In a 2 week blitz that saw Akai Pro introduce their new flagship units meant to take them into the new era of production, they had one flip for the fans. Completing the trilogy will be the MPC FLY.
After some early endorsement and investment of the iOS platform with the Synth Station, Akai Pro has now made an additional statement and BOLD move by not only offering a new MPC themed iPad app, but also providing a proprietary controller for the iPad to facilitate the process. Wow. Again, a software dev investment is one thing, but to actually stock a physical item that will solely support the iPad?? Daring. For those who have spoken to me know that I've been a big fan of the tablets/iPad and the opportunity to whip something up + this is where computing power is going.
There are tons of apps out there that have mimicked the MPC, but Luke's father has now returned.
Offered will be an app that will be able to run on both the iPad and iPad2. But the controller has been designed for the iPad2, on paper. Deets are as follows:
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
For all those going to NAMM, enjoy as Akai Pro plans to have the full lineup on hand to mess with.
For the rest of us, more info can be found at the MPC FLY page.