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The legendary pads
The MPC series from Akai changed the face of music from its inception. Its unique sampling capabilities and intuitive drum pads made it one of the most ground-breaking pieces of musical equipment ever made. Now, with the MPC Studio you can experience the fluid playability and classic feel of the MPC pads, right from the comfort of your computer.
At the heart of the MPC Studio is the velocity-sensitive backlit pads which you can use to chop samples, play melodies, trigger chords and program drums. The high-grade design and years of development give the pads a feel that only the MPC has. Backlit with RGB lighting, you can use the different colours to coordinate sound banks or samples to help when recording in performances. Not only is the MPC Studio great for music production it can also be a great tool for live sets, allowing you to trigger sounds and even play full songs using the various banks and powerful effects on offer.
Touch strip controller for added expression
As well as the pads, the MPC Studio features a built-in touch strip controller which can be used to modulate virtual instruments and more. For example, dragging your finger up and down the touch strip whilst assigned to the pitch function within your selected plugin, will allow you to create fluid pitch bends for a more human sound. As well as being great for humanising virtual instruments, you can assign the touch strip to virtually any parameter within a virtual plugin. Use it to control the roll of your hi-hats whilst playing them in or use it to automate the LFO of a bass patch within a synth; the possibilities are endless!
Colour LCD display – visual feedback
The crisp and vibrant display allows you to focus on your production whilst checking settings at a glance. Using the colour screen you can zoom in on waveforms, browse through your sounds, scroll through virtual instruments, find plugins and more. It minimises the need to jump from the MPC to the computer, allowing you to focus on the music.
MPC2 Software – a powerful DAW
Included with the MPC Studio is the Akai MPC2 software which is a powerful and versatile DAW (digital audio workstation) that you can use to create full song arrangements, chop and stretch samples, edit audio and more. The intuitive interface makes it easier than ever to get creating your next masterpiece, providing advanced MIDI editing capabilities bundled with a range of premium-quality instruments and sound packs. Whether you’re a seasoned musician or just starting on your musical journey, the MPC2 software provides you with everything you need.
Powerful plugins and effects
Complete with the MPC2 software is a host of world-class plugins and effects which you can use to get started. Within MPC Studio you will find over 100 instrument and effect plugins with genre-defying, world-classic sounds and presets to capture your inspiration. Loop content is also included from heavyweight producers such as Rawcutz, MVP Loops, Decap and more.
The AIR Vocal Suite is a comprehensive set of vocal effect plugins including vocal tuning, doubling and harmonizer plugins. Included is a range of high-end instrument plugins such as AIR Hype, AIR Mellotron, AIR Solin and WayOutWareOdyssey. You can also tweak your way to a perfect master track using the myriad of sounds and presets on offer.
- Pads: 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit
- Banks: 8 banks accessible via Pad Bank buttons Knobs
- Knobs: 1 x 360-degree push encoder for display navigation and selection
- Touch Strip: 1 x multi-function 5.5” (140 mm) touch-capacitive controller with LED indicators
- Buttons: 39 LED backlit dedicated function buttons
- Display: Full-colour LCD
- 1/4-inch (3.5 mm) MIDI input
- 1/4-inch (3.5 mm) MIDI output
- USB Type-B port
- Power: USB
- Dimensions (width x depth x length): 12.0” x 6.7” x 1.5” (305 x 171 x 37mm)
- Weight 0.83kg (1.8 lbs.)
- Product Code: MPCSTUDIO2