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The MPD218 is a MIDI-over-USB pad controller perfect for producers, programmers, musicians and DJs alike. Its intuitive blend of MPC controls and technologies mesh with easy USB connectivity to bring the feel of classic beat making into the world of computer music production. 


Frequently Asked Questions:

What software is included with my purchase, and where can I download?

The MPD218 includes Ableton Live Lite, MPC Beats, Drum Synth 500 by AIR Music Tech & MPD218 Editor. Once you have registered the product in your Akai Pro User Account (inMusic Profile), you will have download links for all titles except Ableton. You will be able to download Ableton via a download card that is included in the box. Visit  to create, and log in to your user account.  

Does the product require an additional power supply?

 The MPD218 is powered by the included USB cable, and does not require an additional power supply.


Does the product require drivers, and where can I download them from?

 The MPD218 is class compliant, and does not require any drivers.


Will this work with my IOS device?

This is iOS compatible using the Apple Camera Connection Kit (sold separately).


Is the product compatible with the latest Windows, and Mac operating systems?

 Since the MPD218 is class compliant it is immediately compatible with all current Windows, and Mac operating systems.


Are the pads velocity sensitive?

The MPD2 series absolutely has velocity sensitive pads, and they’re awesome!