Its cool because you don’t have to use up a MIDI port on your existing interface. You can play it on a table, or if you are out of space, tuck it away and bring it out when you need it, and play it on your lap. The pads are ideal for making hip hop and rap patterns and it is a heck of a lot more fun making beats on this thing compared to tiny drum machine pads or a keyboard. But if you are going to take it to a gig and connect to a sampler or synth without a USB port, then you will need the power adapter. The MPD18 is built around the pads of the industry-standard MPC and contains some of the same technology that gives tracks made with the MPC an unmistakably human feel. If you don’t connect by USB you can’t use this utility.
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Review of the Akai MPD16 by Tweakheadz Lab
You can play it on a table, or if you are out of space, tuck it away and bring it out when you need it, and play it on your lap. So I’d suggest not doing either of the above. You tap cnotrol pad, the note goes out, the sound source makes its sound. It would be nice to know things like how to take care of and clean the pads, whether using drum sticks or mallets will hurt the pads, but that information is not available.
Flipping the unit on its back, you have 3 simple diagrams that show you how to assign note values to the pads, change the midi channel and set the active controller. Let the thumbs do the kiks in the bottom row of pads and let the fingers to the hats and snare in the next row.
There is a “bank” button which shifts the pads from values to It is equipped with 16 totally assignable,and clearly labeled, velocity-sensitive MPC pads that are switchable across two banks thereby effectively offering 32 padsand a performance control slider for opening and closing the hi-hat and manipulating other samples as well. For those of you wondering, yes you can connect to USB just to supply the unit with power, not install the driver, and use MIDI for triggering notes.
The MPD18 is an expressive and intuitive instrument for the studio and stage.
Read info from the AkaiPro website. Be the first to review this item. The MPD18 is built around the pads of the industry-standard MPC and contains some of the same technology that gives tracks made with the MPC an unmistakably human feel. Even though I have been drumming on my keyboard for longer than Pdo want to say, I am able to make better patterns and faster patterns after only playing with the MPD16 for 30 minutes. There is another bonus to the USB port.
Enter new zip code to refresh estimated delivery time. It can also adjust pad sensitivity in 16 steps. As you can see by the pic below, this utility allows you to map the pads to any MIDI note you desire, assign the controller that the data slider will send, and lets you set the MIDI out channel. Remote MIDI or USB percussion controller with 16 velocity-sensitive pads and 2 selectable banks Robust full-sized rubber pads indentical to MPC series drum machines Assignable slider controller, selectable performance parameters include pitch bend, portamento, volume and modulation MIDI or USB output Versatile control surface integration with samplers, sequencers, and software plugins.
Its light and only takes up about a square foot of studio real estate, but you do need it close to you, obviously.
Also, as far as I can tell, there is no “hold” or latch function on the unit, like many grooveboxes. The pads are ideal for making hip hop and rap patterns and it is a heck of a lot more fun making beats on this thing compared to tiny drum machine pads or a keyboard. Kinda akaii, you don’t have to keep the manual close by because the back panel tells you everything you need to remember.
There is a button for “16 levels”. The MPD16 is a dedicated pad controller that can be used with any sampler, sound module or sequencer, for the recording and triggering of though not limited to, drum and percussion sounds and patterns.
You can also change the value the slider sends Pitch bend, CCs hsb/midi supported which makes it easy to use the slider to sweep filters, volume, pan, effects on your destination device.
Akai Professional MPD16 USB Midi Pad Control Unit
I’d tell you more, but unfortunately, info on the unit is hard to come by. Modeled after the industry-standard MPC series, the MPD32 delivers the most expressive vontrol beat control available. The MPD18 is an expressive and intuitive controller for the studio and stage, and its compact footprint is easy to fit into any setup.
Possibly, you could route this in your sequencer. Using the MPD16 is simplicity itself. No Longer Available Update Location close. Finally, you can save these templates to a directory on your computer and load them as you need them.
It has no sounds of its own. However, for those who hate USB there is a MIDI output and all of the above functions are possible with the exception of setting pad sensitivity really not a big deal and saving templates.