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Akai Professional LPD8 Wireless | Bluetooth/USB Drum MIDI Controller for iOS, PC, Mac (8 Pads / 8 Knobs)

style:Wireless Determined to enhance the popular LPD8, we’ve upped the ante on portability and performance by creating the world’s first Bluetooth MIDI pad controller. Featuring eight velocity and pressure sensitive MPC-style pads, the new LPD8 Wir...

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Reviews around akai (5.00 of 5)

  • This is the best controller Akai makes incl;uding the high end stuff.
  • Akai (in my experience) has been helpful (for the most part)
  • I've been using usb controllers with Ableton Live for years now and have been through several of them - The Akai LPD8 is my favorite of the micro controllers
  • the Akai pro LPD8 controller worked perfect with reasons, and fruity loops, but it works best with ablerton live.
  • the Akai pro LPD8 controller worked perfect with reasons, and fruity loops, but it works best with ablerton live.
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Reviews around work (5.00 of 5)

  • the Akai pro LPD8 controller worked perfect with reasons, and fruity loops, but it works best with ablerton live.
  • The pads feel nice, very portable and works every time the only problem is that the knobs dont work in reason.
  • Pads are not very sensitive however you can do the good old electrical tape hack that works on most Akai pads
  • This works perfect with fruit loops 11 ill give it 10 stars I had this for two months
  • Amazing works great as described, I use this with reason 5 works wonders
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Reviews around quality (5.00 of 5)

  • Great quality and responsiveness, even responsive using Bluetooth
  • I read that the Korg nanopad has more responsive pads, but that the quality isn't very good and the pads tend to stick or stop working after a short period of use, so I decided to step it up and replace the lpd8 with the Korg padKontrol.
  • I'll be sure to tell all my musician colleagues about the spectacular quality of the Akai's standards.
  • Great Quality for me just starting up this was perfect.
  • the cdelivery was on time and overall it is a good quality item for the money.
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Reviews around use (5.00 of 5)

  • Need for better manual to be able to make better use of product.
  • Great quality and responsiveness, even responsive using Bluetooth
  • After 1 year of good use, the LPD8 lasted much longer than I thought it would
  • The pads themselves and knobs are extremely useful and can be used for anything in a program like Ableton live 8.

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Reviews around build (5.00 of 5)

  • -Solid build
  • Very well built, solid action, the pads are a bit insensitive (you need to hit them HARD to register a full-speed hit).Buyer beware: The wireless connection with Windows will not register as a midi device (Win10 Home)
  • Very well built, feels very sturdy when played.

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Reviews around response (5.00 of 5)

  • Excellent response on the pads--I can even reproduce a pretty convincing drum roll at a soft dynamic on it (without using the built-in roll feature).
  • Needed a bit of modification to actually give any of the pads a useable response
  • Very easy to use, VERY nice response on the pads, and the knobs feel awesome.

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Reviews around knob (4.54 of 5)

  • Very easy to use, VERY nice response on the pads, and the knobs feel awesome.
  • I bought this to use with Logic, and it basically works as advertised; the knobs and buttons all work and the pads feel pretty good to me.
  • The remaining knobs had inconsistent resistance, but basically worked
  • I bought this to use with Logic, and it basically works as advertised; the knobs and buttons all work and the pads feel pretty good to me.
  • The knobs feel just good, I found more pleasent these ones over the ones that comes with the novation launchkey
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Reviews around price (4.49 of 5)

  • The price of repairing something like that is not worth
  • If I had gotten a device that was a giant pain to use, this still probably would have been a decent price, but what I got is much
  • i use the dicer to control cues and loop rolls and just wanted something bigger that i could place next to my laptop...its a great item for a great price
  • I have no problems with it at all, and recommend to anyone looking for a pad controller at a good price.
  • I bought this item for $80 and the week later the price was $39… Needless to say I returned it because for some reason it started messing with my Bluetooth settings on my iMac and my mouse and keyboard would lose connection for some reason I am going to get the MPD 218 instead
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Reviews around controller (4.36 of 5)

  • I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great pad controller.
  • This is a great beginner pad controller but there are better ones out there
  • This is the greatest portable MIDI controller available
  • The cable was pulled and the whole controller is now useless
  • , so I wanted the cheapest controller I could find
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Reviews around lpd8 (4.21 of 5)

  • the Akai pro LPD8 controller worked perfect with reasons, and fruity loops, but it works best with ablerton live.
  • On the systems where my old LPD8 would be flaky, the new LPD8 is rock solid
  • the Akai pro LPD8 controller worked perfect with reasons, and fruity loops, but it works best with ablerton live.
  • On the systems where my old LPD8 would be flaky, the new LPD8 is rock solid
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Reviews around thing (4.10 of 5)

  • If you're just looking for something to plunk down beat ideas with your laptop on the go, this thing is perfect
  • This thing is also great for setting up right in front of a laptop on an adjustable laptop stand, don't even need to have any space for it if you have a stand that fits it properly.
  • This pad has been the best thing I've ever purchased in my LIFE!!
  • I spend more time fighting with the damn thing than it would take for me to just pencil it all in by hand, while having superior control, dynamics, timing, and groove
  • I did the tape mod that can be found on youtube and this thing was well worth the money
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Reviews around midi (3.75 of 5)

