Akai MPD32 Software Pad Controller Now Shipping

Akai MPD32

Akai Professional is now shipping the MPD32 pad controller.

MPD32 is Akai Professional’s flagship pad controller for musicians and DJs. Using a USB cable to connect to a Mac or PC, MPD32 is designed for hardware control of apps like Reason, Ableton Live and GarageBand.

MPD32 also features transport controls for interfacing with DAW/sequencing applications like Sonar, Cubase and Logic. MPD32 is a fully programmable controller and multifunctional control surface that fits perfectly within any production or performance environment.


  • MIDI-synced note-repeat with MPC swing
  • Sixteen full-sized, genuine MPC pads with velocity and pressure-sensitive response
  • Three banks of eight assignable switches, sliders and endless knobs for a total of 72 controllers
  • Two assignable Foot Switches
  • One assignable Foot Pedal controller
  • Large, easy-to-read backlit LCD
  • Thirty user-definable presets for use with software applications
  • MMC/MIDI Start/Stop transport buttons
  • Ableton Live Akai Edition software included
  • BFD Lite software included

MPD32 is available now, with an MSRP of $499.00.

3 thoughts on “Akai MPD32 Software Pad Controller Now Shipping

  1. I bought an MPD32 a couple of weeks ago. One aspect of its performance has been a constant annoyance, though. When Windows is powered up with the MPD32 connected via USB, it appears that the device is working properly as the MPD32’s display screen is fully lit. Launch your DAW, however, and it doesn’t recognise the MPD32 as being connected. You have to disconnect the MPD32 from the USB port and then reconnect it, and then relaunch your DAW before it is recognised as present. This happens with both my DAWs – Ableton Live 7 and Cubase Studio 4.1 – so it’s not a problem isolated to just one system. I’ve tried all sorts of things to rectify this issue, including tweaking the MIDI devices element of the registry, removing all other USB devices, reinstalling drivers, etc. All the Akai technical support person could suggest was disconnecting and reconnecting the device as described above. Well, yes, that works but it’s hardly what you expect of a MIDI controller, which ought to be able to remain connected all the time. It wouldn’t be so if the MPD32 had an on-off switch, but it doesn’t, which means you have to keep detaching it from your computer. That can’t be good for the longevity of the USB ports.

  2. I also have an Akai MPD32 but do not have the same problem as Steve. My version of Ableton Live 6 recognises the controller without replugging. It sounds like you’ve tried all the usual tweeks so I can’t offer any help – sorry. However, a couple of gripes I have about the controller are when using it to control my Arturia soft synths (or any I guess). There is no control pick-up – so when moving a fader or knob you get huge jumps in volume or filter settings etc. I also find it annoying that you cannot use the controller connected via usb and send pad data to the midi 5 pin output.

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