Akai Professional LPD8 Laptop MIDI Pad Controller


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Akai Professional LPD8 Laptop MIDI Pad Controller

The LPD8 is a slim USB pad controller that's light-weight and small enough fit in your laptop bag or backpack.

The 8 backlit pads have a similar feel to Akai Professional’s MPC line - after all they basically invented the pad controller concept.

The LPD8 is also USB class compliant so it is plug and play with different versions of Mac and PC devices, and compatible with most DAWs.


  • Pads: 8 Velocity-sensitive drum pads –
  • Buttons: 1 x Program button, 3 x MIDI message buttons (Pad, Prog Chng and CC)
  • Knobs: 8 x Assignable knobs
  • Standalone Mode: No
  • Power: USB bus-powered
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Compatibility: Plug and play USB for Mac and PC
  • Software Bundle: Akai Professional LPD8 Editor
  • Dimensions: 12.2" x 3.15" x 1.1"
  • Weight: 0.7 lbs.


The portability and small build of this controller are the main features users like. The rotary knobs provide a solid and responsive feel, which makes them great for controlling effects in DAWs. The LPD8 editor also allows you to customize different settings for each pad and knob.


On the negative side, some users mentioned the pads were a bit stiff and would have preferred more sensitivity.


In summary, this is a great controller if you want an affordable, simple, and portable option. The LPD8 was on our recommended list until April 2019 when we conducted a major review of the category and found that more highly rated options were available which you can see in our guide to The Best MIDI Pad Controllers.