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Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller 

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MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller designed for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs. Its blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with...Click To Read More About This Product

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Responsive new pad design.

MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller designed for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs. Its blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with USB connectivity brings the feel of classic beat making into computer music production.

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The first improvement agreed upon over the development cycle were the Thick Fat MPC pads, a new design that creates an unprecedented user experience. The MPD218 also has an expanded control set of six knobs in three banks. This enables you increased control over your sounds and effects.

MIDI information is sent over its plug-and-play USB interface for use on Mac or PC, eliminating the need for drivers. The USB connection powers the MPD218 so the included USB cable is all you need.

Along with the improved functionality, the MPD218 features iOS compatibility using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) and included free software. Titles include: Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Big Bang Drums and Big Bang Cinema from Sonivox, Ableton Live Lite, and Software Preset Editor.

Many years of research and customer feedback have led directly to some of the most capable pad controllers Akai has developed. It is this constant contact with the user base that makes Akai such an enduring brand. These MPDs are the perfect bridge between your creativity and your computer-based studio.

  • 16 backlit MPC pads
  • 48 assignable pads accessible via 3 banks
  • 18 assignable 360-degree potentiometers accessible via 3 banks
  • MPC Note Repeat and Full Level
  • iOS compatible using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • 16 configurable presets
  • USB powered, no AC adapter required
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums

MPD218 Pad Controller

  • System requirements

    : 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)

    PC: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended); 1 GB RAM (2GB recommended); Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP; Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended); QuickTime recommended

    Available USB port
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Great Drum Pad Controller

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      Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

      I am very pleased with this Akai drum pad controller. The pads are large enough to do two finger drum rolls, and they have a nice feel to them. The set up with the included software was very straightforward, although there is one glitch - you have to shut down your DAW software while it is running or you get an error message about MIDI resources. This issue is noted on the Akai product forum so I was able to find out about it and work around it - but it should be addressed. Second issue is that I find the pads are a bit too sensitive - I guess I have heavy fingers - for the first couple days, until I learned to play a bit softer moderately, most of my hits were velocity 127 - it would be nice if you could select a different velocity curve. One last negative, in order to register and use some of the included software, I had to jump through some very significant hoops. I would never purchase SONIVOX Big Bang Drums because they make you use iLok - way too much hassle for me. (For free Big Bang Drums is ok, but the mixing limitations - like you need to EQ your whole drum kit as one - you can't EQ the snare separately from the toms makes it useless for any serious recording.)

      5 stars - simplicity of design, small foot print, if it was lost I would buy another immediately.

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      Very good

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      Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

      Strong sturdy reliable midi pad controller

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