Using a USB cable to
connect to PC or Mac, the MPD32 is Akai Professional's new flagship pad
controller for musicians and DJs, allowing hardware control of music programs
such as Reason, Ableton Live and GarageBand. With 16 velocity and
pressure-sensitive genuine MPC pads, the controller allows eight each of
assignable faders, switches and 360-degree knobs, with three selectable control
banks and four pad banks, extending the options even more. It can work as a
master clock for MIDI sequencers and has a built-in Tap Tempo button so
musicians can control tempo in real time during performances. And it also features
transport controls for interfacing with DAW/sequencing applications like Sonar,
Cubase and Logic.
The MPD32 will be
available in the second quarter of the year for $499; for more info and images,
check out www.akaipro.com/prodMPD32.php.