At the 2017 NAMM Show, we got a hands-on demo of the new AKAI Pro MPCs – the MPC X & MPC Live – from MPC guru Andrew Mackay.
The new MPCs are standalone, but also can be used as controllers with your computer. They feature multi-touch screens, which streamline audio editing and also allow for Kaoss Pad style effects control. The MPC Live design is optimized for portability, while the larger MPC X features additional connectivity and controls.
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 and impressive connectivity, including 6 DIN MIDI connections, dual USB MIDI connections, 8 audio outs, 8 CV/Gate outputs; line, mic and phono inputs; and more.
While the new MPC X is designed to be a flagship MPC, the MPC Live expands on the production workflow of the more compact MPC Touch by adding standalone functionality. It has the same essential capabilities as its big brother, but is designed for portability, with fewer knobs and connections and the ability to run on battery power.
Pricing and Availability
The MPC Live is expected to be available in Q1 2017, price at US $1,199. The MPC X is expected to be available in Q1 2017, priced at US $1,999. For more information, visit akaipro.com.