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Akai Professional MPD26 Performance Pad Controller  

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The Akai MPD26 Performance Pad Controller sends MIDI over USB from its 16 genuine MPC pads. The Performance Pad is perfect for producers, programmers, musicians, and DJs. Its blend of intuitive MPC co... Read More

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The Akai MPD26 Performance Pad Controller sends MIDI over USB from its 16 genuine MPC pads. The Performance Pad is perfect for producers, programmers, musicians, and DJs. Its blend of intuitive MPC controls and technologies meshes with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making to the world of computer-based music production.

The heart of the Akai MPD26 is its bank of 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive MPC pads, an Akai Professional exclusive. You can access 4 different sounds from each of the MPC pads for a total of 64 sounds at your fingertips. The MPD26 also features the MPC series' assignable Q-Link controllers, enabling you to control nearly any parameters in your software in real time. You get six assignable Q-Link faders and six assignable Q-Link 360º knobs, so you'll spend less time with the mouse and more time making music. The Akai MPD26 also gives you a dedicated set of transport controls for instant access to the most commonly used Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) or sequencing-software controls.

While the Akai MPC pads and Q-Links might be the heart of the MPD26, its brain is transplanted directly from the Music Production Controller. That's because the MPD26 is not just a MIDI control surface; it contains some of the key MPC technologies that have made the MPC the industry standard it is. MPC Note Repeat is a capability that enables the MPD to automatically play a rhythm pattern, such as 16th notes on a hi-hat, for accuracy and speed of entry. MPC Swing is sometimes referred to as "the heart and soul of hip hop" because it turns perfectly aligned sequences into human-feeling time alignments. You can specify exactly the degree and timing of swing you want to apply for the perfect feel. The Akai MPD26 also has MPC Full Level and MPC 16-Level on its pads.

The Akai MPD26 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 MPD26 so the included USB cable is all you need. The MPD26 also has traditional DIN MIDI input and output jacks so you can use it with MIDI hardware such as synths and other sound modules. The Akai MPD26 comes with Ableton Live Lite and Editor Librarian software so you can start creating immediately.

Includes MPD26, USB cable, software CD, and quick start guide.

Features
  • 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive genuine MPC pads
  • Access four different sounds from each of the MPC pads for a total of 64 at your fingertips
  • Six assignable Q-Link faders and six assignable Q-Link 360 knobs allow you to control nearly any parameters in your software in real time
  • Dedicated set of transport controls for instant access to the most commonly used Digital Audio Workstation or sequencing-software controls
  • MPC Note Repeat
  • MPC Swing
  • MPC Full Level and MPC 16-Level on the pads
  • Plug-and-play USB interface allows you to use it with your Mac or PC without installing any drivers
  • USB powered
  • Traditional DIN MIDI input and output jacks
  • Comes with Ableton Live Lite and Editor Librarian software
Specifications
  • Pads: 16 pressure and velocity sensitive
    Pad banks: 4
    Q-Link Faders: 6 - MIDI Control Change data
    Q-Link Knobs: 6, 360 pots
    LCD: blue, backlit
    Transport controls: Rew, FF, Stop, Play, Rec ” MMC/MIDI Machine Control or MIDI
    I/O: USB, MIDI In, MIDI Out
    Power: USB bus powered or MP6-1 AC adapter for DIN MIDI, sold separately
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Akai ProfessionalMPD26 Performance Pad Controller
 
3.8

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2.0

SUCKS

By ALPHONSO

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Akai Professional MPD26 Performance Pad Controller:

Compared to the real deal MPC this is Terrible. Not at all worth it for the price. Mapping it to your DAW takes time. It wont quantize and cut itself without programming it to do so every time you use it. Its bulky and cheap. Pads are hard. This slowed down my production process tremendously. I had this years ago before I upgraded to the MPC. The MPC Slimline is worth the extra $ bucks or even the MPC element. My mom called this thing a toy Lol. If you are serious, seriously invest in something more productive.

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(3 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

You get what you pay for

By Pat Mygroin

from Center Texas

Comments about Akai Professional MPD26 Performance Pad Controller:

I bought this performance pad to replace my Line 6 TGM289. I had a good set of K5 Dynoplast speakers to use with it so I figured why not get a title loan from my truck and buy several of these for my studio. I linked them all to my Sansui Kamari LM400 server and re-mapped the primary drive. I was blown away with the sounds I got from this thing. Had a nice crisp sound like my Samsung gp900 did back in the bad before I spilt pineapple juice in the intake covers. But oh well, stuff happens. I'm thinking about openening a second club now that I have these. I will probably add two Sharp 4.10 mono speakers to them and see how well they scan tune, im hoping they land around 1400Hz but I doubt it. A true test is hooking them to a PC and running a Inkjet Installer on it, I know it sounds crazy but I put in the CD to my HP printer and downloaded the software to it to max its MIDI at 1250. Made it go Bizerk! Well I hope this review was helpful. Oh, and dont forget guys, it never hurts to rub a little canola oil on the buttons before you first play it.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Using it with Serato/Scratch Live

By Dave Stebbins

from Alameda, Ca

Comments about Akai Professional MPD26 Performance Pad Controller:

It is great for controlling the laptop. You really can become hands free of touching the Mac if you want. You can map the buttons, knobs and faders to just about anything in Scratch Live. Even sound bite triggers and use the knobs for their volume. I use the faders for effects so I can bleed it in. Drawback for my setup: it has become too small. I have to turn to different banks because of the amount of buttons compared to how many functions Scratch Live has that you would want to control via the Akai. Works great though. Wouldnt go without it!

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5.0

Very handy!

By Mike

from Rancho cucamonga

Comments about Akai Professional MPD26 Performance Pad Controller:

I bought this mpd for use with Native Instruments Battery. It worked exactly how I thought it would. I then got an idea to hook this up to serato sl3 and what a great idea that was! With this controller it's like I'm using cdj's Instead my vinyl. Loops, cue points, loop rolls, you name it, this controller is perfect for it. I'm also ably to change songs without touching my laptop.

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