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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.
If they updated the firmware, just once in a blue moon to sort out the issues it has then I would say superb. But, the company don't seem to care about fixing the bugs it has. Or even making an effort to improve the firmware.
Rivedo la mia precedente recensione. Premesso che non si tratta di un prodotto professionale, cercherò di elencarne pregi e difetti con la speranza di aiutare altri in modo che non debbano incontrare i miei stessi problemi. Partiamo col dire che la manualistica a corredo non è solo incompleta, ma anche inesatta... Ad esempio, quando si inserisce una scheda SD con dei suoni caricati secondo i parametri indicati nel manuale, appare la scritta "empty" come se la scheda fosse vuota quando invece basta selezionare la stessa voce e girare la manopola di selezione dei suoni per veder apparire i nostri sample sulla card. Ma non stà scritto da nessuna parte.... Le modalità "loop" e "hold" per triggerare i campioni, sul manuale, sono indicate esattamente al contrario... Il programmino Akai per la conversione dei files fà lo stesso effetto del Guttalax, meglio un sano drag and drop dei files direttamente nella card. A proposito di quest'ultima, consiglio la formattazione (in FAT 32) collegata a MPX16 come descritto nel manuale. Nel caricate i nostri kit personali (raccolte di 16 samples), è tutt'altro che veloce. Detto questo, a questo prezzo, io non ho trovato nulla di simile a livello di campionatore: il prodotto suona, registra, insomma, diciamo che per questo soldi si dà da fare. Manca in bundle una qualsivoglia daw come Ableton Live Lite che io ho utilizzato, ad esempio, per poter registrare e riprodurre una sequenza di samples. Consigliato a chi vuole divertirsi spendendo poco come me, chi cerca prodotti adatti ad esibizioni live o altro di più professionale, è bene si rivolga altrove.
Le produit est très bien mais peu adapté à mes besoins d'avoir des musiques et bruitages pour le théâtre. Le temps de chargement des sons est très long (2 minutes pour les 16 pads) et le chargement d'une nouvelle banque de son n'est pas simple et nécessite plusieurs manipulations. Mon besoin étant de simplifier au maximum la vie des régisseurs et les erreurs de lancement de sons. Seuls les sons AVI sont possibles d'ou la lenteur et la lourdeur des fichiers Maintenant le produit en lui même est trés bien et surement ultra performant pour son utilisation initiale destinée à la musique
Product is compact and handy. Only a music file player, thats all. No more editing features, audio output quality is very disappointed. Issue of auto start recording & start point. But useful as per amount.