Akai Professional today introduced MPC Studio,  a new music production controller + DAW combo for Mac & Windows.

MPC Studio Controller

MPC Studio features 16 full-size pressure and velocity sensitive RGB-backlit pads with aftertouch. These pads can be used to play and record patterns, notes, chords, and more, with an accurate visual display of velocity and pad groupings.

In addition, an assignable Touch Strip lets you add modulation or pitch bend to a keyboard synth, control Note Repeat for hi-hats, snares, effects and more.

A full color LCD lets you scroll through track names, plugin instrument presets, browse categories, monitor parameter values when dialing in effects, or trim and chop samples.

MPC2 Software

The MPC2 Desktop Software DAW for Mac and PC is at the core of this MPC Studio system. It offers audio sampling, MPC groove, swing and quantize, MIDI sequencing and arranging. MPC2 software can also be run as a VST Plugin in any host DAW.

Also included is a collection of MPC plugin instruments, offering 8 built-in plugin instrument engines, with a wide selection of inspiring sound and textures. The AIR Hype Plugin Synthesizer features over 1500 world-class presets including ambient pianos, plucked strings, atmospheric pads, stabbing synths and more. Alongside Hype are a group of hardware emulations; AIR Mellotron, Solina, and WayOutWare’s Odyssey.

You can record, edit, and mix vocals with the AIR Vocal Insert Effects Plugin Suite. The collection features Vocal Tuner, a high-powered automatic vocal pitch correction tool, Vocal Doubler, a sound layering and doubling generator, and Vocal Harmonizer, a 4-part harmony processor. In addition, you cann add and create drops, builds, and transitions with a wide selection of insert effects plugins like AIR Half Speed, Stutter, Granulator and more.

MPC Studio Features:

  • Complete MPC system with hardware and MPC2 Desktop Software DAW for Mac and PC
  • 16 velocity sensitive RGB MPC pads with aftertouch
  • Assignable Touch Strip for dynamic expression
  • Color LCD Screen for vibrant feedback
  • Iconic MPC workflows including Quantize, Note Repeat, and 16 Levels
  • MPC 2 Software with Vocal Effects Suite, MPC Plugin Instruments, and 100+ plugins from AIR Music Tech

Here’s a series of in-depth intro videos:

Pricing and Availability

The MPC Studio music production system is available now for $269.

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