Most great music mostly comes with a great sound. Which is why as a successful music producer I don’t compromise in getting the best instruments I need to make the best sounds. The history of modern music has been linked to the Akai Professional brand for decades now, and they take a lot of pride in producing some of the finest instruments that have spawned new genres and upgraded existing ones. Their instruments always have amazing workflow and a great design. This legacy has continued with the newest standalone series release, starting with the MPC X. For the short time using this new MPC, I have learned lessons from every MPC that came before it to maximize the usage of this production centerpiece truly acclaimed to be music production center of the future.
It is a standalone MPC with 10.1 high resolution adjustable multi-touch display screen, 16 amazingly responsive, velocity and pressure sensitive RGB pads. It comes with a 16g internal memory with over 10 GB of sound content included 2 GB ram and full-size SD card slot. The Akai professional MPC X also possesses 3 USB slots that can be used for connection of midi controller. This also serves as a sort of control surface for MPC 2.0 software which is the processor powering the MPC X and runs natively in a standalone mode. The MPC 2.0 software presented me with the ultimate platform for unlimited creativity alongside the must have incredible tools that delivered unprecedented surgical control. Its CV/Gate outputs can be was configured to integrate my modular setup and (16) Q-link knob with graphical displays.
The Akai MPC X can be used with or without a computer, the fantastic sounding VST instruments plus effects that come out from the X can’t be taken away from it. There were times when I needed my favorite plug ins, the MPC X due to its simple design made me effortlessly go from a formidable standalone to a high powered midi controller explicitly designed to run the MPC 2.0 software in my favorite DAW. Quite a number of new features were added like an enhanced Q-link control, Audio track recording, improved time warp, audio and midi drag and drop- all showing in a new graphical interface.
The Akai MPC has infinite sounds that strikes hard and sounds great right, with preinstalled with 10 gigs of world-class sounds to pick from. The vault 2.0 got support from top notch sound design companies; like CAPSUN pro audio, MVP loops, CR2 records, as well as our own ready kits for samples and kits. You can always incorporate your sounds. Sounds can be accessed and added to the library using the built-in SD card or the USB thumb drive. The X features a 2.5” SATA drive connector providing additional storage via the installation of a fixed hard drive-SSD or HDD. For vinyl junkies, two RCA phono inputs with RIAA preamp are included to ensure the right levels are coming into the X from your turntable. The joy of sampling vinyl is at the core of what made the classic MPC workflow legendary. They stayed true to their roots while simultaneously improving the sound and stability of the sampling process.
I proudly present the Music Production Center that embodies the best of past, present, and future beat-oriented production machines. The MPC X is the centerpiece of my studio and would also be the centerpiece of studios worldwide—and yours— for years to come.
Versatility is a necessity for all producers, being able to have a smooth transition from a creator to performer means you have given more people the opportunity to see, feel and hear your music. The new Akai professional MPC live has made the process of performing your studio creativity on stage amazingly seamless by combining the power of a production centerpiece with the portability and rugged design of an onstage workhorse. It is everything you want in a sound instrument as it offers more than the previous MPC’s. This Akai professional MPC brings in a new level of modern production, MPC live is rugged, portable and weighing less than 6 pounds. It is a standalone MPC so no computer is required which really makes it easy to use at any point in time.
It is beautiful with a 7 high-resolution multi-touch display, a four –touch capacitive Q-link controls, a clickable master encoder knob 16 that is amazingly responsive and velocity and pressure sensitive RGB pads. It has an internal lithium-ion rechargeable battery for power stability, meaning I always have power when I have to move it around for usage. It has accessibility to other external appliances with a USB 3.0 slots which can also be used for thumb drives or midi controllers. Storage is a very vital part of sound instruments that is why this MPC is loaded with 16gb of onboard storage with over 10 gigs of sound content, it has a 2gb ram and a space for SD card so you can always move your sample library and MPC sessions around. For additional space, the MPC live also comes with a 2.5’’ SATA drive connector providing storage via the installation of a fixed hard drive.
The software powering this device is MPC 2.0 which is the latest addition to Akai’s professional software update. There is a lot of updates or improvements to this new software as It can run on the MPC live in standalone mode and can also run on a mac or Pc with the live tethered to a computer. Part of this major workflow enhancements includes audio track recording, a refined Q-link control, improved time warp algorithm, Audi midi drag, and drop, all this coming up on a new graphical interface.
The Akai professional MPC Live has a solid and well-deserved reputation with infinite sounds that strikes hard and sounds great right; it is preinstalled with 10 gigs of world-class sounds to pick from. The vault 2.0 got support from top notch sound design companies; like CAPSUN pro audio, MVP loops, CR2 records. You can always incorporate your sounds and can be accessed and added to the library using the built-in SD card or the USB thumb drive. I couldn’t agree more with these words from Mr. Dan Gill, the product manager for Akai Professional where he said “The MPC Live is an absolute beast. It truly represents a huge step forward in the product category,” “MPC Live is the most powerful MPC we’ve made to date and yet it’s portable enough to take anywhere.”