The MPC X from Akai Professional is a powerful standalone music production workstation, complete with an integrated sampler, sequencer, 10″ touch screen, 16 velocity-sensitive RGB-backlit pads and 16 endless encoder “Q-Link” controls, each with an OLED display.
The MPC X incorporates a powerful 1.8 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A17 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage to power the MPC 2.0 software, without the need to connect to a host computer. What’s more, the unit can operate in Control Mode, which further expands the functionality by connecting to a computer to operate the same MPC 2.0 standalone software as a plugin in your favorite DAW. The MPC 2.0 software has added some powerful features including audio track recording, real-time time-stretching (audio warping), pitch-shifting, audio and MIDI drag-and-drop, clip program mode for clip-launching, an updated mixer layout with advanced signal routing, and enhanced Q-Link control.
The MPC X is pre-installed with “The Vault 2.0″—a 10GB library of world-class sounds—featuring samples and kits from top-notch sound-design companies including Capsun Audio, MVP Loops, CR2 Records, as well as Akai’s own high-quality content. Should you wish to incorporate your own samples and recordings, the MPC X offers a 2.5″ SATA drive connector, allowing you to install an optional SSD or HDD hard drive. Content can easily be uploaded and/or recorded to the full-sized SD card or USB thumb drives.
The full-color 10” multi-touch screen offers quick and easy visual feedback and editing capabilities. View samples with “pinch” zoom, trim start and end times, and adjust and process samples on the fly. The XYFX allow you to control multiple effect parameters simultaneously, while the sequencer and mix page make short work of entering/deleting notes, editing values, and adjusting mix parameter
The rear panel offers a comprehensive set of inputs and outputs including two combo XLR-1/4″ inputs with mic pres and 48V+ phantom power, two 1/4″ line level inputs, and a set of RCA inputs with a turntable ground. There are eight line-level 1/4″ outputs, as well as eight fully configurable 1/8″ CV/Gate outputs for connecting and controlling analog synthesizers. For MIDI I/O, the unit offers two MIDI inputs and four MIDI outputs on full-sized 5-pin DIN connectors. Connect a computer via the USB Type-B connection, while two USB Type-A connectors allow for the integration of MIDI controllers to further expand your MIDI inputs. Additional ports on the front panel include two 1/4″ footswitches, two 1/4″ instrument inputs, and two (1/4 and 1/8″) headphone outputs. A mix knob allows you to monitor the Main output and 3/4 outputs in your headphones for live performance applications. The MPC X ships with a power supply and USB cable.
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