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      Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller (620023)
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The control feel of the MPC in a super-portable instrument with a compact footprint.

The Akai MPD18 MIDI Pad Controller is an easy way to add genuine MPC pads to your setup. This MIDI-over-USB pad controller for DJs, programmers, producers, and other musicians is built around the pads and controls from Akai Professional's industry-standard MPC series. The MPD18 is an expressive and intuitive instrument ideal for the studio and stage.

At the heart of the Akai MPD18 is its bank of 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive MPC pads, an Akai Pro exclusive. You can access 3 different banks of sounds from the MPC pads for a total of 48 sounds at your fingertips. The MPD18 also borrows the MPC series' assignable Q-Link controllers, enabling you to control nearly any parameter in your software in real time. You get an assignable Q-Link fader for natural, hands-on control of your most used parameters, and MPC Note Repeat enables you to quickly input patterns such as hi-hat parts or drum rolls. The MPD18 also has 16 configurable presets so you can program it for the way you work with different hardware and software.

The Akai MPD18 sends MIDI information over its plug-and-play USB interface so you can use it with your Mac or PC without installing any drivers. The USB connection even powers the MPD18 so the included USB cable is all you need for portable production. It can control nearly any MIDI software, as well as MIDI hardware, such as synths, sound modules, samplers, sequencers, drum machines, and more.

Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller Features:

  • MPC pads: bank of 16, velocity and pressure sensitive
    Three pad banks for a total of 48 sounds accessible from pads
    Q-Link assignable fader control
    MPC Note Repeat
    MIDI-over-USB or MIDI operation
    MPC 16-Level and Full Level
    16 configurable presets
    USB powered, requires no AC adapter

    Includes:
    MPD18 portable performance controller
    USB cable
    Software CD


Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 13"W x 10"D x 3.4"H
    Weight: 3.4


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  • Great device, great price.

    As reviewed by Josh Sturgeon on 3/11/2013

    I am a long time user of the Ableton Live software, and have been gradually expanding from the keyboard and mouse to midi control devices. This is the first controller-only midi pad device I have purchased and I am very impressed. The whole thing is very sleek and solid, and grips very well to a desk even when you are slamming it pretty hard. The 'full level' feature is incredibly handy. I installed the software before ever plugging it in, but without any fiddling around in the software control panel Ableton recognized it immediately and it gave me no trouble as I tried it out on a drum rack and several VST plugins. My only gripe is that as of yet I am unable to get the device tempo to sync up with the tempo in Ableton, this is only a minor complaint as the note repeat function is not something I have use for very often. It lacks any knobs to control effects, filters, etc... but for $99 it is still a fantastic value.

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  • simple, cheap, great deal, professional

    As reviewed by nicholas diesslin on 5/14/2010

    this midi controller is simply great no bells and whistles, but the mpd18 doesnt need any. if you know what you are doing with midi on your computer and music programs this drum pad is fantastic. the pad quality on this bad boy are 100% top of the line and there pressure sensitive. the price is so great on this item i highly suggest if your looking for a midi controller/drum pad dont even question about buying this just get it ;)

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  • simple, compact, & perfect

    As reviewed by Mrenc on 1/13/2010

    cons: the manual/directions could be a little more informative...short video tutorials would be cool. pros: built & feels great...good size but compact enough to throw in a laptop bag & go. pads are great & very responsive. if you want a controller simply for triggering sounds & loops from your own software/libraries...this is perfect.

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