AKAI Professional MPD218 USB MIDI Pad Controller
- Design: Compact MIDImix featuring 30mm faders and Ableton Live sync.
- Controls: Illuminated mute/solo, record, and bank buttons.
- Subscription: 6 months of Reason+ with Reason DAW and Rack Plugin.
- Assets: Offers 80 devices, 39k presets, and 24gb samples across various DAWs.
Let me introduce you to the future of beat-making: Akai Professional’s MPD218. Whether you’re a producer, programmer, musician, or DJ, this is the gadget you’ve been waiting for.
Picture this: A MIDI-over-USB pad controller designed with the quintessence of classic beat-making, but effortlessly blended into the world of modern computer music production. What stands out in the MPD218? Those 16 ultra-sensitive “Thick Fat” MPC pads. These aren’t just any pads; they’re hyper-playable and perfect for triggering everything from drums and one-shots to melodic samples and basslines. With three pad banks, you can elevate your performance with up to 48 fully-assignable triggers that are sensitive to both pressure and velocity. That means it doesn’t just detect your touch; it feels the emotion and intensity behind every beat.
But, that’s not all. Register your MPD218 and bam! You get a 6-month subscription to Reason+. This is not your average music bundle. With the Reason DAW and Reason Rack Plugin that’s compatible with any DAW (VST3/AU/AAX), you’re getting access to over 80 devices. Think creative synths, drum machines, samplers, and a plethora of audio effects. And with 39,000 presets and 24GB of samples, you can get lost in the magic of music-making.
Now, let’s talk software. The MPC Beats Software brings in the legendary MPC workflow, acting as your canvas for all things music. Edit your samples, mix your tracks, find the perfect sound with the iconic MPC synth engines, and much more. And as your collection grows, rest assured, this software plays well with all the industry-standard virtual studio tech. Still want more? Dive into Ableton Live Lite and Drum Synth 500 by AIR Music Tech included in the package.
And if you thought that was it, hold on! The MPD218 boasts 18 fully assignable 360-degree potentiometers accessible via three banks. Talk about control! Plus, with MPC note repeat, full-level controls, and compatibility with iOS apps (with a separately sold Camera Connection Kit), this device ensures you’re always in command, whether you’re in the studio or on-the-go.