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Akai Professional MPD16 USB MIDI Pad Control Unit
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Submitted: August 1st, 2005
by S1KS
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Sound Quality
velocity sensitive, with a max velocity option (meaning each time you hit a key in this mode you get the notes at full velocity) Since it is just a controller it has no sounds, effects, etc. Good for any type of percussive programming.
So far no issues
General Comments
if it were lost/stolen/damaged...i would replace it. this thing will basically turn your PC into an MPC (sort of), it allows for more expressive controll of drums and any other samples you assign to the pads. I picked this up prior to the release of the Trigger Finger (m-audio), which ive heard isnt built as well, but it also has some more features which would prove to be usefull on the MPD. Also consider something along the lines of an older sampler/workstation like the ASR-X or X-PRO, only reason i would suggest it is that you can buy one for less $ and it can be used as a midi controller as well as a sampling workstation, which would give you 15 assignable velocity sensitive pads (rather than 16) but in the end it is also a sampler, effects unit, & sequencer...a little more bang for the bank.
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