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Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit

B&H # AKMPD32 Mfr # MPD32
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You Pay: $299.99
Product Highlights
  • 16 Pads
  • 8 Sliders
  • 8 Rotary Controls
  • 2 Foot Switch Inputs
  • Expression Pedal Input

The MPD32 from Akai Professional is a velocity-sensitive pad controller for musicians and DJs, modeled after the extremely popular MPC series of drum samplers. Long coveted for the rhythm musicality inherent in the MPC series, the unit allows for expressive and intuitive programming of percussion and rhythm material, without the expense of having to buy a full blown sampler.

The controller includes 16 MPC-style velocity and pressure sensitive pads, 4 selectable pad banks for a total of 64 playable pads, 8 assignable faders and 8 assignable, 360° knobs for transmitting MIDI Control Change data. Three selectable control banks extend the number of available faders, buttons and knobs to 24 each. Also featured are transport controls for interfacing with DAW/sequencing applications.

A fully reprogrammable controller, the MPD32 is a malleable and multi-functional tool that fits perfectly within any production or performance environment.

Rhythm controller with 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
4 selectable pad banks for a total of 64 pads
8 assignable faders for transmitting MIDI Control Change data
8 assignable, continuously variable rotary encoders
3 selectable control banks extend the number of available faders, buttons and knobs to 24 each
30 user-definable Presets for various DAW and software applications
REW, FF, STOP, PLAY and REC buttons that transmit MMC (MIDI Machine Control) messages to DAW/sequencing applications
MIDI synced note-repeat with MPC swing
2 assignable Foot Switch inputs and an assignable Foot Pedal controller input
Backlit, easy to read LCD display
MIDI and/or USB operation
USB powered or via optional AC adaptor
Triggers 16 velocity-sensitive pads
Presets 30 (user definable)
Controllers 8 x Assignable continuous controller sliders
8 x Assignable buttons
8 x Control/Pad/Preview bank buttons
3 x Function buttons
8 x Buttons and 1 x Rotary control for navigation/menu display
8 x Assignable continuous controller rotary controls
5 x Transport control buttons
Connectors 1 x USB
1 x MIDI Out
1 x MIDI In
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Expression pedal
2 x 1/4" TS phone Foot Switch
1 x 6VDC Power Adapter In
Display Custom LCD with backlight
System Requirements Mac running OS X
PC running Windows XP
Available USB port
Dimensions (WxDxH) 15.2 x 12.1 x 2.75" (308 x 384 x 64 mm)
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Specialties Two assignable footswitch inputs and an expression pedal input
Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit
  • USB Cable (1 m)
  • Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition
  • Vyzex Editor and Librarian Software
  • FXpansion BFD Lite Software
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Akai ProfessionalMPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit
     
    4.7

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Versatile (9)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Easy to collaborate across programs (4)
    • Easy to customize (4)
    • Easy to navigate (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (3)
      • Multimedia (3)
      • Performances (3)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (4)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (5)

      Reviewed by 12 customers

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      4.0

      My 1st Drum Machine

      By KRISnet

      from Richmond, VA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Extremely Portable
      • Great Sound
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Beatmaking
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit:

        This is the first drum machine I've ever purchased. I felt confident in the Akai brand as well as the affordability of the product over other drum machines in the market. So far so good. Its easy to setup and easy to figure out. I love the pads and have yet to have any problem with performance.

        It comes with some sounds in Ableton already that I have used without the need for buying any more just yet. I would definitely recommend this to beginning producers who crave the Akai technology but don't have loads of money to spend on the more expensive mpc's.

        This item would make the perfect gift or add on to any producer's collection!

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        4.0

        Fair MPD32 Review

        By KaM

        from Springfield IL

        About Me Production, Recording Engineer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compatibility
        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
        • Easy to Customize
        • Easy to Navigate
        • Fruity loops Preset
        • MacBook Pro compatible
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Beat making
          • Multimedia
          • Sampling

          Comments about Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit:

          The price B&H offered was unbeatable even on e bay first off secondly it arrived pretty fast The drum machine works Alot Better then the mpd24 and had no issues plugging it up and just getting right into work with it ...Awsome...hands down

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          4.0

          Excellent controls, hard to trigger pads

          By Martin

          from Olympia, WA

          About Me Electronic musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Nice build
          • Nice controls
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Not very sensitive pads

          Best Uses

            Comments about Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit:

            There is plenty of room for your hands around the knobs, the faders glide pretty well, and the buttons and controls feel nice and solid. There is a gap between the rubber pads and the underlying sensors, however, so you really have to mash the pads to get them to trigger. The pads work pretty well but they could be better. Everything else about the build feels and plays pretty solid.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Great unit!!!!

