Akai iMPC Pro 1.5 Promises MIDI Learn, Ableton Link & More

Developer Retronyms released this sneak preview of Akai iMPC Pro, promising MIDI Learn, Ableton Link support and more.

Here’s what’s new in iMPC Pro version 1.5:

  • MIDI Learn so you can map your controller more easily.
  • Slice Loop Auto mode, which automatically detects all transient markers.
  • Improvements to MPC Desktop Export. You can now export slice loops as patch phrases, among other things.
  • Latest version of the Ableton Link SDK.
  • Latest version of AudioCopy (3.2), which improves workflow.
  • Bonus feature: Bit-Crusher in the pad effects, which has a digital distortion effect on your sounds, adding some crunch and fuzz.

They’ve also announced a new Public Beta Program, which allows users to participate in pre-release testing of iMPC Pro. Contact support@retronyms.com if you’re interested in applying as a Beta Tester.

iMPC Pro 1.5 is expected to be in review with Apple in the next week.

AKAI Intros MPC Touch Touchscreen Music Production Controller

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Akai Professional today officially introduced the MPC Touch, a new MPC design that incorporates a touch screen interface, in addition to the traditional drum pads.

Like the MPC Renaissance, the MPC Touch is designed to be used in tandem with your computer.

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The touch screen is designed to streamline tasks like sample editing, shown above, step sequencing, browsing samples, adjusting envelopes and more. According to Akai, ‘the result is the most capable and user-friendly music production controllers Akai Professional has developed to date.’ Continue reading

Free iMPC Pro Update Adds Loop Slicing & Time Stretching

impc-proAkai Professional and Retronyms have a free update to iMPC Pro – their MPC workstation app for iPad – that adds two major new features: Loop Slicing and Time Stretching.

Here are the updates in iMPC Pro, Version 1.3:

  • Added Slice Loop mode to the Editor.
  • Added support for sliced loops on pads.
  • Added support for sliced loops from the Content Store.
  • Added “Paste All” — now you can paste entire folders from AudioCopy with one tap.
  • Fixed CloudSeeder “latest” feed.
  • Various bug fixes.
  • Improved integration with Content Store.

Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading

UVI BeatHawk The Latest Mobile Music Production Workstation Contender

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UVI has introduced BeatHawk – a new portable music production studio for iPad.

Beathawk is designed for immediate workflow and incorporates a huge library of sounds and instruments. It lets you build create beats, sample, time and pitch stretch, create layered arrangements. Export songs, stems and MIDI in one touch. Supports external MIDI devices, Inter-App Audio, AudioBus, WIST and AudioCopy. Continue reading