Akai Pro — MPC X Overview & Demo

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  1. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

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    Akai go standalone with the brand new MPC Live. the control layout is exactly the same as last year’s MPC Touch controller/interface, with a seven-inch full-colour multi-touch display, 16 backlit pads, four rotary encoders and a master encoder knob. The big difference is stand-alone operation, with 2GB of sampling RAM and 16GB of on-board storage. Users will be able to expand the device’s capacity by fitting a 2.5-inch SATA drive to the device, which also features its own built-in rechargeable li-ion battery, creating the potential for an incredibly powerful and portable music-making machine. Other features include RCA phono inputs and a ground peg for attaching a turntable, two pairs of MIDI inputs and outputs, an SD card slot and two USB 3.0 ports for thumb drives or MIDI controllers.



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    Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the newest addition to the iconic MPC line, the MPC X. In creating the X, Akai Professional has taken the lessons from every MPC that preceded it to engineer a production centerpiece truly fit to be the flagship Music Production Center of the future.

    The new MPC X is a standalone MPC featuring a beautiful, full-colour 10.1” multi-touch screen and 16 amazingly responsive, velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads – all fuelled by a multicore processor surgically tuned to power MPC Software 2.0TM. Rounding out the controls are dedicated menu buttons, a large master encoder knob and 16 touch-sensitive 360o assignable pots (Q-Links) with adaptive OLED displays, perfect for viewing and precisely automating individual parameters to deliver expressively nuanced recordings. With MPC X the tactile ease-of-use found on smartphones and tablets combines with full-featured production functionality for an unleashed creative experience – launch clips with real-time time-stretching; grab, pinch & edit waveforms; program the step sequencer; record, sequence & edit audio/MIDI; apply XY FX and much more directly from MPC X’s 10.1” multi- touch capacitive color screen and dedicated hardware controls.

    MPC X’s plethora of connectivity options ensures rapid assimilation into any studio environment. A 2-in/4-out MIDI interface connects seamlessly to controllers and MIDI compatible sound modules, drum machines and synthesizers, providing core sequencing and control capability. Thanks to a arsenal of inputs and outputs (XLR, 1⁄4-inch jack, 1/8-inch jack & RCA), plus studio-grade audio capture, direct / hardware monitoring options and switchable phantom-power, MPC X forms the beating heard of any production setup. Additional connectivity options include 8 CV/Gate outputs and a custom CV Program, configurable via MPC X’s radiant high-definition screen – the ultimate solution for control of modular gear and CV compatible synthesizers via MPC X’s premium hardware controls and unprecedented sequencing functionality.

    Powering the mighty X is MPC Software 2.0TM, Akai Professional’s reimagined update of the critically acclaimed MPC software. Capable of running natively on the MPC X 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
    • Also acts as a control surface for MPC 2.0 Software, compatible with Mac & PC
    • 16 Touch-capacitive Q-Links controls with OLED displays
    • 66 buttons for direct, hardware access to all aspects of MPC Software 2.0
    • Standalone MPC – no computer required – natively powered by MPC Software 2.0
    • 10.1” full-colour multi-touch display
    • 4 selectable inputs: 2 XLR / 1⁄4” combo jacks with switchable phantom power, 2 instrument level; 1⁄4” jacks, turntable RCA input with ground peg
    • 8 outputs: balanced 1⁄4” jack
    • Dual 1⁄4” and 1/8” headphone outputs
    • 4 full-size MIDI outputs, 2 full-size MIDI inputs
    • 8 configurable CV/Gate outputs enabling the analogue control of modular gear, such as classic
    synths
    • 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)

    “In creating the concept for the MPC X we wanted to preserve the classic MPC feel and workflow that people love,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional. “But we turned the idea on its head and incorporated the best of what a modern touch-screen interface can offer. What we have now is the most powerful MPC production experience ever.”

    MPC X will ship with an MSRP of £1499.99 and will be available Q1 2017. For more information, visit www.akaipro.com
     
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    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Distinguished Member

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    This thing looks super cool! Out of my current budget, but they're (screenless) USB pad os on my list for later this year.

    Akia is an interesting company in the way they're able to keep adding useful things to a classic product/design archetiecture, while staying true to the original quality level. It's rare you can have a product like the MPC and make any change to it without immediate elitism/snobbery.
     
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    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Distinguished Member

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    As a quit rant- I'm noticing more and more interfaces and devices recording natively. I wonder how far away we are from true dedicated audio machines, rather than universal desktop type things. Maybe closer than I thought.
     
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    my thoughts as well.
     
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    audiokid Chris Staff

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    This is what Akai should have done years already. Its about time I say. I want this .
     
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    audiokid Chris Staff

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    What do you use the CV outs for?
     
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    audiokid Chris Staff

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    This MPC is awesome.



    I wouldn't doubt is mixing consoles start including their own DAW.
     
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    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Distinguished Member

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    From wikki:

    CV/gate (an abbreviation of control voltage/gate) is an analog method of controlling synthesizers, drum machines and other similar equipment with external sequencers. The control voltage typically controls pitch and the gate signal controls note on-off.

