Reviews and Problems with Akai LPD8 MIDI Pad-controller
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GREAT FOR LIVE USE
Dj, B&H Photo
3 September 2014
Excerpt: I am a keyboard player and I needed a midi controller to trigger tracks and clicks off my daw software live . This works perfectly , the size is great and it is durable . The pads feel nice and the knobs are cool. Also B&H shipped it fast and it came safe and in a secure package.
Excerpt: I currently own a number of Pioneer DJ equipment and primarily play on Serato DJ. With the Pioneer DDJ-S1 there is no sampler capability as it was built for Itch. I wanted to find a unit that would allow me to add a sampler function. I was highly considering the new Pioneer DDJ-SP1 but couldn't see paying $[$] for a sampler. I saw a few videos on the Akai LPD8 and decided to give it a try. This unit works GREAT and for less than 1/4 the cost of the DDJ-SP1.
Pros: Compact, Durable, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile
Excerpt: I got this as a way to track in midi drums more quickly, and it does the job well. It feels well built; the pads and knobs feel plenty robust. The LPD8 Editor software seems easy enough to use as well. The pads do take some force to engage, and they would occasionally double-trigger sounds when I first started using it. However, it is very easy to get a sense for how hard to hit them to keep this from happening.
Pros: Easy to use, Good Value, Small footprint, Well-built
Excerpt: This is a bad little puppy right here. It is super portable, good solid build, and an excellent feature set. For the price it's a no brainer. One thing that I would like to mention is the lpd8 editor. Make sure you make all of your settings in the editor before you open up your daw, then close it, then open up daw of choice. If you need to make additional edits close daw, open up the lpd8 editor make changes, then close the lpd8 editor, and re-open your daw.
Pros: Great Sound, Huge Tone, Responsive, Sensitive, Versatile
Excerpt: I bought this in order to augment MIDI drums with fills that I would do myself. I use Sonar Cakewalk with a Tascam FW-1082 and had concerns how it would integrate via USB, but I had no troubles at all. For the hardware I give it 5 stars - it is solid and I believe it will last. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because IMO it is not easy to program - you have to use the accompanying tool (that I am aware of) and that requires shutting down anything other software that...
Excerpt: The Akai LPD8 seems pretty responsive and useful for what I needed, a simple easy way to add a few drum samples in a more playable way than midi keyboard, computer keyboard, or manual entry. This is doing that for me, and at a price that's completely reasonable. Also, the size of these pads is a little larger than the ones on the Korg, however, the new version of the Korg has 16 pads, vs this one's 8. A tradeoff, for sure.
Excerpt: very clean effective layout w/ the program change and CC, high quality feel to the knobs and pads, and a solid little piece of hardware. Some people complain that they're hard to hit at 100% but velocity sens is adjustable if you search youtube "LPD8 sensitivity" so there's that taken care of, if it bothers you... which it may not.