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Connected straight away into Cubase 8 Artist, the pads I found have a really good response and velocity sensitivity. I found it very user friendly, fun and a pleasure to use. The software is easy to download and use, you have to open a free account with Akai to do so. ON the Akai website you can also download a free editor which allows you to change and assign the pads so very easily. It's built well, and is way way better than any pads I have used or touched that are built into the end of a midi keyboard. This is dedicated and designed for one purpose and it does the job very well. As a Pro recording artists and studio I have little patience for any software or hardware that does not work or is unfriendly to operate. This is instant, fast, easy, reliable so that you can dive in and get on with things.
Nice bit of kit but wish they gave you a case for it (or sold one). I have had this a week and no problems. The software is top notch no need for any other daw . This is a great starting point for someone needing a midi pad and great software . Few improvements could be made ( like how to link and map quickly in ableton live lite) with a quick reference book/ sheet .brilliant and would love to use or test other kits just to see how they compare 10 out of 10 from me
So... this is a update on my purchase. Now I have had time to play around with this a bit more I can now fully say with out any doubts this is a brilliant piece of equipment. I have been using this to mix , run samples and use it as a drum kit too in addition to this I bought the akai 25 key midi keyboard too and found that the software can be used on the akai 26 and mpd218 . I would love to try out more of there line as I was amazed at the quality and software you get with each item you buy. Anyone wishing to get a jumpstart to there music then look no further than here. Again I would love to test and own other midi devices that akai produce
It's a shame so many have had bad experiences with this, judging from the reviews.
Right out of the box, it synced up to my preferred DAW (Mixcraft 8) with no manual mapping required. I inserted an instrument track, picked a drum kit and I was recording a beat in seconds, (and that was before I'd even installed any of the Akai software). From there I can manually map clips to the pads, and different parameters to the dials etc.
The pads are reasonably responsive. Light touches don't register so well, so they do need a fairly firm contact, but once you make the right contact, they are very responsive to fills and rolls. It just takes a bit of getting used to.
I have an Akai keyboard controller, and it feels very flimsy, like a toy. I was sort of expecting very light build quality from this too considering the price, but it's solid. The dials feel very good, and all of the pads are very robust.
The software bundle that comes with this is crazy too. I already have Ableton but for those who don't, the Ableton Live Lite is a great package. The MPC Essentials and Big Bang Drums are great pieces of kit, and Reason Lite is also a great DAW. So all in you get two high quality DAWs, and a whole host of sounds to use (both within Ableton Lite, Reason Lite and the Big Bang Drums system), plus the unit itself, all for £70. You won't get better value than that.
If you're looking for a starter kit to get working with pads, this is literally everything you need (besides a computer, obviously) at a great price. And if you get one, buy brand new, so you can register the device and be eligible for the software bundle. It's a decent device on its own, but to get all that software included in the price, it's a steal! If it's 2nd hand, someone else will have registered the serial number and you won't be able to get all the kit that comes with it.
I did a lot of research before buying this and what I was most apprehensive about was the sensitivity of the pads as people had talked about double hits being recorded or responsiveness not quick enough. I have noticed double hits but it really depends on how you 'play' it. If I hit the pads correctly, this isn't a problem for me. The responsiveness I have had no problem with either. For the price, I am very pleased with it and would buy it again.
The mpd218 i received works fine, apparently some of these are unusable with bad pad responses and mixed sensitivities.This one feels as though you have to hit pad harder than you should need to when trying to hit softly but you have to get used to it as it is because it not adjustable, but it is quite usable when you strike it a certain way , and great overall package for the price. The sonnivox software will not install on my d drive on custom install after instructing it to, it starts installing into c drive which has no space, so i shall try it on my next laptop. sonnivox also forces you to install ilok software which sucks.I already have it installed but ilok sucks, unnecessary garbage, but overall the mpd218 with all the software is excellent value for low price
Brilliant and budget friendly for people who want to get into beatmaking using a pad controller or machine once you get to grips with this you can then spend more money on a machine instead of controller AKAI are best for pads on the market 100%
Synced no problem and works brilliantly with Reason 10. Nice, thick pads which I find very responsive. Editor is well laid out and very easy to use. Rock solid build quality. A word of advice....make sure that you are using this on a flat surface otherwise the pads can be erratic.
Oh, and the pads are fingerprint magnets!!! Great unit, solid build and very good price.
Die meisten Rezensionen gehen schon auf alle Details ein, darum möchte ich nur folgendes betonen:
Die Qualität des Controllers mit allen Funktionalitäten (einschließlich der empfindlichkeit der Pads) und dem riesen Softwarepaket würde eigentlich einen mehr als doppelt so hohen Preis rechtfertigen, für jeden der gutes Startequipment sucht: weiter suchen wäre Sinnlos, da es nichts besseres in dem Preissegment bis 200 Euro gibt. Zum Softwarepaket: Haufenweise qualtitativ Hochwertige Soundsets und Ableton Live Light, man braucht praktisch nicht mehr als dieses Set + einen Computer/Laptop um mit dem Produzieren anzufangen.
Außerdem kann sogar das Produzieren selbst in großen Teilen von Ableton durch das sehr gut gemachte Tutorial direkt im Programm gelernt werden.
Der einzige negative Punkt, der bei mir aber nicht zutrifft ist das manche von übersensitiven Pads sprechen, die fälschlicherweise Hits anzeigen, obwohl ein Pad daneben getappt wird. Das ist wohl nur bei manchen so (wurde vielleicht mittlerweile allgemein behoben) und kann durch leichtes lockern der Schrauben an der Bodenplatte gelöst werden.
Picked this up as my Maschine mk3 doesnt work very well in MIDI mode - love the pads on the Akai - I am quite tempted to buy the Akai Live on the basis that the pads are so good even in this entry level unit. Lots of options for customising and the Midi control centre app opens up lots more possibilities