Akai Professional LPD8 Mini Pad Controller

USB Controller with 8 Velocity-sensitive Pads, 8 Knobs, 4 Programmable Memory Banks, and Editing Software - Mac/PC
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Akai Professional LPD8 Mini Pad Controller
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This Pad Controller Feels Great and Travels Well!

If you're looking for an excellent yet affordable USB pad controller, then check out the Akai Professional LPD8. The most obvious and striking thing about the LPD8 is its size. It's narrow enough to fit in a laptop bag with plenty of room to spare, and shallow enough to sit right in front of your keyboard and still let you reach your track pad and keys comfortably. But here's the thing you're sure to love: these pads feel simply incredible! And why wouldn't they? Akai Professional has been the force behind pad programming since the early days of the MPC. The LPD8's pads have that same responsive feel.

It's no secret: nobody wants to deal with drivers. And with the LPD8, you don't have to! Just plug it into either a Mac or a PC, and the computer will instantly recognize it. It does come with a handy editor program though, so you can easily reassign things like the note value of each pad or the continuous controller values of its eight programmable knobs. When you plug the LPD8 into a computer, you never have to worry about a power supply, because the LPD8 is totally bus powered. Other cool features are the sweet orange backlights that really add to your live performance, and four programmable memory banks for quickly reconfiguring your LPD8.

Akai Professional LPD8 USB Pad Controller Features at a Glance:
  • USB-MIDI pad controller works with virtually all audio software
  • Eight backlit, velocity-sensitive pads feel like MPC pads because they are
  • Eight Q-Link knobs control almost any parameter in software
  • Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC means no drivers and no hassles
  • Small enough to fit in a backpack, laptop bag, and right in front of your keyboard where you want it
  • Four programmable memory banks
  • Comes with editor software for Mac and PC
  • USB bus powered — no additional power cable needed
Get the Akai Professional LPD8 and makes beats anywhere your laptop can go!

Tech Specs

Pads 8
Encoders/Pots 8
USB 1 x Mini-B
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Power Supply Bus Powered
Height 1.1"
Width 12.2"
Depth 3.15"
Weight 0.7 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number LPD8

Customer Reviews

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Wow! Fantastic

I simply love it. Came in a perfect condition and on time. Serves my every live and production need

Very handy for mainstage

Small enough to carry in my laptop bag. Using it to control the blend of 8 instruments in my mainstays setup. The hands on makes it much easier than a mousepad. I would recommend this for anyone using mainstage.

Love it....hooked on Akai.

I have actually had one of these for a couple of years, and these are the best feeling pads I have ever tried. The knobs, though not necessary, are excellent. The only downside is that, to do any real recording, you need two of these. Not Akai's fault, since they can only do so much, so I am picking up a second one soon. Until you have the funds for one of the new MPC devices, I would recommend a couple of these over the MPD16 anytime. I only wish Akai made a portable controller similar to the nanoKontrol to go with it.
Music background: Home Producer and Musician

Great piece of Instrument.

My guy's in the studio thinks it can only get better when you deals with Sweetwater for music equipment, and as the CEO of a studio I'm happy to share this with the public
Music background: I'm a Recording & Sound Engineer for the pass 7 years.

Like a Rock!

This thing is the most solid pad controller for its size ive ever used and I've used alot of them over the years. The pads have great response and the roto knobs are tight and solid giving you good control over your envelopes/filters ect. The Software the comes with the controllers its Awesome! It can edit muti patch modes with different settings for each pad and knob and you can easy scroll through your preset sellection on the fly with your 2 program buttons on the far right bottom on the device. Get this thing, I use it for live show in corilation with an M-audio Oxy 25 and fast trax Pro and a Lap top running Reason five...Its a great rig and I can do so much with it with it that ppl ask....What are all the guys making all those other sounds standing??? CAll your SWEETWATER REP. right now and pick up the LPD8 up TODAY!
Music background: Singer/Song Writter/Vocal Coach

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

The Akai LPD8 is perfect for the traveling DJ or performing electronic musician. It's inexpensive, has great build quality, and fits in a backpack.
See also: Electronic Percussion, Akai Professional, Akai Professional Electronic Drum Controllers & Multipads, Akai Professional MIDI Controllers