The MPD18 portable pad controller is the smallest-sized model in Akai Professional''s line of MPD pad controllers geared for DJs, programmers, producers and other musicians. The heart of the MPD18 is its bank of 16 velocity-and pressure-sensitive MPC pad. Users can access three different banks of sounds from the pads for a total of 48 sounds at once. The MPD18 also borrows the MPC Series' assignable Q-Link controllers, enabling users to control nearly any parameters in their software in real time on an assignable Q-Link fader and an assignable Q-Link button.
Users will find the MPD18 to be convenient, sending MIDI information over its plug-and-play USB interface for use with Mac or PC without installing any drivers. The USB connection also powers the MPD18 so musicians can use the controller with no power supply. The MPD18 can control nearly any MIDI software, as well as MIDI hardware, such as synths, sound modules, samplers, sequencers, drum machines and more.