Akai Professional MPD218 USB Pad Controller

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Akai Professional
Akai Professional MPD218 USB Pad Controller
Key Features
  • 16 x Thick Fat Backlit MPC Pads
  • 6 x Assignable 360° Potentiometers
  • Note-Repeat Button
  • Full-Level Mode
The MPD218 by Akai Professional is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller which brings the feel of classic MPC beat-making to producers, programmers, musicians and DJs, in a lightweight and compact package.
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Akai Professional MPD218 Overview

The MPD218 by Akai Professional is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller which brings the feel of classic MPC beat-making to producers, programmers, musicians and DJs, in a lightweight and compact package.

Sixteen ultra-sensitive Thick Fat backlit MPC pads are used to trigger drum hits and other samples in your software or external MIDI sound module, and are pressure- and velocity-sensitive, for a responsive feel and intuitive playing. You can switch between three pad banks to control up to 48 samples.

The MPD218 features 3 banks of 6 assignable 360° potentiometers which send continuous controller messages to the software for up to 18 parameters. The controller incorporates some of the MPC's most popular functions such as a Note-Repeat button and Full-Level mode.

The unit is bus-powered and class-compliant with Mac and Windows, and is iOS-compatible via Apple's Camera Connection kit (available separately). It comes with a comprehensive software bundle which includes Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion & Big Bang Universal Drums, and Software Preset Editor.

  • 16 x ultra-sensitive Thick Fat backlit MPC pads
  • Switch between three pad banks to control up to 48 samples
  • 6 x assignable 360° potentiometers send continuous controller messages to your software or external MIDI device
  • Control-Bank button to select one of three banks of potentiometers and control up to 18 parameters
  • Program-Select button to recall pre-mapped layout of pads
  • Note-Repeat button to retrigger pad at a rate based on the current tempo and time-division settings
  • Full-Level mode causes pads to always play at a maximum velocity no matter how hard or soft you hit them
  • 16 configurable presets
  • iOS-compatible with Apple’s Camera Connection kit (sold separately)
  • MIDI information is sent over plug-and-play USB interface for use with Mac or Windows
  • USB powered, no AC adapter required
  • Kensington lock slot to secure unit to a table or surface
  • Included software: Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion & Big Bang Universal Drums, and Software Preset Editor

 

UPC: 694318016930

Akai Professional MPD218 Specs

Pads16 x velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, red-backlit
3 x banks accessible via Pad Bank button
Controls6 x 360° assignable potentiometers
3 x banks accessible via Control Bank button
ConnectionsUSB port
Kensington lock
System RequirementsMac:

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)


Windows:

1.5 GHz Pentium 4 Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended)

1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)

Windows 8, 7,  Vista, or  XP

Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended, QuickTime recommended)

 

Power SourceUSB bus-powered
Dimensions (W x D x H)9.4 x 7.9 x 1.6" / 23.9 x 20.1 x 4.1 cm
Weight1.65 lb / 0.57 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.6 x 10 x 3.25"
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Hi, I'll be glad to assist! The Akai Professional MPD218 is a class-compatible controller and will be recognized without a driver on Windows or Mac OS. It is compatible with almost any digital audio workstation, but it may require manual MIDI mapping for specific controls inside of the digital audio workstation.
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