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Akai Professional MPD232 Review

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Overview

AKAI Professional has released the latest incarnation of it's MPD series, the MPD232. The pad controller combines 3 important functions in one device. The MPD232 combines a Pad Controller, Step Sequencer and Control Surface. Check out our quick review video to see how the MPD232 works for our production needs.

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Review Video & Demo

Setup & First Impressions

AKAI Professional has released the latest incarnation of it's MPD series, the MPD232. The pad controller combines 3 important functions in one device. The MPD232 combines a Pad Controller, Step Sequencer and Control Surface. The product features 16 fat MPC pads that are RGB backlit. The pads feature 4 different banks, expanding the key range to 64. It has 8 sliders and 8 knobs as well, which are accompanied by a D-Link button and a D-Link encoder. The sliders and knobs are easily assignable within your DAW and have 3 banks total which expands the controls to 72. The onboard step sequencer is a 64 channel, 32 step sequencer which is a completely new feature for the MPD series.

Check out the full video review above and the summary below to learn more about the Akai MPD232 MIDI Pad controller

Conclusion / Recommended For

The MPD232 is a great addition to the MPD family. It keeps in line with what has made AKAI Professional so successful over the years, the MPC pads. There is a big difference with these pads in comparison to its' competition. The feel and response is top notch. Combine this with all the other great features of the MPD232 and you have one of the best pad controllers on the market.

Pros

  • Pads are best on the market with great feel & correct velocity sensitivity
  • Controller Assignments are very easy and sliders and knobs work accurately
  • Step Sequencer is a useful tool and nice addition to MPD series

Cons

  • At times, Note Repeat would not sync properly

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