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Akai MPD26 USB MIDI Pad Control Surface

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Product Description

The Akai MPD26 featuring genuine MPC pads is perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs. Its blend of intuitive MPC controls and technologies meshes with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making to the world of computer music production. The MPD26 MIDI-over-USB pad controller is the ideal tool for any producer.

Akai MPD26 USB/MIDI Pad Controller Features 

  • Access 64 samples on 16 pressure and velocity-sensitive MPC pads with four banks each
  • MPC technologies include Note Repeat, Swing, 16 Level, Full Level, and Tap Tempo
  • Control virtually any 12 software parameters on assignable Q-Link knobs and faders
  • Dedicated transport controls transmit MMC and MIDI to DAW and sequencing applications
  • MIDI output over USB and traditional DIN MIDI I/O for controlling software and hardware
  • Backlit, easy-to-read screen
  • Comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition software
  • Includes Vyzex Editor and Librarian Software
  • USB bus powered, class compliant: plug and play with one USB cable
  • Comes with Ableton Live Lite and Editor Librarian software
The heart of the MPD26 is its bank of 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive MPC pads, an Akai Professional exclusive. You can access four different sounds from each MPC pads for a total of 64 at your fingertips. The MPD26 also features the MPC series' assignable Q-Link controllers, enabling you to control nearly any parameters in your software in real time. You get six assignable Q-Link faders and six assignable Q-Link 360 degree knobs so you'll spend less time with the mouse and more time making music. The MPD26 also gives you a dedicated set of transport controls for instant access to the most commonly used DAW or sequencing-software controls.

While the MPC pads and Q-Links might be the heart of the MPD26, its brain is transplanted directly from the MPC. That's because the MPD26 is not just a control surface; it contains some of the key MPC technologies that have made the MPC the de facto standard it is. MPC Note Repeat is a capability that enables the MPD (or MPC) to automatically play a rhythm pattern, such as 16th notes on a hi-hat, for accuracy and speed of entry. MPC Swing is sometimes referred to as the heart and soul of hip hop because it turns perfectly aligned sequences into human-feeling time alignments. You can specify exactly the degree and timing of swing you want to apply for the perfect feel. The MPD26 also has MPC Full Level and MPC 16-Level on its pads.

The MPD26 sends MIDI information over its plug-and-play USB interface so you can use it with your Mac or PC without installing any drivers. The USB connection even powers the MPD26 so the included USB cable is all you need. The MPD26 also has traditional DIN MIDI input and output jacks so you can use it with MIDI hardware such as synths and other sound modules. The MPD26 comes with Ableton Live Lite and Editor Librarian software so you can start creating right out of the box.

The MPD26 is the perfect interface between your creativity and the computer-based studio. Its blend of intuitive MPC controls and technologies meshes with easy USB computer connectivity to deliver the control instrument you need.

Akai MPD26 Pad Controller Includes
  • MPD26 controller
  • USB cable
  • Software CD
  • Quick start guide

Product Specifications
Akai MPD26 Pad Controller Specifications
  • Power supply: 12V 2.0A pin-positive, optional Akai MP6
  • Communication: USB-MIDI with proprietary hardware/software handshake
  • Inputs: USB
Minimum System Requirements
  • Mac: G4 / Intel recommended, OS X 10.3.9 / 10.4+ recommended
  • PC: 1.5GHz, Windows XP or Vista, Windows-compatible sound card / ASIO driver support recommended
  • 512MB RAM / 1GB recommended, QuickTime 6.5 or higher, DVD-ROM drive, USB port


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  401-658-4032 Warranty:  1 Year
Sema'j from Inglewood,California,Los Angeles
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Great controller
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THE best features are the pads and the way it interacts with different software.
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Once I got it hooked up to do what I wanted it to do it operated fine.I got it to be the drum trigger for my studio.I use BFD eco as my drum sounds, real drum sounds.The midi was a bit tricky at first but it does well as a stand alone trigger/controller.You will need the adapter sold separately if you want to use it as`a stand alone controller.The USB does not give it enough power.
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I was going for the MPD34 since i never had either one of these I got this one the price was right.I can live with out the few bells and knobs the come on the 34.
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