Akai Professional MPD226 Pad Controller

Class-compliant USB Pad Controller with 16 Multicolor Backlit MPC Pads, 4 Faders, 4 Knobs, 4 Buttons, Transport Controls, MIDI I/O, and Bundled Software
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Akai Professional MPD226 Pad Controller image 1
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Control HQ for Your Music Rig

Part pad controller, part control surface, and completely ready to rock, Akai's MPD226 lets you set up your music-creation to fit the way you like to work. It starts off with the same 16 MPC pads that have inspired Sweetwater music producers to recommend Akai gear for decades, and it only goes uphill from there. RGB backlighting behind those pads makes it easy to color code your layout, which is especially handy when you're switching between four banks of pad assignments. On the other side of the MPD226, there are four sliders, each with an assignable button and encoder. You can use these to set up track controls, ADSR envelopes, EQs, and much more. Top it off with classic MPC Note Repeat, dedicated transport controls, and a killer software package, and the MPD226 is a creative goldmine.

From your studio DAW to your live rig

One of the things that sets the MPD226 apart from similar pad controllers is the fact that it offers you hardware MIDI outputs, rather than just MIDI over USB. Now, the MIDI-over-USB is nothing to complain about - in fact, because it's completely class compliant, you'll never have to worry about installing special software or drivers to connect the MPD226 to your favorite software or iOS apps. However, many of us here at Sweetwater have frequently been on the lookout for a simple pad controller that works with other MIDI hardware, which is why we're such fans of the MPD226. Whether you perform with a tabletop full of modules or simply want to add a set of pads and some extra hands-on controls to your keyboard, you'll find the MPD226 to be an excellent addition to your live rig.

Akai MPD226 USB/MIDI Pad Controller Features:
  • A combination pad controller and control surface that's perfect for live and studio use
  • Thick, fat MPC pads include RGB LED backlighting for multicolor visual feedback
  • 4 pad banks provide you with a grand total of 64 pad controls
  • 4 sliders include assignable Q-Link buttons and knobs for extra hands-on control
  • 3 independent control banks for the control surface section offer 36 parameter controls
  • Equipped with classic MPC functions such as Note Repeat and Full Level
  • Instantly jump between 30 presets covering most popular DAWs
  • Send class-compliant MIDI via USB or via 1/8" MIDI I/O ports for hardware integration
  • Simple transport section onboard for DAW playback and recording control
  • Software package includes free titles from Ableton, Akai, and Sonivox
Get amazing control of both hardware and software with the Akai MPD226 pad controller!

Tech Specs

Pads 16 x RGB Illuminated Velocity and Pressure-sensitive MPC Pads
Encoders/Pots 4 x Assignable Q-Link Knobs
Faders 4 x Assignable Faders
MIDI I/O In/Out/USB
USB Yes
Hardware Requirements - Mac 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended); 1GB RAM (2GB recommended)
Hardware Requirements - PC 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended); 1 GB RAM (2GB recommended)
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number MPD226

Customer Reviews

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4.5/5

Nice quality

Much more visually appealing that the 218. Pads on all the mpd2's are great, but only the 226 and 232 are full RGB. Overall build is a little thicker on the 226 than the 218. The pots/knobs are great just like on the 218. I had read that the faders were a little flimsy. They aren't bad, actually have some resistance to them, but I can feel some jiggling when I move them up and down. I have noticed that the upper portion of the unit that is not plastic scratches very easily
Music background: beat producer
See also: Electronic Percussion, Akai Professional, Akai Professional Percussion Controllers