|Included audio software||Ableton Live Lite, Akai MPC Essentials, SoniVox Big Bang Cinematic Percussion, SoniVox Big Bang Universal Drums||Ableton Live Lite||Ableton Live Lite||None||None|
|Programmable drum pads||Yes||No||No||No||No|
With the Akai MPD218 you can program drum rhythms and trigger samples from your DAW. Because the 16 drum pads are velocity sensitive, you play with dynamics your drums. There are 6 rotary knobs on the MIDI controller. You link these yourself to effects from your DAW. This is useful if you act with, for example, Ableton Live or if you want to operate an effect manually during arranging. With the MPD218 an extensive sample collection is included as a download. This gives you access to many samples of high quality.