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Don't like that I can't map simple record-stop-play to the pads. The loops just keep playing - and sometimes after assigning functions, hitting one pad can light up another pad ! doesn't seem to do anything but there should not be a link between them surely ? I've tried 3 different loopers on a win10 pc. Loopers for iPad - i got 2 free and 1 bought - have buttons/pads you touch for record- stop - play and they work. horrible quality obviously with a buit in mic and speakers but the functions are fine. I bought this MPD226 cos Tyler Joseph of 21 Pilots uses it and Ive seen him hit a pad , play piano hit the pad (or another one) and the bit he played plays back as a loop. He then repeats with a drum on another pad which records then he stops and plays that drum loop. Simple stuff and absolutely fundamental to live performing. Those individual loop/samples can be recalled at will during the rest of the "song" or session whatever. Ableton havent helped, Akai havent helped, Msuperlooper havent helped and Sonnit which looks like I could get to work havent even published their manual yet ! even so , as soon as I try to get my MPD226 and Alesis k'board plugged in both programs terminate (crash). If any one can direct me to somewhere on the web that actually demonstrates basic loop record and play back of individual loops/samples without building a continuous mash of everything please do so in answer/comment to this. Many thanks .....and despite my disappointment I guess a lot of people will have fun banging away on drums ?
I have a Roland electronic drum kit. Another reviewer has asked "What is this for?" I wanted to expand the sound pallette of my drum kit beyond its 125 built in sounds. The nearest competitor is the
Korg Volca-Sample Digital Sample Player Synthesizer
, but comments from users indicate that unit responds to any MIDI signal by playing the currently selected sound. That is no good for me as I need different sounds triggered depending on the note signals sent from the kit. The other option is the
KORG ESX2 Electribe Sampler Music Production Station
which is currently more than twice the price and has a lot of features I don't need.
I have hesitated to buy this due to the bad reviews, but I felt that it would be a good solution to my problem if I could get it to work, and I could always return it if not, so I decided to take the risk. I bought the MPX16 rather than the MPX8 as my drum kit has more than eight pad triggers.
First problem is that It wouldn't play some samples. Even after converting them with the conversion software that is downloaded from the Akai website they still wouldn't play. However, I discovered that if just imported them into Audacity and then exported them as 16 bit PCM WAV (the default option) they worked fine.
The controls are a bit counterintuitive. The pads are numbered backwards, and the plus + key moves the cursor left, whilst the minus - key moves the cursor right. This is the opposite of what left-to-right reading Westerners would expect, but of course there are cultures in the world who read left-to-right so it suits them fine.
Adjusting the MIDI channel to suit the drum kit works fine, and adjusting parameters such as tuning and reverb also works fine. I had a problem with the cymbal pads not triggering my crash sample, but if I assign the crash sample to a drum pad it works fine, which seems to suggest that this is a problem with my drum kit not sending MIDI signals rather than the MPX16.
I have not used the sampling and I probably never will as I mostly used paid for professional samples. If I recorded my own I would use my
TASCAM DP 006 Portable recorder
and process them in a computer first.
This unit has its faults, but it fits a particular need in the market at a nice price. Many of the people who gave bad reviews seem to expect too much for this price. It fits the need I bought it for, but I have to deduct stars for its faulty file conversion software, its slightly awkward usability, and the inability to change the MIDI channel which is stuck on 1. The manual also lacks detail, although some things are printed on the unit itself.
I put off buying this for a long time, mainly due to reviews here and elsewhere online. After watching a product demonstration on YouTube I decided to buy and I am very glad that I did. This is an excellent piece of kit that does exactly what I needed.
I was looking for a stand-alone sample pad that did not need to connect to a laptop and would fit straight into my existing keyboard rig. The MPX16 ticks those boxes, resting neatly on one of my keyboards on its non-slip rubber feet.
