Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?
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Old 27-01-2012, 05:08 AM   #1
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Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

Finger drumming with my keystation is giving me the dry shits backwards; so I want to get just a basic, (but usable, you know, like, good), controller with pads that I can use to bang out beats n shit.

Anyone who has experience with either the MPD18 or LPD8 or both and could give me a little relevant info, i.e. are the pads shit like on the MPK keyboards or good like the MPC et al, would be rendering unto me a most valuable service which I would be most grateful for.

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[Edited due to fucking grammar]

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Old 27-01-2012, 11:24 AM   #2
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

I point you in the general direction of this thread on mpcforums [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]

In particular twisted-roots post.

I own an mpd32 but I haven't owned any other akai products so I can't speak for the mpd18 at all, but here's my experience:

I bought the mpd32 and was uber excited cos I'd wanted an mpc machine for years. After hooking it up I was so disappointed with the pads responsiveness, you had to hit them with a sledge hammer to get full velocity. Then I tried the duct tape squares on the back of the pads and they worked just fine until....

I decided to upgrade to the MPCStuff fat pads & corx backing. Now the sensitivity is perfect for me (albeit the pads are pretty solid feeling with the corx on the back) I can get easy sensitivity from the lowest to full on and it feels natural. Triplets and subtlety is now possible.

If you do get the MPD18 then you should consider these [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]


or better, save a bit more and get an MPC Ren

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Old 27-01-2012, 11:32 AM   #3
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

I got the LPD8. What I can say is that it's durable, and the knobs feel good. The pads feel nice, but you have to hit them pretty hard.
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Old 27-01-2012, 11:43 AM   #4
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

Thanks for the info and advice; I had a feeling it would cost me more to get what I want.
@ Panten, I will definitely consider the pad/corx upgrade and check out that thread.

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Old 27-01-2012, 11:51 AM   #5
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

never used these but I'll just throw this out there: korg padkontrol has some decent pads, fairly stiff, pretty responsive, a nice touchpad along with it but only 2 knobs on it; the trigger finger is slightly less responsive with mushier pads, and more controls on it, but lacks the LED backlit pads of the PK.

if you're not 100% set on akai they're both worth a look.

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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

Look at getting a korg padkontrol, the pads are supposed to be the best. mpc pads are shit theyre all squidgy. its just a myth that theyre great started by akai by saying 'it has original mpc pads' on all their products like its a good thing. sent from a samsung.

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Old 27-01-2012, 11:57 AM   #7
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

I have a LPD8 and it works fine.
Live quickly maps the pads automatically to 8 parameters (perfect if you work with racks a lot).
The pads are a bit stiff though.

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Old 27-01-2012, 12:09 PM   #8
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

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never used these but I'll just throw this out there: korg padkontrol has some decent pads, fairly stiff, pretty responsive, a nice touchpad along with it but only 2 knobs on it; the trigger finger is slightly less responsive with mushier pads, and more controls on it, but lacks the LED backlit pads of the PK.

if you're not 100% set on akai they're both worth a look.
Na, I'm not that particular on brand; it's just that the LPD and MPD are $80-100 cheaper on e-bay than the padkontrol and I'm a poor cunt. I am considering the trigger finger but mushy pads don't appeal.
I may just have to save my pennies.

[EDIT: what about that nanoPAD shit, same pads as the padkontrol or not quite?]

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Old 27-01-2012, 12:27 PM   #9
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

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Really enjoyed the LPD8 when I got it. Pads are nice & responsive once they've been bashed in a bit. I've read many a complaint about the MPK's pads not being as good as the LPD8's. There's also a quick-fix to get LED feedback in Ableton, which makes it a bit cooler than it was without the LED feedback . The included LPD8 editor software is easy to use.

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The knobs were a bit too short to use in a live setup; but fine for tweaking mapped parameters when in the studio. Again - there's a fix to have the knobs behave like a control surface so that the blue hand appears in Ableton & it automatically maps to your Ableton devices. Never bothered with it though. Switching banks is awkward - it involves three presses (bank, bank #, bank).

Eventually I wanted more pads, and easier bank switching - got a PadKontrol which I'm very happy with. At the moment I'm just using the LPD8 (in one bank) to trigger various functions on a Looper.
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Old 28-01-2012, 11:30 PM   #10
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

Please excuse the bump; I was just wondering if anyone has experience with the korg nanoPAD.
Korg claims the pads are the same as on the PadKontrol, (just like Akai claiming MPC pads on everything), but the nanoPAD is a lot cheaper; are they cutting costs just on features, (most of which I don't need), or on quality, (which I do have some need of)?
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

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Please excuse the bump; I was just wondering if anyone has experience with the korg nanoPAD.
Korg claims the pads are the same as on the PadKontrol, (just like Akai claiming MPC pads on everything), but the nanoPAD is a lot cheaper; are they cutting costs just on features, (most of which I don't need), or on quality, (which I do have some need of)?
Cheers.
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Old 29-01-2012, 12:22 AM   #12
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

Awesome, exactly what I needed.
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

I got an MPD18 recently and I love it. Like others have said, the sensitivity is not the best, but I did the electrical-tape-under-the-pads mod and it works much better. I use it constantly.
I can't speak for the nanoPAD, but I do have a nanoKEY and it is, without a doubt, the worst, most-shoddily made Korg product I've ever owned (and I've been very satisfied with my Korg Electribe, guitar processor, and Nintendo DS synth. I don't know if the entire product line is built with the same standards, but one of the insensitive, laptop-like keys broke off of my nanoKEY almost immediately. I'm pretty cheap, but I wouldn't buy a nanoPAD.
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

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I got an MPD18 recently and I love it. Like others have said, the sensitivity is not the best, but I did the electrical-tape-under-the-pads mod and it works much better. I use it constantly.
I can't speak for the nanoPAD, but I do have a nanoKEY and it is, without a doubt, the worst, most-shoddily made Korg product I've ever owned (and I've been very satisfied with my Korg Electribe, guitar processor, and Nintendo DS synth. I don't know if the entire product line is built with the same standards, but one of the insensitive, laptop-like keys broke off of my nanoKEY almost immediately. I'm pretty cheap, but I wouldn't buy a nanoPAD.
Thanks mate, after reading the review Scyn posted plus a couple of others; I'm thinking I'll be getting the MPD18. If I had the money I'd consider the padkontrol or an MPC but I don't really have a need for anything but a decent input device and my funds are limited.

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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

I used an LPD8 for live performance and the pads works just fine for me. I had some problems using them in the beginning but after some use and the pads broken in, I can't complain.
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

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[EDIT: what about that nanoPAD shit, same pads as the padkontrol or not quite?]
I have the older NanoPad. It's cheap, the pads feel decent, and it doesn't take up much room. I haven't bought the new line at all though or used it lately. Main problem I had with the Nano was that it had pads in rows of 2.
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Re: Akai MPD18 or LPD8; Any difference in performance, pads, whatever?

I have the Korg nanopad & imho it pretty much sucks. I get more dynamic response from my synths. I'm thinking about getting the padkontrol, but if the pad response is similar to the nanopad....forget it.

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