Retronyms Bringing Akai MPC Fly To Tabletop

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 MPC Fly App Walkthrough

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This video, via Skratchworx, captures a walkthrough of the upcoming Akai MPC Fly iPad app.

MPC Fly is basically an old-school MPC workstation for the iPad. It can work with our without the MPC Fly case, which adds hardware MPC control.

Projects built in MPC Fly can be imported to the desktop MPC software, but not vice versa.

MPC Fly For The iPad 2 First Look

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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.

Update: Here are the official specs:

MPC FLY Hardware

  • The first MPC designed specifically for iPad 2
  • Fitted compartment for iPad 2 provides fully integrated portable MPC solution
  • 16 backlit genuine MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat & MPC Swing
  • Works seamlessly with the MPC App: sequence & sample editing, effects, EQ and more
  • Create beats on the go and transfer to a Mac or PC for further mastering
  • Double-hinged case sits upright, lies flat or closes for transport
  • Compatible with virtually any Core MIDI app
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charges iPad when plugged into wall power

MPC Fly iPad App

  • Sequence four tracks simultaneously: four-track mixer built in
  • Built in sound library of samples and drum kits
  • Record and overdub sequences and create and edit your own Programs
  • 16-Levels mode: play one sample at 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning
  • Note variation slider allows you to manipulate attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
  • Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter
  • Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable Swing setting
  • Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing
  • Sample using internal mic or line-in and trim and categorize samples
  • Sample from your iPod library with turntable interface
  • Share on SoundCloud, Facebook or twitter
  • Supports WIST, Wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg
  • Supports AudioPaste

Akai MPC Fly iPad Music Production Center Image Leaked (By James Jeffery)

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!

The Akai MPC Studio (Official Specs & Photos)

Akai MPC Studio

Akai has officially announced MPC Studio, which it will be introducing at the 2012 NAMM Show.

The MPC Studio is a software + hardware combination, pairing a minimal aluminum MPC pad controller with MPC software that offers up to 64 tracks of sequencing and VST support.

Akai is not only taking on NI’s Maschine, but positioning the MPC Studio as a mobile MPC sollution, saying “Welcome to production anywhere. The world is now your studio.”

We’ve got images, video and specs for the Akai MPC Studio below. Check them out and let us know what you think of AKai’s new MPC solution!

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Akai Teases MPC Fly For iPad, MPC Studio

MPC Fly2012 NAMM Show: Akai just announced the MPC Renaissance, a new music production controller that combines Akai’s MPC workflow with the power of your computer.

They’re also teasing a couple of other MPC’s, though:

  • MPC Studio – this promises to be a slimline Music Production Controller
  • MPC Fly – this is a Music Production Controller app for the iPad 2

With the three new MPC’s, it looks like Akai is trying to take back the space currently being filled by products like NI’s Maschine.

We’ll have full details on MPC Fly and MPC Studio as they are announced.