Akai MPX8 user reviews
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
- This is a sample player.
You load the samples on an SD card, the machine reads them. It's simple, but that is exactly what I needed for me not lugging a computer on stage.
It could have been awesome BUT: the samples are played louder or softer depending on the strength of your hits on the pads, which is cool to have fun, simulate a drum ... but UNUSABLE to read samples in live situations.
I was hoping Akai adds a feature to disable the pad sensitivity, but their "technical representative" told me that it was not in the agenda.
- Very simple. No need for the manual.
It is easy to have fun with.
- Transparent. No problem.
Warning: unbalanced jack output so = You need 2 DIs for use on stage!
- Overall Opinion
- I used it for 4 months.
THE BIG PROBLEM:
No option to disable the pad sensitivity.
Specifically, in live situations, when I trigger a sample (2 or 3 times per song, at the very most): I never know if the volume is going to be too loud or not loud enough because it depends on the way I hit the pads (which varies! because no, I'm not a machine!).
Result: the sample is either too loud or not loud enough. Working with the sound engineer for 1 hour will not change anything because the volume varies despite all my efforts to be as regular as possible.
= The sound engineer goes crazy.
= The MPX8 stays sleeping in the closet, I no longer use it. And I don't recommend it to anyone as long as Akai does not provide a firmware update in order to have the possibility to play samples at fixed volume. (Which is not going to happen according to J. Sandeen, their "Technical representative")
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
- The mpx8 is a hardware controller samples to pads. I use it as an electronic battery directly connected to my looper 6,35 mm jack. It works with 16bit mono WAV files capped at 48kHz.
Power is only USB (cable supplied AC adapter). It comes with adapters midi (which I have no use since I'm 100% hardware), and a library of native sounds pretty poor, but already used to have a little fun. Akai offers on its website a larger library and a very simple software for computer load samples onto an SD card. We assign each sample to a pad, the SD card is inserted into the mpx8 and roll youth! The possibilities are endless.
- The grip is very intuitive: in two minutes, I was already having fun as a little crazy. The interface is basic, but effective: simply select a kit with the wheel and the samples are directly assigned to the pads that are velocity sensitive. You can also easily edit the sounds on the machine.
- I'm not at all an expert in sound: I was just looking for a small electronic battery fingers to decorate the pieces I do at home. I have a rather amateur use, but the sound quality satisfies me, and dynamics seems very good: no latency, no response problem.
- Overall Opinion
- I use it for two weeks and I am extremely satisfied. The mpx8 offers the advantages of a midi controller without having to go through IT. In this price range, the offer was almost non-existent: it is therefore meet a real need.
To me, who am not a drummer, but looking at my pieces to decorate with rhythm tracks with a set 100% hardware, this is the perfect bike.
The overall finish is very good. The pads are very fun to use and seem quite reliable and robust.
I would do the purchase again!