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Akai Professional MPD26 - USB/MIDI Pad Controller

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Product Highlights
  • 16 Pressure/Velocity-Sensitive MPC Pads
  • Knobs/Sliders Control any 12 Parameters
  • Dedicated Transport Controls
  • Backlit Display
  • Ableton Live Lite

The MPD26 from Akai Professional is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller with genuine MPC pads. Its blend of intuitive MPC controls and technologies meshes with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making to the world of computer music production - perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs.

The controller includes 16 MPC-style velocity and pressure sensitive pads, 4selectable pad banks for a total of 64 playable pads, 6 assignable faders and 6 assignable, 360° knobs for transmitting MIDI Control Change data. Also featured are transport controls for interfacing with DAW/sequencing applications.

The brain of the controller is transplanted directly from the MPC. That's because the MPD26 is not just a control surface - it contains some of the key MPC technologies that have made the MPC the de facto standard it is. MPC Note Repeat is a capability that enables the MPD to automatically play a rhythm pattern, such as 16th notes on a hi-hat, for accuracy and speed of entry.

MPC Swing is sometimes referred to as "the heart and soul of hip hop" because it turns perfectly aligned sequences into human-feeling time alignments. You can specify exactly the degree and timing of swing you want to apply for the perfect feel. The MPD26 also has MPC Full Level and MPC 16-Level on its pads.

The MPD26 sends MIDI information over its plug-and-play USB interface so you can use it with your Mac or PC without installing any drivers. The USB connection even powers the MPD26 so the included USB cable is all you need. The MPD26 also has traditional MIDI input and output jacks so you can use it with MIDI hardware such as synthesizers and other sound modules.

Rhythm controller with 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads
4 selectable pad banks for access to a total of 64 pads
6 assignable faders for transmitting MIDI Control Change data
6 assignable, 360° continuously variable rotary encoders
REW, FF, STOP, PLAY and REC buttons that transmit MMC (MIDI Machine Control) messages to DAW/sequencing applications
MPC 16-Level and Full Level feature
MIDI and/or USB operation
Includes Editor Librarian software for both Mac and Windows
Comes with Ableton Live Lite
Backlit, easy to read LCD display
USB powered or via optional AC adaptor
Triggers 16 velocity-sensitive pads
Presets Not specified by manufacturer
Controllers 16 x MPC pads
4 x Pad bank buttons
6 x Assignable continuous controller sliders
12 x Buttons and 1 x Rotary control for navigation/menu display
6 x Assignable continuous controller rotary controls
5 x Transport control buttons
Connectors 1 x MIDI Out
1 x MIDI In
1 x USB
1 x 6VDC In (adapter not included)
Display Custom LCD with backlight
System Requirements Mac running OS X
PC running Windows XP or Vista
Available USB port
Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.3 x 11.4 x 2.8" (314 x 289 x 70mm)
Weight 4.9 lbs (2.2kg)
Specialties The pads can either be set to transmit "Note" or "Program Change" information
Akai Professional MPD26 - USB/MIDI Pad Controller
  • USB Cable (1 m)
  • Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition
  • Vyzex Editor and Librarian Software
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    Akai ProfessionalMPD26 - USB/MIDI Pad Controller
     
    4.8

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Versatile (7)
    • Easy to collaborate across programs (3)
    • Easy to customize (3)
    • Easy to navigate (3)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (4)
      • Performances (3)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (3), Novice (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (3)

      Reviewed by 9 customers

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      5.0

      Better than expected

      By EAST Facilitator

      from Arkansas

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Akai Professional MPD26 - USB/MIDI Pad Controller:

        Better than I expected.

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        5.0

        Works Great

        By BLURAY

        from Manchester, New Hampshire

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good size
        • Great Feel
        • Made Great
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Entertainment
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Akai Professional MPD26 - USB/MIDI Pad Controller:

          The MPD 26 comes with Ableton Live 8 and it has so many different sounds anything from Drumkits to Synths. The MPD26 is a very trusty controller it has good weight to it and the pads have a very good feel. I have not run into any problems with it and I have had it for over a month the only thing I would suggest doing is only software related and that would be to try FL Studio.

