One of our favorite brands, Akai Professional, has come out with three new MIDI pad controllers for us to play around with. Nowadays, us producers usually use a MIDI keyboard that already has pads alongside it as opposed to a piece of gear dedicated to only pads. However, what about an extra upgrade in terms of pad feel\make? What about some extra faders, knobs and buttons to assign sounds\FX to? In this article, we focus on the middle model of their brand new MPD2 series of controllers, the Akai MPD226 MIDI Controller.
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Another year, a bunch of new gear. We always have our antennas up for new Akai music equipment, and this year they’ve brought us a few new controllers to play with. They’ve built upon their older, solid MPD pad controller and have created three new versions (upgraded, that is). In this article, we explore the flagship model of the new MPD2 toys, the Akai MPD232 MIDI Pad Controller. They’ve combined their beloved MPD pads, some control surface features as well as step sequencer programming into one machine. Let’s check it out!
About ten years ago, M-Audio came out with the Trigger Finger (pretty much discontinued), stated to be one of the first MIDI pad controllers to be released in the music realm. Now they’ve got the first fully integrated drum sequencers. The Trigger Finger Pro is a portable performance instrument with on-board sequencing as well as a software control station. It consists of 16 ultra-responsive pads (four-by-four). Automatic mapping is included, VSTs are hosted and DAWs are integrated with in the all-new Arsenal software. This combo enables the seamless integration between the hardware and software. Hardware synths in sync with software beats can be sequenced with the device as well. Let’s check out if it’s the real deal.
When it comes to music equipment, one of our biggest passions is pressing on some genuine MIDI pads. Typically used for drums, we also like to create our own little stabs and change the octaves, getting that natural feel for some recordings we do. Another awesome capability of these pieces of equipment is playing them live: i’ve gotten such good feedback from friends who have gone to my shows and said their favorite part were the drum solos I did (pretty improvised) during a few of the songs of my set.