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Akai Pro Announces MPC X and MPC Live

Akai Pro Announces MPC X and MPC Live

The future of Akai MPC line brought a lot of talking and guessing. Classic MPCs used to be standalones while their successors appeared to be more of hardware/software hybrids, kind of what Native Instruments Maschine is, meaning that no way you could do without a computer. But MPC X and MPC Live have brought their independence back.

Considering the fact that no Standalone Music Production Center works with OS, these two models comprise own processors and can function both as a standalone and a controller (when operating with a conforming software). So flagship MPC X sports multicore processor and at the same time does its best with the MPC Software 2.0 which serves as a plugin or can be put in practice on its own.

The device carries a 10.1 inch multi-sensory display and 16 touch-sensitive pads. There are menu buttons, main encoder and 16 sensor knobs with OLED displays.

The point is that the sensor display will bring MPC X into the heart of any studio working process. MPC X provides several commutation types: MIDI 2 ins/4 outs, an impressive amount of audio ins/outs and 8 CV/Gate outs.

Akai Professional manager Dan Gill said, “In creating the concept for the MPC X we wanted to preserve the classic MPC feel and workflow that people love. But we turned the idea on its head and incorporated the best of what a modern touch-screen interface can offer. What we have now is the most powerful MPC production experience ever.” MPC X will ship in the first quarter of 2017 priced at $1999.

MPC Live is a compact and budget alternative. It contains its own power supply, 7 inch multi-sensory display, 16 touch-sensitive pads, 4 “Q-Link” controls and a big master encoder. It’s filled with a multicore processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage (memory can be expanded with an SD card). The rear panel carries MIDI 2 ins/2 outs, 2 audio ins (RCA and balanced 6.3 mm socket) + 6 outs (6.3 mm).

“The MPC Live is an absolute beast. It truly represents a huge step forward in the product category,” said Dan Gill. “MPC Live is the most powerful MPC we’ve made to date and yet it’s portable enough to take anywhere.” MPC Live integrates with MPC Software 2.0 as well and hits the shelves with the price of $1199 in the first quarter of 2017.

The fact that they’re standalones is enough reason, but the thing is whether this feature is going to adapt in the world of computerized music control which no one seems to complain too much about. Well, Akai stepped in with a risky though quite laudable deal.

Published: 11:22 10.01.2017
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