Akai Professional XR20 Drum Machine

Beat-production Center with Built-in Sounds, Effects, and a Mic Input
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Akai Professional XR20 Drum Machine image 1
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Build Beats Anywhere

Designed for portable beat production, the Akai Professional XR20 is loaded with a slew of drum, percussion, bass, synth, sound effects, vocal and instrument hit sounds that are ready for you anywhere you are. With over 700 pre-loaded sounds and an integrated effects engine for adding touches such as reverb, EQ, and compression, you've got access to everything you need with the XR20. You've even got a microphone input for adding vocals to your mix. The 12 MPC-esque pads are backlit, offering visual cues for precision beat creation. Inspiration can happen anywhere thanks to the XR20.

Akai Professional XR20 at a Glance:
  • Ultra-portable
  • Great sounds

Thanks to its small size, the XR20 can go anywhere. Built-in effects and sounds mean you needn't bring external sound sources with you to build your beats, and the inclusion of a mic input further simplifies the process. Finally, the XR20 can run on batteries, freeing you to be completely mobile with the XR20.

Great sounds
The XR20 is loaded with pro-grade, industrial-strength drum, percussion, bass, synth, sound effects, vocal and instrument hit sounds and has the ability to lay them in a groove wherever and whenever you're ready. Over 700 pre-loaded sounds, and an integrated effects engine for Reverb, EQ and Compression put you in full control of your beat production. A microphone input is even included for mixing vocals with your patterns. Brilliant backlit pads provide visual cues for added beat precision. The XR20 features sounds of standard and electronic drums, single (one-shot) hits, bass and synth sounds to easily create your maximum mix in minimal time.

Akai Professional XR20 Features:
  • Backlit LCD
  • Bright, glowing, backlit pads that follow the beat
  • Microphone input and Headphone output
  • Pattern Play Mode - Different patterns can be triggered from individual pads
  • Drum Roll/Note Repeat feature for realism and expression
  • Battery Power capability and AC Adapter
Build your beats on the road with the Akai Professional XR20!

Additional Media

XR20 Preset Lists
XR20 Quick Start Guide
XR20 User Manual
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Tech Specs

Sounds 700+
Kits 100 user, 100 preset
Patterns 100 user, 100 preset
Pads 12
Inputs 3 x 1/4"
Outputs 4 x 1/4"
MIDI I/O In, Out/Thru
Manufacturer Part Number XR20

Customer Reviews

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if you're looking for an mpc then get and mpc and dont get this...but if you just want tight,raw,hard sounding drums in your pocket..THEN THIS IS DEF FOR YOU!! i have the mpc2500LE as well but this little thing (XR20) has made my life in the studio alot easier..with over 700 sounds of pure rawness it gives me that dirty,grimmie drum sound i look for 95% of the time without going thru my mpc programs (which took me ages to build) and after EQ-ing the sounds a bit the drums smack so hard is crazy. overall i think is a must have for anyone that has ran thru a few drum machines in the past decade. it has a bit of a learning curve at first but to me it was mainly because im used to the mpc, when you learn how to program your own drum sets is when you get convinced of the things u can do with this little monster. filter,decay,sound effects,panning,swing, and each pad can be assignable to a diff sound...at first i thought i had to use the drum sets as they came (if u have this machine then u know what im talking about, addidaz,hiphop1,killa... etc),chopping samples on the mpc then using this for most of my drums.. track em to protools and keys from my fantom X6 and a few plugins is all i need to make dat ill RAW. AND my fellow producer friends still wonder where i get the drums from...LOL ------man..whether new to the game or a vet at making beats...GET ONE!! you wont be dissapointed.
Music background: RAP PRODUCER

I am extremely pleased with my purchase of the Akai XR20

I am completely impressed with how much further my beats have gone in the few shorts week of having it.I can not believe I waited this long before upgrading to this XR20.
Music background: DJ,producer,songwriter

Best hip hop oriented drum machine...period

Up until purchasing the XR20 my only experience with Drum machines was playing with an MPC1000 and my friends alesis SR16. Based on that I decided to pick up an XR20 to try to produce my own beats. First off my sales engineer (Andrew Malloy) was excellent.... best over the phone transaction I've ever had. shipping was expedient as well. Price was initially an issue for me. All the gear i owned up until the point i bought this was piece-mealed from friends stuff or stuff i had lying around my house that i decided to put to use. But after through research i found that this was pretty low compared to say an MPC (one of which i own now). Anyway the drum machine itself is fantastic! I'm guessing Akai and alesis have some sort of agreement going on because it's interface is almost identical to the SR16's. this was a relief to me cause i hate reading manuels. After playing with the pads for a couple hours i began to get accustomed to the sounds in it. they are all very contemporary hip hop and RnB based samples. i was disappointed that there wasnt a sequencing feature like the MPC but akai beat that with the A,B,Fill option. I tried using the mic input but I was far to loud to be useful. Instead i use it as a line in. I hook my Kaossilator up to it and I can make some pretty unique stuff in no time. All in all I love my XR20. Although I know own an MPC I often sample the XR20's sounds to it. Since both instruments are midi compliant i cant wait to hook them up. I can see my self doing some great things with this.
Music background: Student

the best drum machine thus far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i dont know what these other folk r talking about , this thing is cool.it has up to date sounds hip hop & r&b for the most,it looks good,etc.this machine rocks for real better than the dr660 we been using.get one all u need is a sampler an thats all she wrote.i think its cool to make music with an u can make hit records with it.the consumer dont know what u use to make music with as long as it sounds good.the ones who r hatin on this just dont know how to use it.
Music background: Recording Engineer,composer

xr20- better get ya one,,, best 300 dollars you will ever spend

this thing has midi ports... whic means i can control battery 3 also. very easy to use...tons of great drumkits and presets.. This thing is almost as addictive myspace!!

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

I did not know what to expect when the XR20 came out to be quite honest. Will it replace the MPC500 or is it something totally different? When I had a chance to actually demo this I was floored, it had all of the greatest drum sounds of hip hop, R&B, and rap already loaded in it, no sampling required. The possibility of losing your work is eliminated (MPC owners know what I am talking about). The list of sounds in this ranges from dirty south to west coast, east coast to Detroit, even reggaeton. Not only is this a great box for the seasoned producer, but it is great for the beginner as well. It has a built-in mic input so you can pop on some headphones and start composing lyrics to your tracks or hundreds of preset beats aready loaded. This in combination with an MPC would be ideal.
See also: Akai Professional, Akai Professional Sequencers