Akai MPD226 Drum Pad Controller

More than just a MIDI USB pad controller, the MPD226 gives you 16 backlit "Thick Fat" MPC drum pads, plus knobs, faders, and transport buttons for your DAW.

The Akai MPD226 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production.

Experience the Difference

First, Akai stepped up their game by adding ultra-sensitive Thick Fat MPC pads, creating an amazingly responsive user experience. The MPD226 has an expanded control set featuring four knobs, four faders, four buttons arranged in three banks for 36 total controls versus 12 on the MPD26. This will enable you to maximize your sound and give you increased control over effects.

MIDI information is sent over its plug-and-play USB interface for use on Mac or PC, eliminating the need to install any drivers.


- 16 Thick Fat RGB illuminated velocity and pressure sensitive MPC pads
- 64 assignable pads accessible via 4 banks
- 4 assignable faders, 4 assignable Q-Link knobs, 4 assignable Q-Link buttons
- 36 assignable controls accessible via 3 banks
- Classic MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, 16 Level, Full Level and Tap Tempo
- 30 presets total, with configurations for most popular DAWs
- iOS compatible using the Camera Connection Kit (not included)
- MIDI In and Out jacks for controlling external gear
- Dedicated Transport controls
- Includes Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums
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System Requirements:- Macintosh: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended); 1GB RAM (2GB recommended); Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended), Available USB port

System Requirements: - PC: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 Celeron-compatible CPU or faster (multicore CPU recommended); 1 GB RAM (2GB recommended); Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP; Windows-compatible sound card (ASIO driver support recommended); QuickTime recommended, Available USB port

Pads: 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit, 4 banks accessible via Pad Bank button

Knobs: 4 knobs, 360-degree assignable potentiometers, 3 banks accessible via Control Bank button, 1 360-degree encoder for display navigation and selection via push

Faders: 4 assignable 45mm faders, 3 banks accessible via Control Bank button

- 4 assignable switches, amber-backlit
- 10 dedicated function buttons, amber-backlit
- 3 transport buttons
- 4 directional cursor buttons for display navigation

Display: 20 x 4 characters, monochrome backlit with adjustable contrast

Connections: 1 USB port, 1 power input (power adapter sold separately), 1/8" MIDI input (1/8"-MIDI adapter included), 1/8" MIDI output (1/8"-MIDI adapter included), Kensington lock slot

- via computer USB bus or USB charger (sold separately)
- via power adapter (sold separately): 6V DC, 1A, center-positive

Dimensions (width x depth x height): 13.1" x 10" x 1.9" (33.3 cm x 25.4 cm x 4.8 cm)

Weight: 2.9 lbs. (1.3 kg)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 3.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MPD226

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 401-658-4032
Web: http://www.akaipro.com/support

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (2 ratings)
Submitted August 21, 2020 by a customer from gmail.com

"You Can't Go Wrong!"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Where do you start? How about Akai giving away MPC Beats for free? Why is that important? Well because Akai is such a great company, and their software works with any hardware, I looked and asked myself what am I missing?The thick fat juicy pads that comes with MPD226, the note repeat, the midi, the faders, the infinite knobs.I used to own the Studio One Black a couple of years ago, and I guess I just plainly forgot how great the pads are, and how conviently they have plenty of presets for some DAWS, and if your DAW isn't listed, not to worry because you can choose from 6 generic presets.I'm not bragging, but I was so inspired when I received it last week, that I made 3 complete songs within a week.You can customize this pad controller so much, that you can find yourself reaching for this pad controller, versus reaching for your mouse in a lot of cases.This is definitely a keeper, even though it came out a few years ago.I did not buy this product from zZounds, because they didn't have it in stock. However zZounds has the best customer service and I am a dedicated shopper there.
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