            By spycraft

            from Dallas, Texas

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
            • Easy to Customize
            • Easy to Navigate

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Multimedia

              Comments about Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit:

              Control pad was received quick and intact. I must say that the installation was a breeze without problems. This multi-use controller is just what I was looking for and will have many hours of exploration into various sound world creations. Albeit a small part of my studio, it is nonetheless very intregal. Very solid build very pleasing surface view. VERY CUSTOMIZABLE!!!!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Amazing product for the digital DJ

              By Amplify

              from Staten Island, NY

              About Me Freelance DJProducer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
              • Easy to Customize
              • Easy to Navigate
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Educational Purposes
                • Multimedia

                Comments about Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit:

                As with every MIDI mappable device, the customization with audio software is impeccable. Comes with legacy MPC-style drum pads for vintage feel, along with 360 rotaries for whatever parameter you desire.

                Loads of controls to be assigned, you may even run out of things to assign! Multiple pages for the complex user or simple layouts for bare necessities.

                Very sturdy, easy navigation, point and click assignments. Works flawless with:

                Traktor DJ Software
                Ableton Live
                Propellerhead Reason
                Logic Pro

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Great drum controller

                By F the Elemental

                from New York City, NY

                About Me Advanced music producer, Mastering engineer, Mix engineer, Recording Engineer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                • Easy to Customize
                • Easy to Navigate
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Drums and samples

                  Comments about Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit:

                  Setup was easy for Protools 9, Reason 6, logic 9. I love the mpc swing and feel it gives to my drum tracks. I am a very satisfied customer.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Works Great

                  By J.J.

                  from Cypress, Texas

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit:

                        The price is much better than other retail stores. shipping was due between about the 7th working from time of purchase, but unit actually came a day early than scheduled. Awesome site, Awesome prices, will buy from again!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        5.0

                        Great price for so much!!

                        By Rhyme for free

                        from Reno, nv

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit:

                          Excellent. Has many features for producing your own beats. Would recommend.

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                          5.0

                          Advertised as it should be

                          By Jesse

                          from Colorado

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • No rubber feet

                          Best Uses

                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit:

                          The MPD32 is a great tool for any producer, DJ, or all around audio techy. The drum pads are good (not great) but they just need getting used to. Some things that should be noted: the control knobs are full rotation knobs (which i like), meaning that they can be rotated in either direction infinitely. Useful to some, nuisance to others. Every button and knob and pad is very precise when it comes to sensitivity and setting. The informative bright blue LED display is my favorite feature on the MPD32. When first plugged in, the default contrast setting makes it easiest to read from a desk position. But the many settings (which include contrast setting) make this easy to change if needed. However there were some issues i've run across, like the 'tap tempo' feature practically fails and the note repeat somehow stumbles for me (unknown reason). One last comment, i don't know if its a factory glitch or something, but on the bottom of the hefty device, there aren't any feet/rubber pads that help it from sliding all over the place during use. I advise looking into this before buying.

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                          5.0

                          excellently EQUIPMENT

                          By hubbpr

                          from San Juan PR

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Breaks Easily

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit:

                          I'm using the MPD32 on a musical tour of Aventura has worked excellently me Thanks BH & AKAI ...

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                          4.0

                          Solid MPC Replacement

                          By Brian Beats

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit:

                            I bought the MPD to replace an aging MPC-2000 that I have had for about 5 years. I have gradually moved more and more towards doing all my production work in Logic, so I didn't really need the MPC's sampling capacity any more. Not to mention the hassle of booting from a floppy drive (this is 2009!).

                            The MPD 32 works well with Logic. Pads are easy to use and the thing is basically plug and play. Note repeat works just like on the MPC (one of the main reasons I finally went for the MPD). I was pleasantly surprised at how useful the controllers are, as well. I have assigned them to EQ, effects, etc. and it's nice to have real faders for each of the parameters.

                            All in all, I'm very happy with this. The only real negative I've found so far is the lack of a power button. You have to unplug the USB cable any time you don't want the very bright screen illuminating your room. I worry that I may want to back to the simplicity of an MPC sequencer someday, but for now, I'm happy with just having a big ol' set of pads to use!

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                            5.0

                            Wow....

                            By tweek

                            from Detroit, MI

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Akai Professional MPD32 - USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit:

                              This this is amazing. BH has one of the best prices around. This thing can handle live performance, all the way down to a beginner, and It's easy to learn and adjust parameters and settings as well. If you don't need a keyboard (most of them stink anyway), I would def. suggest this thing! Pads are awesome, and you can finally control parameters with your own hands. A must have.

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