Music Production Controller - quite a bold term isn't it? While there are countless MPC's on the market, few offer the same level of total control over your music production like the Akai MPC-X!
This outstanding unit boasts everything you'd want in a standalone, professional-grade music production toolkit. Not only does it come with a vast array of features and cutting-edge technology; the interface is easy on the eye and intuitive, and the self-contained DAW is comprehensive yet simple. This really is the ultimate MPC!
New in MPC Firmware 2.10 - Incredible new features and Sounds
AKAI just launched version 2.10 of the MPC firmware, their biggest update ever, with loads of new features and improvements! Let’s go through some of the amazing novelties you can enjoy with version 2.10.
USB class audio support
You can connect your standalone MPC with your USB audio interface by navigating through the preferences menu and finding your sound card. You can also up to 32 inputs/outputs (but beware of the CPU usage!)
New plugin Instruments
Version 2.10 includes loads of new instruments that you can easily download by selecting ‘Get Synth Content’ from the MPC Menu/Help Menu. Explore the new AIR collection including AIR Hype, covering everything from hard-hitting plucks to sultry melodic leads, AIR Solina, recreating the classic string machine and AIR Mellotron, a recreation of the famous tape keyboard. You can also experience a faithful reproduction of the WayOutWare Odyssey.
New AIR Vocal Audio Effects
A new suite of AIR vocal effects: Tuner to make your vocals sound perfect, Vocal Harmonizer, a four-part vocal-harmonizer effect and Doubler, to add presence to your vocal line or create realistic double effects.
New AIR insert effects
Enjoy new effects to spice up your tracks! Just to name a few, AIR Half Speed is the ultimate tool to create half-speed versions of any sound source, for supercool transitions: Air Stutter will make your sounds glitch changing in volume, pan and pitch! Discover all of them & get crazy experimenting.
New Akai insert effects
With the 2.10 firmware update, you’ll gain access to new Akai insert effects. Enjoy the power of a granulator to slice and manipulate your tracks and sample delay to add a cool stereo effect.
Drum and Keygroup program improvements
Akai have reworked drums and keygroups to ensure a smoother workflow. Now you can add tail to any audio file to avoid abrupt and unnatural endings. There’s a new randomisation section as well, to add subtle variations to your drum samples. If that wasn’t enough, Version 2.10 adds eight effects slots for your drum pads, including bitcrush, decimator, soft clipper and many more!
Your MPC can now automatically calculate the key of a sample. Add any audio file with melodic content and let it do the work!
These are just some of the amazing new features you can enjoy with Version 2.10. What are you waiting for? Go download it now on AKAI Professional's website!
Past Firmware updates
Akai are pretty generous on the firmware front. They've released numerous updates for their MPC line-up, including:
- Additional synth engines
- A pro suite of mixing and mastering FX from DSP gurus AIR Music Technology
- Side ducking chain effects with Mother Ducker and Mother Ducker Input effects plugins
- Wi-Fi enabled Ableton Live and Splice integration
- Significant automation enhancements
- Loading and exporting FLAC and OGG files
- Supercharged MIDI - connect and route all the MIDI gear in your studio
...and much more!
Complex Has Never Been This Easy!
Striking the balance between ease of use and number of features is an ongoing struggle in the world of musical equipment. It's evident with the MPC-X, however, that a breakthrough has been made. Boasting more power than any of its predecessors, it still somehow retains the accessibility and sleek design features that put Akai on the map as a major player.
A crucial element of this intuitive design is MPC 2.0, the built-in DAW. Imagine a full-blown music production suite at the tips of your fingers; every feature you'd ever need is right there, simply a flick away, there's really nothing else to it! Expect a near-unparalleled workflow, with amazing real-time editing and a beautiful hi-res OLED touch-screen display.
This incredible integration between hardware and software really does allow you to step out of the studio and into creative freedom. Pop it in your backpack and explore your sound - wherever you want it to go. You can easily record, sample, edit and mix an entire track from start to finish, without any boundaries or limitations - the possibilities are endless!
Ultimate Connectivity and Control
The MPC-X comes with more connections than its compact enclosure might suggest. 2 XLR, 2 1/4" jack and stereo RCA connections allow you to record or sample any chosen source, whether it's a live instrument, a vocal duo, or even an old turntable.
A total of 8 outputs ensure that the MPC-X is right at home in an ensemble or live setting; 2 main outputs are ideal for studio monitors, but you've got plenty more at your disposal, ideal for big recording sessions or interactive jams. Akai are known for their MIDI and sequencer technology, so it's no surprise that the MPC-X comes fully MIDI-ready, with 6 connections for all of your sequencing needs!
It even comes armed with 8 CV/Gate connections, so you can control your classic analog synths. Weave intricate analog textures, tweak sinewaves beyond recognition, compose cool glitchy percussive loops - the fun never ends!
In-depth Sampling and Massive Library
The MPC-X boasts a whopping 10GB vault of pre-installed sounds. Out of the box, you're equipped with everything you need to build a track in pretty much any style! It doesn't end there though; you've also got capacity to load up any samples of your own to create fresh sounds. Record them in, load them via USB or SD card - you can even connect your sample library (no matter how big it is) via SATA connection!
Here's What Akai Say About New in MPC 2.9 - Introducing DrumSynth
MPC’s iconic drum sound can’t be disputed, gracing countless productions with the nefarious snap and punch coveted by countless world-class producers. Now with MPC 2.9, MPC arms the production community with a groundbreaking selection of 8 synth engines powering 9 incredible DrumSynth plugins. Packed with must-have contemporary sounds, and backed by powerful sound generators driven by all-new FM synthesis, analogue & physical modelling and sample based algorithms, every synthesised drum sound the modern producer should have at their disposal is here.
DrumSynth empowers MPC users with powerful synthesis, incredible presets and precise sound design sculpting capabilities to develop their own unique sounds. Like all MPC instruments, DrumSynth plugins harness the refined tactile touch user interface for an inspiring, easy-to-use workspace that accelerates workflow and puts the control you demand only a touch away! The 8 engines include Kick, Snare, Clap, Hi-Hat, Crash, Ride, Tom and Percussion. Additionally, all the engines can be accessed in one multi mode instrument for a powerful combination program. Fuse this with built in sound effects including a transient shaper, tuning, EQ, compression, delay, reverb and more, and DrumSynth is poised to supercharge the MPC workflow and elevate your creative process even higher.
- A complete stand-alone DAW - no computer needed!
- Everything you loved about sampling and beat-making onboard
- 10.1" multi-touch screen and all the hands-on controls you need
- 16 velocity/pressure-sensitive pads
- 16GB of internal storage and external hard drive support
- Preloaded with an a massive collection of sounds
- Pro-quality, all-bases-covered analog I/O connects to everything
- Control your entire rig with extensive MIDI, CV/Gate, and USB I/O
- MPC 2.0 adds audio track recording and upgraded time warp
- Improved Q-Link control and drag-and-drop MIDI/audio also included
- 10GB Vault 2.0 sample library includes production-ready content