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          5.0

          Great buy at a good price

          By Brandon E

          from Benton harbor, MI

          About Me Hip hop artist, Music producer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Music production

            Comments about Akai Professional MPD26 - USB/MIDI Pad Controller:

            I use it to sample and make beats and its exacly what I was looking for. The pads has a nice feel.

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

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            5.0

            Great product and great price

            By a beagle

            from Holbrook, AZ

            About Me Electronica producer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Educational Purposes
            • Multimedia

            Comments about Akai Professional MPD26 - USB/MIDI Pad Controller:

            I use the MPD26 with FL Studio, mainly with GrossBeat for live mixing, as well as with the built in mixer and various plug-ins (Filters, Flangers, cut-offs within synths such as sytrus) and I have had no complaints so far. Great controller, and almost zero setup necessary.

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

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            5.0

            Akai MPD26 review

            By Suffer the Joy

            from Baraboo, WI

            About Me Amateur, Fast Learner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Firmware bit buggy

            Best Uses

            • Easy MIDI tool
            • Live Preformance

            Comments about Akai Professional MPD26 - USB/MIDI Pad Controller:

            When I received the MPD26 they packaged it up nice. It had everything I needed to get this controller going. It's easy to plug in and no hassle of a power source unless that's what you prefer. The USB is a strong cable, but short although you shouldn't have to be to far away from your computer. I have a mac with Reason and it didn't pick up the MPD26 because it's not supported so I use the MPD24 preset and it works fine and I'm able to map the controls how I want it. The pads are nice and thick when tapping on them. It doesn't always pick up the sensitivity of a soft tap to have a lower velocity. Knobs turn great and the faders move nice! All in all it's been great using this controller, although I did have a slight problem with the firmware. It was bugging out and triggering random notes with the pads but I just updated/reinstalled the firmware which was easy to do. I haven't gotten too much into the software to map out the controls but it seems simple. Also came with Ableton live lite which was nice! I recommend this product for live performances or just starting out on a pad controller!

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

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            4.0

            Solid Gear

            By DC

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Akai Professional MPD26 - USB/MIDI Pad Controller:

            I'm a novice producer and I was very impressed with this particular piece of equipment. It's sturdy and the pads are very responsive. In combination with the Olesis Q49 keyboard controller this things shines. The only con I can think of is the instruction manual is very vague and doesn't completely tell the power of the equipment.

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            5.0

            For all your beat making needs!

            By Sam The Man

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Beat making
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Overdubbing
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Akai Professional MPD26 - USB/MIDI Pad Controller:

              As a hip hop producer, I have found the MPD26 to be the easiest tool to master my craft. I plug it in, sync it with Logic Pro, and it's all ready to go! The machine is completely programable and easy to learn. I highly recommend it to anyone who makes music on their computer, or anyone curious to learn how to make beats. The note repeat function is a plus! You really can't beat the MPD26. It knocks all other midi controllers out of the park!

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                5.0

                Awesome midi controller

                By The CLB

                from Santa Ana, CA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Interface is legit
                • Note repeat

                Cons

                • Less knobs then mpd24
                • Nonce

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Akai Professional MPD26 - USB/MIDI Pad Controller:

                Everything i looked for in a pad type midi controller with the knobs and sliders this cant be beat, and that not repeat function is a very nice addition.

                also super easy to use if your DAW supports it.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Loving it!

                By jumba

                from Phoenix az

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Two less rotary knobs

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Akai Professional MPD26 - USB/MIDI Pad Controller:

                I really love this product. It is very responsive and very easy to set-up. I love the fact that the mpd 26 is styled more like the mpd32 than it was after the 24. All the labeling seems to stand out more than the mpd24 did. The only drawback (which hasnt effected my yet) would be that they only give you 6 rotary knobs with the mpd26 as opposed to the 8 you used to get with the mpd24.

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