AKAI MPD218 USB MIDI PAD CONTROLLER - INCLUDES ABLETON LIVE LITE & REASON 10 LITE SOFTWARE
Stock code: AKAIMPD218
Auckland North Island South Island Warehouse
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Akai Professional, in partnership with Propellerhead Software, today announced the official release of Reason Lite for select Akai Pro controllers. Reason Lite offers eight instrument and/or audio tracks and maintains much of the same intuitive workflow, studio-grade instruments and powerful recording tools as the full version of Reason 10.
Reason Lite is available for free with the purchase of the following Akai hardware products:
- MPD218, MPD226, MPD232
- MPK225, MPK249, MPK261
- MPK mini mk2
- LPK25 Wireless, LPD8 Wireless
Current owners of these products can simply log in to their user account at akaipro.com to get their free Reason Lite license. Upon getting the license number, the Reason Lite download can be accessed from Propellerhead’s website: https://www.propellerheads.se/reason-lite/akai
Reason Lite features:
- Plug-and-play support for AKAI MIDI controllers
- Studio grade recording and mixing tools to polish your creations to perfection
- 9 premium instruments: Synths, samplers, drum machines
- 11 effect processors: reverb, delay, EQ, distortion and much more ¥ Guitar and bass amplifiers from Softube
- 2+GB of included sounds, loops and samples
- Extend your sound with VST and Rack Extension plugins
“Including Reason Lite with our family of hardware controllers means that our customers have an actual DAW to begin creating music in immediately upon purchase”, said Akai Pro Brand Manager Torrie Jones. “Pairing our plug-and-play hardware with Reason’s easy-to-learn software enables instant musical gratification without the steep learning curve.”
Choose Your Weapon: Building on the success of the original, the feature-packed MPD2 Series gives you amazing creative musical ammo with Thick Fat backlit MPC pads, improved controls and new bundled software
OK, it was a tall order. We admit it. People loved the original MPDs so much that we didn’t want to mess with success.
But we did.
The MPD2 Series is a product of over six years of detailed customer research and user feedback. We asked what you wanted and we listened closely. We took what you told us and turned it into the most capable and user-friendly line of pad controllers Akai Professional has developed to date.
The MPD218 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, we stepped up our game by adding new, ultra sensitive Thick Fat MPC pads, creating an amazingly responsive user experience. The MPD218 also has an expanded control set of six knobs in three banks versus one control on the previous MPD18 model. 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. The USB connection powers the MPD218 so the included USB cable is all you need.
Along with the improved functionality we’ve added iOS compatibility using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) and included over $400 of free software. Titles include: Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Big Bang Drums and Big Bang Cinema from Sonivox, Ableton Live Lite, and Software Preset Editor.
Our MPD2 Series marks an important evolution of the pad controller. Many years of research and customer feedback has led directly to some of the most capable pad controllers we’ve ever developed. These MPDs are the perfect bridge between your creativity and your computer-based studio.
- 16 Thick Fat backlit MPC pads
- 48 assignable pads accessible via 3 banks
- 18 assignable 360-dgree potentiometers accessible via 3 banks
- MPC Note Repeat and Full Level
- iOS compatible using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
- 16 configurable presets
- USB powered, no AC adapter required
- Includes Ableton Live Lite, Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion and Big Bang Universal Drums
Macintosh: 1.25 GHz G4/G5 or faster (Intel Mac recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), Mac OS X 10.4.11 (10.5 or later recommended)
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