Today Akai Pro finally announced the long awaited standalone versions of their MPC range, the full size MPC X and compact MPC Live.
The MPC -X is similar to the old MPC Renaissance but boosted with some great new features.
10″ multi touch screen
This is the key element, a display as large and crisp as an iPad with full multi touch control allowing you to scroll, pinch, grab and edit.
Built in OS
The new MPC X is capable of running the new MPC 2.0 software all on its own, with no computer required. You can still run the MPC 2.0 software on a computer if you wish and still use the MPC X as a controller for it.
16 Touch sensitive knobs with OLED displays
As with the old Renaissance, the new MPC X has 16 touch sensitive knobs on the left of the pads, these are 360 degree or infinity knobs and now has a crisp OLED display above each one to show what parameter they are controlling.
16Gb on board storage
There is plenty of space to store samples and the MPC-X even includes 10GB of sounds from CRS, ToolRoom, Loopmasters and more.
Inputs and outputs.
The MPC-X allows multiple inputs liek microphones or instruments, line or phono input for direct sampling from a turntable for example. It also has 8 individual channel outputs, midi in and out and USB 3 connectivity for external hard drives or USB sticks.
The MPC-X will also work as a midi and audio interface for your other devices directly to your computer.
The MPC Live is based on the MPC Touch but again works as a standalone unit both compact and portable.
7″ Multi Touch screen
Like the MPC Touch, the MPC Live has a stunning and responsive 7″ multi touch screen for zooming, editing and more controls.
With 2gb of RAM running the new MPC 2.0 software in stand alone mode or as a controller on your existing computer.
16gb On board storage
Includes 10gb of pre-loaded samples
The MPC Live is the ultimate portable groove machine with a built in lithium-ion rechargeable battery
The MPC Live has 6 individual channel outs or stereo master output plus 4 individuals, 2 USB 3 sockets for thumb drives or midi controllers, SD card slot for loading samples or projects and phono or line inputs for sampling from a turntable or similar as well as 2 midi in and out sockets.