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Akai MPD18 USB MIDI Controller

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Akai MPD18

The MPD18 MIDI Controller, from Akai, lets users implement 16 MPC pads into their setups. The unit is ideal for producers, programmers, DJs, and other musicians, affording an exemplary intuitiveness that Akai is known for.

Each of the MPD18’s velocity-sensitive pads grant access to 3 sound banks, meaning users have access to a total of 48 separate sounds. Additionally, the unit makes use of an assignable Q-Link fader, affording instant control over a variety of software parameters. Additionally, the unit makes use of the MPC note repeat function, which affords a simple means of programming hi-hats and drum rolls.

In terms of routing and connectivity, the MPD18 sends MIDI information via built-in USB interface, meaning it can be used without the need to install any drivers. Consequently, plug-and-play operation is easily achieved since the unit is USB-powered.

MPD18 Features

  • MPC pads: bank of 16, velocity and pressure sensitive
  • Three pad banks for a total of 48 sounds accessible from pads
  • Q-Link assignable fader control
  • MPC Note Repeat
  • MIDI-over-USB or MIDI operation
  • MPC 16-Level and Full Level
  • 16 configurable presets
  • USB powered, requires no AC adapter


  • MPD18 portable performance controller
  • USB cable
  • Software CD
  • Presets:  16
  • MIDI:  16 Channels Over USB
  • Trigger Pads:  16 (Velocity & Pressure-Sensitive)
  • Faders:  1
  • Switches:  1
  • Connectivity:  1 USB Port
  • Compatibility:  Mac & Windows Compatible
  • Power:  < 100mA, 5V DC via USB
  • Dimensions:  10 x 8 x 1.65" (255 x 205 x 42 mm)
  • Weight:  1.76 lbs (0.8 kg)
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