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The Akai XR20 is loaded with pro-grade, industrial-strength drum, percussion, bass, synth, sound effects; vocal and instrument hit sounds. Make your own beats with this machine that has the ability to... Read More

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The Akai XR20 is loaded with pro-grade, industrial-strength drum, percussion, bass, synth, sound effects; vocal and instrument hit sounds. Make your own beats with this machine that has the ability to lay percussion and other sound effects in a groove wherever and whenever you're ready, because inspiration can happen anywhere.

Over 700 pre-loaded sounds, and an integrated effects engine for Reverb, EQ and Compression, put you in full control of your beat production. A microphone input is even included for mixing vocals with your patterns. Brilliant backlit pads provide visual cues for added beat precision.

The Akai XR20 also features sounds of standard and electronic drums, single (one-shot) hits, bass and synth sounds to easily create your maximum mix in minimal time.

Features
  • Backlit LCD
  • Bright, glowing, backlit pads that follow the beat
  • Microphone input and Headphone output
  • Pattern Play Mode - Different patterns can be triggered from individual pads
  • Drum Roll / Note Repeat feature for realism and expression
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Akai ProfessionalXR20 Beat Production Station
 
4.3

(based on 13 reviews)

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Dome LIttle Pad!

I bought htis on an impilse after falling in love with it while looking for something else. This is probably the best drum machine on the market right now and i strongly encourage you...Read complete review

I bought htis on an impilse after falling in love with it while looking for something else. This is probably the best drum machine on the market right now and i strongly encourage you to buy it. Its killer out-of-the-box set ups and its fully custimizable. The lights are a dome visual for live shows and the large LED makes aeverything so much easier. IF you are looking for a great, cheap, productio station for hip-hop, rap, techno, electronica, groove, anything, i strongly suggest this.

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Sucks

hard to use. not worth 350. limited to sounds. i wish i got an mpc

hard to use. not worth 350. limited to sounds. i wish i got an mpc

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5.0

love it

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from ny

Comments about Akai Professional XR20 Beat Production Station:

this is my first beat drum pad and i love it just hold tap tempo u will be making some crazy beats

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5.0

MPC on the fly.

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from MN

Comments about Akai Professional XR20 Beat Production Station:

I bought the XR20 for travel use and it has been a great companion. I have owned an MPC1000 for a few years and it wasn't practical to bring across the country. I have been extremely pleased with this Drum Machine as it tides me over perfectly when I am away from my higher end equipment. Decent build quality and responsive pads. Honestly you can't really go wrong with the XR20.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Product

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from Yuma AZ

Comments about Akai Professional XR20 Beat Production Station:

I bought a used one from guitar center.com, it came in great shape for being used and I'm totally satisfied. For the price, it does amazing stuff. I don't think enough people realize how easy and fun a drum machine (or MPC) is. All of my skeptical musician type friends have said, "Ok, its actually pretty sweet." To which I of course replied, "Right?" Figuring out how to use it isn't too bad, but your satisfaction will double if you read the manual while first playing around. I've been traveling a lot, and its been great to take everywhere. The option to run on batteries is really nice. I have used Apple's Garage Band a lot in the past and I look forward to adding my drum tracks to my previously made songs. So far I've just recorded my songs (from the xr20) into garage band so I have an MP3 of my work. Also its great for jamming with (guitar or any other instrument). As far as features, it does a lot for being one little machine (EQ, panning, different time signatures..). The only thing I would add, would be to allow more than one synth to play at a time. I cheat by assigning the "1 shot" as all the same sound, and then tuning each pad to a different note so I have at least one full octave+ of a different instrument than the "synth". Essentially you have 3 tracks layered going on, "Drums", "1 Shots" and "Synth". Being able to mute each as you please is really fun and a great way to make beats more exciting. I love a great product and this is a great product.

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5.0

AWESOME

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from Sterling

Comments about Akai Professional XR20 Beat Production Station:

awesome little gadget here. im buying this used for a chepa price but when i tried it at the store, i felt like it was a good thing to go on trips with, bang some beats then add to it in a DAW and get some good things. definitely a good buy i would say!

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(0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Sucks

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from Santa Paula CA

Comments about Akai Professional XR20 Beat Production Station:

hard to use. not worth 350. limited to sounds. i wish i got an mpc

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(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

two thumbs up

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from Chula Vista, CA

Comments about Akai Professional XR20 Beat Production Station:

I am happy to finally have a XR20 beat production studio, been wanting one and finally got one,bought it at a good price too.

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(33 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Drum Machine

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from Rip City

Comments about Akai Professional XR20 Beat Production Station:

Have had this for a while now, used almost every day for the past 6 months or so. Sounds are phenomenal, they are studio quality and very hip hop usable. Very easy to use machine once you spend some time with it. Yea, it's not an MPC and you can't sample any other tracks but it says so right in the description so comparing an mpc to this is useless. Awesome for beginners and great for all users. I would say this is really utilized for hip hop. The one complaint I have is the amount of recording space it has, there should be alot more tracks to use. 99 beats get made quickly. Ok, the synth sucks. The sounds blow in comparison to the drum sounds. The one hits are awesome. I take this thing with me everywhere. Another thing, if the battery gets low the screen will lose the info on it. The XR isn't broken you just need to hook up to the power cord or put fresh batteries in.

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome D.J. effects enhancer

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from Westland, MI

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I just recently purchased the XR20 because I was looking for some inexpensive equipment to start making my own beats from and I didn't want to spend a thousand dollars or more on an MPC just yet. I still haven't explored all the facets of this machine yet but when I heard some of the beats and samples that were already pre-stored in the unit I decided to use it the next time I Dee-Jayed at a party as an effects unit, and the response that I got was amazing! I Still will be using this for the purpose I bought it for. but I just wanted to say that the 1 shot effects are tight and I really like the way they enhance my music when I'm mixing! Well worth the investment!

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(6 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

no blues

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from houston texas

Comments about Akai Professional XR20 Beat Production Station:

this drum machine didnt have any bfactory beats for blues not 1 we arent happy at all with it an will return it,as far as it looks its a fine looking machine for rappers.

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(26 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good but not great.

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from Lehi, Ut

Comments about Akai Professional XR20 Beat Production Station:

First the bad: 1. Can't load new sounds into the machine. 2. All sections of a pattern must be the same length. 3. Not 24 bit sound compatable. The Good: 1. Lots of decent sounds already loaded, especially if your thing is hip-hop or similar. 2. The "song" function is easy to use and very useful. Perfect for song writers that don't need pro quality mixdowns. 3. Compact and easy to use. 4. Difficult, or impossible, to get an expressive drum track using the somewhat unresponsive pads (ie I can make a loud sound, and a soft one, but in between sounds are hit and miss). Final word: I'm keeping it though I will get a full workstation ASAP. Something with more natural drum sounds and that has room for adding even more. I contacted Akai and they said that this machine would not have this capability. Too bad. Otherwise a good basic tool. Good thing it's cheap.

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