Akai’s recent focus on MPCs has been on its stand-alone models – see MPC X and MPC Live – but with the new MPC Studio, we are returning to the hybrid software / hardware model. This includes both a controller and the MPC2 JACKDAW, which can also function as a connect.
MPC Studio hardware is built around 16 full-size pressure and velocity sensitive pads. These have RGB backlighting and support aftertouch.
There is also an assignable touch strip which can be used to add extra expression to your performance, while visual feedback is offered by the color LCD display. This is designed to help you spend more time looking at the controller and less looking at the software, and is complemented with transport controls and locate buttons.
When used with software, the MPC2 promises all of the features that have made the MPC range so popular: sampling; groove, swing and quantization; MIDI sequencing and arrangement. You also get eight built-in plug-in instrument engines, including Hype, Mellotron and Solina from AIR and Odyssey from WayOutWare.
Effects are covered by AIR’s Vocal Insert Effects Plugin Suite, Half Speed, Stutter and Granulator.
MPC Studio is available now for £ 230. Learn more about the Akai website.