Retronyms today made an interesting announcement – it’s bringing the Akai MPC Fly app to Tabletop, its virtual studio for the iPad.
MPC Fly, announced at this year’s NAMM Show, is a hardware + software combination that turns an iPad into an old-school style MPC. The MPC Fly hardware is an iPad case that doubles as an MPC controller. The MPC Fly app runs on the iPad and offers basic MPC functionality.
Here’s what Retronyms has to say about the Akai deal:
As you may know, we’re working with Akai Pro on the official MPC App for iPad. And now we can announce that the MPC will be available as a device inside Tabletop!
The MPC on iPad is going to be a blast with classic MPC beat making features, sweet effects, and a killer sampling workflow, and now you’ll be able to work this legendary device into your Tabletop sessions!
Possibly the best part is how it works: owners of the stand alone MPC app will automatically unlock the MPC device in Tabletop for free ? no need to purchase it twice!
Pricing and availability are to come.
What do you think of the idea of running an Akai MPC in Tabletop?
Akai Pro has released this intro video for the MPC Fly music production center case fo the iPad 2:
MPC Fly merges unmatched Akai Professional technology with the power of your iPad 2, embodying legendary capabilities that have made the MPC an industry standard like real MPC pads, MPC Note Repeat and MPC Swing.
Its multifunctional, double-hinged design gives you the flexibility to produce tracks anywhere, while also acting as a protective case between sessions and giving you total access to your iPad 2 for normal uses.
MPC Fly transforms your iPad 2 into a professional beat-making powerhouse.
We’ll have full specs once Akai has officially released them at the 2012 NAMM Show.
These images of the Akai MPC Fly iPad Music Production Center are allegedly “100% legit”, but we’re not going to vouch for their authenticity until Akai makes its official announcement.
In case there was any doubt, the images were ‘leaked’ by ‘gear nut’ James Jeffery.
If the images turn out to be more than CGI fakery, the Akai MPC Fly looks to be an interesting software + hardware Music Production Center for the iPad. The hardware adds adds MPC pads and playback controls, while iPad software handles the heavy lifting.
This could be an interesting hybrid, especially if you could use the application with or without the dedicated controller. You could use the iPad sans controller for mobile beatmaking and then combine it with the MPC Fly hardware in the studio.
Let us know what you think whether you think these images of the Akai MPC Fly are legit – and what you think of the concept illustrated in these images – in the comments!