Akai Professional MPX8 SD Sample Pad Controller

Sample Player with 8 x Velocity- and Pressure-sensitive Pads, Onboard Reverb, Tuning Control, Editor Software (Mac/PC), and Both MIDI and USB Connectivity
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Sample Simplicity with Pad Playability!

Simplicity is the key to the Akai Professional MPX8 SD sample pad controller. This versatile, compact sample player gives you eight great-feeling velocity-sensitive and pressure-sensitive pads you can use to trigger samples and sounds. An included drag-and-drop sample editor simplifies managing your sounds, and the MPX comes with a massive library of built-in sounds to get you started. Onboard options include tuning control and reverb, and with both MIDI and USB connectivity, it's easy to integrate your Akai MPX8 into the rest of your rig.

Akai Professional MPX8 SD Sample Pad Controller Features:
  • 8 x velocity-sensitive and pressure-sensitive pads
  • Add sound samples via standard SD card or use the extensive built-in library
  • Can now use stereo samples with the free firmware v1.1.01 update
  • Tune, add reverb, save sample sets for easy recall
  • USB MIDI plus standard MIDI inputs and outputs
  • Drag-and-drop sample editor for Mac and PC included
Perform like a pro with your Akai MPX8 SD sample pad controller!

Additional Media

MPX8 SD Sample Pad Controller User Manual
NAMM News: Akai Professional MPX8

Tech Specs

Internal Sound Engine Sample playback
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" (Headphones)
RAM Up to 32GB SD
Additional Media Storage SD
Effects Types Reverb
USB 1 x Type B
Power Supply USB power supply included
Depth 4"
Width 11.6"
Height 1.3"
Weight 1 lb.
Manufacturer Part Number MPX8

Customer Reviews

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Really good sampler for the money

Our church uses this for samples that are in our songs during live programs works seamlessly with a drum pad over midi
Music background: sound renforcement

my new sampler

i was beyond pleased with the service & attention to detail that you guys offered ... shipping was super fast ... product is great ... thanks so much .. i will be doing more business with sweetwater without a doubt
Music background: dj / remixer

Nice unit

This is just what I needed to add sound effects to my DJing. I just wish it had a cowbell sound. You can always use more cowbell. :)
Music background: DJ

Small but does the job!

This unit is compact and very portable. The pads are very responsive and the 32GB flash card that I bought to add my own sounds really allows me to do a lot of different things with it. I can save many different kits (8 sounds on the pads per kit). It does not do what the more expensive and larger units do but for the price and space it is a keeper and definitely worth having as part of your setup.

It is what it is!

If you are looking for a cheap, extremely portable sample-playback unit, then the MPX8 is for you. That's how they advertise it, and that's what it does. The sound quality is excellent and the unit itself is very sturdy and heavier than I expected. Loading samples into it can be tedious - they need to have all metadata stripped or they won't load, even if they are 16/44.1 WAVs - and editing kits is a PITA. Hopefully they will improve the interface or at least open it up to 3rd-party developers who could no doubt turn this little beast into a monster. My only real complaint is that, as of this writing, there is no way to disable velocity sensitivity on a per-sample basis. Otherwise it works as advertised and is a great value.
Music background: Pro Musician
See also: Drum Machines, Akai Professional, Akai Professional Sequencers, Akai Professional Drum Machines & Samplers