Akai Pro MPD32 Controller Review

DJ Magazine took the Akai Pro MPD32 for a spin.

The MPD32 is a MIDI-over-USB performance pad controller for DJs, programmers, producers, and others musicians.

If you’ve used the Akai Pro MPD32, leave a comment with your thoughts!

Akai Pro MPd32 Features:

  • MIDI controller for production and performance
  • MPC pads: bank of 16, velocity and pressure-sensitive
  • Four selectable pad banks for a total of 64 sounds accessible from the pads
  • Eight assignable Q-Link faders, eight assignable Q-Link 360° knobs, and eight assignable Q-Link buttons, all three banks
  • MIDI-synced MPC Note Repeat and MPC Swing
  • Two assignable footswitch inputs and expression-pedal input
  • Dedicated transport controls
  • Backlit, easy-to-read display
  • MIDI-over-USB or MIDI operation
  • USB powered or powered via optional AC adapter
  • MPC 16-Level and Full Level
  • Comes with custom versions of Ableton Live Lite, FXpansion BFD Lite, and Vyzor Editor Librarian software
  • 30 user-definable presets for DAW applications

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6 thoughts on “Akai Pro MPD32 Controller Review

  1. I also have it and it's great. For this price bracket you can't beat the build quality and shear volume of options.

    Does it have down sides? Yes. It can be a bit hard to program at times, it isn't as versatile as higher end controllers, it's a bit bulky (but having the controls spread out is a plus), not enough lights and it doesn't come with a power cable (or midi cable, they aren't needed, but for $250 or $300 I would expect to get that included).

    After trying a lot of controllers and researching a lot it came out on top for my needs, and it along with the MPD-24 are great, rugged (not exactly tanks, but trucks for sure), versatile controllers with a good price.

  2. It's a fantastic controller, and functionally a huge step up from the MPD24.
    I got mine today at Guitar Center, $229 plus tax. They have them at that price til Monday.
    Totally worth it. (I've had all 6 pad controllers on the market)

  3. totally happy i bought the mpd32. the stock pads arent the greatest, but using this with a DAW is a perfect combination.

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