akai pro MPC live

Wait… hasn’t the MPC Touch already been released? Yes it was people, but the same old issue remained, until now. Essentially the new MPC Live is a Touch with some new stuff, but importantly it works in standalone too.

Brace yourselves for yet more words to wade through. Be brave people — it’s NAMM time:

AKAI® PROFESSIONAL ELECTRIFIES BOTH STUDIO AND STAGE WITH MPC® LIVE™

Standalone Music Production Center combines reimagined functionality, power and portability to deliver the ultimate solution for mobile production and live performance 

Cumberland, RI USA (January 9, 2017) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the newest addition to the iconic MPC line, the MPC Live. Starting with the immersive production workflow and performance breakthroughs introduced by the MPC Touch, Akai Professional ratchets up the stakes with MPC Live by adding standalone functionality and a revised feature set empowering musicians, producers and DJs with MPCs unrivalled workflow and reimagined performance capability.

At the heart of the new MPC Live is a beautiful, full-colour 7-inch multi-touch screen, 16 amazingly responsive, velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads, four touch-capacitive Q-Link controls and a large, clickable master encoder knob. Featuring multicore processing technology, 2GB of RAM and an expandable 16GB of on-board storage, Live is as powerful as any MPC that has preceded it. Thanks to a ultra-portable lightweight footprint (5.5 lbs) and battery powered operation via the internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, MPC Live provides an unleashed creative experience honed for expressive live performances and immersive, self-contained production – launch clips with real-time time-stretching; sample, grab, pinch & edit waveforms; program the step sequencer; record, sequence & edit audio/MIDI live; apply XY FX in real-time, and much more directly from MPC Live’s gesture controlled capacitive color screen.

With the MPC Live, seamless integration into production and live performance scenarios is a breeze thanks to a range of conveniently-located studio-grade inputs and outputs. A 2-in/2-out MIDI interface connects to controllers and MIDI compatible sound modules, drum machines and synthesizers – the perfect solution for unprecedented control of outboard equipment using MPCs unrivalled MIDI sequencing capability. Combining two selectable audio inputs (RCA and balanced ¼-ich jack), plus 6 configurable ¼-inch jack outputs, MPC Live connects to virtually all studio and live equipment providing core recording, monitoring and playback functionality.

Powering Live is MPC Software 2.0™, Akai Professional’s reimagined update of the critically acclaimed MPC software. Capable of running natively on the MPC Live in standalone mode, MPC Software 2.0 can also be run from a Mac or PC as a plugin in all popular DAWs, or as a full-featured standalone application.

Features

  • Standalone MPC – no computer required – natively powered by MPC Software 2.0
  • 7-inch full-colour multi-touch display
  • Also acts as a control surface for MPC 2.0 software, compatible with Mac & PC
  • Internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Selectable inputs: Turntable (RCA) with ground peg and stereo balanced ¼-inch jack
  • 6 configurable ¼” balanced jack outputs
  • 1/8” headphone output
  • 2 pairs of full-size MIDI inputs and outputs
  • 16GB of on-board storage (over 10GB of premium sound content included from leading sound designers including CR2, TOOLROOM, Loopmasters, Capsun Pro Audio, and more)
  • User-expandable 2.5” SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)
  • 2 USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
  • SD Card slot for loading samples and projects

“The MPC Live is a turning point for mobile producers, live performers and DJs. It truly represents a huge step forward in the product category,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional. “MPC Live is the most powerful MPC we’ve made to date and yet it’s portable enough to take anywhere.”

MPC Live will ship with an MSRP of £799.99 and will be available Q1 2017. For more information, visit akaipro.com.

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I don’t have to tell you how this works but here goes — you’ve got a fully standalone and portable solution to take out and about (or just shuffle around your home). And when necessary, you can hook it up to your computer and dip into the wider world of music making with all the bells and whistles that brings.

And portable means just that — it has a rechargeable built-in battery. So if you like to make beats in the toilet, this is the one for you. I think this is the one I’d have anyway. The MPC X is doubtlessly impressive, but I’m happier with the footprint and portability. It’s like iPads — whilst the iPad Pro is stunning, there are times it feels like I’m carrying a TV around. The MPC Live just feels right for me, and seems to be a vibe echoed though Team DJWORX too. It’s also of a size where it could fit into a DJ setup if you wanted to incorporate your own creations.

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For me, it looks like NI not only needs to pull its finger out with Traktor, but suddenly the Maschine range doesn’t look quite as hot as it once did. The heritage of MPCs is clear, and bringing a heap of coolness including touch screens and standalone to them will have many fans whose heads were turned by the Maschine range possibly looking back to Akai Pro for those features that Maschine doesn’t deliver. But in an age where laptops are integral to our lives, standalone may not be the draw that it once was.

I’m going to leave it to you smarter people to chew over what the MPC Live and MPC 2.0 software bring to the table. All I know if that I’d love to hammer those pads and touch that screen for a while, just for fun though.