made it to the top, for other ignorant people to read.
This person complains of audio latency regardles of how powerful his "brand new gaming pc" is. And also how difficult it is to get the software bundle installed and setup.
I notice this behavior from people who do not do any research prior to purchasing the product.
For anyone reading this and looking to buy any midi controller, Asio4all is what you need. It's an audio driver that simulates an audio interface(probably not correct). It's a given that if you're producing music, you should have a USB Audio Interface like a Focusrite Solo but if money is tight, this should work. The only downside with Asio4all is that if you have your DAW running, you will not hear any audio from any other programs on your computer like Youtube on your browser. There are workarounds like Voicemeeter Banana. It's kinda like a mixer. If you're on Mac, you don't need any of these.
In your DAW(Ableton, Reaper, Garageband, Fl Studio, Logic etc), set the audio to ASIO and under that option you can select Asio4All. Set it to 44.1khz. There should be a green icon on your taskbar that you can open to set your audio preferences. Click the gear icon to select your audio playback (headphone, speaker etc) Then on the bottom is a slider for your buffer size. The lower the number, the lower the sound delay. But that can also introduce audio glitches if you have a weak computer.
For the software, just register the MPK on the Akai website and it'll have everything ready for you. 15 minutes tops.
If you're a streamer and you're trying to get your DAW audio to OBS, you need to install REAPLUGS. One of the plugins is called ReaStream. Basically you drop the plugin on the master volume as an fx then set it to "send (to local broadcast)". Then in OBS open an audio input source. Then you apply Reastream as a filter and set it to receive audio.
10/10 Product. Works as advertised. Reasonable price. Looks good. Feels good, for the price.
I'm done pooping now. Rant, over.
PS Ask for help before you leave a dumb negative feedback.