Akai MPD218 Pad Control Unit

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MPD218

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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

Akai Pro arranged what was flawed with the first editions of MPDs1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreJoliette, Quebec
The first MPD controller were good and did the job right but two things annoyed me when I was working on my MPD24 (one of these was a major flaw) Let's start with the minor flaw, it was bulky and feel plastic but it was a USB Midi controller made something like 12 years ago so I can understand why it was made that way. The Major flaw was big though because as a longtime MPC user it was the reason I sold it after some time with it...THE PADS ! The pads were way too big, they weren't high enough and the feeling of these was totally the opposite of the reputation Akai Pro got with their pads over the years...UNTIL NOW ! Got my hands on the MPD218 in Joliette some time ago because my MPC1000 needs some serious soldering job that would be time and money consuming so I decided to risk trying the 218 (and at that price it wouldn't be a problem if it was not good for me) and holy moly I am glad I took that risk ! It is compact, feels solid even if it is super lightweight ! The editor is easy to use so you can totally do unique configs that will satify your creations needs...and now let's talk about the reason I wrote this review title. The Pads !!! Oh my god the pads on the MPD's second generation are totally amazing. Not the best pads Akai did but for usb controllers these are totally the best in the market ! Bigger than most MPC models so your fingers needs to get used to it if you are used to the good old MPCs. The velocity and responsiveness is not as good as a MPC1000 with JJOS but this is the only tiny complaint I have to say about these because for the price they are way better that I expected. I would just have recommended it some months ago but now with the release of MPC Beats, it is a MUST BUY ! This software is a FREE lite version of MPC Software but the only limitation is you can just use 8 MIDI Tracks and 2 Audio Tracks per projects and with something like 8 banks instead of 4 for your Programs you can cram a LOT of stuff in it so you will never feels the software limits if you work smart ! :) Oh and you can use MPC Beats as a VST in your favorite DAW too, so if you don't have 250$ to invest in MPC Software you will be totally an happy producer with it because I do ! I just can't believe Akai Pro made this level of quality FOR FREE because they usually are kinda greedy with their product ! --- TL;DR Pads are not the best Akai Pro did but they are top notch, the second gen MPDs are a MAJOR Evolution of the first ones and now with the release of MPC Beats anybody can experience the wonderful world of MPCs for the price of this controller so yeah...A SOLID MUST BUY !
Posted by Nicolas "XyNo" Allaire on Feb 14, 2021
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Decent Pads for the price.3 of 3 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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