MESSE 2014: Akai Introduces A New MPX

MPX16 is a playable, practical solution for sample-based performers   11-Mar-14

MESSE 2014: Akai Introduces A New MPX

Akai Professional has announced the MPX16, an advanced sample player with onboard sound recording.

They tell us that the portable MPX16 plays and records .WAV samples using SD cards for powerful, reliable performance in live and studio situations. Like the popular MPX8, samples are triggered internally from the highly responsive MPC-style pads or an external MIDI device via USB-MIDI and 3.5mm (1/4-inch) MIDI inputs. Also a feature-packed MIDI pad controller, the MPX16 is equally capable of launching clips or adding trigger pads to a producer's studio.

Samples are captured at CD-quality via dual 6.3mm (¼-inch) inputs or the on-board stereo microphone and saved to an SD card. The user may assign audio clips to the pads and apply tuning, filters, envelopes and "choke" grouping for creative, dynamic performances. An LCD screen and illuminated trigger pads provide visual feedback during use, and the MPX16 may be powered from a USB port or the included power supply. Naturally, users may load existing sound files onto an SD card or use the MPX16 as an SD card reader for drag-and-drop convenience on a Mac or PC. A software tool for even easier sample management is included
via download.


  • Plays and records stereo samples using easily accessible and reliable SD cards
  • 16 velocity sensitive, illuminated pads let the user play back samples in real-time
  • Balanced 6.3mm (¼-inch) inputs let you capture audio from a wide variety of sources
  • Built-in stereo microphone lets you capture sounds on-the-fly
  • USB-MIDI as well as MIDI Input and MIDI Output jacks for integration into virtually any
  • MIDI setup for use as a pad controller, sample bank or both
  • Onboard sound processing–tune samples, adjust ADSR envelopes and filters
  • USB or wall powered (adapter included) for use virtually anywhere

Akai Professional Product Manager Dan Gill, told Sonic State, "The versatility and capability of the MPX16 will make it a workhorse for performers of all types. We knew that an affordable sample player with Akai Professional's practical MIDI integration would fit the needs of people wanting a no-nonsense way to access samples without computer dependency."

Pricing and Availability:
The MPX16 will be available in Summer 2014, distributed worldwide with a $199.99 USD street

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RP    Said...

10 Years ago I would have been standing in line now for one of these, but I think they missed the market. Anyone who wants to do portable sketchpad writing will use a smart device, anyone who wants a dedicated midi controller will spend the same money and buy any of the number of better options. God though, if I'd bought an MPX8 I'd be beyond annoyed now, record was an essential function.

11-Mar-14 08:15 AM

brianfromusa    Said...

I'll disagree with RP. Seems though it's twice the price it does address most of the shortcomings of the MPX8 (hope the RAM is bigger and bank load speed is improved)and fits in with the current rage for lots of little boxes spaghetti wired together (which I'm no fan of). I.e. use this alongside Volcas, etc.

11-Mar-14 08:57 AM

Peter K    Said...

I think this is cool. Most of the iOS apps limit sample length to 10 seconds or so, including iMPC. A band could use this to trigger loops, or song intros and not have to worry about time constrictions.

11-Mar-14 08:33 PM

Tim    Said...

I think there's a good market for it. It's a great little cheap thing to trigger one-shots (crashes, effects and such) with that you don't want to include in your patterns. I might pick this one up.

12-Mar-14 03:50 AM

tb    Said...

a modern S20

12-Mar-14 08:33 AM

DCS    Said...

I'm hoping to use this live to trigger sections of backing tracks as one-shots. The only thing that stopped me from buying the MPX8 was the position of the output jacks (can't sit on the right side of a Nord lead or Virus TI, which is an issue for me) so I'm delighted to see that fixed. But no one has mentioned the size of sample ram so far, making me suspect that they haven't expanded it up from 30 mb, which would really be a shame.

12-Mar-14 09:20 AM

Stoney J    Said...

Really now,what more should we expect for 99/199USD..One's own creative limitations are the real drawbacks .

30-Apr-14 11:35 AM

Ylow    Said...

I own the MPX8 and it has been a great addition to my live rig. Triggering arrangements on the spot is a very useful feature and there is very few affordable options out there now. The MPX16 is a valuable addition as long as the loading speed and the RAM are upgraded. This is a very very useful and needed product. Thanks AKAI!

06-Jun-14 08:07 PM

overjoid    Said...

My 1 question is -- with presumably (hopefully) an acceptable load time for short drum samples, can I change sample sets with a midi program change?


08-Jun-14 07:18 PM

Fake    Said...

Can this play multiple samples simultaneously? I don't want their drum machine I want a drum sampler, but the 8 only plays one at a time right? Does 16 fix this?

27-Aug-14 10:55 PM

bovinelife    Said...

The 8 can play many at a time, I have one.

15-Sep-14 04:36 PM

bovinelife    Said...

The 8 can play many at a time, I have one.

15-Sep-14 04:37 PM

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