NAMM 2008: Akai unveils enhanced MPC-style controller

The MPD32 gives you MPC style control over your favourite software
The MPD32 gives you MPC-style control over your favourite software.

With the MPD24, Akai Professional produced a pad controller that drew on the heritage of its much-loved range of MPC grooveboxes. It's now taking things a step further with the announcement of the MPD32.

The new controller features 16 pads, all of which are velocity- and pressure-sensitive. You can assign four banks these, effectively putting 64 pads at your disposal.

You'll also find three banks of eight assignable knobs, sliders and switches, giving you a total of 72 additional controllers.

Other features of the MPD32 include transport buttons and an LCD display. There's space for 32 presets, and the device ships with copies of Ableton Live Akai Edition and FXpansion's BFD Lite drum module.

The MPD32 is scheduled to ship in the second quarter of 2008 carrying a $499 price tag. You can find out more about it on the Akai Professional website.