AKAI MPD226 USB Controller


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The AKAI MPD226 USB Controller offers you an 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 MIDI-over-USB pad controller is perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs alike.

The AKAI MPD226 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 MPD226 has an expanded control set featuring four knobs, four faders, four buttons arranged in three banks for 36 total controls versus 12 on the AKAI MPD26. 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.


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. The aforementioned Software Preset Editor allows you to enjoy intuitive control editing right from the front panel of the AKAI MPD226 USB Controller.

The AKAI MPD226 USB Controller 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 controllers they've ever developed. This AKAI MPD226 USB Controller is the perfect bridge between your creativity and your computer-based studio.

AKAI MPD226 USB Controller 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

AKAI MPD226 USB Controller Specifications

  • Pads:
    • 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit
    • 4 banks accessible via Pad Bank button
  • Knobs:
    • 4 360° assignable potentiometers
    • 3 banks accessible via Control Bank button
    • 1 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push
  • Faders:
    • 4 45mm assignable faders
    • 3 banks accessible via Control Bank button
  • Buttons:
    • 4 assignable switches, amber-backlit
    • 10 dedicated function buttons, amber-backlit
    • 3 transport buttons
    • 4 directional cursor buttons for display navigation
  • Display: 20 x 4 characters, monochrome backlit with adjustable contrast
  • Connections:
    • 1 USB port
    • 1 power input (power adapter sold separately)
    • 1 1/8” MIDI input (1/8”-MIDI adapter included)
    • 1 1/8” MIDI output (1/8”-MIDI adapter included)
    • 1 Kensington lock slot
  • Power:
    • via computer USB bus or USB charger (sold separately)
    • via power adapter (sold separately): 6V DC, 1A, center-positive
  • Dimensions (w x d x h): 13.1” x 10.0” x 1.9” (33.3 cm x 25.4 cm x 4.8 cm)
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs. (1.3 kg)

AKAI MPD226 USB Controller Requirements

  • USB Connection:
    • Mac OS X 10.9 or later, iOS 8.0 or later and Camera Connection Kit (Sold Separately)
    • Max OS X 10.10 or later with Bluetooth 4.0, iOS 9.0 or later with Bluetooth 4.0
  • Windows:
    • USB Connection Only
    • Windows 7 or Later

AKAI MPD226 USB Controller Includes

  • USB Cable
  • (2) 1/8”-to-MIDI Adapters
  • Software Download Cards
  • User Guide
  • Safety & Warranty Manual

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  • 5
    Worth the wait

    I've used this before and waited for the holiday price. Love the easy use and high quality. Look forward to laying down the beat.