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Akai MPD218 Studio Pad Controller


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  • 16 illuminated velocity and pressure sensitive MPC
  • Classic MPC controls including Note Repeat
  • 18 assignable control functions with 3 banks of settings to manipulate
  • Illuminated LCD display for easy visibility in any performing environment
  • Works seamlessly with external hardware including MIDI and audio devices including: samplers and synthesizers
  • USB connectivity for USB-MIDI control
  • Compatible with a wide range of digital audio workstations
  • Includes huge software bundle: Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums
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Delivery to UK mainland addresses* is FREE on orders over £75 and up to 30kg. (As a guide, a standard electric guitar weighs approx. 3-5kg).

Delivery on orders below £75 are charged at £4.45!

Delivery to Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland. is weight dependant and will be indicated at the checkout

Delivery above 30kg to ANY location will vary according to weight and will be indicated at the checkout

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The Akai MPD218 Studio Pad Controller is an ultra-portable USB-powered unit that gives you the joy of control in a beautifully crafted and exceptionally resilient interface. If you've been dreaming of integrating an Akai controller into your existing setup, then it doesn't get much more affordable than this.

MPC Pads

Akai's legendary MPC interfaces need no introduction, having aided many artists, producers, and DJs in shaping many modern musical genres. At your disposal are 16 red backlit touch and velocity-sensitive MPC pads that offer incredible possibilities. The touch-sensitive ability of the pads extends to the edge of each pad, whilst the velocity-sensitive response of each pad allows subtle dynamic nuances to be translated to perfection. Akai's MPC pads guarantee maximum control, no matter what instrument or patch is assigned to them. The 16 pads are arranged into three banks, which allows you to configure a huge 48 user assignable functions.

Tactile Control

The 6 rotary knob controls are also arranged into 3 banks, offering 18 user assignable 360-degree pots to play with, allowing you to control them independently, or set control over any parameter you wish with your DAW of choice. The bundled Ableton Live Lite software that is included with the Akai MPD218 is the perfect place to start, allowing you to control track data, effects, EQ - anything you wish! Tactile control never felt this good.

Discreet Dimensions

The low-set control surface and compact dimensions allows the MPD218 to slip into any set-up discreetly, working well alongside MIDI controllers, decks, your laptop and DAW of choice, as well as outboard synths and samplers.

Included Software Bundle

Included with the MPD218 is a huge software bundle that includes the Akai Pro MPC Essentials, and Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums.

The Akai Pro MPC Essentials software provides a massive 9GB sound library, which includes sounds from the legendary MPC3000, as well as real-time adjustment and mapping of VST plugins. You can either use the MPC Essentials software as a standalone DAW, or integrate it into your current DAW as a VST, RTAS, or AU plugin.

The Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums includes completely customizable drum samples that can expand your sonic arsenal dramatically. Using a hand-crafted SJC Custom Drums sample source, with multi-velocity and multi-take samples that use various sticks and brushes, you have a huge range of sounds to play with.

ModelMPD218 Studio Pad Controller
Dimensions (H x W x D)41 x 239 x 201 mm
Weight 0.75kg
Pads 16 x velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, red-backlit
3 x banks accessible via Pad Bank button
Knobs 6 x 360-degree assignable potentiometers
3 x banks accessible via Control Bank button
Buttons 6 x buttons
Connections 1 USB port
1 Kensington lock
Power Supply USB
System Requirements Mac
1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended);
1GB RAM (2GB recommended);
Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)

1.5 GHz Pentium 4 Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended);
1 GB RAM (2GB recommended);
Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP;
Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended);
QuickTime recommended
Included Accessories Ableton Live Lite
Akai Pro MPC Essentials
Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums
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