The Akai MPD226 is a feature-packed pad controller designed and made by Akai Professional division. The MPD2 Series is a product that has been in development for over 6 years and we can say that it will give you the creative musical expression and workflow you can expect from a full-on pro pad controller. This particular pad controller is a MIDI over USB controller that is made with a music producer, programmer and DJ’s in mind. It is intuitive and flexible, thanks to its easy USB connectivity you can set your working platform in no time.
To give you control over your music production, Akai has made some serious improvements on this pad by adding 16 responsive and pressure-sensitive thick and fat MPC pads that with banks can get 64 assignable pads. They have also added a set of 4 assignable faders, 4 Q-Link knobs and 4 Q-Link buttons that will aid you in maximizing the sound you are performing and tweaking control over the effects applied. The MPD226 is class compliant and is powered by a plug and play USB cable for you to use on your selected computer Mac or Windows with no need to instal drivers. The MPD226 can also be connected to an iOS device by connecting it through the camera connection kit that is (sold separately.)
A great feature that is included out of the box with the purchase of this pad controller is the free software that is included, so you can start to produce right away. Some of the software that is included in the Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Big Bang Drums, Percussion from Sonivox and Ableton Live Lite. The MPD2268 is MPC 2.0 ready meaning it has a cutting edge production suite that will give you the ability to do real-time stretching., have Advances MIDI editing, VST compatibility and Standalone application on MAC and PC. Not to mention audio editing, recording and superb DAW integration making the MPD226 the ultimate Adaptive and creative music production interface.
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