Enter new zip code to refresh estimated delivery time. So if you want to make different templates for your kits in your synth, sampler and soft synths you can. Let me start off by saying I have never owned an MPC Akai Professional MPD16 reviews. Let the thumbs do the kiks in the bottom row of pads and let the fingers to the hats and snare in the next row.

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It can also adjust pad sensitivity in 16 steps. Update Unrecognized Zip Code.

See any errors on this page? These are very common and can be picked up anywhwere. So if you want to make different templates for your kits in your synth, sampler and soft synths you can.

As I indicated earlier, you can set the midi transmission channel to controk channel you want. There is very little documentation on the Akai site.

Also, as far as I can tell, there is no “hold” or latch function on the unit, like many grooveboxes. However, for those who hate USB there is a Prl output and all of the above functions are possible with the exception of setting pad sensitivity really not a big deal and saving templates.

There is a dedicated button for “full level”. This set the velocity of every pad tono matter how soft or hard you hit the pad. There is a button for “16 levels”. There is nothing that is complicated about this hardware. Kinda nice, you don’t have to keep the manual close by because the mpd166 panel tells you everything you need to remember. Your browser does not support inline frames or is currently configured not to display inline frames.


The pads are ideal for making hip hop and rap patterns and it is a heck of a lot more fun making beats on this thing compared to tiny drum machine pads or a keyboard.

The MPD16 is a dedicated pad controller that can be used with any sampler, sound module or sequencer, for the prro and triggering of though not limited to, drum and percussion sounds and patterns.

Akai Professional MPD16 – Remote USB/MIDI Pad/Controller MPD16

As you can see by the pic below, this utility allows you to map the pads to any MIDI note you desire, assign the controller that the data slider will send, and lets you set the MIDI out channel. The MPD16 is a control surface. Reviews 0 Write a review.

Its cool because you don’t have to use up a MIDI port on your existing interface. Using the MPD16 is simplicity itself. Remote MIDI or USB percussion controller with 16 velocity-sensitive pads and 2 selectable banks Robust full-sized rubber pads indentical to MPC series drum machines Assignable slider controller, selectable performance parameters include pitch bend, portamento, volume and modulation MIDI or USB output Versatile control surface integration with samplers, sequencers, and software plugins.

It would be nice to know things like how to take care of and clean the pads, whether using drum sticks or mallets will hurt the pads, but that information is not available. Just hold down a button 2 seconds and tap in the number on the pads. For those of you wondering, yes you can connect to USB just to supply the unit with power, not install the driver, and use MIDI for triggering notes.


The MPD18 is built around the pads of the industry-standard MPC and contains some of the same technology that gives tracks made with the MPC an unmistakably human feel.

Akai Professional MPD16 USB Midi Pad Control Unit

Enter new zip code to refresh estimated delivery time. So I’d suggest not doing either of the above. Flipping the unit on its back, you have 3 simple diagrams that show you how usb/middi assign note values to the pads, change the midi channel and set the active controller.

Its light and only takes up about a square foot of studio real estate, but you do need it close to you, obviously. You can play it on a table, or if you are out of space, tuck it away and bring it out when you need it, and play it on your lap. Be the first to review this item.

You can also change the value the slider sends Pitch bend, CCs are supported which makes it easy to use the slider to sweep filters, volume, pan, effects on your destination device. It is not a sampler or a drum machine: