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Akai LPD8 Laptop Pad Controller

Akai LPD8 Laptop Pad Controller
Akai LPD8 Laptop Pad Controller

Akai LPD8 Laptop Pad Controller

By Akai
Item #73956
(5 Reviews)
List Price: $129.00
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Ultra-portable production pad.

The LPD8 laptop pad controller is a USB-MIDI controller for musicians, producers, DJs and other music creators. It measures less than 13 inches across and weighs less than a pound to easily fit into a laptop case, backpack or messenger bag for extreme portability.

The LPD8 is based on Akai Professional’s MPC line of iconic music production stations. Producers who love the feel of the MPC and want to work with software on their computer will find that the LPD8 gives their laptop the controls they prefer over a mouse and keyboard.

The LPD8 has eight orange light-up pads that are velocity sensitive for programming rhythmic or melodic parts. The pads can also send program-change information to software. Additionally, the LPD8 has eight assignable Q-Link knobs you can assign to virtually any parameters in their software for hands-on control.

The LPD8 works plug and play with Mac and PC and requires no software driver installation or wall power for operation. It has four memory banks for programming and recalling settings appropriate to different software programs you use.

Make music in any setting with the LPD8.


  • USB-MIDI controller works with virtually all audio software
  • Eight backlit, velocity-sensitive drum pads can send note or program change
  • Eight Q-Link knobs for controlling virtually any parameters in software
  • Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC requires no driver installation
  • Small enough to fit in a backpack or laptop bag
  • Four programmable memory banks
  • Comes with editor software for Mac and PC
  • USB bus powered – no additional power cable needed


  • LPD8 controller
  • USB cable
  • Software CD
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How would you map this product with garage band and what cd software does this product come with?
medellin on Sep 7, 2010
BEST ANSWER: You would use the internal Midi preferences in garage band. This unit does not appear to come with any software according to the Specs on AKAI's website, if it does come with a software most likely it would be Ableton Live Lite.
Is it compatible with serato scratch live?
Jerome C on Sep 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Akai LPD8 is compatible with SSL. I've purchased one of these a couple of years ago for my setup. Its fairly easy to setup thru the MIDI settings. It can be used for many uses in Serato Scratch Live...samples, cues, effects, etc...your choice. It can also be used in other software for production.
Akai LPD8 Reviews
4.8 / 5.0
5 Reviews
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1 Star
Great Easy to use controller
Pros: Lightweight,Easy To Use,Compact
Cons: Limited buttons

i currently use the LPD8 with Serato 2.0, i use it to activate and control the FXs. it does a great job of that, the buttons and knobs are very easy to map and respond very well.

one down side is that the pads dont stay lit when "activated".
July 8, 2010
Great slim midi controller
Pros: Compact,Versatile,Easy To Use,Lightweight
Cons: Fewer Pads then others

This midi controller is light weight and of high quality. Though it doesn't have a lot of pads the fader knobs come in handy. I use it with my 57SL Rane Mixer and with all the hot keys already on Serato this Akai LPD8 just elevates my mixing skills.
March 16, 2010
over 9 years ago
way better than korg nano
Pros: Compact,Easy To Use,Lightweight,Versatile

this midi controller hands down kills the korg nanopad.
highly recommended
May 27, 2010
Best Value Possible
Pros: Easy To Use,Versatile,Lightweight,Compact,Durable
Cons: none

This is the perfect controller for my set and I'm sure it would be for anyone else's (Current Serato). The pads are very responsive, they have and excellent push feel. Each pad lights up on contact, which is a great look. The knobs are great as well, I mainly use them for internal tempo shifts and effects. Best of all I love how Loop Rolling works using a pad to start the loop and a knob for speed control in the roll...it's awesome, trust me. Overall this is a must have, perfect for Serato on a daily use. The only product that would be worth getting over this is the Midifighter Pro but that is only if you don't mind a very loud clacking, bulky & limited (knobs) controller.
Best Item for on the go.
Pros: Versatile,Lightweight,Durable,Easy To Use

This product works great, easy to use and map conrtoles 5* all the way!
December 27, 2011
over 7 years ago
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