Akai Professional now have an area on the sprawling Numark/Alesis stand, now that they are also owned by the acquisitional Jack Oâ€™Donnell. Not much new from them apart from the MPD-24, which we also saw at MESSE. The street price has now been set at $199, making it quite the bargain for the MPC addict. The bad news is that the MPD-24 is not expected to ship until the end of the year. You can keep yourself hot for it by reading the following information:
Hereâ€™s what Akai have to say about the unit in their own wordsâ€¦
Designed with the sensibility of a drummer/percussionist, the feature-packed MPD24 offers a vastly superior interface over conventional MIDI keyboard triggering of drum and other sampled sounds.
With 16 MPC-style velocity and pressure sensitive pads, the new MPD24 offers performers and studio musicians alike the tried and true pad arrangement for triggering sounds that have made Akai Professionalâ€™s MPC Series products a hit for several years. The pads are large, have a wonderful â€œfeelâ€� to them, and make drum programming and sample playback a pleasure. Further, the MPD24 provides four selectable pad banks for a total of 64 padsâ€”so musicians and DJs will be hard pressed to run out of â€œspaceâ€� for their assigned sounds. The MPD24 also supports Akaiâ€™s MPC 16 Levels and Full Level features for comprehensive control over the instrument levels assigned to the various pads.
As a USB/MIDI controller, Akai Professionalâ€™s MPD24 excels. This exceptional MIDI programming tool provides six assignable faders and eight assignable, 360 degree pots for transmitting MIDI Control Change dataâ€”enabling musicians to manipulate their digital audio workstationâ€™s (DAW) amplitude, filter, pan, and related control parameters with ease. And for controlling DAW and MIDI sequencing applications, the MPD24 also includes REW, FF, STOP, PLAY, and REC transport controls that transmit MMC (MIDI Machine Control) commands. Combined with its incredible pad system, the new MPD24 makes an uncompromising rhythm sequencing and production tool.
Interfacing with the new MPD24 is a pleasure. This terrific controller provides a large, backlit LCD display to aid one in keeping track of the systemâ€™s various parametersâ€”making operation fast and intuitive. Of course, no controller is complete without software, and to get users started, the MPD24 includes an editor/librarian application that is compatible with both Mac and PC, along with the Akai Sample Library of classic drum machines.
As the name categorically states, Akai Professionalâ€™s new MPD24 USB/MIDI Pad Control Unit has the facilities for interfacing with dedicated external MIDI equipment or personal computers via its onboard USB and MIDI ports. The MPD24 can also be powered via USB or via the use of an optionally available AC power adapter.
Akai Professional CEO Jack Oâ€™Donnell had this to say about the new unit, â€œThe new MPD24 elevates Akai Professionalâ€™s sample and percussion programming capabilities to its highest level of performance ever. This is an exciting and tremendously expressive musical tool that musicians and DJs have been eagerly awaiting.â€�
Estimated street price $199