Official : MPC Software 2.0 - Specs, Features & Screenshots

By MPC-Tutor | Last modified: Jan 13, 2017 | 19 Comments

In a busy day for everyone in the MPC community, Akai have now released full details of the new MPC Software 2.0 update. Here’s the nitty gritty:

  • New graphical interface
  • Audio track recording (128 in computer mode, 8 stereo tracks in standalone mode)
  • Comprehensive suite of audio editing tools: Pointer, Eraser, Audition, Scissors, Fade In, Fade Out, Reverse, Mute, Pitch Adjust and BPM Adjust
  • Real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting
  • Clip Program mode for clip-launching workflow
  • Reimagined mixer layout with resizable faders, an adaptive channel strip, a dedicated audio track editing window with resizable waveform view
  • Advanced signal routing capability – submixes, FX returns, multi-output plugin support
  • More efficient and streamlined MPC workflow
  • Audio and MIDI drag and drop
  • Enhanced QLink control

So first off it looks like Akai had made sure that the computer UI now graphically matches the Touch UI. This makes for a sleeker, more integrated and professional look; I think most would agree that the interface is finally looking more modern and polished. For example, this is how audio tracks look in 2.0:

And here’s the Touch UI version:

Akai have released a short demo of MPC 2.0 Audio tracks in action:

There’s also the new ‘Clip’ program type, which Dan originally referred to a ‘phrase’ programs last year at NAMM. These appear to be 16 pad programs to which you can assign short loops which can be launched ‘Ableton-style’ for live performances.

Here’s the computer UI version:

Check out the Clip Program demo video from Akai

The Browser has now been moved to the right hand side of the screen, and from demo videos it’s clear it now has a search function. Also included are ready-made, genre-based project templates (as you’d find in many popular DAWs).

The mixer screen has also been overhauled:

Effects & Instruments

Akai have confirmed that MPC Software 2.0 will also ship with additional effects and instruments. MPC Live owners will get the following:

‘Air’ Instruments & Effects

  • HYBRID 3
  • LOOM
  • VACUUM PRO
  • VELVET
  • XPAND.2
  • MiniGrand
  • DB33
  • theRiser
  • AIR FX Collection

Sonivox:

  • Big Bang Cinematic
  • Session Drums

Akai Pro:

  • The Bank
  • The 809
  • The Wub
  • The Noise

The MPC X gets the following additional Sonivox instruments as well:

  • Big Bang Universal
  • Silk Road
  • ATSIA Percussion
  • Orchestral Companion Strings

I’m not sure if these are going to be built into the MPC Software (like Hybrid 3.0) or just available as separate installers (like the Bank and the Wub). Also no word on how many of these are included for people on the Touch, Studio Silver, Studio Black, and MPC Renaissance.

We’ll have to wait until 2.0 is released to discover every single new feature, but so far things are looking pretty good.

MPC Software 2.0 Compatibility

MPC Software 2.0 will function with MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio Silver, MPC Studio Black, MPC Touch and of course the Live and the X, and as far as I’m aware, all features should be present across all models (e.g. audio tracks, clip programs, warping etc).

MPC Software 2.0 Pricing

The MPC X and MPC Live will ship with MPC Software 2.0 pre-installed. Currently there is no official word on upgrade pricing for owners of existing MPC controllers. As I noted in my previous ‘MPC rumours‘ article, Akai endorsed artist Scott Diaz is claiming that MPC Software 2.0 will be free for all MPC Touch owners. Additionally an Italian article was briefly made public which claimed that 2.0 will be free for all Touch and Studio Black owners, and a paid upgrade for silver Studio and Ren owners (no pricing given).

MPC Software 2.0 Availability

No official world on an MPC 2.0 release date, however it’s looking likely that it will be released simultaneously with the MPC Live (and perhaps the MPC X), probably in February.

 

19 Responses

  1. Michael

    Jan 13, 2017 9:42 pm

    Sad! MPC Software 2.0 seems to require Mac OS X 10.10.5 or newer.
    I’m pretty happy running my Ren with 10.9.5 which is really stable and reliable.
    So why the support ends yet after 3 years (Mavericks 2013)?
    Fu+#ing development!
    Like to work with 2.0 – not ready to switch to Yosemite, El Capitan or Sierra.

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    • MPC-Tutor

      Jan 14, 2017 3:13 pm

      It might still install in 10.9.5, but there must be features in 10.10.5 onwards that MPC Software 2.0 needs to function fully. Onwards and upwards!

      Reply
  2. Carlo

    Jan 16, 2017 9:11 pm

    Does MPC Software 2.0 run on Macbook Air (1.4 GHz Intel Core 2 DUO, 2 Gb RAM, OS X Yosemite)?

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  3. equi-knocks

    Jan 19, 2017 4:20 am

    Help this 1000 old timer.
    Is MPC 2.0 basically a DAW that you can use instead of Logic, Reason, Ableton, etc? Or is it just companion software for the MPC?

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    • MPC-Tutor

      Jan 19, 2017 11:01 am

      The MPC Software ‘is’ the MPC, whether you use a controller like the Touch or a standalone unit like the X or Live, they are all interfaces for the MPC Software. 2.0 will have audio tracks making it more like a DAW, but you can still use it with a separate DAW.

      Reply
  4. Evan

    Jan 19, 2017 7:04 am

    When can we expect a “Making Bears on the MPC X” or “…with MPC 2.0” for these new devices?

    I’ve been working with MPC 5000 and have the MPC x on order. Would really enjoy the newest book / guide / MPC bible if it’s in the works…

    Reply
  5. Dmac

    Jan 24, 2017 7:37 pm

    Does anyone know if the new 2.0 software will be able to read VST3 instruments such as Sampletank 3. I understand at the moment it only reads VST2 plug-ins

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  6. Shawn Wilson

    Feb 3, 2017 11:20 pm

    I see the add-on extra effects and instruments, but what factory effects and filters will the MPC Live ship with internally? I won’t be using it as a controller tethered to a computer but strictly as a standalone. Thanks!

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  7. Alonso

    Feb 7, 2017 5:52 am

    Can i export MPC 2.0 Software programs and open them on my MPC 1000?

    if this is possible is a nice sample editor for older mpc’s

    Reply
  8. Pete

    Feb 21, 2017 10:14 pm

    I wonder if Akai are still ironing out the MPC 2.0 software update before it can be released, because it’s taking a while?

    Reply

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