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MPD218 Highly Playable Pad Controller

SKU eq-1556

ultra sensitive, backlit MPC pads, iOS compatibility
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  • USB controller with classic MPC pads
  • 16x thick backlit MPC pads
  • 48x assignable pads accessible via 3 banks
  • 18x assignable 360-dgree potentiometers accessible via 3 banks
  • classic MPC Note Repeat and Full Level
  • iOS compatible using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • 16 configurable presets
  • USB powered, no AC adapter required
  • includes Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums


Akai's MPD2 series builds upon the success of the original MPD controller series with improved control and performance. The MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB controller that features ultra sensitive, thick backlit pads. These pads are amazingly responsive and offer the classic MPC feel that Akai is famous for. In addition, the MPD218 also features expanded control set of six knobs in three banks (versus one control on the previous model) for increased control over effects, plus iPS compatibility (with Camera Conversion kit - sold separately) and bundled software including Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums.


  • 16 x Backlit MPC pads
  • MIDI-over-USB control
  • USB powered
  • system requirements (Mac): 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), OS X 10.4.11 or later
  • system requirements (PC): 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended), 1 GB RAM (2GB recommended), Windows XP or later


  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Akai Pro MPC Essentials
  • Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion
  • Big Bang Universal Drums
UPC: 694318016930

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