Akai MPD18

Akai Professional has announced it is now shipping the MPD18, a portable pad controller.

The MPD18 is the smallest-sized model in Akai Professional’s line of MPD pad controllers. DJs, programmers, producers and other musicians will find this MIDI-over-USB controller to be perfect for triggering samples, controlling software, and a variety of other applications. Its small footprint makes the MPD18 easy to integrate into any setup for stage performance, studio production or musical creation on the go.

The heart of the MPD18 is its bank of 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive genuine MPC pads, an Akai Professional exclusive. Users can access three different banks of sounds from the pads for a total of 48 sounds at once. The MPD18 also borrows the MPC series’ assignable Q-Link controllers, enabling users to control nearly any parameters in their software in real time on an assignable Q-Link fader and an assignable Q-Link button.

Users will find the MPD18 to be convenient, sending MIDI information over its plug-and-play USB interface for use with Mac or PC without installing any drivers. The USB connection also powers the MPD18 so musicians can use the controller with no power supply. The MPD18 can control virtually any MIDI software, as well as MIDI hardware, such as synthesizers, sound modules, samplers, sequencers, drum machines and more.

MPD18 features

  • MIDI controller for production and performance.
  • MPC pads: bank of 16, velocity and pressure-sensitive.
  • Three selectable pad banks for a total of 48 sounds accessible from the pads.
  • Two Q-Link assignable controllers: fader and button.
  • MIDI-over-USB or MIDI operation.
  • MPC 16-Level and Full Level.
  • USB powered or powered via optional AC adapter.

The MPD18 is available from musical instrument and professional audio retailers and has a U.S. Retail Price of $199 USD with an estimated street price of $99 USD.

More information: Akai Professional / MPD18