MPC Renaissance & MPC Studio Now More Affordable

mpc-renaissanceAkai Professional has reduced the prices of its flagship MPC Renaissance and slimline MPC Studio controllers by $300 and $200, respectively.

  • Formerly with an estimated street price of $1299, MPC Renaissance will now sell for an estimated street price of $999.
  • MPC Studio, formerly $599, will now sell for an estimated street price of $399.

Akai also has updated the MPC Software to version 1.5, adding a MIDI Control Mode and more.

MPC Software Update Adds MIDI Control Mode & More

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Akai Pro has released the latest version of the MPC software.

Key new features of version 1.5:

  • MIDI control mode: use your MPC hardware as a con?gurable MIDI control surface.
  • MPC software runs without hardware present; use MPC on the road without
  • plugging in hardware.
  • Con?gurable pulse display resolution (set this in Preferences>Sequencer)

Other improvements:

  • 6-levels now works instantly. 16-level engages as soon as you hit the button. Press and hold 16 LEVEL, then tap a pad to change pad assignment on the fly.
  • Improved project information display, including a tree-view of project contents, improved icons displaying program and sample types, and built-in sample auditioning. The sample list is context sensitive, and shows only the samples used by the current selection (i.e. the selected sequence/track/program).
  • Many UI and workflow improvements.
  • Purge samples workflow improvement.
  • Next sequence mode and song mode show sequence loop points in the timeline.
  • Improved timeline editing. You can now extend a sequence and set loop points directly in the timeline.
  • Improved stability hosting various third party plugins.
  • Improved drag and drop capabilities.
  • Plugin editor window position made persistent.
  • Improved behavior when an audio interface is removed.
  • MPC saves the master level and submix levels in project files.
  • Support for MPC Element hardware.
  • Compatibility with MPC Essentials projects.
  • Performance enhancements.
  • Many bugfixes and stability enhancements.

See the Akai Pro site for details.

Akai Pro Intros MPC Element

mpc_elementToday Akai Pro announced the latest addition to their MPC controller line with the introduction of the MPC Element, along with its new software platform, MPC Essentials.

With a slim profile and surface dimensions similar to many tablet computers, the new MPC Element is the most portable MPC to date, and is being touted as the “most affordable” with a suggested retail price of $149.99 USD.

Akai Pro MPC Element Features:

The new MPC Element includes, um, popular elements from previous MPC models, including “classic” MPC Note Repeat, Swing, Full Level, 16 Level, and Tap Tempo technologies. In addition, like its predecessors MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio, MPC Element pads are multicolored as well as pressure- and velocity-sensitive.

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Akai Pro Updates MPC Software, Adds 64-bit Support

akai-pro-mpc-renaissanceAkai Professional has announced the release of a new version (v1.4) of its MPC Software for the MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio controllers.

The new software update includes the “most-requested” enhancements from MPC users, including 64-bit support in all versions: standalone, VST, and AU.

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New Akai MPX8 Sample Pad Controller

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At the 2013 NAMM Show, Akai Professional introduced the MPX8 SD sample launcher with MPC pads.

Using a standard SD card, users can load virtually samples onto MPX8 and then assign them to any of the unit’s eight backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads. MPX8 also comes with a large library of standard samples built in

The MPX8 comes with a drag-and-drop sample editor for Mac and PC for easy sample conversion. Users can also save sample sets together as kits for easy recall and even tune and add reverb to samples. Continue reading

Akai Pro SynthStation49 Overview

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This video, via AkaiProVideo, offers an introduction and overview of the Akai Pro SynthStation49.

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The Akai Pro Max49 Control Keyboard (In-Depth Sneak Preview)

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Akai Pro just released this series of videos, which take an in-depth look at the Max49 USB MIDI/CV Keyboard Controller.

The Akai Pro Max49 was one of the most interesting introductions at this year’s NAMM Show, because it offers a unique combination of MPC pads, LED faders and control voltage output.

The first video, above, offers an introduction to the main features of the Max49.

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Akai Pro MPC Software (Sneak Preview)

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Product Specialist, Andy Mac, gives you a sneak preview of the new Akai Pro MCP Software – a new app that will put an MPC into your computer.

Features:

  • 128-track sequencing capability
  • Massive 6GB+ sound library, including all of the sounds of the classic MPC3000
  • Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plug-ins
  • Record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program or VST plug-in
  • Works alone as your main DAW or works seamlessly with your current studio as a VST/AU/RTAS plugin
  • Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
  • Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
  • Mac and PC-compatible

This is the platform that will drive the new MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio Music Production Controllers.

Check it out and let us know what you think!