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Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller

B&H # AKLPD8 Mfr # LPD8
You Pay: $69.99
Product Highlights
  • 8 Pads
  • 8 Q-Link Knobs
  • Compact Footprint

The LPD8 laptop pad controller from Akai is a USB-MIDI controller for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. It measures less than 13 inches across and weighs less than a pound to easily fit into a laptop case, backpack or messenger bag for extreme portability.

The LPD8 is based on Akai Professional's MPC line of iconic music production stations. The controller features 8 orange light-up pads that are velocity sensitive for programming rhythmic or melodic parts. The pads can also send program-change information to software.

Additionally, the LPD8 has 8 assignable Q-Link knobs you can assign to virtually any parameters in their software for hands-on control. It has 4 memory banks for programming and recalling settings appropriate to different software programs you use. The unit works plug and play with Mac and PC.

Compact, but fully featured USB-MIDI pad controller that works with virtually all audio software
Perfect for a mobile setup using a notebook computer
8 backlit, velocity-sensitive drum pads can send note or program changes
8 Q-Link knobs for controlling virtually any parameters in software
4 programmable memory banks
Includes editor software for Mac and PC
Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag
USB bus powered - no additional power cable needed
Connection USB
Faders No
Trigger Pads 8
Transport Controls No
Jog/Shuttle No
Rotary Controls 8 Q-Link knobs
Numeric Keypad No
Display No
Multiple Units Not specified by manufacturer
Included Software Editing software
System Requirements Apple Mac with USB port, satisfying the operating requirements of Mac OS X
Computer with USB port, satisfying the operating requirements of Windows XP/Vista
Power Requirements USB
Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.2 x 3.1 x 1.1" (310 x 80 x 28mm)
Weight 12 oz (340g)
Specialties Included software editor can edit, save, or load presets for the LPD8 on a computer
Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller
  • USB Cable
  • AIR Ignite Software
  • Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition
  • Akai Editor Software
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    AkaiLPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller
     
    4.3

    (based on 32 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Versatile (20)
    • Compact (16)
    • Easy to use (16)
    • Lightweight (13)
    • Responsive (6)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (3)
    • Unreliable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (14)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (13)
    • Amateur recording (11)
    • Performances (9)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (15), Novice (7), Professional musician (6)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    One of the best to start off with

    I bought this Controller a week or so and love it. i bought this to explore making music on the computer. what attracted me to this product was the fact that you can use...Read complete review

    I bought this Controller a week or so and love it. i bought this to explore making music on the computer. what attracted me to this product was the fact that you can use it with all kinds of programs, from makeing beats to triggering samples, it can do it all. It did take me a while to setup and get running with my software, but after 20 min or so i had it working. I love how simple the sontrols are and how the buttons and knobs can be mapped to almost anything. The one problem i have with it however is the sofware that it comes with. The drivers and everything loaded fine but when i opened up the LPD8 editor, which is the software that comes with it, i got a mess of buttons that looked something like the LPD8 but each button and knob was filled with al kinds of numbers and letters. I'm sure they all make sence but it was very hard to understand right out of the box, and it seemed out of place for something marketed as such a begginer product. Overall it is a great product and very fun to learn on and start making music.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good for its price

    I use this product mostly for triggering midi drums and vocal slices and, for only [$], it works about as well as I could have hoped. It is virtually identical to the...Read complete review

    I use this product mostly for triggering midi drums and vocal slices and, for only [$], it works about as well as I could have hoped. It is virtually identical to the Korg nanoPad but I've heard bad things about that. My only issues with the product is that the pads claim to be velocity sensitive, and they are, but I find that about half the time, hitting the pad lightly does not trigger it. It's frustrating when I'm trying to lay down a pattern of sixteenth notes with light taps in between downbeats and have to do 15-20 takes because I'm not hitting the pads hard enough. All in all, it works well for now but I do see myself replacing it with a higher end pad controller in the long run.

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    4.0

    Smooth flowing product

    By Petr

    from Po box 156 doverplains ny 12522

    Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

    Very responsive pads sensitivity is great and the price is right

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    5.0

    Great sampler for Serato DJ

    By Brian Purvey (DJ Allstar)

    from Bermuda

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

      I currently own a number of Pioneer DJ equipment and primarily play on Serato DJ. With the Pioneer DDJ-S1 there is no sampler capability as it was built for Itch. I wanted to find a unit that would allow me to add a sampler function. I was highly considering the new Pioneer DDJ-SP1 but couldn't see paying $[$] for a sampler. I saw a few videos on the Akai LPD8 and decided to give it a try. This unit works GREAT and for less than 1/4 the cost of the DDJ-SP1.

