Musikmesse 2014: Akai Professional has introduced the MPX16, an advanced sample player with onboard sound recording. Samples are saved to an SD card, and can be played back using either the unit’s MPC-style pads or via external MIDI device, via USB-MIDI and 3.5mm (1/4-inch) MIDI inputs.
Samples are captured at CD-quality, via dual 6.3mm (1/4-inch) inputs or the on-board stereo microphone. The user may assign audio clips to the pads and apply tuning, filters, envelopes and ‘choke’ grouping for creative, dynamic performances.
An LCD screen and illuminated trigger pads provide visual feedback during use, and the MPX16 may be powered from a USB port or the included power supply. You can load existing sound files onto an SD card or use the MPX16 as an SD card reader for drag-and-drop convenience on a Mac or PC.
- Plays and records stereo samples using SD cards
- 16 velocity-sensitive, illuminated pads
- Balanced 6.3mm (1/4-inch) inputs let you capture audio from a wide variety of sources
- Built-in stereo microphone lets you capture sounds on-the-fly
- USB-MIDI as well as MIDI Input and MIDI Output jacks for integration into virtually any MIDI setup for use as a pad controller, sample bank or both
- Onboard sound processing – tune samples, adjust ADSR envelopes and filters
- USB or wall powered (adapter included) for use virtually anywhere
The MPX16 will be available in Summer 2014 with a US $199.99 street price.