Real-deal MPC Pads for Production, Performance!Other pads just don't cut it. And if you've ever gotten your hands on one of Akai Professional's LEGENDARY MPC units, then you absolutely know what we mean. Akai has built a legacy on those smooth-feeling, totally responsive pads — no joke. And while the MPC workstations ruled because of their sweet built-in sounds, Akai also gets that these days you've got tons of killer kits and samples living inside your Mac or PC. That's why the MPD18 is so cool. You get 16 of those velocity-sensitive, pressure-sensitive MPC pads for sequencing grooves or triggering clips. It's basically a down-to-the-basics MIDI controller with the benefit of those pads that all DJ and groove production fiends have been wanting to get their hands on for the last who-knows-how many years.
And, hey, the Akai MPD18 is portable at that. It doesn't need a power supply or anything — it can get 100% of the power it needs right from your computer over USB. Just toss this guy into your backpack along with your laptop and a USB cable... you'll be set. What else can we tell you? That's pretty much it. You've got a total of three pad banks (48 total sounds at your fingertips, if you do that math). Add in the two assignable controllers (one fader, one button), and you've got a dream machine of hands-on action and production with the Akai Professional MPD 18. And that's that.
Akai Professional MPD18 16-pad USB Controller Features at a Glance:
- MIDI controller for production and performance
- MPC pads: bank of 16, velocity and pressure sensitive
- Three pad banks for a total of 48 sounds accessible from pads
- Two Q-Link assignable controllers: fader and button
- MIDI-over-USB or MIDI operation
- MPC 16-Level and Full Level
- 16 configurable presets
- USB powered, requires no AC adapter