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 iMPC Turns Your iPad Into An MPC

Akai iMPC iPad MPC

Akai Professional and Retronyms have introduced iMPC – a new Music Production Center app for the iPad.

Here’s what they have to say about iMPC:

Turn your iPad into an MPC. With more than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, 80 editable sequences, and iconic MPC workflow, iMPC is the first app to bring all the functionality of a classic Akai Pro MPC to your iPad.

iMPC includes everything you need to create a beat quickly and easily, including built-in effects, plus the ability to create new sequences and record and overdub beats. Time correction from 1/8 note to 1/32T with variable swing, and Note Repeat from 1/8 note to 1/32T with latch control are also built in.

The app’s built-in sampler can record samples three different ways: using the mic on the iPad, using the line input on the iPad, or using the multi-touch turntable interface in iMPC to record samples directly from iTunes or other music libraries.

Here are the details:

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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.


  • 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!

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 Pro SynthStation49 Video Overview

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At the 2012 NAMM Show, Akai will be showing the SynthStation49 iPad workstation.

Here’s what Akai has to say about the SynthStation49:

SynthStation49 is the most advanced, intuitive music controller designed specifically for use with the iPad or iPad 2 and the first true iPad performance tool for musicians. Working seamlessly with Akai Professional’s heralded SynthStation software, SynthStation49 provides unparalleled music creation capabilities, including direct in-app MIDI recording from its velocity-sensitive keyboard, nine MPC-style drum pads and array of transport controls.

In addition to its integration with the SynthStation app, SynthStation49 is also completely iOS CoreMIDI compatible, making it instantly compatible with dozens of music apps already in the App Store and hundreds more on the way.

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Akai Pro MAX49 Is The MPC LED Fader Control Keyboard You’ve Been Waiting For!

Akai Max49 Control Keyboard

Any chances of the 2012 NAMM Show being a dud have officially been eliminated.

Akai has figured out how to get even jaded synthheads excited about MIDI control keyboards again. Check out the Akai Pro MAX49 – a control keyboard that combines MIDI, Control Voltage support, LED touch faders & MPC pads.

So, if you’ve got a modular synth, or a keyboard made in the last 50 years, or a DAW – this should work with it.

LED Faders

MAX49 is one of the most unique controllers ever engineered. Right away you’ll notice one of its more distinguishing features: four banks of eight backlit LED touch faders, allowing you to assign up to 32 control parameters. You can use MAX49’s LED touch faders just like analog faders by dragging your finger along their touch strips, or you can perform instant leaps in any MIDI value from zero to maxed out and everything in between.

MPC Pads

MAX49 is also equipped with four banks of 12 backlit MPC pads, giving you a total of 48 assignable pads, allowing you to integrate Akai Pro production capability into live performances and recording sessions alike. These backlit, velocity sensitive pads come with MPC Swing, Note Repeat, Full Level and navigation controls.

USB, MIDI & Control Voltage

MAX49 comes ready to command any controller hardware or software from any era: USB MIDI, traditional 5-pin DIN MIDI and even Control Voltage and Gate outputs are onboard, allowing you to control everything from today’s most advanced music software, to analog modular synths from as far back as the 1960s. Mackie Control and HUI protocols are also built in to give you instant compatibility with many industry standard DAWs.

Here’s the official intro video:

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