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Akai MPD226 Playable Pad Controller
Akai MPD226 Playable Pad Controller

Akai MPD226 Playable Pad Controller

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The MPD226 from Akai Professional is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller that combines intuitive MPC controls with easy USB connectivity. Ideal for producers, programmers, musicians, and DJs alike, the MPD226 brings the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. The perfect bridge between creativity and technology, this controller is packed with features and software compatibility to give you versatile, intuitive, and almost limitless control over your sound.

Akai Pro’s MPD2 Series stands on the shoulders of its beloved predecessor, their MPDs. After over six years of thorough and thoughtful research, and taking careful account of the feedback of their customers, the result is a fully enhanced, next-generation line of pad controllers that boast improved controls, intuitive MPC pads, and updated bundled software.

The first thing you’ll probably notice with the new-and-improved MPD226 is its optimized controls. The ultra-sensitive and hyper-responsive Thick Fat MPC pads are backlit to make your performance a more dynamic and intuitive experience. Akai Pro took the MPD26’s 12 controls and expanded it to a set comprised of 4 knobs, 4 faders, and 4 buttons arranged in 3 banks for a total of 36 controls that enhance your ability to manipulate effects and maximize your sound.

Another high-priority feature included with this second iteration of the MPD series is fully updated software and functionality.  Akai Pro added iOS compatibility, using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) as well as free onboard software (of over $400 value) including MPCS Beats, Big Bang Drums, and Big Bang Cinematic Percussion from Sonivox. Also included is Ableton Live Lite software and Software Preset Editor.  Software Preset Editor allows you to intuitively edit from the MPD226’s front panel, without needing to transfer your attention to your computer. Additionally, the MPD226 is upgrade-ready for Akai Pro’s critically-acclaimed software, MPC 2.0.

The MPD226 includes everything you need for simple, fast connectivity, making it the perfect bridge between your creativity and computer-based studio setup. Plug-and-play using its USB interface and included USB cable to connect to a PC or Mac, eliminating the need for installing any drivers.

Akai MPD226 Features

  • 16 Thick Fat RGB illuminated velocity and pressure sensitive MPC pads
  • 64 assignable pads accessible via 4 banks
  • 4 assignable faders, 4 assignable Q-Link knobs, 4 assignable Q-Link buttons
  • 36 assignable controls accessible via 3 banks
  • Classic MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, 16 Level, Full Level and Tap Tempo
  • 30 presets total, with configurations for most popular DAWs
  • iOS compatible using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • MIDI In and Out jacks for controlling external gear
  • Dedicated Transport controls
  • MPD226 Playable Pad Controller1
  • Ableton Live Lite1
  • Akai Pro MPC essentials1
  • Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion1
  • Big Bang Universal Drums1
  • Pads
    • 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit
    • 4 banks accessible via Pad Bank button
  • Controls
    • 4 360° assignable knobs
    • 3 banks accessible via Control Bank button
    • 1 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push
    • 4 assignable switches, amber-backlit
    • 10 dedicated function buttons, amber-backlit
    • 3 transport buttons
    • 4 directional cursor buttons for display navigation
  • Faders
    • 4x 45 mm assignable faders
    • 3x banks accessible via Control Bank button
  • Display20 x 4 characters, monochrome-backlit with adjustable contrast
  • Connections
    • 1x USB port
    • 1x power input (power adapter available separately)
    • 1x 1/8" MIDI input (1/8" to MIDI adapter included)
    • 1x 1/8" MIDI output (1/8" to MIDI adapter included)
    • 1x Kensington lock slot
  • System Requirements
    • Mac
      • 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended)
      • 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
      • Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)
    • Windows
      • 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended)
      • 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
      • Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP
      • Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended, QuickTime recommended)
  • Power SourceUSB charger (available separately) or USB bus via power adapter, 6 VDC, 1 A, center-positive (available separately)
  • Dimensions (L x W x H)13.1 x 10.0 x 1.9 inches (33.3 x 25.4 x 4.8 cm)
  • Weight2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)

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