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.
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.’
Here’s the official intro video:
The MPC Touch lets you grab and pinch waveforms, draw MIDI events, adjust envelopes, chop samples, add effects and precisely set controls using your fingertips.
- 7″ color multi-touch Display
- 16 velocity-sensitive MPC pads with RGB backlighting
- 2-in/2-out audio interface
- Step Sequencer with touch interface
- XYFX control adds effects, adjusts sound dynamics in real time
- Phrase Looper, enables connection of any instrument to create loops
- Pad Mixer for setting levels, stereo panning and adding VST effects
- Sample Edit control, for trimming, chopping and processing your samples
- 4 new, performance-ready touch-sensitive controls
- Data Encoder knob, for push-and-twist control of display parameters
- Includes MPC software with over 20 GB of sound content
Akai shared two additional intro videos. The first is a look at making beats on the MPC Touch, with producer Needlz:
The second video features Metro Boomin:
Pricing and Availability
The Akai Professional MPC Touch will be available November 2015, priced at US $799. See the Akai site for details. at Akai Professional dealers and online directly from Akai Professional.