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AKAI MPD218 Midi Pad Controller

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Great fun, portable and dynamically responsive the AKAI MPD 218 Midi Pad Controller has tons of features to get creative with. Backlit LCD on each velocity sensitive pad.  The MPD 218 builds on the success of its predecessor by adding improved controls, new bundled software and of course those nice big, backlit MPC pads that are as fat and responsive as ever!


      OK, it was a tall order. We admit it. People loved the original MPDs so much that we didn’t want to mess with success.

      But we did.

      The MPD2 Series is a product of over six years of detailed customer research and user feedback. We asked what you wanted and we listened closely. We took what you told us and turned it into the most capable and user-friendly line of pad controllers Akai Professional has developed to date.

      The MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller 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.

      Experience the Difference
      First, we stepped up our game by adding 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.

      Along with the improved functionality we’ve added iOS compatibility using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) and included over $400 of free software. Titles include: Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Big Bang Drums and Big Bang Cinema from Sonivox, Ableton Live Lite, and Software Preset Editor.

      Our MPD2 Series marks an important evolution of the pad controller. Many years of research and customer feedback has led directly to some of the most capable pad controllers we’ve ever developed. These MPDs are the perfect bridge between your creativity and your computer-based studio.


      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


      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 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP;
      Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended); QuickTime recommended

      Available USB port

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