Akai Professional today announced the newest addition to its iconic MPC line, the MPC X.
The MPC X is what many MPC fans have been asking for – a modern, standalone MPC. It offers the standard MPC controls and connectivity that you’d expect, including 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads, but also features a large color multi-touch screen.
The MPC X also offers impressive connectivity. I/O includes 6 DIN MIDI connections, dual USB MIDI connections, 8 audio outs, 8 CV/Gate outputs; line, mic and phono inputs; and more. So it builds on the MIDI connectivity of the MPC 5000, adds control of USB MIDI devices and can even sequence your analog gear.
Rounding out the controls are dedicated menu buttons, a large master encoder knob and 16 touch-sensitive 360° assignable pots (Q- Links) with OLED displays, designed for precisely automating individual parameters.
Here’s the official intro video:
Powering the MPC X is MPC 2.0, the latest version of Akai Pro’s MPC software.
Capable of running natively on the MPC X in standalone mode, MPC 2.0 can also be run from a Mac or PC with the MPC X connected to a computer. Among the new features added to 2.0 are: audio track recording, an improved time warp algorithm, enhanced Q-Link control, drag and drop audio/MIDI – all appearing on a new graphical interface.
- Standalone MPC – no computer required
- 10.1” full-color multi-touch display
- Also acts as a control surface for MPC 2.0 software
- Internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- 2 RCA phono inputs with ground peg
- 16GB of on-board storage (over 10GB of sound content included)
- User-expandable 2.5” SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)
- 4 full-size MIDI inputs, 2 full-size MIDI Outputs
- CV/Gate outputs enabling the analog control of modular gear, such as classic synths
- 2 USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
“We wanted to preserve the classic MPC feel and workflow that people love,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional. “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.”
Here’s a video that demos the MPC X in action, features producer Bryan Michael-Cox (Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Trey Songz, Mary J. Blige). Plugging his MIDI keyboard and external hard drive directly into the new MPC X, he creates a track on the fly, using the sounds contained in the X and a few hand-picked samples. No computers were used.
Pricing and Availability
inMusic will be debuting the Akai Pro MPC X later this month at The 2017 NAMM Show.
The MPC X is expected to be available in Q1 2017, priced at US $1999. For more information, visit akaipro.com.