Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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.

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
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 13"W x 10"D x 3.4"H
    Weight: 3.4
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Akai ProfessionalMPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller
 
4.2

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

simple, cheap, great deal, professional

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Entry to Mid Level Midi Pad Controller

The MPD18 by Akai is the older brother of the MPD16.
Complete with an editing software, the MPD18 has 16 velocity sensitive pad you can use to trigger anything you need!Read complete review

The MPD18 by Akai is the older brother of the MPD16.
Complete with an editing software, the MPD18 has 16 velocity sensitive pad you can use to trigger anything you need!

The pads on the MPD18 are a great place to start. They feel great to the touch and to mash on but unfortunately that is about al they are good at. The mid to high level velocities are picked up very well but the when you try to hit it softer it bounces up and down when recording the midi data into software. It is great to use in its FULL LEVEL mode as well so everything you capture will be at maximum veolcity.

The fader is great and sturdy. I have used it as a filter control and a cross fader and it woks great. The fader addition makes this unit great for the portable dj as well.

The built in presets make this a great tool for the artist just getting into music production. There are 16 stock presets, 12 of which allow each pad to take a note in a specific key. This is a great way to jam out some interesting melodies really quick.

All in all I believe the MPD18 controller is great for the Entry or Mid Level buyer. It is a little stripped down then the M Audio Trigger Finger but feels much more professional (especially the fader). Other than the problems with the low velocity on the pads, the MPD18 by AKAI is a great buy
The controller has been stripped down to the bare essentials needed in a midi pad controller. Knobs and multiple faders would have been nice but I would not expect the same price point with those features.
Like most of Akai products this unit feels professional. It is sturdy and can take a decent beating, especially if you are hard on the pads.
The built in software and the editor cd are an amazing addition. The scale modes being built in are great and the FULL LEVEL options give you plenty of bang for your buck with this controller.

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5.0

Well worth the money

By Creal

from Harrisburg PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller:

      I was pretty skeptical cuz of the price point, but this was exactly what I was after: Solid build quality, responsive pads, basic features, and easy to integrate into my current set up.

      Great purchase at a great price!!

       
      4.0

      Basic, Great and Cheap!

      By Stiffler

      from Orlando, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality
      • Pads

      Cons

      • Sensitivity

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller:

      I use this with Fruity Loops FPC. Works great, 16 pads, 3 banks and master fader. Its great for the price, the only con is the sensitivity. You cannot hit it hard or fast. Basic 16 pads to get you started. Akai makes great beat machines :)

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Akai Professional MDP18 USB Controller

      By Gina Gautieri

      from Philadelphia, PA

      Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller:

      Very easy to use. Great for setting up your own home studio. The MDP Pad controller arrived within 48 hours of ordering it. It was brand new in original packaging and has worked great. Thanks for a great addition on my home studio.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Very Solid

      By ideaman

      from OKC,OK

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller:

          For what it is, you won't find anything better. If you want pads to trigger your sounds and plus a note repeat, then that is what you will get. The one slider has come in handy as well! Not having a screen on it can make changing certain parameters more time consuming; requiring the use of the MPD software. Again, if all you want are pads then get this! It's really a good buy for that purpose. The reason for 3 stars and not 5 is because there are other MPD versions that have a lot more functionality. But for what it is, I haven't found one better.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          It's Good With Edits

          By JM3797

          from Mesa, AZ

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Not Functional

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller:

          This was my first Midi controller, it's compact, and it does what it's supposed to if you buy extra stuff.

          When it came, I was depressed to find that it was incredibly insensitive, so it is useless for fingerdrumming, but it'll work if you want to use it just for triggering samples.

          My best recommendation would be to buy some thicker, more sensitive pads from mpcstuff, and replace the original pads with those. They are pretty cheap, so I think it's worth it.

          Therefore, if you want a VERY cheap midi controller, then buy this, and some better pads.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great device, great price.

          By Josh Sturgeon

          from Grand Rapids, Michigan

          Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller:

          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.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Cheap, great, and fun

          By Gaige DeSpani Music

          from Eagle Mountain, UT

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • EASY TO SET UP
          • Fun
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Portable
          • Useful
          • Works With Ableton
          • Works With Fl Studio

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Carrying Around
            • Djing
            • Portable
            • Producing

            Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller:

            This MIDI Pad Controller is awesome! It's small and easy to move around or put in a backpack. It works really easily with Ableton and FL Studio. I love it. It's very cheap and it's the best it can be for it's price. I love my Akai MPD18! I would recommend one for anybody.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            nice buy

            By Maxim Piz

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller:

            I had luck, this thing came without flaws ...

            its doing its job very well. Only the note repeat could have been implemented better.

            Had a Padkontrol before and found it uncontrollable, because oversensitive, and at
            low volumes, the Padkontrol was unreliable. The MP18 is unreliable at low
            pressure too, but this is only for the lowest velocity.
            But this thing is right: you have to hit hard to get a loud sound, thats how it should be!
            Everybody who thinks the pads suck, doesn't understand that in order to realize
            5 different velocity levels, you need that!

             
            4.0

            You Paid For What You Get

            By Jordan Vidrine

            from Farmerville, LA

            Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller:

            The AKAI Professional MPD18 Compact Pad Controller is ok. I bought for Image-Line FL Studios. The pads are not the best responding to touch. This is my first time using a MIDI Controller. I am still learning how to used it. But it make it easier making far more convincing drum beats instead of the step sequencer inside Image Line FL Studio. It is an excellent value on a budget. Next time, I will upgrade to AKAI MPC24 with the faders and knobs.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Not bad for the price!

            By Jimmy Webb

            from Florida

            Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller:

            Overall I'll give it a 7 out of 10. Mostly very good value, but not a high end product.
            The feature set is slim, but this is a bare bones device. If you want a set of pads to input MIDI - you got it. It will not substitute as a chromatic instrument controller, or as a DAW control surface. One major feature missing is the MIDI DIN jacks. The only MIDI is USB, which means it can only connect to a computer. I had thought to control a drum module with it on stage - can't do it. That said, my computer programs recognized it with no glitches and the pads are fairly sensistive (7 on a scale of 1 to 10 for sensitivity). The software to program the pads is simple and effective and works. I did suffer some frustrating hours figuring out that I had to save new pre-sets over the existing ones in order for the machine to recognize them on upload - but once past that hurdle it was simple and reliable.
            The build quality is ... light. It is plastic and has very little mass. It is not built like a tank, as they say. That said, all the parts work (for now) and I have no particular complaints because no part of it has broken for failed to work.
            Tremendous value. It works. If you want a MIDI input device, and are buying new, this works and you probably can't beat it for the price.

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