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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 USB connectivity brings the feel of classic beat m... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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.

Experience the Difference
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.

Features
  • 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
Specifications
  • System requirements

    Macintosh
    : 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
    - See more at: http://www.akaipro.com/product/mpd218#system_requirements
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Akai ProfessionalMPD218 Pad Controller
 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Functional (6)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Novice (3)

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5.0

Would purchase again.....

By Sonia

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

Bought as a gift for my son. He loved it. Shipped fast with expedited shipping. Works perfect.

 
5.0

Amazing product

By Novice

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

    Thus was for my son and he loved it.

     
    2.0

    for the price yess

    By d1991f

    from san clemente

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

        works well with all daws and easy to use if you understand the computor side .lol i wouldnt reccomend it since there betters options out there

        performaces issues
        -knobs do full unlimited 360 rotations so this this throws me off if im using fliters and phasers and flangers or wobbles i personally perfer to a know with lines to guide me

        -pad sensitivity needs to be higher lets just say your double tapping with one hand two and fingers before a drop while multi tasking i shouldnt have to apply to much pressure on my fingers to get a responce cause pads are suppose to be triggers with a slight touch so it dosnt feel natural when you play faster

        -than again i own somthing better than this so only listen to me if you want

         
        5.0

        Great Pad Controller :)

        By Joey

        from Brainerd, MN

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

          I use this Pad to get a fresh perspective on electronic drums in my music production. The controls work perfectly, playing on the pads is very easy, and the range is very nice.

           
          4.0

          Would purchase again...

          By Matthew

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

          Pretty awesome!!!

           
          5.0

          A must have for any production work!!!

          By The Jazzmann

          from Lafayette, In.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • production
            • song writing

            Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

            I use the mpd218 in my recording setup mainly to create drum parts. The pads allow for a much more dynamic and realistic approach to sequencing drum parts. The note repeat function alone makes it worth the price. the ability to do cymbal rolls and add velocity by adding pressure to the pad makes my drum parts sound even more realistic. I don't really use the knobs so no real comment about them. It is not limited to drums though. You can trigger anything with it because it is a midi (over usb) device. it has a few advanced features and comes with a software editor so you can to some degree adjust how you use it. Overall I love it and it is one of the most valued pieces in my production setup.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect

            By Primo

            from DMV

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

                Very light weight and great response time

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                AKAI - MPD218

                By Aldo Bahena

                from Erlanger, KY

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

                  this product is great for making beats, the pads are excelent! comes with great software for the price .... though the software is a bit complicated to use

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great piece

                  By Noise7

                  from Dallas, tx

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Awesome Pads
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Basslines
                    • Beats
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Sequencing

                    Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

                    Most basic of the MPD lineup, 2nd generation. New pad design is amazing, knobs are big and smooth, buttons feel good and base is very solid. It can do a lot more than just drumbeats and basslines, if you know anything about MIDI.

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