I've always liked the concept of the MPC, with it's hands-on pad controlled interface giving the producer a more natural rhythm tapping platform to work with.
What's held me back from purchasing an MPC hardware sampler is that I've already got all of the sampling capabilities within my studio software, and it's really only the pad control interface that I would be gaining.
This is where the Akai MPD16 MIDI pad controller comes in.
The Akai MPD16 is one of the longest established models of MPC-styled MIDI pad controllers, basically designed to bring MPC pads to a software studio.
Being a MIDI controller does of course mean that there are no sounds or sampling capabilities stored within the unit - it's sole purpose is to MIDI pad control of your existing software (or hardware) samplers/synths. A lot of producers using the Akai MPD16 will use it to program MIDI drum sequences into their sequencer software, using Native Instruments Battery sampler to provide the diverse drum samples, or similar.
I'm currently looking into buying one of these little beauties, which you can now pick up for under USD$90!
I think it will compliment my software powered studio nicely, as my MIDI controller keyboard has done for it's equivilent task of playing synths and other instruments.
I'll post an update to this once I've bought my own MPD16...
I've now ordered the latest model, the Akai MPD24 MIDI Pad Controller, and will be posting updates in that article once I receive it.
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