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    Hey guys. I've been using a Numark Mixtrack Pro for a controller along with Virtual DJ software. I want to incorporate more and more effects into my sets but I'm not exactly sure what to get. I'm considering these two Akai products. Comments? Thanks!

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    You are talking honda vs porche. Mpd18 over the lpd8, the pads are better.
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    Do you need velocity sensitivity or do you just need buttons?

    Given the really cheap prices on the LPD, I'd go for that just because it is so much more a stable unit.

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    @boaderbas did you mean to post a shopping link for the MPD18 after suggesting the LPD8? For me the 8 is cool bc its smaller. I have to fly with my gear next Thursday so that is a consideration. I am more using this for just buttons actually, bc i want it for effects right now but ill be beat sampling later. I can get an MPD18 (missing fader knob tho) and an Akai mini keyboard for $100 total locally, both used. Or new LPD8 for $50, or new $MPD18 for $72. I'm flying next Thursday, I wanna buy something today. thanks!

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    Sorry, meant to write MPD.

    The LPD8 has a bit of a "chocolate bar" build form whereas the MPD is more like a real sturdy controller.

    Velocity sensitivity is actually quite nice for effects. For instance mapping the velocity to the intensity of the effect (for instance a reverb) or even the timing (flanger). I think that second hand price is quite steep!

    But if portability is an issue, go for the LPD8 (or similar kit, you may concider vestax or Korg too)

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    Get a used MPD, should be cheaper than a new LPD and is going to feel a *lot* better.
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    the thing is if you are just doing effects and what not then the lpd8 will work fine. I have used it for cuing one-shots. Plus it has 8 q-link knobs along with it. But if you are going to be druming I would stick to the mpd18.

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    Lpd8 all the way.
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    for drumming/cue-juggle/etc., go for the MPD18, as for the effects, Im guessing the veolicty sensitive pads can handle the D/W controls. I would say go for LDP8 if its just for additional controller for FX because of the knobs
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