  • For someone just getting into music production, I must applaud Akai for making such a user-friendly midi device
  • This is the greatest portable MIDI controller available
  • I wanted a cheap, portable, but not crappy midi controller for my rookie music-making
  • Cheap USB MIDI
  • I would recommend this pad to anyone looking for an affordable midi drum pad that works in many music programs.
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Reviews around power (1.00 of 5)

  • So far no problems with any of the devices losing power
  • With my laptop, the USB power supply must be noisy, because the LPD8 will lose its connection and power if you even gently touch one of the cables--however, it works fine if I use a (very cheap!
  • Terrible product would not recommend wouldn't even power on or be recognized by any of my computers do not waste your money on this

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Reviews around software (1.00 of 5)

  • Now back to the device and software:The LPD8 editor, albeit a little confusing at first, is still a very helpful tool for tweaking the settings of the pads so that if you want to use it in Garageband, it can be more easily accesible for drum use or even as a synthesizer
  • The software is a little lame and doesn't always work properly
  • The software is a little lame and doesn't always work properly

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Reviews around usb port (1.00 of 5)

  • However, the usb port that plugs into the device is flimsy and held only by weak solder joints
  • They only attached the mini-usb port to the circuit board with solder and it ripped the circuit
  • The USB port was slightly loose when it arrived, and now after only a few uses it has broken off the controller board and fallen back inside the case

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More about Akai Professional LPD8 Wireless | Bluetooth/USB Drum MIDI Controller for iOS, PC, Mac (8 Pads / 8 Knobs)

  • style:Wireless Determined to enhance the popular LPD8, we’ve upped the ante on portability and performance by creating the world’s first Bluetooth MIDI pad controller
  • Featuring eight velocity and pressure sensitive MPC-style pads, the new LPD8 Wireless unplugs you from your computer desk and lets you create where you feel most inspired musically
  • Command your favorite VST kits from nearly anywhere in the same room as your computer, and don’t worry about stumbling over any cables in the process
  • Your typical small-profile pad controller hosts the bare essentials for producers in terms of functionality
  • We’ve taken it a step further by including buttons for Full Level if you’re looking to play audio samples loud and clear regardless of how hard or soft the pads are triggered, Note Repeat for those proper build ups and effortless hi-hat rolls, and NR Config to tweak Swing and Time Division parameters
  • The on-stage musician will get to love the LPD8 Wireless just as much as the studio producer since the LPD8 Wireless doesn’t require a MIDI cord, making it an especially lethal tool on stage
  • No batteries? No problem
  • The LPD8 Wireless can also be powered via USB cable
  • The LPD8 Wireless is ultra-portable and laptops are just… portable
  • You can make your whole workstation ultra-portable with the LPD8 Wireless’s iOS compatibility
  • Feel free to produce on your iPad with your favorite beat making app, such as the iMPC Pro
  • Also, pairing your LPD8 Wireless with the LPK25 Wireless, our Bluetooth MIDI enabled keyboard, will put your creativity into overdrive, all while maintaining a truly mobile setup
  • The LPD8 Wireless is the pioneer of a new generation of MIDI controllers by keeping you connected to your production and live performances – no cables necessary
  • Frequently Asked Questions What is Bluetooth LE? Bluetooth Low Energy, also known as Bluetooth LE or Bluetooth Smart, is a means to wirelessly link electronic devices
  • Bluetooth LE consumes a lesser amount of power than older iterations of Bluetooth
  • Can I use this with my Windows computer? Yes, but it can only be connected via wired USB connection
  • Transferring MIDI via Bluetooth LE is not officially supported
  • Although workarounds do exist, latency is typically a factor that adversely affects workflow
  • Is a driver required to connect this device to my computer? No! This device is class compliant with both MacOS and iOS devices
  • How can I tell if my computer running Mac OS has Bluetooth LE? Click the Apple symbol in your taskbar
  • Select About This Mac
  • Click on the More Info...  Click on the System Report...  Select Bluetooth from the sidebar on the left, underneath ""Hardware."" Scan down the list of information until you find LMP Version.  If your Mac is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, LMP Version will say 0x6
  • Anything lower than that is an older version of Bluetooth
  • What if my iOS app does not support Bluetooth MIDI? Many of the iOS synth and audio apps that you love may not yet support Bluetooth MIDI and may not offer any options to select input from your LPD8 Wireless
  • No problem! There are a few MIDI utility apps, such as midimittr that will accept the connection and route it to your favorite apps
  • Wait! What if I still have more questions? Don’t worry! You can visit akaipro.com/support for detailed FAQs and technical support
  •   Technical Specifications  Controls: (8) backlit pads, velocity-sensitive; 2 pad banks; full-level button (8) 270° knobs Note Repeat: Time Divisions: 1/4-note, 1/4-note triplet, 1/8-note, 1/8-note triplet, 1/16-note, 1/16-note triplet, 1/32-note, or 1/32-note triplet Swing: 50%, 56%, 58%, 60%, 62% Tempo: 30–240 BPM via Tap Tempo button (internal sync) Based on software tempo (external sync) Programs: 4 stored programs, configurable via free downloadable editor software  Bluetooth: Profile: Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Range*: Over 100 feet / 30.5 meters  Connections: USB port Power: Via USB or (3) AA batteries  Dimensions: (width x depth x height) 4” x 4.3” x 1.3” 315 x 110 x 34 mm  Weight: 45 kg    Box Content LPD8 Wireless USB A to B Cable Software Download Card Safety and Warranty Manual Printed User Guide