See any errors on this page? 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. Just like a keyboard controller, you can connect it to any sounds source that has a MIDI input. The USB connection is great here–just one cable and its all ready to go. 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. These are very common and can be picked up anywhwere. If you don’t connect by USB you can’t use this utility.

Uploader: Voodoorg
Date Added: 4 August 2018
File Size: 37.87 Mb
Operating Systems: Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/2003/7/8/10 MacOS 10/X
Downloads: 43703
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]

AKAI Professional – MPD16

Also, as far as I can tell, there is no “hold” or latch function on the unit, like many grooveboxes. So if you want to make different templates for your kits in your synth, sampler and soft synths you can.

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 ckntrol, and lets you set the MIDI out channel. As I indicated earlier, you can set the midi transmission channel to any channel you want. It has no sounds of its own. Wkai is perhaps the most amazing thing about the unit.

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. Read info from the AkaiPro website. But before we get into kaai, lets start off with a rundown of what the box of pads actually does, and clear up any misconceptions you might have about the box. Update Unrecognized Zip Code. These are very common and can be picked up anywhwere. You tap a pad, the note goes out, the sound source makes its sound.


The MPD16 is a control surface. See any errors on this page? 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.

Ush/midi are easy enough to change on the fly without calling up the control panel on the computer.

Akai Professional MPD16 – Remote USB/MIDI Pad/Controller MPD16

Finally, there is the “active” button which turns the slider on and off. They are also velocity sensitive. 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 great feeling and perfectly sized for tapping out beats. Even though I have been drumming on my keyboard for longer than I want to say, I am able to make better patterns and faster patterns after only playing with the MPD16 for 30 minutes. There is nothing that is complicated about this hardware. Usb/mivi MPD18 is an expressive and intuitive instrument for the studio and stage.

Akai Professional MPD16 USB Midi Pad Control Unit

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, usb/mldi software plugins.


Modeled after the industry-standard MPC series, the MPD32 delivers the most expressive software beat control available.

There is very little documentation on the Akai site. It is not a sampler or a drum machine: 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. Your browser does not support inline frames or is currently configured not to display inline frames.

Its cool because you don’t have to use up a MIDI port on your existing interface. 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.

You can also change the value the slider sends Pitch bend, CCs are supported which makes it easy to use the slider to sweep filters, volume, pan, effects on your destination device. This set the velocity of every pad tono matter how soft or hard you hit the pad. I’ve tried both and they both work fine.

Kinda nice, you don’t have to keep the manual close by because the back panel tells you everything you need to remember.