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The latter machine is the subject of this review, combining said quivering quadrangles with eight rotary controls and six sliders.


As any MPC user would expect, the pads are both velocity and pressure sensitive, and an internal menu option lets you adjust velocity-sensitivity curves to suit AKAI MPD24 own playing style. The Full Level button forces all velocity values towhile the 16 Levels button gives you fine control over one sound by duplicating it across all the pads, allowing you to trigger the same Note message at 16 discrete velocity values. Above the pads are six sliders and to the right are eight endless rotary encoders. One of the rotary controls was obviously malfunctioning on my unit, although all the rest worked smoothly and reliably, so I'm assuming that AKAI MPD24 is a problem with quality control rather than anything wrong with the pot design in itself.

In the bottom right-hand corner of the top panel is a small set of transport controls that will simply send out the appropriate MIDI Machine Control commands when pressed, and cannot be reassigned. Also on the rear panel are a Kensington-standard lock AKAI MPD24 and an input for an optional 6V DC power supply.

Akai MPD24

MIDI integrated dj software is becoming ever more prevalent, and it certainly makes sense to have AKAI MPD24 control over key software features during a hectic live performance. Just to get things totally clear for those not familiar with MIDI controllers, this is not some kind of dummy MPC that can be powered by your computer. The key to having fun with the MPD is combining it with some software that understands what it is saying, and can turn that into some noises.

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Just above these are the 6 faders, and to the right there AKAI MPD24 8 endless rotary encoders. This gives you a hefty amount of control in a reasonable footprint size.

Build quality is good, and AKAI MPD24 you AKAI MPD24 notice the plastic casing a bit when hitting the pads, it still feels solid. There is a nice bright LCD display for navigation and displaying various status info, as well as various program and MMC transport controls nearby and at the bottom of the unit. Transport controls send MMC data only. Image 3 of 3 BFD Lite will have your fingers itching to tap our funky breakbeats. The MPD24 certainly looks like a more serious piece of kit, but have Akai managed to sort out the performance issues under the hood?

Akai MPD24 MusicRadar

The unit plugs into a USB port via an included cable that both carries data and provides the power. The MPD24 is plug-and-play in the truest sense: Simple controls such as the Full Level button which sets the velocity output of each pad to ensure that you can get MIDI data into your sequencer with the AKAI MPD24 of fuss.

The equally-useful 16 Level Mode, which sets each pad to transmit the same note value but at a different velocity, is another boon, particularly for recording each hit AKAI MPD24 a drum pattern AKAI MPD24 a separate take. So how do the pads perform?

The MPD24 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller for DJs, programmers, producers, and others musicians. Built around the controls from Akai Professional's. AKAI MPD24 MPD24 Photo: Mike CameronDespite the enduring appeal of Akai's MPC range, some musicians inevitably find themselves lured away from these chunky.


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