Compact, simple to use and feature-packed pad controller for finger drumming and music production. 16 Thick Fat backlit MPC pads (48 assignable pads accessible via 3 banks) 6 control knobs (18 assignable knobs accessible via 3 banks) USB-powered through computer, no AC adapter required. Includes free software suite, featuring Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums.


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Akai Professional’s Legendary Pad Performance

With MPD218 an intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with seamless USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. At the heart of MPD218 are 16 ultra-sensitive, hyper-playable Thick Fat MPC pads, ideal for triggering drums, one-shots, melodic samples, basslines and more; with three pad banks available and a pressure- and velocity-sensitive specification, expand MPD218?s performance capability to 48 fully-assignable, ultra-reactive triggers that capture every subtlety and nuance of your performance.

The Power To Produce Anywhere

Whatever your needs and wherever you go, MPD218 assures to form the centrepiece of your musical creativity. At less than 5 cm thick and weighing in at under 1 kg, MPD218 provides core sample triggering and DAW control functionality, housed within an ultra-portable, lightweight and slim-line footprint. When combined with a Akai Professional’s iconic build quality, MPD218 empowers beat producers and finger drummers with a rock-solid, dependable performance controller, specifically engineered to withstand anything you throw at it.

Take Control

Whether you?re producing in the studio or performing live, MPD218?s arsenal of controls provides in-demand, fully-assignable functionality that readily adapts to your needs. Featuring six easily-accessible 360-degree potentiometers, expandable to 18 independent control sources via three banks, MPD218 seamlessly integrates with your creative projects, offering a tangible control source for sending continuous controller messages to virtual instrument / effect parameters or external MIDI devices.

The MPC legacy

Akai Professional?s iconic MPC series has continued to define modern music culture, offering good sound altering functionality that can be heard on countless records across multiple genres. With MPD218, core MPC-style controls are present including Akai Professional?s legendary Note Repeat and Full Level; from rapid-fire drum rolls to hard hitting sample playback, MPD218 provides in-demand sonic-sculpting capability, opening up a world of immersive, expressive performances.

Ableton live lite

Ableton Live Lite provides core-performance and beat-production functionality in an intuitive DAW environment offering a rapid, intuitive workflow, live remixing capability, professional-quality audio recording and full-featured MIDI sequencing on up to eight tracks.

SONiVOX Drum Suite

With MPC Essentials, charge your production with a powerful 64-bit music production package featuring up to eight pad banks (for a total of 128 tracks), a 1 GB sound library and user-friendly import capability for your own WAV and AIFF samples.

SONiVOX Drum Suite

With MPD218, experience immediate, out-of-the-box creative potential courtesy of Big Bang Drums and Big Bang Cinematic Percussion virtual instruments from SONiVOX, an industry leader in the development of cutting-edge production-focused plugins.

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