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Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller

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Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller

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  • 16 Velocity & Pressure Sensitive Pads
  • MPC-Style Note Repeat
  • 3 Banks Give You 48 Triggers from Pads
  • USB Bus Powered - No AC Adapter Needed
  • Mac & Windows Compatible
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The MPD18 from Akai Professional is a 16-pad USB MIDI controller. It enables you to trigger MIDI notes through USB with any MIDI assignable software. The 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads react in a very musical manner, giving the user very precise control when triggering commands.

When it comes to pad-style drum triggering devices, there is no product line more well-known for this than Akai Professional's MPC series. What the MPD18 has set out to do is to provide users with MPC-style trigger pads in a compact, bus-powered USB form factor.

The MPD18 features MPC Note Repeat, which is a function found on the MPC series which enables you to quickly create repeating triggered notes, often used for drum rolls and hi-hat beats. You aren't limited to just the 16 pads on the face of the MPD18. You can assign sounds to 3 different banks of pads, for a total of 48 triggers.

MIDI controller for production and performance
Bank of 16 MPC pads - velocity and pressure sensitive
Three pad banks for a total of 48 sounds accessible from pads
Q-Link assignable fader control
MPC note repeat
MIDI-over-USB interface
MPC 16-level and full level
16 configurable presets
USB powered, requires no AC adapter
Presets 16
MIDI 16 Channels Over USB
Trigger Pads 16 (Velocity & Pressure-Sensitive)
Faders 1
Switches 1
Connectivity 1 USB Port
Compatibility Mac & Windows Compatible
Power < 100mA, 5V DC via USB
Dimensions 10 x 8 x 1.65" (255 x 205 x 42 mm)
Weight 1.76 lbs (0.8 kg)
Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Akai ProfessionalMPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller
     
    4.6

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (13)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Versatile (12)
    • Compact (10)
    • Durable (10)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (5)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (14)
    • Amateur recording (11)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (8)
    • Professional recording (8)
    • Performances (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Novice (7), Experienced (5), Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Dope controller for producers on the go!

    I use it in FL Studio as most people do nowadays and I'd have to say it's pretty dope. It's very easy to load samples and connect your controller to the software. The pads...Read complete review

    I use it in FL Studio as most people do nowadays and I'd have to say it's pretty dope. It's very easy to load samples and connect your controller to the software. The pads are decent, but they could be better. The pressure to get a sound out of them is a little over a tap, but other than that it's a pretty smooth device. For this price it's a great deal.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good, But I'M Sure There is Better

    I bought this product for beat making.It is very light and easy to plug in and play with FL Studio. However, it has a very cheap feel to it and is not very...Read complete review

    I bought this product for beat making.It is very light and easy to plug in and play with FL Studio. However, it has a very cheap feel to it and is not very responsive.

    Reviewed by 19 customers

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    5.0

    Excellent!

    By Brandon

    from NC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

    Using the product as a software controller in FL Studio is super easy. FL Studio 11 has a template specifically for use with this controller. It can be used with other software as well. The MPD18 feels solid and is built well. I find the pads to be very responsive and easy to tap. It has 3 assignable banks and a few other neat features. Power comes from usb and installs to pc within minutes. It's a perfect solution for drum beat production in a software environment.

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    5.0

    Excellent Device!

    By PivotMasterNM

    from Germany

    About Me Child

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

      Easy to use, low price and great build quality. I love it!

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      5.0

      Mpd18

      By bob

      from cali

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

        Great

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        5.0

        Nice accessory

        By Joe

        from South Carolina

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

          This is a nice accessory to add to your studio...

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Dope controller for producers on the go!

            By Dereck P.

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Limited Functions
            • Pads Are Not All That

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

            I use it in FL Studio as most people do nowadays and I'd have to say it's pretty dope. It's very easy to load samples and connect your controller to the software. The pads are decent, but they could be better. The pressure to get a sound out of them is a little over a tap, but other than that it's a pretty smooth device. For this price it's a great deal.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            More potential if the buttons were big.

