What do you get when you cross an Akai Mpd32 with APC controller?Akai newest pad, fader, encoder and step sequencer midi controller the Akai Mpd 232.
This controller is a mix and blend of some of Akai’s most famous music producing technology and hardware designs that have shaped the sounds of hip hop, house and electronica for over 20 years, and are still going strong today.
So, if you want a mixture of controls over your DAW, VST, Plugins and drum libraries and you find yourself getting lost or tripping over yourself with the new influx of 64 pad grid controllers on the market, then the more traditional use and layout of the 232 might be appealing to your fingertips and production style.
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So, once you have trigger a pads then this particular sound is able to be sequenced on the neighbouring horizontal 16 button, kicking off the step sequencing pattern.
A typical house kick drum pattern would have note pushed in at the buttons 1,5,9 and 13 to get that that classic 4 to the floor thumping kick to start of your pattern.
Once you are happy with the sequence of one particular sound then just tap the next pad of choice and start to enter the next pattern of notes into a clear 16 or 4 bars in the horizontal step sequencer mode.
If you are finding your beats and loops to rigid and almost robotic and lacking in movement then you can access all of the quantise, swing and bpm options from the LCD screen and the use of the navigation keys and dial.
Finger drummers and traditional hip hop styled beat makers can still adopt the power and functions of the 232’s step sequencer into their workflow.
Basicly just play your drums, synth or sounds out on the 16 pads as per usual, this will then create a pattern inside of the step sequencer that you can now edit, solo and manipulate from16 button horizontal step sequencer below the faders.
Akai also include additional software for the 232 that allows you to go in and digitally add the note and create sequencers with the mouse.
I personally would not find myself going down this route very often if at all, because for me personally I would rather do this type of programming in my DAW of choice as I’m more familiar with its functions and capabilities.
What kind of deal would this be if the team at Akai didn’t throw in some extra goodies to get your on your way when you pop this package open. So whats is the box?
Ableton Live Lite
Akai Mpc Essentials
Sonivox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion
Sonivox Big Bang Universal Drums
A few final words
Technology and the hardware that allows you to control and create great music from your computer is getting better and cheaper every year.
So if you’re looking to get some state of the art pads, faders and encoders into your studio then the Mpd 232 is a great addition that is not going to break the bank.
Not forgetting that you will get to learn and experience creating music with a traditional step sequencer in a digital environment.
If you’re all about the pads and you intend to travel the globe with your midi controller then check out the little brothers of the Mpd range.
The Mpd 218 is shipped with the same high quality RGB, velocity responsive pads plus 6 knobs to get your groove on, all from the comfort of your backpack.
If you’re a die hard ableton live users looking for a pad based controller check out our reviews on the Ableton Push 2 and the Launchpad Pro, both of these are great midi controllers that can help you push your production skills to the next level and kill hours of time getting lost in the land of music production.