Akai Professional has announced the introduction of their new MPD Series of pad controllers. They tell us that these new controllers are a product of over six years of detailed customer research and user feedback, the result being the most capable and user-friendly line of pad controllers Akai Professional has developed to date. Here's the details in Akai's own words...
All models feature new, ultra sensitive Thick Fat MPC pads creating an amazingly responsive user interaction. They also have an expanded control set to maximize the sounds and effects available to the user, iOS compatibility using the Camera Connection Kit and over $400 of free software (Big Bang Drums and Big Bang Cinema from Sonivox, Ableton Live Lite, and Software Preset Editor).
Building on the success of Akai Pro's previous MPD18, MPD26 and MPD32, these new pad controllers introduce greatly enhanced control capability to support the artist's creative efforts:
- The MPD218 has red light-up MPC pads and a greatly expanded control set of 6 knobs in 3 banks vs. one control on the previous MPD18 model.
- The MPD226 has an expanded control set of 4 knobs, 4 faders, 4 buttons in 3 banks for 36 total controls vs. 12 controls on the MPD26
- The MPD232 boasts an all-new 64-channel 32-step performance sequencer, which the MPD32 did not have.
In addition users enjoy intuitive control editing right from the front panel on the MPD226 and MPD232, and all three models can be programmed via the included easy-to-use Preset Editor, so musicians of any level can enhance their performance right away. This is one of the many things that distinguish the Akai Professional MPD218, 226 and 232 from everything else.
A recap of the new MPD Series features:
"The MPD218/226/232 family marks an important evolution in our pad controller series. Six years of research and customer feedback has led directly to some of the most capable pad controllers we've ever developed," said Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional. "Our goal was to create controllers that respond quickly and intuitively to the player's input, to make their playing experience the best it can be. We're very excited about these new units."
Pricing and Availability:
The Akai Professional MPD Series will be available in Summer 2015 at Akai Professional dealers and online directly from Akai Professional.
U.S. retail pricing is $199 for the MPD218, $299 for the MPD226 and $399 for the MPD232.