Akai Professional Announces MPD Series MIDI Pad Controllers

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Akai Professional has unveiled its new MPD Series of pad controllers.

The new line is the product of six years customer research and user feedback, resulting in what Akai Professional describes as the most capable and user-friendly line of pad controllers that the company has developed to date. Consisting of the MPD218, MPD226, and MPD232, the MPD Series features ultra sensitive Thick Fat MPC pads that boast an amazingly responsive user interaction. Each is also equipped with an expanded control set to maximize the sounds and effects available to user, and each boasts iOS compatability (with the Camera Connection Kit) and over $400 of free software (Big Band Drums + Big Bang Cinema from Sonivox, Ableton Live Lite, and Software Present Editor).


The new controllers build upon Akai Pro’s previous MPD18, MPD26, and MPD32 and introduce greatly enhanced control capability to further support artist’s creative endeavors.

The full product details for each is below.

MPD218

  • 16 Thick Fat backlit MPC Pads with Velocity and Aftertouch
  • 48 assignable pads accessible via 3 banks
  • 18 assignable 360-degree potentiometers accessible via 3 banks
  • MPC Note Repeat and Full Level
  • iOS compatible using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • 16 configurable presets
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite
  • USB powered, no AC adapter required

MPD226

  • 16 Thick Fat RGB illuminated velocity- and pressure-sensitive MPC Pads
  • 64 assignable pads accessible via 4 banks
  • 4 assignable faders, 4 assignable Q-Link knobs, 4 assignable Q-Link buttons
  • 36 assignable controls accessible via 3 banks
  • Classic MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, 16 Level, Full Level and Tap Tempo
  • 30 presets total, with configurations for most popular DAWs
  • iOS compatible using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • MIDI In and Out jacks for controlling external gear
  • Dedicated Transport controls
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite

MPD232

  • 64-part, 32-step sequencer to control pad events
  • 16 Thick Fat RGB illuminated velocity- and pressure-sensitive MPC Pads
  • 64 assignable pads accessible via 4 banks
  • 8 assignable Q-Link faders, 8 assignable Q-Link knobs, 8 assignable Q-Link buttons
  • 72 assignable controls accessible via 3 banks
  • Classic MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, 16 Level, Full Level and Tap Tempo
  • Dedicated transport controls
  • iOS compatible using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • 30 presets total, with configurations for most popular DAWs
  • Works with virtually any MIDI software or MIDI hardware
  • MIDI In and Out jacks for controlling external gear
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite

The Akai Pro MPD Series will be available this summer. For more information, go to AkaiPro.com