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Introducing the Akai MPD2 Drum Pad Controllers

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Akai Professional's MPD218 USB pad controller puts an arsenal of music production tools at your fingertips. Designed for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs, the MPD218 is built around thick, responsive pads modeled after Akai's iconic MPC series. Six multifunction knobs can control up to 18 parameters when switched between three banks, enabling you to tweak volume, panning, filtering and more.

Intuitive Controls Provide Expansive Creative Freedom

With 16 pads and six knobs, the MPD218 places intuitive, hands-on control over your music software and virtual instruments. Three pad banks provide 48 pads, allowing you to trigger samples, loop parts, launch clips and play drums. The six knobs can control up to 18 parameters when switched between banks, enabling precision control over volume, panning, filtering and other effects. This expansive functionality gives you the freedom to craft your sound without restraint.

iOS Compatibility and Bundled Software Expand Capability

In addition to Mac/PC compatibility, the MPD218 works with iOS devices using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately), allowing you to make music on the go. Bundled software includes Akai Professional MPC Essentials, Big Bang Drums and Big Bang Cinema from Sonivox, Ableton Live Lite and a software preset editor. This software bundle provides everything you need to start producing right out of the box.

USB Bus-Powered for Simple Connectivity

The MPD218 connects via standard USB, providing plug-and-play connectivity and bus power. No drivers or external power supply are required. Just connect the included USB cable and you're ready to start creating. This simple, hassle-free setup lets you focus on making music rather than troubleshooting technical issues.

A Thoughtfully Designed, Portable Music Production Solution

Compact and lightweight, the MPD218 is designed for portability. It's the perfect size to fit in a backpack or laptop bag so you can produce wherever inspiration strikes. Despite its small footprint, the MPD218 is built to withstand the rigors of mobile music making. Akai Professional has packed professional-level functionality into an affordable, portable package, delivering an intuitive pad controller that's perfect for any producer on the go.

Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller
Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller
Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller

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  • 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 Professional MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums

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System requirementsMacintosh
  • : 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)
  • : 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
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