    This method was widely used in the epoch of analog modular synthesizers and CV/Gate music sequencers, since the introduction of the Roland MC-8 Microcomposer in 1977 through to the 1980s,[1] when it was eventually superseded by the MIDI protocol (introduced in 1983), which is more feature-rich, easier to configure reliably, and more readily supports polyphony.[2] The advent of digital synthesizersalso made it possible to store and retrieve voice "patches" - eliminating patch cables[3] and (for the most part) control voltages.[4] However, numerous companies – including Doepfer, who designed a modular system for Kraftwerk in 1992[5] Buchla, MOTM, Analogue Systems, and others continue to manufacture modular synthesizers that are increasingly popular and rely primarily on analog CV/gate signals for communication. Additionally, some recent non-modular synthesizers (such as the Alesis Andromeda) and many effects devices (including the Moogerfooger pedals by Moog as well as many guitar oriented devices) include CV/gate connectivity. Many modern studios use a hybrid of MIDI and CV/gate to allow synchronization of older and newer equipment.




    Basic usageEdit

    In early modular synthesizers, each synthesizer component (e.g., low frequency oscillation(LFO), voltage controlled filter (VCF), etc.) can be connected to another component by means of a patch cable that transmits voltage. Changes in that voltage cause changes to one or more parameters of the component. This frequently involved a keyboard transmitting two types of data (CV and gate), or control modules such as LFOs and envelope generators transmitting CV data:
     
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    audiokid Chris Staff

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    Hey thanks, Kyle. I understand what CV is about but I'm more wondering how they interact the MPC CV outs with hardware. I found this video which explains a bit more. 7 min

     
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    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Distinguished Member

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    I think I'm getting this soon for my tablet setup. The Scarlett's on sale, and the Alesis came out w a MK2 of the elevate 5 speakers, so the originals are 100 instead of $150.

    This looks like a nice little midi drum pad controller for bashing drum beats in the park or wherever. Bus powered. The actual rubber pads got some love in SOS. I'll try to drool on this while looking at the real deal mpc!


    http://www.akaipro.com/product/mpd218
     
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    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Distinguished Member

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    That's pretty sweet I gotta say man. Lol, every time they do and overhead shot, I can't help but think of those grey Roland "V-Studio" digital multitracks from the late 90's.
     
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    audiokid Chris Staff

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    Okay, I'm thinking hardware as in "gear" but the CV likely needs a CV input on an external keyboard of some kind. Whats confusing to me is I thought midi basically did what these guys are doing.

    Are you following how the CV is working Kyle?
     
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    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Distinguished Member

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    Sort of. The way I (mis) understand it is it's basically midis analog predecessor. So it basically does do the same thing.

    The analog and modular synth nuts don't necessarily want midi (i.e. Digital) in their paths, which has kept cv relavant.

    It's the closest thing your have to recall or automation for modular synths parameters as far as I know. You have to still set the analog section manually.

    Not all keyboards and synths have the CV input.

    I'm still not really proficient in this side of things.
     
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    audiokid Chris Staff

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    That makes sense. Thanks.
     
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    audiokid Chris Staff

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    Well, I'm buying this and selling my Akai MPC Renaissance
     
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    Standalone Bit Depth and Sample Rate is : 16 or 24 Bit at 44.1.
    Controller mode is : 16 or 24 Bit and 44.1 up to 96k .

    Back of the MPC X

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    audiokid Chris Staff

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    Just found this:

    What is a CV/Gate output used for?
    CV/Gate signals are similar to a standard MIDI connection in that they are responsible for transferring pitch and sequence timing data to other gear, usually modular synths or sequencers. Unlike MIDI, CV and Gate signals use simple voltages in varying ranges and lengths to control the other devices which open a lot of possibilities for implementation. For example, modular synths will often have a CV Pitch input (deciding the pitch of the synth at any given point), but they may also have filter input to control the filter instead. The gate would tell the synth when and how long to play a note, again just like the regions in a MIDI sequence.
     
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    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Distinguished Member

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    Oh yeaaaaaa!! That's exciting stuff man! Even though it's made for it, I'd have a hard time hitting/tapping something that's $2.5k.

    I also think there's some merit to the way the sample soind thru the machine vs in a vsti. I'm
    Not sure if it's a hardware/conversion thing, a synthesis playback engine thing, or a combo, but the samples/sounds from the actual hardware units seem have more ummph, even if it's the same companies samples.

    I've heard this on the eleven rack vs pluggin demo on the you tube as well.

    I love that akia is making real instruments, tht just happen to be electronic.

    Are you intending on using the daw / interfacing functions?

    Why are you replacing the renneisaance? JW
     
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    audiokid Chris Staff

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    Its not quite that much. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MPCX

    Both

    I prefer stand alone. I did most of my best work on the MPC60. This should be like an MPC60, but better. I won't have to power up the entire studio as well.
    To me, this is my core to a production system. I've been waiting 20 years for this to happen.
     
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