AKAI Professional MPD218 USB MIDI 16-Pad Controller with Knobs, Buttons & Production Software


SKU B0116X17JW Category


The AKAI Professional MPD218 gives producers, performers, and beatmakers flexible MIDI control in an ultra-portable pad controller. 16 velocity-sensitive thick MPC pads with RGB illumination provide natural feel for drums, one-shots, and finger drumming. The MPD218 expands to 3 banks for accessing 48 assignable pads in total.

18 assignable Q-Link knobs give you direct hands-on control of DAW and plugin parameters. MPC Note Repeat, Full Level, and pad bank buttons let you pull off intricate rhythmic performances. USB-powered operation and lightweight design make the MPD218 easy to take anywhere. Plug in via USB and start making beats in seconds.

Portable MPC Control for Music Production

The AKAI Professional MPD218 condenses the iconic MPC workflow into a compact yet powerful MIDI pad controller. 16 responsive pads with RGB lighting give an authentic MPC feel for inputting drums, triggers, and chopping samples. Three pad banks multiply your options to 48 assignable pads. The 16 backlit MPC pads provide visual feedback and allow rapid rhythm programming in any environment.

Hands-On Control of Tracks and Effects

Three banks of assignable Q-Link knobs put direct control of DAW, VST instruments, and effects parameters at your fingertips. Tweak plugin settings, mix levels, and more without looking at your computer. Note Repeat and Full Level buttons engage MPC-style pad roll and accent behaviors for creative, dynamic performances. This portable pad controller provides real hands-on creative control.

Everything You Need to Start Producing

In addition to the feature-packed hardware controller, the MPD218 includes a powerful software suite to get started making beats right away. It comes bundled with Ableton Live Lite for crafting songs, loops, and scenes. MPC Beats provides a digital audio workstation with essential creative tools derived from Akai Pro’s iconic MPC line. Over 10GB of sounds and loops rounds out your production arsenal.

Key Features:

  • 16 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC pads with RGB feedback
  • 3 pad banks for accessing 48 total assignable pads
  • 18 assignable Q-Link knobs in 3 banks
  • MPC Note Repeat and Full Level buttons
  • USB-powered, ultra-portable design
  • Bundled with Ableton Live Lite and MPC Beats production software
  • Over 10GB of loops, samples, and sounds
  • iOS connectivity via Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)

For producers and performers alike, the AKAI Professional MPD218 USB/MIDI pad controller provides a world of creative options in a portable package. With iconic MPC controls and integrated software for production, this versatile controller is the perfect partner for making beats and dynamic music anywhere inspiration strikes.


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