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      5.0

      Nice little controller

      By Madison Guitar Man

      from Madison, WI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Good Value
      • Small footprint
      • Well-built

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Daws
      • Drum Triggering
      • Midi

      Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

      I got this as a way to track in midi drums more quickly, and it does the job well. It feels well built; the pads and knobs feel plenty robust. The LPD8 Editor software seems easy enough to use as well. The pads do take some force to engage, and they would occasionally double-trigger sounds when I first started using it. However, it is very easy to get a sense for how hard to hit them to keep this from happening.
      Overall this is a great value for a nice controller that does what it's meant to do well, and is portable with a small footprint.

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      5.0

      Most compact midi controller!!

      By Summer John

      from NYC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Portable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

          Great little device I use with Serato ScratchLIVE when I DJ. Fully assignable device control. I use mine for pitch control and effects.

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          5.0

          Portable powerhouse for making beats.

          By s

          from phoenix, AZ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Huge Tone
          • Responsive
          • Sensitive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues
            • Soundtracks

            Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

            This is a bad little puppy right here. It is super portable, good solid build, and an excellent feature set. For the price it's a no brainer.
            One thing that I would like to mention is the lpd8 editor. Make sure you make all of your settings in the editor before you open up your daw, then close it, then open up daw of choice. If you need to make additional edits close daw, open up the lpd8 editor make changes, then close the lpd8 editor, and re-open your daw. If you don't do this it can behave quirky. Also when mapping samples to pads you might want to use the numerical values in the editor rather than the notes. It gives you the option and in my opinion numbers are just a little easier to dial in.
            Solid pads, and knobs.

            Awesome!

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            4.0

            Solid and Just Right

            By Aryx

            from CT

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Responsive
            • Sensitive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Soundtracks

              Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

              I bought this in order to augment MIDI drums with fills that I would do myself. I use Sonar Cakewalk with a Tascam FW-1082 and had concerns how it would integrate via USB, but I had no troubles at all. For the hardware I give it 5 stars - it is solid and I believe it will last. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because IMO it is not easy to program - you have to use the accompanying tool (that I am aware of) and that requires shutting down anything other software that might use the controller until you have programmed it. Otherwise it has been very useful to me.

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              4.0

              Akai LPD8 - nice, cheap controllers

              By v8media

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Responsive
              • Sensitive

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                  The Akai LPD8 seems pretty responsive and useful for what I needed, a simple easy way to add a few drum samples in a more playable way than midi keyboard, computer keyboard, or manual entry. This is doing that for me, and at a price that's completely reasonable. Also, the size of these pads is a little larger than the ones on the Korg, however, the new version of the Korg has 16 pads, vs this one's 8. A tradeoff, for sure.

                  I have a feeling this will be sturdy enough for careful use, and that any breakage will happen while the controller is stuffed in my bag. The pads should be fine, the knobs seem like they might need protection. Maybe a rectangular tube of cardboard to slide onto it while in my bag?

                  Additionally, it sounds like there are iPad music apps that support this and the Korg controllers, but most of the ones I already have do not. If you are expecting to use this with an iPad app, look up the app and this controller together to see if people are talking about using it successfully or not. I'll probably look around to find some kind of drum machine app that this works with as well as submit comments for the apps I do have to suggest they incorporate support for this device.

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                  5.0

                  solid little piece of hardware

                  By willPS

                  from WV

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Jazz Clubs
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues
                    • Soundtracks
                    • Symphonies

                    Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                    very clean effective layout w/ the program change and CC, high quality feel to the knobs and pads, and a solid little piece of hardware. Some people complain that they're hard to hit at 100% but velocity sens is adjustable if you search youtube "LPD8 sensitivity" so there's that taken care of, if it bothers you... which it may not.

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                    5.0

                    This thing is sweet!

                    By Oneword

                    from Portland, OR

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Accompaniment
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                      I was looking for something to trigger cue points and other things in Torq and this is exactly what I needed. I can trigger AND use the knobs for effects. This will definitely take my mixes to some next level ish!

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic!

                      By Greg M.

                      from Iowa City, IA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                            I bought this as a controller for Ableton Live, and it's quite a useful tool. Pads are solid, and everything's easy to use. Highly recommended!

