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Great fun / Unusable live

By illogik, 18/02/2014
This is a sample player.
You load the samples on an SD card, the machine reads them. It's simple, but that is exactly what I needed for me not lugging a computer on stage.
It could have been awesome BUT: the samples are played louder or softer depending on the strength of your hits on the pads, which is cool to have fun, simulate a drum ... but UNUSABLE to read samples in live situations.

I was hoping Akai adds a feature to disable the pad sensitivity, but their "technical representative" told me that it was not in the agenda.


Very simple. No need for the manual.
It is easy to have fun with.


Transparent. No problem.
Warning: unbalanced jack output so = ​​You need 2 DIs for use on stage!


I used it for 4 months.

No option to disable the pad sensitivity.
Specifically, in live situations, when I trigger a sample (2 or 3 times per song, at the very most): I never know if the volume is going to be too loud or not loud enough because it depends on the way I hit the pads (which varies! because no, I'm not a machine!).

Result: the sample is either too loud or not loud enough. Working with the sound engineer for 1 hour will not change anything because the volume varies despite all my efforts to be as regular as possible.
= The sound engineer goes crazy.
= The MPX8 stays sleeping in the closet, I no longer use it. And I don't recommend it to anyone as long as Akai does not provide a firmware update in order to have the possibility to play samples at fixed volume. (Which is not going to happen according to J. Sandeen, their "Technical representative")

not recommended for live

By seb_bj, 12/08/2014
audio output, headphone

midi in, out mini-din jack (included) channel 10

supply usb

8 samples of a total of 30MB per kit
99 kits per SD card


extremely simple and intuitive.
remember to update the firmware .... result, stereo sample playback and up to 48kHz, 16 bit.Chargement slightly faster kits from the SD.
Exactly, for me, is the biggest worries .... The time of loading a kit for 30MB, properly abused !!!
what a shame, frankly, for the price, mpx8 is really not bad at all!


its quite decent, reverb, for against, is in my opinion to avoid.

for the rest, impeccable.

for the sake of speed, well EVERY samples set to the desired maximum velocity. it simplifies the game a bit in live and limit large height differences.


the mpx8 to join my studio there some months, not more expensive.
Frankly, I like it but it is clear that it is unmanageable for the live, again because of those pesky loading times!

Mr Akai, a new firmware optimizing loading, it would be possible ???

Good for reading samples

By osmed, 12/08/2014
Midi In / Out
USB MIDI and data on PC


Application for the establishment of samples on the SD card on your computer.


Key Pads flexible and reactive
Effective effects


I sold it after 1 month to select another model with seqenceur,
But the most expensive MPX8 remains a good player nomadic quality loops with a small price.

Now in stro

By Pcel1, 06/01/2014
See above


Edition of software could be simpler.
Config OK


Good sonority especially up until post-date the waves stro are supported.


Test but promises.
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Akai MPX8 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Akai
  • Model:MPX8
  • Category:Samplers
  • Added in our database on: 01/25/2013

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[NAMM] Akai introduces the MPX8 sample launcher

Published on 01/25/13
Akai is at NAMM 2013 to show, among other products, the MPX8 pad instrument equipped with an SD card slot.

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