            By T-Rez

            from Jacksonville, NC

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

            I've been playing around with this for about a week now and really only have one complaint, thats that the buttons are too shallow within the casing and it could be more responsive. I've seen aftermarket pads (Fatty pads) that raise the buttons higher above the case with cork bottoms to get more response out of this simple tool. Besides that it's a great product to start off with if you're a beginner such as myself.

            Easy to navigate within FL Studio as well

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good product

            By Jackinthebag

            from KS

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

              If u dont need xtra faders that are on the MPD 26&32. this is good enough to get the job done. Im not that picky like so many others

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Must have

              By dj vasquez

              from chicago il

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ

                Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

                Easy setting up, use it everyday

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                4.0

                Akai mpd18

                By A.N.D.?

                from Dallas, Tx

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

                  just a little hard on the buttons at the beginning but it does the job for the price. Very easy to configure!!!

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  akai mpd18

                  By max

                  from st.anthony, minnesota

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

                    The mpd18 is a great tool for a new or experienced musician. Create sounds, beats, and eventually songs using only this instrament. The price is perfect and lower that any other store online. I use my new mpd daily. It is easy to set up and get started. The only disappointment I discovered is that you have to also purchase software to play, or download a demo for free. Other than that, I strongly recommended the akai mpd18. I hope you enjoy.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great deat for price.

                    By beatEmUpRecords

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Limited Functions

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

                    This is definately a good deal for beginnrs..works just as good as those expensive MPC modules. But for ADVANCED DAW users shoulg look for one with more controls...the more controls the better.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Works amazing!

                    By DJ Nobor

                    from Milwaukee WI

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

                      this equipment works really well with FL studio 9 you can assign 3 different banks and put your own samples in each pad. You must make your buffer size smaller to get rid of the lag other then that it went off without a hitch!

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Amazing, Solid piece of equipment

                      By ShambleTrain[@]

                      from Central NJ

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Portable
                      • Usb powered
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Limited Functions
                      • Only one slider

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

                      Great for an amateur who wants an excellent set of sturdy pads to link with a DAW or something similar.
                      You can't ask for anything better for such a low price

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                      5.0

                      16 squares of beauty

                      By Prime Productions

                      from Northern Virginia

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

                        Wonderful mobile drum pads. I've never owned a more portable mpc

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                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        MPD18

                        By Danya Smith

                        from Lynn Massachusetts

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

                        This MIDI controller overall is a great controller and from my perspective has few flaws. The touch sensitive keys are great and resemble keys from like a M-Audio Keyrig. Things I don't like are that you can't upload sounds and save them on a flash from them like previous models
                        - Danya

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                        4.0

                        Great Intro-Board

                        By Malakoff

                        from Houston, Texas

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Sound
                        • Responsive
                        • Sensitive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Not Sensitive

                        Best Uses

                        • Small Venues
                        • Soundtracks

                        Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

                        Very good board- does what it says it'll do!

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Good, But I'M Sure There is Better

                        By DJ3C

                        from New York, New York

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Flat Sound
                        • Not Sensitive

                        Best Uses

                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

                        I bought this product for beat making.It is very light and easy to plug in and play with FL Studio. However, it has a very cheap feel to it and is not very responsive.

                        Share this review

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent Product

                        By chriskelln

                        from Bellingham, WA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Responsive
                        • Sensitive

                        Cons

                        • Only USB

                        Best Uses

                        • Hip-Hop Production

                        Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

                        I use the MPD with Logic in my studio and it works perfect. Everything works great right of the box. The preset major key midi pad assignments is the coolest part. Makes laying a bass line or toned drum line in the correct key very easy and effortless. I highly recommend this product for DAW users who are interested in an MPC style drum midi controller.

                        The only downside IMO is the lack of MIDI ports. it only bothers me because I have limited USB ports on my MacBook pro and a plethora of exta MIDI ports on my interface.

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                        5.0

                        great and easy to use product

                        By BLeS24

                        from NY

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Responsive
                        • Sensitive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Akai Professional MPD18 - Compact USB Pad Controller:

                            Easy to connect, configure and use. Great for beginners looking for an inexpensive quality controller.

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