Akai Professional MPX16 Sample Recorder and Player

16-pad Velocity-sensitive Stereo Sampler with Onboard Effects and Processing, Built-in Microphone, MIDI I/O, SD Card Slot, and USB Connectivity/Power
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Fun Pad Sampler for On-the-go Producers!

Akai's MPX16 sampler builds on the original MPX8, giving you more pads and an expanded set of sound-shaping possibilities. Sample anything from MP3s to your cheering audience easily thanks to the onboard stereo microphone and external audio inputs, or you can import and export (even drag and drop!) your sounds via the SD card slot or USB. A set of 16 velocity-sensitive, backlit trigger pads featuring onboard effects options with top-panel controls makes performance fun.

Akai Professional MPX16 Sampler at a Glance:
  • Innovation puts power behind your production
  • Live sampling adds to your show
Innovation puts power behind your production

Akai Professional is a leading manufacturer of music production gear that's best known for creating the legendary MPC drum machines that have been behind some of the biggest hits of the last few decades. Akai's innovations empower you by continuing to put powerful production tools in your hands. The MPX16 answers your need as a music maker for a reliable, affordable sampler. Download the included sample management software and experience everything this little powerhouse can do!

Live sampling adds to your show

The MPX16 overcomes the limitations of previous samplers that were only able to play back samples and not record them. With the internal stereo microphone, get down quick ideas or sample your crowd and add it to your mix to make your audience a part of the show. External audio inputs mean you can use your audio interface outputs to pull samples from existing DAW sessions on the fly or record vocals and other acoustic sources directly to the MPX16. And the onboard effects processing can be used to shape any sample - imported or recorded.

Akai Professional MPX16 Sampler Features:
  • A 16-pad stereo sampler built for mobile performance and music production
  • 16 ultra-responsive, velocity-sensitive backlit trigger pads make performance fun
  • Easily sample sounds via 1/4" inputs or the internal mic, or import samples via USB or the SD card slot
  • Filter, tune, envelope, and choke grouping on each pad allows you to shape your sounds
  • USB bus power, MIDI I/O, and software editor provide added flexibility for your rig
Affordable, versatile sampler from Sweetwater, the Akai Professional MPX16!

Additional Media

MPX16 User Manual
AKAI Professional MPX16 Sample Recorder and Player

Tech Specs

Analog Inputs 2 x 1/4"
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" (Outputs), 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
Sampling Yes
Additional Media Storage SD Card
Effects Types Reverb
USB 1 x Type B
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Depth 5.8"
Width 11.6"
Height 1.2"
Weight 1.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MPX16XUS

Customer Reviews

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Meet the god of sampling

There's never been anything before that's been so capable, convenient, intuitive, small, FUN, or COOL for sampling. Great sound quality, streamlined workflow, simple, powerful interface, ridiculous playability. In my studio, this is as close as I have to a drum kit. Great pads, good simple effects processing (envelopes, filters, basic reverb), surprisingly decent built in mic. MIDI implementation, perfect. Great controller, velocity, after touch. No sequencing, awesome. A sequencer would just clutter the interface. This thing is made for playing. Compared to any MPs, Electribe, any other sampler/sample player, dig, hardware, or hybrid (and did I mention this thing is a pretty decent looper?) MPX just wins. Plain and simple. Standalone. Weighs maybe a 1 1/2 lb. make drums, make synths, whatever. Full polyphony. Sheer ridiculousness. My gripes (which don't really bother me): takes a good couple minutes to load a kit full of samples. Some slight glitches with the trigger mode under certain circumstances, loops were playing as 1-shots. I just switched it and switched it back and it worked fine, nothing persistent. And, I wish it had battery power. If it had batteries, it would literally always be with me.

Great Gear

Great piece in small form factor, easy to use and fun, very intuitive and quality sound.
Music background: FOH Engineer 35 yrs

Tough crowd . . .

I bought it, and was able to use it for anything I needed in one afternoon. You don't really need the sample conversion software. Just download Audacity. You can record to audacity, manipulate, effect and edit your sample, and then export it as an mp3 to the SD card. Works perfectly. I am only using this to trigger samples (I'm a bass player who wants some keys or backing guitar tracks to come out of nowhere), but for that purpose, it is BETTER than the SP404-SX, which I purchased and returned because it (unbelievably) has no choke or mute group functionality and the only workaround is a "delete mode trick" that completely defeats the midi implementation. I'm using it with a Keith Mcmillen 12 step midi foot switch to trigger the samples. Using its choke groups and 16 pad assignments, I can set up full chord implementations of backing sounds (keys, organs, guitar power chords) for several different keys and re-use them across songs. I can even improvise with it when I like. Sure, it has no sequencer, but then that is clear from the advertising. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is because it takes more time than I would like to load a new bank. Just download audacity and stop whining.

Not worth it

It's a good controller but you can get better ones at half the price. IT DOESNT HAVE A SEQUENCER. Come on Akai, you could have either done better by offering more features or charged less. I I even had a problem with Importing waves bounced from ProTools. I called AKAI to find out that ProTools bounced waves don't fit the format. proTools is one of the most widely used in the music business. It seems like a gross miscalculation to not have wastebasket in ProTools match the format
Music background: engineer, artist, producer, performer 16 yrs experience

Expensive toy.

Sweetwater as always was wonderful to work with and very quick getting me my product, the device itself however leaves a lot to be desired. The product, for starters, ships with no SD card, which is crucial for adding your own samples and loops onto the device, and editing them once they're loaded on. Further more, they advertise being able to drag and drop files to easily assign them to pads, and the manual mentions a file loading software which is essential in loading your own files. This software, it would seem does not exist (I've searched long for it, one person told me it would be ready at the end of September, and it's currently October 22 and another told me it would be available "in a couple weeks"), and Akai thought it fitting to release their product with no way of making it actually usable, essentially rendering a very expensive toy. I would not recommend going through this hassle.
See also: Akai Professional, Akai Professional Sequencers