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Sixteen touch-sensitive pads let you play grooves exactly as you feel them.
The Akai MPD16 is a dedicated pad controller with MIDI and USB outputs you can use with any sampler, sound module, sequencer, or software to record and play drum and percussion patterns. The 16 pads on the MPD16 allow you to play with expression and feel for a realistic, human performance. The pads are assignable with two banks for a total of 32 pads plus a performance slider for hi-hat and other sample switching. Each pad also has variable velocity range and support for MPC's famous Full Level and 16 Levels pad response modes. Full Level switches all pads to maximum output velocity (127). The 16 Levels feature allows you to generate note velocities in 16 steps with each of the 16 pads.
MPD16 USB/MIDI Pad Controller
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This was my first control surface that I have purchased, but I am pleased with it. The only thing that I don't really like about it is that the pads aren't as sensitive as I would like them to be, and I have to tap them pretty hard. I use the surface on my Powermac G5 with Reason 4, and it works fine. As for a basic, beginners surface, I would say that it is worth the money.
I just need to get the word out that the USB driver constantly crashes and goes to the "Blue Screen of Death" on my Pentium D XP machine. I have no complaints about the piece itself--only the driver. I emailed Akai support for a fix, but never heard back from them. If I could have a second chance, I would buy another controller.
Couldn't be happier with getting this. It does everything you'd expect from an Akai, the USB connectivity is an added bonus since you don't have to splurge for a MIDI interface. The pad sensitivity is sometimes a bit off, but it's easily adjustable with the included software.
I purchased this so I could control drum sounds in Reason in realtime and I figure that it would work better than a keyboard. The pro's of this thing is that it is simple to use and can be used as a general midi device or via a USB port. Also when you control drum sounds with it you don't have to worry about hitting the note next to it like a keyboard. The cons of this device is sometimes the pads don't trigger or a stop signal is sent before you wish it to. Other than that for what it cost I am very satisfied.
I was looking for a sturdy trigger pad controller to use with my synths and sound modules. It just doesn't feel natural to program drum patterns using keys. I looked at the m-audio Trigger Finger and the Akai MPD16. The Akai is about the same size as the Trigger Finger but is a slightly heavier unit and feels more solid. The pads on the Akai have less give at the corners - providing for a more solid pad. There are fewer sliders and knobs on the Akai but it has all you need for drum programming. The Akai is also very easy to configure.
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