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MPD32 - knobtastic pad bashing fun
MPD32 - knobtastic pad bashing fun
Posted by Gizmo on January 17, 2008 :

Akai Pro MPC5000 MPC-5000

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As we know, it's all about MIDI control these days and getting to grips with software and this new Akai MPD32 aims to expand on it's MPD16 and 24 heritage to give you even more flexibility - more knobs and faders to assign.

Verbiage follows:

Sequel to Popular MPD24 Retains Genuine MPC Pads,
Adds Loads of New Controllers

Cumberland, R.I. (Jan. 16, 2008 ) Akai Professional, the name synonymous with innovation in electronic musical instruments, announces the MPD32 pad controller.

The MPD32 is Akai Professional's new flagship pad controller for musicians and DJs. Using a USB cable to connect to a PC or Mac, the MPD32 hardware is perfect for hardware control of popular music programs such as Reason, Ableton Live and GarageBand. The MPD32 is the only pad controller on the market to feature the renowned MPC Note Repeat with swing and gate time parameters.
Additionally, it is the only pad controller that can also work as a master clock for MIDI sequencers. With the built in Tap Tempo button musicians can control tempo in real time during performances.

Sixteen velocity and pressure-sensitive genuine MPC pads provide the industry's finest feel and expression. Akai has delivered the best quality pads on the market and an unprecedented number of assignable MIDI controllers, including eight assignable faders, eight assignable switches and eight assignable 360 knobs. Three selectable control banks extend the number of available faders, buttons and knobs to 24 each (72 total controllers). Four pad banks allow for 64 total pads.

The MPD32 also features transport controls for interfacing with DAW/sequencing applications like Sonar, Cubase and Logic. The MPD32 is a fully programmable controller and multi-functional control surface that fits perfectly within any production or performance environment.

Key features of the MPD32 include:

  • MIDI synced note-repeat with MPC swing
  • Sixteen full-sized, genuine MPC pads with velocity and pressure-sensitive response
  • Three banks of eight assignable switches, sliders and endless knobs for a total of 72 controllers
  • Two assignable Foot Switches
  • One assignable Foot Pedal controller
  • Large, easy-to-read custom LCD display
  • Thirty user-definable presets for various DAW and software applications
  • MMC/MIDI Start/Stop transport buttons
  • Ableton Live Akai Edition software included
  • BFD Lite software included

The MPD32 is coming Q2 - 2008 to musical instrument retailers with an MSRP of $499.

With the laptop becoming just as important as mixers and decks, having hands on touchy feely control via a box of buttons and faders is infinitely preferable to looking like you're checking your myfacespacebebobook page for hours. So popping one of these next to your decks will free you up a tad from being chained to your lappie.

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9 comments to this story

On January 17, 2008, android said this:
Looks niice! Hopefully no probs this time with rotaries sending out rogue data (mpd24!blink1.gif If so, gonna get me one o these babies.

On January 17, 2008, Cutloose said this:
What about being comparable to the MPK49 ???

Does the MPK have the same pads ??
With this addition would it be better to purchase this and separate Keys ???

On January 18, 2008, charlie said this:
$499, ouch

On January 19, 2008, circuit-slave said this:
The FAQ in the manual says it uses the same pads as the MPC 2500.

On January 19, 2008, dj)bary said this:
499$ ??!! mpk is 399...i don't get it

On January 20, 2008, 2tall said this:
a must have

On January 23, 2008, murj said this:
yeah, my buddy was one of the testers for this product. It's dope. Uses it with a looping program called mobius. It was hard keeping my mouth shut about this thing for 8 months! hehe

On January 23, 2008, murj said this:
oh to add to that.

it has three loop pedal inputs.

We assign on with three switches to control
1. start recording 2. overdub on/off 3. copy the loop double length

hook up a mixer and deck(s) to sound card and using fruity loops to assign and send midi and audio signals to other program(s) (such as mobius) you can create an awesome interface for live scratch tracks such as 2tall has a lot of following on this site for.

The pads and banks are tied into sounds and controls in both fruity loops and the looping program (mobius) and the user of the mpd has their own sets of foot triggers for whatever. Really hard to explain. We are working on a video to showcase this experiment.

Some of you might have already seen the old one:

On March 27, 2008, 00negro said this:
What I wanna know is what is the pad sensitivity in comparison to the mpd24, cuz I had one and it worked but it seemed not to be sensitive around the edges of the pad. SO I picked up a padkontrol, and the padkontrol blew the mpd24 pad sensitivity out of the water.. What is the mpd32 pad sensitivity lookin like

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