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The Akai MPX16 is a sampler player that is composed of 16 backlit velocity and pressure-sensitive pads that enables performers and musicians to trigger sounds and samples that are stored on SD or SDHC cards. With the MPX16 you can insert an SD card and assign all of its contents to any of the pads that the MPX16 has. With its design you can use it at your home studio, pro studio or even on stage as a companion for triggering sounds, it all sums to a powerful hardware tool for sampling.

Thanks to the MPX16’s external connectivity, it enables you to capture the sound that your studio gear or other sound sources produce with its 2 1/4-inch jacks. This sampler has onboard editing tools that give you fast and precise sample trimming and paid assignments. With the headphones jacks, you can follow your captures, and a built-in mic provides immediate sample capture just when inspiration strikes and you can control it with a record gain knob.

The MPX16 can also be used to trigger audio playback, and thanks to is rear-panel USB port you can connect it as a drag and drop commander for samples on your computer or as an SD card reader or writer. The USB connection can give you the ability to pipeline MIDI data making it easy to use as a triggering device for your DAW or computer sequencer. With the A5 Pin MIDI input, you can enable gear like keyboards, controllers and synths.

You can edit easily thanks to the conversion utility software that you can download for free to manage computer-based samples and to move them in and out of the SD card. The small footprint that the MPX16 has means that you can take it with you or rout it to the production desk without taking a lot of space.

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