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Akai MPD218 Pad Control Unit

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Akai's MPD218 feature-packed, highly playable MIDI-over-USB pad controller is perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production.

The MPD218 benefits from new, ultra sensitive Thick Fat MPC pads, creating an amazingly responsive user experience. The MPD218 also has an expanded control set of six knobs in three banks versus one control on the previous MPD18 model. This will enable you to maximize your sound and give you increased control over effects.

MIDI information is sent over its plug-and-play USB interface for use on Mac or PC, eliminating the need to install any drivers. The USB connection powers the MPD218 so the included USB cable is all you need.


Features:

• 16 Thick Fat backlit MPC pads
• 48 assignable pads accessible via 3 banks
• 18 assignable 360-dgree potentiometers accessible via 3 banks
• MPC Note Repeat and Full Level
• iOS compatible using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
• 16 configurable presets
• USB powered, no AC adapter required
• Includes Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums

System Requirements:

Macintosh: 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)

PC: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended); 1 GB RAM (2GB recommended); Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP; Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended); QuickTime recommended

Available USB port

Decent Pads for the price.2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCalgary Royal Vista, Alberta
I've owned the pads for about half a year now and have had a decent amount of use out of them. Having the 3 banks is pretty awesome and makes for a very versatile MIDI controller. However, I was warned about AKAI pads and ghost-notes. Sure enough, the pads are double-triggered often and sometimes a pad on the other side of the unit will trigger when another area is triggered. I've contacted AKAI about this without any response. Just beware of this before you purchase it, it's great for studio use and for messing around but I would never rely on it for a live or recorded performance personally.
Posted by Ryan H on Jul 30, 2020
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Closest StoreMississauga, Ontario
yea, its very user friendly. The pads feel nice; good for finger drumming.
Posted by imperial notes on Sep 15, 2019
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