|Product Dimensions||14.63 x 29.57 x 3.05 cm; 680.39 Grams|
|Item Model Number||MPX16|
|Standing screen display size||3|
|Item Weight||680 g|
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Akai Professional MPX16 - Portable Drumming Sample Pad Controller With 16 Performance-Ready Pads, On-Board Recording, Built in FX & SD Card Slot
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- Sampling Essentials - Record and play-back pro-quality stereo .WAV samples at 16-bit/48kHz resolution using any SD card (sold separately)
- Finger Drum -16 velocity-sensitive MPC-style backlit pads for sample-triggering and finger drumming
- Capture Anything - Record and trigger your own samples using MPX16's 1/4-inch (6.3mm) stereo inputs or onboard stereo microphone
- Pack of 16 pads
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MPX16 is an advanced sampler / player with sixteen backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads. Combining an ultra-portable footprint with convenient USB power (or via the included PSU), musicians, producers and performers can record and trigger sound samples stored on standard SD or SDHC cards. Insert the SD card, assign its contents to any of the MPX16’s pads, and you’re ready to perform. For unrestricted sampling freedom MPX16 features core recording functionality via ¼-inch stereo inputs or the onboard stereo microphone – take command of your samples and add some dynamic flair to your performance using the onboard processors for tuning, filtering, envelopes and more. At home, in the studio, as part of a producer's rig, or on stage as a solution for triggering critical sounds, MPX16 is a compact sampling powerhouse.
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I have hesitated to buy this due to the bad reviews, but I felt that it would be a good solution to my problem if I could get it to work, and I could always return it if not, so I decided to take the risk. I bought the MPX16 rather than the MPX8 as my drum kit has more than eight pad triggers.
First problem is that It wouldn't play some samples. Even after converting them with the conversion software that is downloaded from the Akai website they still wouldn't play. However, I discovered that if just imported them into Audacity and then exported them as 16 bit PCM WAV (the default option) they worked fine.
The controls are a bit counterintuitive. The pads are numbered backwards, and the plus + key moves the cursor left, whilst the minus - key moves the cursor right. This is the opposite of what left-to-right reading Westerners would expect, but of course there are cultures in the world who read left-to-right so it suits them fine.
Adjusting the MIDI channel to suit the drum kit works fine, and adjusting parameters such as tuning and reverb also works fine. I had a problem with the cymbal pads not triggering my crash sample, but if I assign the crash sample to a drum pad it works fine, which seems to suggest that this is a problem with my drum kit not sending MIDI signals rather than the MPX16.
I have not used the sampling and I probably never will as I mostly used paid for professional samples. If I recorded my own I would use my TASCAM DP 006 Portable recorder and process them in a computer first.
This unit has its faults, but it fits a particular need in the market at a nice price. Many of the people who gave bad reviews seem to expect too much for this price. It fits the need I bought it for, but I have to deduct stars for its faulty file conversion software, its slightly awkward usability, and the inability to change the MIDI channel which is stuck on 1. The manual also lacks detail, although some things are printed on the unit itself.
For a drum kit, that would be more than adequate, and that is really what this is for. I use lo-fi,16 bit mono 22,000Khz samples, so less space, but even that can be a bit of a juggling act. But if you want long 16bit Stereo files, you would probably find this very limiting.
If you are intending to use this as a drum trigger - I think it would be very useful -It is AKAI after all, and the pads are very popular. For me, I like it for one purpose: to trigger lo-fi loops. It is pretty robust but the software editor is not the easiest or most intuitive and can be a bit frustrating, but does have a few tweaking parameters. It wouldn't be my go-to piece of kit, but for my needs at this price it is certainly adequate.
loads of conversion plugs knocking around. Problems started when I tried to upgrade the firmware - I could not get the SD card reader to
recognise any card that I used (I think I tried four or five). OK, can't upgrade the firmware (to play files in stereo as opposed to mono), let
see how it works as a sampler - success (I thought), I managed to get a couple of mono files to read from the card (very slowly), shut the thing down
for a few hours, rebooted, the SD card was not recognised anymore. Tried yet another card (correctly formatted by the way) worked until
I shut the sampler down. Wouldn’t recognise the card when I re-booted. The internal samples are OK, but I did purchase this to be able to
play my own samples, so pretty useless to me. Oh, and the AKAI MPX8 application that you download free from the AKAI website is
a joke - crashes more often than not. AVOID!
Die Tasten sind gut, das Interface am Gerät auch.
Die Software zum konvertieren und aufspielen der Samples aiuf die SD Card funktioniert zwar, ist aber etwas unhandlich.
Die USB und line-out Anschlüsse sind leider nicht auf der gleichen Seite was das Gerät klobig macht.
Wer einen Stand alone minisampler mit Soundousgabe sucht sollte sich definitiv im Bereich des Roland 404 umsehen und die Finger davon lassen.