AKAI MPD218 USB Controller


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The AKAI MPD218 USB Controller gives you amazing creative musical ammo with Thick Fat backlit MPC pads, improved controls and new bundled software to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. This feature-packed AKAI MPD218 is the most capable and user-friendly line of pad controllers Akai Professional has developed to date.


The AKAI MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production.

Experience the Difference

First, AKAI stepped up the game by adding new, ultra sensitive Thick Fat MPC pads, creating an amazingly responsive user experience. The AKAI MPD218 also has an expanded control set of six knobs in three banks versus one control on the previous MPD18 model. This will enable you to maximize your sound and give you increased control over effects.

MIDI information is sent over its plug-and-play USB interface for use on Mac or PC, eliminating the need to install any drivers. The USB connection powers the AKAI MPD218 so the included USB cable is all you need.


Along with the improved functionality AKAI added iOS compatibility using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) and included over $400 of free software. Titles include: Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Big Bang Drums and Big Bang Cinema from Sonivox, Ableton Live Lite, and Software Preset Editor.

The AKAI MPD218 USB marks an important evolution of the pad controllers. Many years of research and customer feedback has led directly to some of the most capable pad controllersAKAI Professional have ever developed. This AKAI MPD218 USB is the perfect bridge between your creativity and your computer-based studio.

AKAI MPD218 USB Controller Features

  • 16 Thick Fat backlit MPC pads
  • 48 assignable pads accessible via 3 banks
  • 18 assignable 360-dgree potentiometers accessible via 3 banks
  • MPC Note Repeat and Full Level
  • iOS compatible using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • 16 configurable presets
  • USB powered, no AC adapter required
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums

AKAI MPD218 USB Controller Specifications

  • Pads: 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, red-backlit, 3 banks accessible via Pad Bank button
  • Knobs: 6 360° assignable potentiometers, 3 banks accessible via Control Bank button
  • Buttons: 6 buttons
  • Connections: 1 USB port, 1 Kensington lock
  • Power: via USB connection
  • Dimensions: (W x L x H) 9.4” x 7.9” x 1.6” (23.9 cm x 20.1 cm x 4.1 cm)
  • Weight: 1.65 lbs. (0.75 kg)
  • Requirements:

AKAI MPD218 USB Controller Requirements

  • Macintosh: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended)
  • RAM: 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)
  • RAM: 1 GB RAM (2GB recommended)
  • Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP
  • Sound Card: Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended)
  • Multimedia Framework: QuickTime recommended
  • Port: Available USB port

AKAI MPD218 USB Controller Includes

  • USB Cable
  • Software Download Cards
  • User Guide
  • Safety & Warranty Manual

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