Designed with the same attention to
detail that made the Akai MPC series one of the leaders in music production,
the Akai Professional MPD32 is a MIDI performance pad controller that goes well
beyond the capabilities of its contemporaries.
The Akai MPD32 features typical MPC
features, such as MPC Full Level and MPC 16 Level on its pads; MPC Note Repeat;
and MPC Swing. The Akai MPD32 is the ultimate pad controller and is a powerful
tool for controlling software synths, DAW programmes and external MIDI devices.
The Akai MPD32 has a bank of 16 velocity
and pressure-sensitive MPC pads that can be switched into four pad banks,
allowing a total of 64 different sounds to be at your fingertips. The pads not
only transmit channel pressure or polyphonic pressure data, but can also be
individually programmed so that they
send either Note or Programme Change information. Individual pads can be set to
"Momentary" mode, or can be assigned to the on/off mode.
The Akai MPD32 has eight assignable
Q-link 360° knobs, Q-link faders, and eight assignable Q-link buttons to allow
access to 72 MIDI controller parameters. The preview function can avoid
unwanted controller jumps. The Akai MPD32 also features two assignable
footswitch inputs and an expression-pedal input for even more ways to perform.
The Akai MPD32 is fairly self-explanatory
and you may not even need the manual in order to use all the functions of the
MIDI controller. The status of the Akai MPD32 is easy to check thanks to the
large display, and the display will also help you to programme your own
controller assignments. Many of the 30 presets
of the Akai MPD32 are pre-configured at the factory for the most popular
software programmes. Customising the presets to your own tastes is simple,
thanks to the supplied Vyzex Editor software for Mac and PCs, and the
self-explanatory Edit functions.
Akai MPD32 has conventional MIDI outputs to communicate with external MIDI
devices. Computer installation is very easy, as the controller uses the
existing driver in the operating system without having to install any special
drivers. The USB mode function sends MIDI information over the Plug & Play
USB interface and even powers the MPD32, so the USB cable is all you need to