The menu system is so intuitive that within a few minutes of unboxing I had figured out most of the functions without referring to the manual. The pads themselves are robust and dynamic, responding well to velocity and colour-coded to indicate in play, sample assigned etc. Within a couple of hours the MPX16 was part of my set-up and I was using it live; it's that easy to use.
I need it to trigger phrases so I won't say much about the internal sounds; they seem OK but most of them (like the hip hop kits) won't be of any use to me.
I want to address some of the comments in other reviews. There have been a number of comments about how difficult people found it to load samples, not knowing what format they should be in. The user manual on page 9 makes it pretty clear which formats are acceptable so before the product arrived I had prepared my samples in Audacity (if you're working with samples and you don't have Audacity, you should download it immediately). It was a simple task to drag and drop my samples onto my correctly-formatted card (also page 9) and the MPX16 picked them up immediately. If you want to use the MPX16 as the card reader, the instructions on page 12 are quite clear on how to do this. Alternatively, you can download the converter from the Akai site.
I have seen a number of comments that the maximum capacity of samples that can be loaded into a kit at any time is 30MB - in fact, it's 48MB (page 9 again!). Most of the problems encountered by other reviewers would have been avoided if they'd read the manual!
However, it is true that each kit takes a while to load from the card. I have one kit containing 38MB of samples and it takes about 2.5 minutes to load. Having said that, if you arranged your set and your kits appropriately, you could still probably get away with it. Again, use Audacity to optimise your samples to make them as lean as possible.
I haven't tried sampling on the device; at the moment, it's not what I need it for. Having said that, like everything else about the MPX16 it appears to be fairly straightforward.
Overall, I am very pleased that I went with the MPX16. It may not be for everyone, but it's perfect for my requirements.
It’s called a professional sampler but, it is terrible for sampling and it's not for pros.
When I tried to sample I was astonished by how terrible the trim options are. There are basically knobs to adjust the set start and end between 0 and 999. However, there does not seem to be any way to adjust the knob increments from 1, for example other devices you hold down shift so turning the knob increments by a factor of 10. This means that if you want to cut a sample in half you have to keep turning that nob 500 increments. This was the deal breaker for me and makes this feel just like a toy and not a bit of pro kit.
Another, issue is that there are filters and tuning for the playback, however, it took me a while to figure this out; all my samples sounded terrible when played back but that was because out of the box these are set to unusual values. It’s not obvious how to set playback to be the raw recorded sample as there is not explanation in the manual or “play raw" feature so it seems you need to adjust these each time.
Overall, if you just want to play back samples you’ve already got then it is probably worth the budget price. I decided to return and get something more usable for recording (Akai MPC Live II is looking worth the investment after this)
I was looking for a cheap stand-alone device to drop samples when djing, and this does the job. It takes about a minute to load a custom sample-kit (16 samples) from the card, so requires forward planning when playing live, but for what I do it's perfect.
Like others say, it's robust, but the glossy plastic is very soft and scratches really easily! Get a bag or case if you want to keep it in decent condition!
This is a little bit better than completely useless. It doesn't play samples back at the beginning, it starts a couple of milliseconds into the audio. When looping, there's a dip in volume as it repeats. Akai have been relentless in not bothering to update the firmware. I can live with the long load times, and the velocity sensitivity is great (Which earns it a star). Please don't bother with this, it's a waste of your money and time.
This item came in reasonable time. It was as it appeared in the ad. Make sure you research what you will be using it for before purchasing. It's a good item but make sure you don't need something more versatile. It's quite simple but effective for live situations. I am happy with the purchase.
As I am about to MD the show, "Spamalot", I needed a simple way to launch assorted sound effects while also playing my keyboards. This little Akai sampler is the perfect solution: Though plastic, it's solidly made, with very playable pads. Best of all, it has FULL SIZE sockets on the back for Ins, Outs and Headphones, and can be used to sample directly from a microphone (or or pair). Runs off USB juice or from the included wall wart. Just super, nothing to complain about.