AKAI Professional MPX16

Hardware Sampler and Controller

  • Recording and playback of stereo WAV samples via SD card
  • 16 Velocity sensitive dynamic trigger pads with coloured lighting
  • Sampling over 6.3 mm inputs or integrated microphone
  • Display
  • USB MIDI and MIDI In / Out
  • Filter, tune, envelope, and choke grouping pro pad
  • Sampling and playback in CD quality
  • Power supply via USB or via the included power supply
  • Specifications SD card: up to max. 32 GB SD or SDHC formatted FAT32 - WAV Samplerates 48 / 44.1 / 32 / 22.05 and 11.205 kHz, mono- & stereo samples
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 295 x 147 x 30 mm

Further Information

USB Yes
Bluetooth No
5-pole DIN MIDI Yes
Ethernet No
Pads 16
Diplay Yes
Rotary Knobs 7
Fader(s) 0
Drawbar No
Expansion No

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Great gear
Urmuz, 17.09.2014
It depends on the features you want. I say its a very well done gear..it doesn t look cheap. It has cool features, and once you get the hang of it it will be peace of cake.
Still waiting for the firmware upgrade and Fileloader.

I am using this product fro a month or so and managed to see all the great features.
With every sample you can eve a lot of parameteres to change , if you want of course - volume, pan, reverb, midi note change, velocity, play mode [1 shot, hold, loop], filtes, envelope, track start and end..and other more.
It has the features to recod and use those sounds in your pads. It has seperate main outs as well as recording ports. Volume and REC gain.
The big disadvantage is that it take some time to load the samples from the SD card.So when you change from one kit to another and the samples are from the SD card it take up to 10-20 seconds to load - according to the samples ofcourse, but for the sounds that are internally its instant :)
Great finish and good materials.
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nice controller!
Fraspro, 04.10.2019
i mostly use the Mpx 16 as a controller for Ableton Live and it works perfectly. It connects automatically to the software and it's perfect to trigger drum sounds, one shot samples and even sequences . Pads are big and responsive so it's fun and easy to play with them.
As a standalone sampler it's a bit tricky to get into samples editing and it could be a time consuming process, but once you get it done, to play with the mpx it's just as fun as it is to use it as a controller.
It comes with some average on board sounds, but you can add your own samples using an SD card. The dedicated software makes this operation very straight forward although sometimes it seems not to work properly. Some of the samples i loaded into it was missing, and i had to connect the mpx to the pc again and reload them, which takes some time and could be a bit frustrating. Beside that issue i personally never had problems using the mpx both as a controller and standalone sampler and i think it would be difficult to find something better in this price range.
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Decent sampler for a low price.
Hatcho, 25.11.2017
+ Cheap
+ Overall sound quality is ok (not amazing)
+ Pretty hands on, not hard to get the workflow
- Factory samples included are pretty poor and/or boring
- The built-in reverb is atrocious

Once you've uploaded your own samples into the machine, this is a very decent 16 pad sampler for a nice price. Nothing more, nothing less.
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5 Sterne, sobald ein Firmwareupdate alle Macken behebt....
11.09.2014
Ich benutze vorher das mpx8, daß für den geringen Preis eine Menge bot.
Vermisst habe ich die Deaktivierung der Pad-dynamik und eine hörere Range des Tunings (es bot nur +/-4 Halbtöne).

Siehe da, nun kommt der mpx16, der neben mächtig vielen Features u.a. auch o.g. beinhaltet. Dynamik kann deaktiviert werden, Tuning nun
von +/- 12 möglich (optional auch feiner) und 16 Pads sind auch nicht verkehrt (müssen ja nicht alle belegt sein, um Ladezeit zu sparen).
Die Ladezeit von SD Karte ist ebenfalls verbessert.

Aber leider hat das Gerät mit aktueller Firmware noch drastische Fehler.
Neben dem vom Vorposter angesprochenen Problem des "loop-choke" gibt es weitere bugs.

Es schaffte sogar, beim Versuch ein aufgezeichnetes Sample zu speichern, den SDKarteninhalt in Müll zu verwandeln.
Was geschah ist, daß die mpx beim Speicherversuch crashte, neu bootete und dabei den KIT Ordner zerstörte und n Haufen kaputter Systemdateien erzeugte, die nur durch Formatierung gelöscht werden konnten. Wenig lustig...

Ich hoffe nach wie vor auf schnelle Antwort und update von Akai, da ich den mpx8 live verwendete und nun durch den mpx16 ersetzen wollte, dafür ist letzerer aber noch zu buggy und daher riskant.

Schlimmstenfalls muss ich die mpx16 zurückgeben und eine zweite mpx8 in Betracht ziehen.

Aber die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt.

Ansonsten ist alles am Gerät, was bereits reibungslos funktioniert eine ziemliche Bereicherung nach dem mpx8. Und das für diesen Preis.


Mal sehen.....

EDIT 31.10.14:
Ich gehe vorerst auf 1 Stern runter, da sich weiterhin nichts getan hat, hinsichtlich firmware update, obendrein gibt es seitens AKAI keinerlei Infos darüber, wann damit zu rechnen ist.
Zu guter Letzt, wurde klammheimlich der mitbeworbene Fileloader einfach durch ein simples Konvertierprogramm ersetzt.
Unnötig, da das alles mit Audacity geht.

Heißt aber, ungleich dem MPX8 wird es keine Software geben, um KITS am Rechner zu erstellen und dadurch eine Überbenutzung des Value Dials zu vermeiden und Zeit zu sparen.
(Und es hieß plötzlich, daß es nie anders geplant war.)
Sogar das manual wurde dahingehend überarbeitet, so daß der einstige Editor dort nicht mehr genannt wird.
(Hierzu vergleiche man gern das hier bei Thomann noch verlinkte manual v1.1 mit der aktuellen Version;) )
Dies kommt schon einer Kundentäuschung von Akai gleich, denn der Loader ist mitbeworben worden und brauchbar.

Ich bleibe dabei, das Gerät könnte ne Bombe sein, hat aber wie erwähnt unzählige drastische Bugs, die einen Liveeinsatz unmöglich machen.
Ich vermute, man soll hier in Bewertungen keine externen Links aufführen (ich tat dies in der ersten Version dieser Bewertung, er verschwand aber).
Dennoch möchte fairerweise mpx16 Interessenten aufs Akai community-Forum verweisen, schlicht um dort alle Bugs nachzulesen, die das Gerät noch aufweist, um gewarnt zu sein...

Also, Akai, da ist einiges gutzumachen, dann gibts auch die 5.
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