Akai Professional MPD26 : mastermind003's user review
« Amazing value for its price »
Akai's MPD 26 follows in the same footsteps as the MPD 26 with excellent pad sensitivity. The MPD26 features authentic MPC pads, therefore it provides music production enthusiasts with the genuine feel of Akai's flagship MPC sampler series. Features pre-loaded midi functions with programs including Live, Fl Studio, Reason, Sonar, Stylus, and more. Along with these features are six faders and six knobs completely assignable via midi. As for the value for the price, there is not much more you can possibly ask for from a midi pad controller. The precision and quality of sound is dependent on the digital audio workstation of choice. The MPD 26 includes full transport features with fast forward, rewind, stop, play and record buttons. In addition, this unit also features the same note repeat, tape tempo, and time division features found on the MPC series. The full level and 16 levels feature are also present, something MPC users are readily familiar with. This is complemented with four pad banks. In terms of cosmetics, the MPD 26 has a sleek, sturdy black frame, a pleasant change from the MPD 26’s sliver frame. With the way my personal home studio is set up, the streamlined workflow the MPD 26 displays within FL Studio 9 is quite impressive. Whether you are already an MPC owner, or you are looking for that authentic MPC feel to accompany your digital audio workstation of choice, Akai’s MPD 26 fulfills every requirement you can possibly desire in a midi pad controller, and looks good as well. Perhaps the only negative aspect of the MPD 26 is the fact that it has only six programmable knobs, two less than the MPD 24. Many Ableton Live users have complained that this dpes not mesh well with the eight mappable micro knobs within Live’s interface. However, this should not stop anyone from considering this great product, excellent valur for the price.