Throughout the live performance, Will Wiesenfeld of Baths can be seen using the Akai LPD8 controller on top of his Korg keyboard. This video was uploaded on September 4th, 2013, but there is evidence from live videos as recent as July 30th, 2015 when Baths played the Echoplex in Echo Parks, Los Angeles, that the LPD8 is still part of their live set up.more
This is a great piece of gear for it's price. Very simple and easy to use. However, I do feel as though the knobs could be a little bit longer and faster to move. Still a good piece of gear
I use the LPD8 to control effects, start loops, etc. on my computer. It's easy to use, plug-n-play and reacts reliably. Don't expect to get a good velocity curve on the drum pads, I just modify the velocity to be at 100%/127 every time.
Bought this used for $40, and have used it for every live DJ set since. Also make use of it for midi drumming with Ableton 9, but it's more valuable to me by far in a live setting than a studio one. Bought it as a preliminary step towards eventually owning an MPD, but for now it's doing pretty well. Light-weight and portable. Not the highest quality of pad sensitivity, but it gets the job done.
This is a great and affordable addition to my control surfaces. Works nicely with Ableton Live! Very durable and has a good weight to it (so it isn't moving all around). Extremely responsive pads. Love it!
I can't really say much about this, since I haven't really worked with this aside from practicing with Traktor. The buttons are responsive and the knobs are nice, but there's not many of either of those. I'm going to trade it in along with my pop filter.
Does exactly what it says it will. Never had any issues with it. Excellent build quality in my opinion. Pads are velocity sensitive, but only to a certain degree. I've had no issues mapping this controller in any of my DAWs.
i got this thinking it could replace my trigger finger in a more compact version, but without the velocity locking, it couldn't do what i wanted. i almost never use it, though i got it for very cheap
To be honest; I directly assumed that the grip I would have on those pretty small knobs wouldn't do it for me. So I directly bought alternative knobs coming from the guys of Coolorcaps. Now that I also upgraded my SX with the new colors, the setup with the same colored LPD8's (got 2) is quite lovely blending in in the end. The pads are very responsive, nothing to say about that. I truly recommend it as a default next to your SX(2) cause samples should be able to be triggered alongside effects that are under the same pads in the SX (under another tab). Getting the facts straight; there is no way to get the 4 features that come on the left side with the LPD8, basically because this is rooted to the default software, which isn't my customized MIDI setup for Serato.
I use this mostly in conjunction with my iPad Mini running Tabletop, a music creation app by Retronyms (they also develop the official Akai MPC app). Controller connects via Camera Connection Adaptor (29.99 at Apple store)