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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
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

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)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great piece

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

for the price yess

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...Read complete review

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

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(6 of 6 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

    (5 of 5 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.

      (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

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Couldn't connect to Abelton Live

          By James

          from undisclosed

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

          Could not get this to work with Abelton live. I would be able to select it as the midi input, but could not get it to do anything. Videos and walk throughs were no help either because they would show a completely different screen than what I was looking at. If you do not know Abelton Live, I would tell you that all this is going to do is frustrate you. If you do know Abelton Live, you may love it, who knows. I ended up returning it since I couldn't get it to work.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                   
                  5.0

                  Works great with Ableton as a drum pad or music player

                  By Timothy

                  from undisclosed

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

                  Works great with Ableton as a drum pad or music player

                   
                  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.

                     
                    4.0

                    Would purchase again...

                    By Matthew

                    from undisclosed

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller:

                    Pretty awesome!!!

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