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                            1.0

                            Pads are poor!

                            By empycyofficiel

                            from Quebec

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Orange Leds

                            Cons

                            • Make doubles notes
                            • Not Sensitive

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                              Pads is not sensitive, you need to press very hard! Pads make Doubles Notes when you press one time. The only good thing on this product is the orange when you press a pad!Product is poor! Tested in FL Studio, Reason & Ableton !Akai MPD series is better:http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=akai+mpd&N=0&InitialSearch=yes

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                              5.0

                              The Best Simplicity

                              By UnKalledIV

                              from Bronx, NY

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Great Sound
                              • Huge Tone
                              • Responsive
                              • Sensitive
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Midi
                                • Small Venues
                                • Soundtracks
                                • Symphonies

                                Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                                I use the controller in college, so I decided to buy the actual controller. This machine is great, the pads are touch sensitive , so you control the velocity easily. Plus its so small I can carry it in my laptop bag.

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                                5.0

                                Great Pads

                                By toma

                                from NJ

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                                    This is a great laptop solution for any Daw. Solid construction and good feel. Nice to have mappable knobs on something this small. Perfect for Ableton on the go.

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

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                                    4.0

                                    Wonderful addition to any midi need.

                                    By SuperCat

                                    from Norman, Ok

                                    About Me Music production

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Inexpensive
                                    • Very Portable
                                    • Well built

                                    Cons

                                    • Included instructions

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Midi midi midi

                                    Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                                    Akai makes great products and the lpd8 does a great job at staying in line with the high quality that Akai puts on the shelves. This unit was purchased to use along with Serato. It fits the bill quite well. Only drawback was the instructions that came along with the unit. They were not completely usefull from start to finish. I did have to visit YouTube for a little specialized help. This may be the case though depending on what the end use of this product may be.

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Exactly what I needed for my dj set up!

                                    By DJ MOCHEE

                                    from LOS ANGELES, CA

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                                        I needed something small and versatile to use with my dj set-up in the clubs. This was exactly what I got with the LPD8. I midi mapped all the controlls to my sampler in 5 min. The pads feel great, and light up when you trigger them. Couldn't be happier with this product.

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

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                                        4.0

                                        great

                                        By fec_rodriguez

                                        from Boston, MA

                                        About Me Experienced

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Amateur Recording
                                          • Home Studio
                                          • Mobile DJ

                                          Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                                          easy to plug&play. Great size for sampling control, light & thin. Only thing is the sensibility on the pads lack efficiency.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great!

                                          By Hammër Kaos

                                          from Itu, SP, Brazil

                                          About Me Experienced

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Powerful
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Performances

                                            Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                                            Interact easily with Traktor, and has an easy to use mapping. Among other things.

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                                            4.0

                                            Nice little controller

                                            By Kimo

                                            from Malden, MA

                                            About Me Novice

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Amateur Recording
                                              • Home Studio

                                              Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                                              This controller is just like everyone has stated...nice, solid MIDI controller. Nothing feels cheap about this device...pads feel sturdy and the control knobs are nice and smooth. The pads are not as sensitive as I thought they would be so you will have to use a little pressure or your note might not register. I don't like the editing software so I just program the pads via FL Studio's FPC. Over all, this little controller is great, and once I get to learn how to use all of its features, this controller is going to be irreplacable.[...]

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                                              5.0

                                              Good midi control

                                              By Gonzalo

                                              from Orlando,Fl

                                              About Me Experienced

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Clear Sound

                                              Cons

                                              • Unreliable

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Mobile DJ

                                              Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                                              i really like it ! and i like how this website send fast and safe the products, im pretty sure that i will buy some more stuff soon.
                                              thanks bhphotovideo, i love this website !
                                              thanks

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                                              3.0

                                              LPD8 Review

                                              By Ethan the Writer

                                              from Sault Ste. Marie, MI

                                              About Me Novice

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Compact
                                              • Look

                                              Cons

                                              • Unreliable

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Amateur Recording
                                              • Home Studio
                                              • Mobile DJ
                                              • Performances

                                              Comments about Akai LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller:

                                              I bought the LPD8 as an instrument that I would use for music production. I love how the LPD8 sticks out in my studio, with it's sleek look and feel. However, what I most dislike about this device is the pressure sensitive pads. The pads are quite hard to press and under light pressure the pads do not work at all.

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