2012 will go down as a make over for Akai. They long staple in music production saw it's lead slowly erode with stiff competition coming from all corners.
I was speaking to a local music shop who compared the landmark MPC as a 486 computer. LOL.
But, as they revamped this year with brand new hardware, they were also faced with a new landscape - iOS. What started as mobile phone software, has now become a platform for mobile music workstation. And it gets better daily.
Akai, has formally ported the iconic MPC device to the iPad/iPad mini. It went live yesterday.
As much as there are several clones of the MPC in the app-mosphere, Akai has come to claim the space they originally created - simply.
It dawned on me that there's a generation of young producers who may not have really gravitated to the MPC as the previous gen - esp in light of the software advances over the last several years - so this may still be semi foreign and or may not resonate with them as it does w/ others. But either way, this is still a monumental announcement.
Listed features are as follows:
More than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, and 80 editable sequences
Exclusive iMPC sound set and classic Akai Professional sound library
Sample from iPad mic, line-in, or music library using multi-touch turntable interface
Export tracks to MPC Software for use with MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio
In-app SoundCloud community, powered by CloudSeeder
Share on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or export to your computer
Tabletop-ready: works seamlessly with Retronyms’ Tabletop app for iPad
16 Levels mode: 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning
Note Variation slider: adjust attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
Trim and categorize samples, undo takes and erase samples
Create new sequences, record and overdub beats
Live Sequence queuing for real-time performance and playback
Simple drag and drop program creation
Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter
Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable swing
Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing, with latch
Supports WIST, wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg
AudioCopy beats and sequences to compatible apps
AudioPaste samples from compatible apps
Tabletop Ready App: works seamlessly with Retronyms’ Tabletop app for iPad
Route to and use with your favorite Tabletop Effects and devices
Line-in allows you to resample Tabletop devices
Use with Tabletop's Timeline Editor
Made for the iPad and iPad mini, this is available now @ a introductory price of $6.99 and is available now @ iTunes.