Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller

Class-compliant USB Pad Controller with 16 MPC Pads, 6 Knobs, 3 Layers, and Bundled Software
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Perfectly Practical Plug-and-play Pads

If you're after a straight-to-the-point USB pad controller, then you could hardly do better than the Akai MPD218. The MPD218 comes loaded with 16 genuine MPC pads for that unmistakably thick and fat feel, plus you can switch between three banks for up to 48 pads worth of control. The same goes for the six assignable pots, which let you take control of 18 parameters, such as volume, pan, filter cutoff, and more. One of the other MPC features on the MPD218 that the old-school music creators here at Sweetwater dig is MPC Note Repeat, and everyone can appreciate the way class compliant USB lets you hook up your computer or iOS device totally hassle free.

Akai MPD218 USB Pad Controller Features:
  • A straightforward MIDI-over-USB pad controller with 16 genuine MPC pads
  • Thick and fat MPC pads include LED backlighting for visual feedback
  • A set of 6 360-degree knobs offer hands-on control over continuous parameters
  • Equipped with classic MPC functions such as Note Repeat and Full Level
  • 3 control layers offer 48 pads and 18 knobs worth of control
  • Instantly jump between 16 configurable presets
  • USB powered and class compliant for use with your computer or iOS device
  • Software package includes free titles from Ableton, Akai, and Sonivox
The Akai MPD218 is a down-to-earth USB pad controller any producer can appreciate!

Additional Media

Controlling Video with Ableton Live featuring Bwack
Using Ableton Live on Stage featuring Bwack Part 1

Tech Specs

Pads 16 x Backlit MPC pads
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Multicore processor, 2GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC Multicore processor, 2GB RAM minimum, ASIO compatible
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Power Supply USB bus powered
Manufacturer Part Number MPD218

Customer Reviews

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Akai MPD218 USB Pad Controller

I bought this for 2 reasons I got a great pad controller that to me is easier to play drums on than my Midi Keyboard even though I'm a keyboard player.Also got 2 Drum Librarys Big Bang Cinematic and Big Bang Universal drums.They are Awesome Drum Librarys for this price.
Music background: Film & TV Composer

Excellent with EZdrummer2

syncs up perfectly with EZdrummer2. Lays the kits out intuitively making complex rhythms easy to knock out. Pads Are excellent! Solid construction overall. Great sketch pad for coming up with rhythm ideas. I send mine to my boss loop pedal and out to the QSC 15's for brain storming sessions with my guitar rig. Easily worth $ to me. As always, Paul Rowan promptly made sure I was happy with my purchase, providing the same great service that has kept me coming back to Sweetwater for a decade!
Music background: Musician/DJ

great value

quality feeling pads, comes with akai mpc essentials software, which has a learning curve but is a good program overall. for the price, the mpd218 is a great value

Akai MPD218 drum pad

Great product. It takes a little bit of getting use to, but after a few hours of farting around with all the settings it is working out great. And it beats having to deal with a drummer and the space he takes up on stage.
Music background: 60's to 90's rock band

Nice piece of equipment

Just received my MPD218 today. Fast shipping as always from Sweetwater. Jeff Bohan is the best. Took care of my order smooth as silk. I was ready to order a MPD18, but Jeff told me about this piece with all the updates and even better pads at the same price. I decided to wait until they had this model in stock. (Akai just released this model.) I got the email notification that it was in stock and ordered it the same day. It came packaged well, Opened it up and everything was in good order. Plugged it in and opened my previously purchased EZDrummer2 software and was able to start recording beats immediately. The pads are very responsive and with the note repeat feature you can get some nice fills and rolls. It has a full level button so that the pads trigger at the max volume regardless of how hard you hit the pad. (Midi value of 127.) So far I'm really happy with it. I'm downloading the software that is included as we speak, so I can't speak to how much I like that yet. I know from experience that Ableton Live 9 Lite is a nice piece of software. I also own a MAX25 by Akai and I love the quality of their products. I am giving the MPD218 a 4.5 star because I haven't been able to use all the features yet. For what I'm using if for, it is excellent. The only thing I'm not sure of at this point is if the note repeat function can be turned on and off or if the button has to be held down to make the function work. The MAX25 allows you to turn the function either on of off. At any rate, I recommend it and Sweetwater highly.
Music background: Bassist and keys 49 years
See also: Electronic Percussion, Akai Professional, Akai Professional Electronic Drum Controllers & Multipads