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Doubling hitting is a problem very well known with these devices, in fact there is post on forums, reddit and all over the internet about it.
every single pad on my MPD226 double hits, when i record a sequence I need to quantize and clean up the MIDI every single time because of the double hits. It's extremely annoying and as a result I don't use the device, it's in my cupboard collecting dust.
1 Star rating because this is a common fault with many of these device, AKAI need to take responsibility and either stop selling this product or put the price up a bit and use better components.... even have a better Quality Control process.
Just a warning to those of us who are keen musicians but not technologically savy. THIS PRODUCT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET UP AND RUNNING due to the complex and convoluted downloads one has to complete to do so. THIS SHOULD CLEARLY BE ADVISED at point of purchase. I hope this note will help others simimilar to me and avoid them having to experience the frustration I am going through. Even with the help of two professional computer savy technicians I was unable to get this product to work within my reecording studio setup. I am sure the actual item works well...but no good if one cannot get the required operating system to make it operate. WHY DON'T THEY JUST INCLUDE a simple CD with the software required AND offer the purcahser clear and simple instructions on how to get it up and running?
Had 2 of these and both had the same issue, unresponsive pads, which only work when struck hard. Akai confirmed the first unit was faulty, then ignored me when I asked about the second one behaving the same. Searching online people do seem to be having issues with pad sensitivity (although the opposite to my issue with the pads being oversensitive), and as you can't adjust the sensitivity it seems to be an inherent problem with this model (apparently with some other models you can adjust the sensitivity).
So yeah this has been my only AKAI purchase and I won't be bothering with them again. Shame as it might be a great item when working properly, but I'm not gonna go through Amazon's entire stock until I find one.
I haven't yet been able to get it to work with ProTools, which is what I bought it for. As for downloads of the software that comes with it, the download speed is appalling, and it then times out. The VIP software which is only 1.8Gb, and should only have taken a matter of a couple of hours, I had to leave running overnight, and then after finally downloading, it won't recognise the numerous music software/plugins that I have. As for the Sonivox Big Drums (6.7Gb), I left it downloading for a good 48 hours and then towards the end it failed. As a professional in the internet business I have a solid high speed data business internet connection. I do not expect this sort of speed and subsequent failure, particularly from a brand such as Akai. Very disappointing. Not a recommended product.
Bestellung und Lieferung direkt über Amazon. Lieferung ohne zusätzliche Umverpackung (geht gar nicht). Bereits geöffnete Originalverpackung mit Amazon Pandarole zugeklebt. Nach öffnen der Verpackung musste ich feststellen, dass es sich um gebrauchte Ware gehandelt hat. Luftpolsterverpackung des Gerätes lag lose drin. USB Kabeltüte war aufgerissen und die Datenblätter waren nicht mehr in einer Hülle. Bei Bestellung direkt über Amazon habe ich das nicht erwartet. Habe den Controller dann doch mal ausprobiert und musste feststellen, dass es sich hier um eines der vielen, wie in diversen Foren beschrieben, sehr schlechtes Pad handelt. Ansprechverhalten der Pads eine volle Katastrophe. Die Pads sprechen nur bei starkem Anschlag an. Man kann also nicht dynamisch damit einspielen. Da es so oder so an Amazon zurückgeht, werde ich es auch nicht nochmal neu bestellen. Man muss bei dem AKAI 218 wahrscheinlich Glück haben um ein gutes zu erwischen.
The first one I received had really poor sensitivity of the middle four pads, to the point it was totally unusable. The replacement one was better from a sensitivity point of view (but still far from great), but one of the pads was stuck on, so it's going back too. Basically the quality control is shambolic and the variations between units is massive. If you get a good one, it's a nice unit at a great price, but I've had 2 out of 2 faulty ones. Do you want to take the risk?
I was all up for this, support and what ya get with is has broken links and just shoddy. Lack of info and just poor. The product is cheap thin and tacky. Pad's when using Full level are tacky cheap and sh*te. Totally worth less than the cheap price it is.
First of all, I want to outline the fact that I have received a faulty product - LCD screen did not work at all rendering some of the options useless when attempting to load presets for different software.
My MPD232 came with very unresponsive touch pads - had to hit them quite hard for them to register velocity, even on highest settings. Read reviews online that there is an airgap between pads and plastic-electronic sheet that acts as a sensor, causing this issue - some people apparently take them apart and put isolating tape layers between pads and the sensor to make it more sensitive but cannot advise whether that works.
Other than the fact that I was unable to use it properly, AKAI website provides outdates software on the product page where you register MPD, however if you contact them via support ticket, they will provide you with bunch of cool programs and refreshed AKAI Essentials, which I found pretty cool. Ableton Live that comes with it (did not come with mine sadly) is also pretty need software.
All in all, product presents itself visually great, looks professional and fun to use, yet I cannot comment on actual full performance due to the above.
All in all, decided to get a refund to get NI Maschine MK3 and I'm very happy with my choice.
Got delivered this morning. Went to the website to create an account to be able to get the software. Installed on my desktop. Once it was done it said the computer had to be restarted. Done that and it booted into a blue screen. Spent most of the afternoon trying to get it to boot up and it’s looking like a fresh install of windows is needed. Then I tried getting the software for my laptop and it refused to even install. Terrible.
Just bought the Akai mpd18 and it arrived today, I was incredibly disappointed to discover that its absolutely useless, im not exaggerating, its un-usable! You have to bang the pads or they wont trigger consistently, but when you bang them it causes them to do double or even triple triggers of the sample. Awful. Buy this if you feel like gambling on getting one that works but my advice is avoid!