Akai Professional LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller

Akai Professional LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller

Akai Professional LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller

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Akai Professional LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller

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Product Highlights

  • 8 Pads
  • 8 Q-Link Knobs
  • Compact Footprint
  • Includes Music Production Software

Version: USB-MIDI

Bluetooth USB-MIDI
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Akai Professional LPD8 overview

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The LPD8 laptop pad controller from Akai Professional 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
Comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software
Includes Ignite music creation software with over 275 instrument sounds from AIR Music Technology
Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag
USB bus powered - no additional power cable needed
UPC: 825213002449
In the Box
Akai Professional LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller
  • USB Cable
  • AIR Ignite Software
  • Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition
  • Akai Editor Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Akai Professional LPD8 specs

    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
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.9 x 6.4 x 1.3"

    Akai Professional LPD8 reviews

    LPD8 - USB-MIDI Pad Controller is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 35.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Once you map it, it's a breeze to use! I run Ableton LIVE from my Macbook Pro, and was looking for an easier way to trigger songs and sounds. I compared this against the Korg, and found the Akai to feel much more durable in my hands. Plus, the back-lit pads really make it easy to see in the dark! I don't really use the knobs, and think they could've gone with more pads...(which is what I like about the Korg...that and the X-Y pad). My only real complaint is that out of the box, it isn't a simple plug-n-play. I had to load a preset for Ableton. Didn't take long, but still...however, I don't had to map it once, not each time I use it. Overall a great product, and I'm anticipating more products in this line!
    Date published: 2010-04-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2011-02-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice little 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....
    Date published: 2011-06-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Controller I bought this guy looking for an affordable yet versatile midi controller. I have to say im very happy with it. I would give 5 stars but for me for is an A and 5 is an A+ and there are several issues holding this back. The pads are a little stiff and though the velocity response is good...you have to develop a heavy tough. The knobs dont stick out quite enough and while the software is solid for setting the notes/controls but it takes some work to set it up in your DAW. This isn't a draw back per se just a word of advice for anyone looking for a plug and play type controller. At the end of the day this is an awesome controller for the price (probably better than the Korg nanos) and I would buy it again.
    Date published: 2010-07-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid and Just Right 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.
    Date published: 2012-07-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good enough! good feeling pads, solid overall feel. connectivity/installation is easy, software editor is easy to use. i needed something to tap beats out with, and it does the job way better than the KORG nanopad that i bought, which never worked and korg refused to replace/repair even though it was registered and under warranty. STAY AWAY FROM KORG when akai makes a superior product and knows how to treat their customers. pots/knobs feel a little loose/shaky, i dunno if i would just chuck this in my shoulder bag like the akai product specialist tells you to.
    Date published: 2010-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice little 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.
    Date published: 2013-02-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Portable powerhouse for making beats. 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!
    Date published: 2012-07-19
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