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:
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
- VACUUM PRO
- AIR FX Collection
- Big Bang Cinematic
- Session Drums
- 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.