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Akai Professional MPD218 Overview
The MPD218 by Akai Professional is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller which brings the feel of classic MPC beat-making to producers, programmers, musicians and DJs, in a lightweight and compact package.
Sixteen ultra-sensitive Thick Fat backlit MPC pads are used to trigger drum hits and other samples in your software or external MIDI sound module, and are pressure- and velocity-sensitive, for a responsive feel and intuitive playing. You can switch between three pad banks to control up to 48 samples.
The MPD218 features 3 banks of 6 assignable 360° potentiometers which send continuous controller messages to the software for up to 18 parameters. The controller incorporates some of the MPC's most popular functions such as a Note-Repeat button and Full-Level mode.
The unit is bus-powered and class-compliant with Mac and Windows, and is iOS-compatible via Apple's Camera Connection kit (available separately). It comes with a comprehensive software bundle which includes Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion & Big Bang Universal Drums, and Software Preset Editor.
|Pads||16 x velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, red-backlit\n3 x banks accessible via Pad Bank button|
|Controls||6 x 360° assignable potentiometers\n3 x banks accessible via Control Bank button|
|Connections||USB port\nKensington lock|
|System Requirements||Mac:\n1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended)\n1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)\nMac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)\nWindows:\n1.5 GHz Pentium 4 Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended)\n1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)\nWindows 8, 7, Vista, or XP\nWindows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended, QuickTime recommended)|
|Power Source||USB bus-powered|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||9.4 x 7.9 x 1.6" / 23.9 x 20.1 x 4.1 cm|
|Weight||1.65 lb / 0.57 kg|