AKAI MPC/MPD Range

Here is our list of high end, mid range and budget Akai Professional MPC & MPD finger drumming and pad production controllers.

High End AKAI Finger Drum Controllers (over $500)

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MPC Touch
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MPC Renaissance
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MPC X
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MPC Live
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MPC 2000XL
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MPD32

Mid range AKAI Finger Drum Controllers ($200-$500)

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XR20
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MPX16
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MPK249
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SynthStation 49
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MPK25
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MPK Mini (Red)

Budget AKAI Finger Drum Controllers (under $200)

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Akai has been one of the longest running manufacturers of finger drum, drum machine and music production equipment (with the first ever MPC model being released in 1988).

The original MPC model was the MPC 60 and was optimised for use as the most powerful drum machine of the time. It was hugely popular with music producers (and especially hip-hop musicians). MPC originally stood for Music Production Center and currently stands for Music Production Controller. The newer MPD range stands for MIDI Production Drumpad.

Akai MPCs are still widely used today for hip-hop and electronic music production, as well as live performance and controllerism. Acts such as AraabMuzik, Jeremy Ellis, Cee-Roo and Spinscott perform live with Akai controllers, and many of hip-hop’s biggest music producers (The Alchemist, Pete Rock, Just Blaze, 9th Wonder and the GZA to name a few) use MPCs to produce.

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