Akai Pro’s iMPC Pro — pad bashing, but not too hard

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While Akai Pro has managed to cram at least a portion of the full MPC experience into Apple’s iPad and iPhone, there was still a great deal that it couldn’t do. For the iPad at least that has now been fixed via the new spangly iMPC Pro app, that delivers a great deal more of the MPC workflow, but in a considerably more visual way.

Here’s the PR out of Akai Pro HQ:

Akai iMPC Pro

iMPC Pro Takes Portable Music Production To New Heights

Akai Professional’s flagship iPad app is now available for download.

Cumberland, RI, USA – July 8, 2014. Akai Professional (akaipro.com), innovator of audio sampling technology for music production and performance, announces the availability of the iMPC Pro app for iPad. Featuring 64 tracks of intuitive music production capability, iMPC Pro is the most powerful way to create music on the iPad.

Developed in concert with Retronyms, a leading iOS app developer, iMPC Pro fuses the acclaimed workflow of a hardware MPC (Music Production Center) with cutting edge tools for composing, editing and mixing music. Extending the beat-production prowess of the original iMPC app, the all-new iMPC Pro app includes over 30 in-demand features to empower the creative process from conceptualization to finishing touch.


  • Compose, edit and mix professional-grade audio productions on your iPad
  • 64 tracks of multi-track music creation, mixing and automation
  • All-new multi-touch interface for the editing, slicing and auditioning of samples
  • Inter-App Audio support provides flexible sampling, effects and audio routing
  • Sample from your iTunes library, Inter-App Audio, the iPad mic and more
  • Timeline View provides powerful gesture control of sequences and events
  • Intuitive Precision Knobs and Faders deliver exacting command of mix controls
  • Flux Mode for real-time or automated manipulation of tracks
  • Classic MPC Swing, Note Repeat, 16 Levels and pad workflow
  • Extensive sound library featuring 1,400+ samples from Richard Devine
  • Works seamlessly with MPC Element pad controller via iPad Camera Connection kit
  • 3D-performance mode for tweaking effects, Note Repeat and more
  • Directly upload your tracks to SoundCloud, Twitter, your computer and more
  • All-new effects suite including Turbo Duck side-chain compressor and Boom Room reverb

“iMPC Pro pushes the boundaries of portable music production for the creative set,” notes Akai Professional Product Manager Dan Gill. “The reliability and processing speed of the iPad are a great foundation for crafting tracks on-the-go. When fused with the bleeding-edge workflow and innovative audio features of iMPC Pro, you uncage new ideas never before imagined.”

iMPC Pro is available for download on the App Store at a special, limited-time introductory price of $12.99 USD, with a regular price of $19.99 USD. For more information, visit: akaipro.com/mpc.

While the very idea of replacing MPC pads with a touch screen may seem like a stretch, Akai Pro’s iMPC Pro doesn’t aim to be a live performance piece. You can’t do velocity sensitive on a touch screen anyway, so while it can be used in a live environment, my feeling is that this is more of a composition piece. I can only imagine just how many iPad screens would be broken if the full fury of the likes of Jeremy Ellis or Araabmuzik was unleashed.

Now I could spend a little while installing (done), playing (done), and writing (oops), our friend Peter Kirn at Create Digital Music has done all this with knobs on and has written up his initial thoughts far better than I could . Good work Peter. We will of course (and by we I mean probably Arkaei) pour over iMPC Pro in due course write down an exhaustive number of words.

Summing up, iMPC Pro (which at the time of writing is the best-selling music app in the iTunes App Store) is available now for a limited time for $12.99/£8.99.

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