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  • jonesybb
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    OP-1 works a treat as a controller with the BB....You get all the appegiators off the OP-1 to trigger sounds on the BB

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  • Reddecks
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    I can confirm the AKAI Professional Pro MPD218 works perfectly straight out of the box, repeat pads work as expected, sync clock to BB and all good (via Akai function button). Velocity excellent, just watch that they screw the case VERY tight and you may have to unscrew slightly if you are having issues with sensitivity. Awesome though!!!

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  • alan66
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    So...AKAI Professional Pro MPD218 or Nanopad 2 ( wonder were the Touchpad could be configure to work with the new keypad style on 1.4 ) ?


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  • underwood
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    I have an eye on the MPD226 to, but it is very big, compared to the blackbox.

  • djsnowbadger
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    I have an Atom arriving in a couple of days but I was wondering, how does the pad note mapping line up with the BB? Can you also use the Atom's pads to trigger sequences?

  • djsnowbadger
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    I just ordered my Blackbox today so I haven't had a chance to try it with my MPD226 yet but the MPD226 has a low power mode that you invoke by holding down the UP (^) cursor button while pressing the power on button on the back of the unit. It sends less power to the LED display so it's less brightly backlit and you lose the lighting for the pads. Might also need to use the MPD226 editor program to create a MIDI mapping template that corresponds to the BB. I'll try this out when my BB arrives and see if I need to create a template or if one of the generic presets on the MPD226 works. The MPD218 has a similar low power mode that you invoke by holding down the Note Repeat button while plugging the USB into the external device. This is also how those two devices are able to be connected to the newer iPads that will otherwise tell you they can't provide enough power to the MPDs when you try to connect them (for use with the Beatmaker 3 app, for example).

  • Signal1Signal2
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    Originally posted by Aaron View Post

    We have one already. It works really well. I highly recommend it. The pads are on channel 10 and map nicely to the PADS on blackbox. They keyboard is on a different channel and works well for the MIDI Keys and playing the currently selected cell.
    Do you have any follow up on the Novation Launch key with the BB to report back?
    Functioning and nonfunctioning features?

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  • sockmonkey
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    Originally posted by spiralingalbatross View Post
    Since I have the SP-404 and Blackbox, I’m wondering if the Akai MPD226 might be the best way to go. Anyone use this with the Blackbox and have good luck maximizing it?
    Looking at this one, too. The note repeat is interesting, since the BB doesn't offer it internally (FR). Otherwise the Launchkey Mini Mk3 would be a no-brainer.

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  • DeepDiveCorp.
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    ..it's the winner for me! Size and usability (Pads & Keys) are perfect for taking both boxes plus a power brick everywhere!

  • spiralingalbatross
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    Since I have the SP-404 and Blackbox, I’m wondering if the Akai MPD226 might be the best way to go. Anyone use this with the Blackbox and have good luck maximizing it?

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  • sergioski
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    Originally posted by spiralingalbatross View Post
    The iRig doesn’t seem to have note repeat, unless it has to be set up with the app?
    Right, the iRig has no repeat note unfortunately. But I also have an akai mpkmini, the feel with the pads is quite similar to the iRig, perhaps slightly better even if they are divided into two banks of 8 pads. it has a useful arpeggiator and the note repeat. Knobs and pads work well with the BB, they are completely mappable and saved on 4 banks through the PC editor.

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  • spiralingalbatross
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    Thanks for the input. I don’t need config options, just nice pads close to the MPC feel and note repeat. Simple needs for me. The iRig doesn’t seem to have note repeat, unless it has to be set up with the app?

    I might just add an MPC Live to the setup and forget the $100 plus on a controller.

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  • sergioski
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    Click image for larger version  Name:	A82BD42D-5642-4F60-9884-63604E31C80E.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	1.28 MB ID:	9075After doing a lot of research on which midi controller was the best for my BB, I chose the iRig pads because it’s the only one that I have found with the ability to edit pads and various functions also directly from the controller itself and to work in mobility or in a dawless setup is what I need, no other controller in this price range has this feature. The sensitivity of the pads works quite well for me and is adjustable through editor anyway. I love the way to save 16 different scenes with various note settings, cc, and midi channels for each individual pad, in this way I was able to create scenes to control the pads, the sequencer and various layouts of notes with scales and chords to be played through different midi channels on the BB. I am very happy about it.
    Last edited by sergioski; 12-03-2019, 11:50 PM.

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  • spiralingalbatross
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    Can anyone provide some expanded details on using the Akai MPD218 with the blackbox?

    How well does note repeat work?
    Can the knobs be usefully mapped?
    Velocity work well?

    Looking to get some MPC tactile feel along with the bb.

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  • alemass
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    Originally posted by Aaron View Post

    We have one already. It works really well. I highly recommend it. The pads are on channel 10 and map nicely to the PADS on blackbox. They keyboard is on a different channel and works well for the MIDI Keys and playing the currently selected cell.
    Cool Aaron
    can you launch also the sequences?
    Last edited by alemass; 09-17-2019, 04:02 PM.

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