AkaiMPD226 USB MIDI Controller


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Akai MPD226

The Akai MPD226 is a USB MIDI Controller ideal for a wide array of applications, including producing and programming. It achieves a useful balance between MPC-style control, plug-and-play operation, and portability that make it one of the most intuitive controllers for musicians on the go or with a limited amount of studio space.

The front panel interface consists of 16 RGB velocity-and-pressure-sensitive pads, 4 assignable faders, 4 assignable Q-Link knobs, and 4 assignable Q-Link buttons. Additionally, there are 4 pad banks for a total of 64 different sounds, and 3 fader/knob/button banks for a total of 36 assignable controls.

MPD226 Features

  • 16 Thick Fat RGB illuminated velocity and pressure sensitive MPC pads
  • 64 assignable pads accessible via 4 banks
  • 4 assignable faders, 4 assignable Q-Link knobs, 4 assignable Q-Link buttons
  • 36 assignable controls accessible via 3 banks
  • Classic MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, 16 Level, Full Level and Tap Tempo
  • 30 presets total, with configurations for most popular DAWs
  • iOS compatible using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • MIDI In and Out jacks for controlling external gear
  • Dedicated Transport controls
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums

System Requirements

  • Macintosh: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended); 1GB RAM (2GB recommended); Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)
  • PC: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended); 1 GB RAM (2GB recommended); Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7,
  • Windows Vista, or Windows XP; Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended); QuickTime recommended
  • Available USB port
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