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  • The Akai Professional MPD16 USB/MIDI Pad unit is a dedicated pad controller that can be used with any sampler/sound module or sequencer to record and play drum and percussion patterns with the expression and feel that only pads can offer.

    Equipped with 16 totally assignable MPC pads switchable across two banks (giving you the use of 32 pads) plus a fader that can be mapped to any MIDI continuous controller, the MPD16 is the definitive laptop rhythm controller. The MPD16 has MIDI out so that it can be used with any sampler or sound module, and also features USB connectivity.

    Each pad can be set to output MIDI notes of your choosing with a variable velocity range and these can all be set conveniently via your Mac or PC. The MPD16 inherits some of the MPC series’ features such as the full level and 16 level functions available on dedicated switches. The days of programming drums and percussion on a keyboard are over.

    • 16 x 2 banks. Velocity sensitive MPC–style pads
    • FULL LEVEL Button sets all pads to maximum output velocity (127)
    • 16 LEVELS Button for giving each pad progressive level response for the last selected/used pad
    • BANK Button provides quick bank selection
    • ACTIVE Button enables instant on-off slider functionality to avoid accident input
    • Assignable slider for smooth control
    • MIDI out
    • USB for plug and play computer connections
    • 9V DC (95mA)– not required when used with USB
    • Can the MPD16 control any drum sound module without using a computer?

      Yes. The MPD16 has a MIDI output and the Pads send MIDI Notes with velocity, mapped according to the General Midi drum assignments.

    • Can the MPD16 control any software-based drums on a computer?

      Yes. The MPD16 has a USB connection to the computer, and comes with Utility software for Windows, Mac OS9 and Mac OS X, that allows assigning the Pads and Slider to MIDI functions for your software instrument or sequencer.

    • Does the MPD16 need an external power adaptor?

      Not necessarily. The MPD16 can also be powered via its USB port, even when using the MIDI out. However, if a USB host is not available, an optional MP9 AC adaptor should be used.

  • Documents
    MPD16 - Reference Manual MPD16 - Software Editor Manual MPD16 - Release notes for Version 2.0
    Downloads
    MPD16 - WinXP/2000 USB drivers MPD16 - PC/Windows Software Installer MPD16 - Mac OS X Updated V2.0 Software Installer MPD16 - Mac OS 9 Software Installer

MPD16

Overview

The Akai Professional MPD16 USB/MIDI Pad unit is a dedicated pad controller that can be used with any sampler/sound module or sequencer to record and play drum and percussion patterns with the expression and feel that only pads can offer.

Equipped with 16 totally assignable MPC pads switchable across two banks (giving you the use of 32 pads) plus a fader that can be mapped to any MIDI continuous controller, the MPD16 is the definitive laptop rhythm controller. The MPD16 has MIDI out so that it can be used with any sampler or sound module, and also features USB connectivity.

Each pad can be set to output MIDI notes of your choosing with a variable velocity range and these can all be set conveniently via your Mac or PC. The MPD16 inherits some of the MPC series’ features such as the full level and 16 level functions available on dedicated switches. The days of programming drums and percussion on a keyboard are over.

Features

  • 16 x 2 banks. Velocity sensitive MPC–style pads
  • FULL LEVEL Button sets all pads to maximum output velocity (127)
  • 16 LEVELS Button for giving each pad progressive level response for the last selected/used pad
  • BANK Button provides quick bank selection
  • ACTIVE Button enables instant on-off slider functionality to avoid accident input
  • Assignable slider for smooth control
  • MIDI out
  • USB for plug and play computer connections
  • 9V DC (95mA)– not required when used with USB

FAQs

  • Can the MPD16 control any drum sound module without using a computer?

    Yes. The MPD16 has a MIDI output and the Pads send MIDI Notes with velocity, mapped according to the General Midi drum assignments.

  • Can the MPD16 control any software-based drums on a computer?

    Yes. The MPD16 has a USB connection to the computer, and comes with Utility software for Windows, Mac OS9 and Mac OS X, that allows assigning the Pads and Slider to MIDI functions for your software instrument or sequencer.

  • Does the MPD16 need an external power adaptor?

    Not necessarily. The MPD16 can also be powered via its USB port, even when using the MIDI out. However, if a USB host is not available, an optional MP9 AC adaptor should be used.

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