• Akai MPD218 USB Pad Controller with 16 Pads & 6 Assignable Knobs
  • Akai MPD218 USB Pad Controller with 16 Pads & 6 Assignable Knobs
  • Akai MPD218 USB Pad Controller with 16 Pads & 6 Assignable Knobs
  • Akai MPD218 USB Pad Controller with 16 Pads & 6 Assignable Knobs
  • Akai MPD218 USB Pad Controller with 16 Pads & 6 Assignable Knobs
  • Akai MPD218 USB Pad Controller with 16 Pads & 6 Assignable Knobs
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Akai MPD218 USB Pad Controller with 16 Pads & 6 Assignable Knobs


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Class-compliant USB Pad Controller with 16 MPC Pads, 6 Knobs, 3 Layers, and Bundled Software

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Akai Professional MPD218 Pad Controller

You asked and Akai listened

Built on the success of the original, the feature-packed MPD2 Series gives you amazing creative musical ammo with Thick Fat backlit MPC pads, improved controls and new bundled software

The MPD2 Series is the product of over six years of detailed customer research and user feedback. Akai asked what you wanted and Akai listened closely. Akai took what you told them and turned it into the most capable and user-friendly line of pad controllers Akai Professional has developed to date.


The 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 their game by adding new, ultra-sensitive Thick Fat MPC pads, creating an amazingly responsive user experience. The 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 MPD218 so the included USB cable is all you need.

A little Extra

Along with the improved functionality Akai has added iOS compatibility using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) and included over R4000 of free software. Titles include: Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Big Bang Drums and Big Bang Cinematic Percussion from Sonivox, Ableton Live Lite, and Software Preset Editor. Akai’s MPD2 Series marks an important evolution of the pad controller. Many years of research and customer feedback has led directly to some of the most capable pad controllers Akai have ever developed. These MPDs are the perfect bridge between your creativity and your computer-based studio.

MPC 2.0 UPGRADE READY (Optional)

Akai are pleased to announce that the critically acclaimed MPC Software 2.0 upgrade is now available to purchase for your MPD, greatly enhancing the capability and functionality from the included MPC Essentials. MPC Software 2.0 is a cutting-edge production suite combining 128-track sequencing capability, real-time time stretching, clip-launch functionality, advanced MIDI editing capability, VST compatibility in controller mode, operation as a standalone application on Mac & PC, advanced sampling & audio editing/recording functionality, seamless DAW integration, a redesigned GUI, Ableton Link Compatibility and much more. Whether you're seeking freedom from computer based music production, or searching for the perfect controller for DAW-centric creative exploration, MPC Software 2.0 grants the ultimate in adaptive creative versatility.

The Akai MPD218 USB Pad Controller at a Glance:

  • A straightforward MIDI-over-USB pad controller with 16 genuine MPC pads
  • Thick and fat MPC pads include LED backlighting for visual feedback
  • A set of 6 360-degree knobs offer hands-on control over continuous parameters
  • Equipped with classic MPC functions such as Note Repeat and Full Level
  • 3 control layers offer 48 pads and 18 knobs worth of control
  • Instantly jump between 16 configurable presets
  • USB powered and class compliant for use with your computer or iOS device
  • Software package includes free titles from Ableton, Akai, and Sonivox
Pads: 16 x Backlit MPC pads Hardware Requirements - Mac: Intel Multicore processor, 2GB RAM minimum
Hardware Requirements - PC: Multicore processor, 2GB RAM minimum, ASIO compatible OS Requirements - Mac: OS X 10.7 or later
OS Requirements - PC: Windows 7 SP1 or later Power Supply: USB bus powered
Manufacturer Code: AKA-MPD218    
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