Akai MPD16 USB MIDI Drum Pad Control Surface
The Akai MPD16 Delivers Real MPC pads in an affordable control surface!
The Akai MPD16 connects via USB and/or MIDI to computers & sound engines such as the new Akai Z4/Z8 samplers, which include drum program set-ups as well as the standard keyboard-assigned programming. The days of programming drum sequences via a keyboard are gone forever. 16 MPC-spec pads and 2 velocity modes provide full expressive control. An included PC/MAC CDROM provides set-up and driver software. The Akai MPD16 can be powered via computer USB or an optional AC adapter.
Expanding on the legacy of the legendary MPC series, Akai Professional has introduced the MPD16 USB/MIDI Pad Control Surface. The MPD16 is a self-contained unit which connects via USB and/or MIDI to computers and sound engines such as the new Akai Z4 and Z8 samplers which include drum program set-ups as well as the standard keyboard-assigned programming.
The functionality of the MPD16 is designed with simplicity in mind. The days of programing drum sequences via a keyboard are gone forever. 16 MPC-spec pressure-and-velocity sensitive drum pads generate Note-On velocity when tapped. In Full-Level mode, the MPD16 produces data with velocity value of 127, regardless of the velocity of the pad tapped and in 16-Level mode it allows you to generate the note velocity in 16 steps with 16 pads. The active pad (note number) is the last pad played just before the 16-Level key was pressed. The Bank key switches between banks 1 and 2 allowing access to two separate banks of sounds. The Active key enables the fader which outputs MIDI control changes. The various parameter settings, such as MIDI Note Assign, MIDI Channel, MIDI Control Change, etc. can be assigned from the computer via USB.
The Akai MPD16 set-up is facillitated with the MPD16 Utility and PC/MAC driver software CDROM. The MPD16 can be powered via computer USB or the optional AC adapter.
Akai MPD16 Features
- 16 original MPC pads (velocity and pressure sensitive)
- 2 switchable banks
- MPC’s 16-Levels and Full Level features
- Slider sending continuous controller data
- MIDI and/or USB operation
- Powered via USB cable (or optional AC adaptor)
- Free set-up utility software for Windows, Mac OS 9 and OS X
Akai MPD16 FAQs
Q. Can the MPD16 control any drum sound module without using a computer?
A. Yes. The MPD16 has a MIDI output and the Pads send MIDI Notes with velocity, mapped according to the General Midi drum assignments.
Q. Can the MPD16 control any software-based drums on a computer?
A. Yes. The MPD16 has a USB connection to the computer, and comes with Utility software for Windows, Mac OS9 and Mac OS X, that allows assigning the Pads and Slider to MIDI functions for your software instrument or sequencer.
Q. Does the MPD16 need an external power adaptor?
A. Not necessarily. The MPD16 can also be powered via its USB port, even when using the MIDI out.
However, if a USB host is not available, an optional MP9 AC adaptor should be used.