New AKAI MPC X and MPC Live announced

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With its roots firmly planted in the world of Hip-Hop, House and Electronic Music, the AKAI MPC has accompanied some of the world's greatest producers in their sampling shenanigans. New at NAMM 2017 - finally, the return of a standalone Music Production Centre. Meet MPC X and MPC Live!

 

Akai MPC Banner

 

With the release of MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio back in 2011, Akai took a step towards a hybrid system that bridged the gap between hardware and software. Some users preferred the traditional 'in-the-box' approach to legendary MPCs, and it seems Akai have listened closely to their loyal following of beatmakers, samplers and producers. This is where the MPC X and MPC Live step in to appease the 'J-Dilla Generation', and provide a true all-in-one platform for studio production and live performance.

These are designed to be a completely standalone sampler and sequencer, so no more forced ties to your Macbook or PC. However, Akai have kitted these out with MPC Software 2.0, each with a full-colour touchscreen display to sequence, navigate and edit your work. The latest software update features full audio track recording, real-time audio warping, Audio and MIDI drag-and-drop, along with enhanced QLink control. The Q-Link dials on MPC X look gorgeous - each with OLED parameter displays and full 360 degree control.

At the heart of the new MPCs lie 16 velocity and pressure-sensitive drum pads - a familiar feel for anyone who's used MPC in the past. Now featuring RGB backlit feedback, knocking out beats at 3am in your Mum's dark basement is no longer a problem...

Thinking back to the display on the MPC 5000, Renaissance and older discontinued models, an increased screen resolution and touch control is going to make fine-tuning and sample chops an absolute breeze. The sought-after workflow of an MPC has just got a whole lot better!

 

Akai MPC X

MPC X is geared toward a traditional 'Studio Hub' approach, designed to replace the need for a separate DAW or Laptop/PC. It's got everything you'll need to churn out full tracks - full sequencing and transport controls, mixer, Q-Link knobs for fine tuning and mixing, as well as a full Audio and MIDI Interface on the back. Record audio, sample from turntables, and even hook up external synths and keyboards via MIDI or CV / Gate connectivity.

In terms of hardware, MPC X is kitted out with a 10.1" full colour touch display, 2GB of Ram, 16GB of on-board storage, SD Card Slot, and USB Ports on the back to connect external Hard Drives or Flash Drives.  You can also expand the on-board memory thanks to a 2.5" SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD).

 

Akai MPC X Stands Alone

Akai MPC X Rear

 

Key Features:

 

  • Also acts as a control surface for MPC 2.0 Software, compatible with Mac & PC
  • 16 Touch-capacitive Q-Links controls with OLED displays
  • 66 buttons for direct, hardware access to all aspects of MPC Software 2.0
  • Standalone MPC – no computer required – natively powered by MPC Software 2.0
  • 10.1" full-colour multi-touch display
  • 4 selectable inputs: 2 XLR / 1⁄4" combo jacks with switchable phantom power, 2 instrument level; 1⁄4" jacks, turntable RCA input with ground peg
  • 8 outputs: balanced 1⁄4" jack
  • Dual 1⁄4" and 1/8" headphone outputs
  • 2 full-size MIDI inputs, 4 full-size MIDI Outputs
  • 8 configurable CV/Gate outputs enabling the analogue control of modular gear, such as classic synths
  • 16GB of on-board storage (over 10GB of premium sound content included from leading sound designers including CR2, TOOLROOM, Loopmasters, Capsun Pro Audio, and more
  • User-expandable 2.5" SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)

 

Akai MPC Live

 

The Akai MPC Live is a slightly different concept to MPC X - certainly geared towards Live Performance and stage use. A smaller footprint makes it easily transportable, so an ideal tool for taking between studio locations or incorporating into a live setup. Completely portable too - optional battery power means you can literally produce anywhere on the fly.

Live still features backlit MPC Drum pads, a smaller 7" touch colour screen, with Q-Link dials across interchangeable 4 banks of 4. You've got 2 MIDI In and 2 MIDI Out on the back, with 1/4" Jack inputs, Stereo RCA Phono for turntable connectivity, and 6 Mono Jack outputs for routing to your mixing desk.

Akai MPC Live

 

Akai MPC Live

 

 

Key Features:

 

  • Also acts as a control surface for MPC 2.0 software, compatible with Mac & PC
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Selectable inputs: Turntable (RCA) with ground peg and stereo balanced 1⁄4-inch jack
  • 6 configurable 1⁄4" balanced jack outputs
  • 1/8" headphone output
  • Standalone MPC – no computer required – natively powered by MPC Software 2.0
  • 7-inch full-colour multi-touch display
  • 2 pairs of full-size MIDI inputs and outputs
  • 16GB of on-board storage (over 10GB of premium sound content included from leading sound designers including CR2, TOOLROOM, Loopmasters, Capsun Pro Audio, and more)
  • User-expandable 2.5" SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)
  • 2 USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
  • SD Card slot for loading samples and projects

 

 

If you're a long time MPC fan and don't quite get the whole 'Maschine' thing, we can see the appeal in having both of the new MPCs in your arsenal. X is the one to keep at the studio -  a permanent fixture. Live is great for taking on collaborations or on the move - we really like the battery power option. Those long train journeys to the label meeting just got a whole lot more interesting.

 

 

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2 Comments on “New AKAI MPC X and MPC Live announced”

  • darren clarke
    21st September 2017

    Hi is there a date to when the akai mpc will be in stock or do you already have them

    • Admin
      21st September 2017

      Hi Darren, the Akai MPC Live is in stock now: https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/akai-mpc-live-sampler-and-drum-machine
      Still waiting for the MPC X to land!

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