Majorly updated in 2015, Akai's MPD2 series is a family of MIDI-over-USB pad controllers tailored for producers, programmers, DJs and other musicians. The company has taken care of the very responsive user experience with the ultra sensitive Thick Fat MPC pads, which, coupled with the effortless USB connectivity, returns the classic beat-making feel to the digital world. The series consists of three MPD2 controllers: MPD218 boasts with 16 backlit pads, six knobs and three control layers, whereas the two more advanced models, the MPD226 and MPD232, include mini MIDI outputs, sliders, multi-colour pad backliting; and to top it off, MPD232 includes a 64-channel and 32-step performance sequencer. Besides all that, you get a ton of free software, which includes Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Big Bang Drums, Ableton Live Lite and lot more. So you get everything to fully control and maximise your musical output.