Akai Professional MPD232 Pad Controller with Step Sequencing

Class-compliant USB Pad Controller with 16 Multicolor Backlit MPC Pads, 8 Faders, 8 Knobs, 8 Buttons, Transport Controls, Step Sequencer MIDI I/O, and Bundled Software
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A Triple Threat of Music-creation Power

Akai brought three extremely useful tools together when they created the MPD232, which delivers the performance of a pad controller, the hands-on manipulation of a control surface, and the easy programming of a classic step sequencer. It all starts off with 16 fat and plush MPC pads with RGB backlighting you can use for visual feedback and color coding. These pads come with classic functions you'll probably recognize from other Akai gear such as Note Repeat and multiple level controls. The control surface part of the MPD232 includes a set of eight sliders, each of which is accompanied by a D-Link button and a D-Link encoder, and you can freely assign all of these controls as you like. Finally, there's the onboard step sequencer, which is great for working with hardware or software. And speaking of software, you really can't complain about the bundle that comes with your MPD232.

Akai MPD232 Controller/Sequencer at a Glance:
  • Hands-on controls for mixing and more
  • Develop grooves with the onboard step sequencer
  • From your studio DAW to your modular live rig
Hands-on controls for mixing and more

A set of 16 fat and playable pads is really only the beginning for Akai's MPD232, which is easily as much a control surface as it is a pad controller. A collection of eight sliders accompanied by eight D-Link buttons and eight D-Link encoders opens up a world of hands-on control for your music, allowing you to mix volumes while automating pan and mute settings, or quickly dial in a graphic EQ or multiple ADSR envelopes at a time. Akai even makes it easy to set up up your controls to do exactly what you want them to do, by including 30 presets that cover many popular features of today's top DAWs. And with three control banks at your fingertips (spanning a total of 72 assignable controls), you'll be amazing by how quickly you can dial in your favorite software with an Akai MPD232.

Develop grooves with the onboard step sequencer

Breaking new ground for Akai's MPD line, the MPD232 integrates a fun and flexible 32-step sequencer that lets you lay down epic grooves without touching your sequencing software. With 64 parts (that's 16 pads x four banks) this step sequencer is nothing to scoff at, and every pad event is available for sequencing. If you're familiar with old-school step sequencing, then you already know how much of an expedient this tool can be when you're writing music in your studio, and if you're playing live, this sequencer can either take over your rhythm completely or help fill in the background while you perform over top on the pads. However you put it to use, you certainly won't regret adding the MPD232's sequencer to your bag of tricks.

From your studio DAW to your modular live rig

One of the things that sets the MPD232 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 get connect the MPD232 to your favorite software or iOS apps. However, many of us here at Sweetwater are frequently on the lookout for great pad controllers that work with other MIDI hardware, which is why we're such fans of the MPD232 and its sequencer. Whether you preform 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 MPD232 to be an excellent addition to your live rig.

Akai MPD232 Controller/Sequencer Features:
  • A combination pad controller/control surface/step sequencer for live and studio use
  • Thick and fat MPC pads include RGB LED backlighting for multicolor visual feedback
  • 4 pad banks provide you with a grand total of 64 pad controls
  • 8 sliders include assignable Q-Link buttons and knobs for extra hands-on control
  • 3 independent control banks for the control surface section offer 72 parameter controls
  • 64-part/32-step step sequencer onboard makes music creation a breeze
  • 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 hands on with your music with an Akai MPD232 controller/sequencer!

Tech Specs

Pads 16 x RGB Illuminated Velocity and Pressure-sensitive MPC Pads
Encoders/Pots 8 x Assignable Q-Link Knobs
Faders 8 x Assignable Faders
MIDI I/O In/Out/USB (TRS to MIDI breakout cable)
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 Bus powered / 6V DC power supply (sold separately)
Height 1.9"
Width 16.6"
Depth 10.0"
Manufacturer Part Number MPD232

Customer Reviews

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Perfect for me

Akai has brought me back as a customer with this one. I saw the new line, saw the seq., digital read out and knew it was the one. Perfect lap toy. So worth the money especially with the killer software package going on now. One word for the pads lush...and they are super sensitve and quick. My favs ever. This exact set-up with the MPC Essentials software & Hardware 232 is completely going to work for my set up. I actually use this not for hip hop but Djenty Metal & atmospheric stuff but this is able to run any plug-in inside the software. Love it, I can't wait to dig in more. The Vegas add-on pack is sweet btw! THANK YOU PATRICK! x1319
Music background: Hobbyist gone to mad music scientist...

as expected

Does exactley what you would expect from a mpd midi. The new pads are among if not the best of any Akai equipment i own.
See also: Electronic Percussion, Akai Professional, Akai Professional Sequencers, Akai Professional Electronic Drum Controllers & Multipads