"Trent Reznor rocking the Akai Pro MPD32 with Nine Inch Nails (NIN)"
His main tool is an MPD32 in the first album. Check video for proof. How do I know is an MPD32? First you can clearly see Akai printed on his tool. So is an Akai. Then u can see the array of pads so it must be an MPC or MPD. MPD's have equal number of faders and knobs MPCs dont have faders and only have a few knobs usually 1 or 2 so is an MPD. How do I know is MPD32 and not 26 or 24 ? MPD32 has 8 fader and 8 knobs. So he's using a MIDI controller so he must be using some software /computer that i don't know.more
I have owned 4 different akai controllers before finally settling with novation products instead. The mpd24, mpd26, mpd32, and akai mpk mini. I am not a fan of the pads. They are pretty thin but you can buy replacement ones from mpcstuff.com that are thicker. the knobs when mapped aren't as smooth as i'd like and they're kind of tight when turning. it just feels kind of cheap and plasticy, but that's just my opinion on this product. Plenty of people love them. I just think there are better alternatives for the price tag.
When i first bought this the set up took some time, but the drum pad turned out to be worth it. It really helps being creative and getting new ideas for drums. The little nobs and everything can also help with organization when working on a project.
The general build is nice but the pads are okay - not mind blowing like I expected. I'm still on the hunt for the best midi drum controller option. I have been told the mpk249 is nice.
It's a lot bigger than i thought it would be when i got it out of the box. it's made of some sturdy plastic and i kind of like how its heavy, so it doesn't feel cheap at all. Getting it to work with my DAW (FL Studio) was no problem. I Originally used the drum pads on my M-Audio Axiom Air 61 key, but those had a lot of buffering issues with Fl studio. So The MPD 32 made a great alternative. The feel of the Faders and knobs are exactly what i wanted. The flexibility controlling the sensitivity, different presets and different banks for the pads, faders and sliders became really handy.