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Yes. MPC Software updates are and will continue to be available. You will also find that MPC Software updates will also offer new features to your MPC hardware! The MPC Software will prompt you when updates are available. This pop-up prompt will tell you what version is available, and what version you currently have installed. You can also manually check for updates. On OSX, select the menu titled “MPC”, and select “Check For Updates…”. On Windows, select the menu titled, “Help”, and select “Check For Updates…”.
The MPC Software is available in Standalone, VST, AU and RTAS formats.
Samples can be dropped into the MPC Software from the MPC Software File Browser, files on disk, of from other program windows.
Yes. All selected beats can be nudged. This is performed with a computer keyboard command. On OSX, hold Command and press left or right. On Windows, hold CNTL and press left and right. This will shift notes with relation to the currently selected TIME CORRECT value. Fine resolution values for note events can nudged using the same key commands while holding down the Shift button on your computer keyboard.
Yes. A list of keyboard commands is located on page 111 of the MPC Reference Manual
Yes. The MPC Software can load VST, and AU instrument and effect plugins.
Effect presets are saved on a project basis. Also, creating effect plugin presets is a good way to recall previous effect settings.
No. Currently, Rewire is not supported for use with Rewire. The MPC Plugin is available in VST, AU, and RTAS formats, using the MPC Plugin in a Rewire compatible host will allow you to use the Rewire feature with the MPC Software.
Change the global Time Correct value to “Off”.
The MPC Software can be authorized on 4 computers.
See this article on how to authorize the software.
MPC Software functions in operating systems and applications that support 32 and 64-bit, starting in v1.4. Prior versions are 32-bit only.
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Yes. File formats through the history of the MPC series can be loaded into the MPC Software. Files from the MPC60 to the MPC5000 will be compatible.
Yes it does! This feature is enabled by default, and can be disabled in the MPC software page titled, “Sample Edit”.
No. The MPC Software’s functions are directly connected to the hardware. MPC hardware must be connected.
No. The MPC Renaissance & Studio are fully integrated USB MIDI controllers for your computer. Both are designed to work seamlessly with the included MPC Software, providing all of the major workflow points of the Legacy MPC's, while including lots of new enhancements.
The pads will light up different colors, depending on how hard you play them (ranging from yellow at a low velocity, and red at the highest velocity). To disable (or re-enable) these lights, on the MPC Renaissance or Studio, press PAD ASSIGN then F6 (Velo Col).
The MPC Renaissance and Studio will not include a CD disk drive. The MPC software will export an Audio Mixdown in WAV, AIFF, and MP3 formats, which can be burned to a CD from your computer’s disk drive.
The MPC Renaissance includes a 12V DC 2.0A pin-positive, auto-switching power adapter in the box. The Akai Part no. is AL7-10-1215. It comes in a white cardboard box which is inserted into a cutout in the packing foam. Because the power supply is light weight, and since it is in a white box that is form-fitting to the packing foam, it can be hard to find in the packaging. Also, when you're unpacking new product, you probably don't spend too much time searching through the packing foam! Click here for a great user-created unboxing video.
No. Wire free! The MPC Studio is powered from USB connection, and does not include any other connections for power.
Vintage Modes allow you to choose an emulation of sonic qualities, for example, the MPC3000 or MPC60, or of course no emulation (None).
No. Currently, Vintage Mode is an exclsive feature of the MPC Renaissance.
The MPC Studio is designed to be slim, and is easily portable. Adding to this portability, an MPC Studio Neoprene Case is provided in the box to help keep your new controller protected! Smaller in size, the MPC Studio will provide all of the same controls over the MPC Software as the MPC Renaissance. New to the MPC Studio is a Scroll knob, this knob will allow you to select sections of 4 paramenters in the MPC Software's interface, which can then be manipulated by the device's 4 Q-Link knobs.
Both the MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio are designed to be fully integrated controllers for the MPC Software. That said, you can use the MPC Software Plugin in other DAW environments, or use the MPC Renaissance & Studio without the MPC Software, but you will have to manually MIDI map them in the DAW's environment. Akai Pro will not be issuing MIDI control templates for other DAWs and programs. If you do manually MIDI map things, a DAW with the learn feature in MIDI mapping mode will be easier to map than one without. You cannot change the MIDI note numbers and CC numbers that your MPC Hardware is assigned to.
No. The MPC Studio is a fully integrated controller for the MPC Software, and will require audio input and output from your computer's sound card, or external audio interface, like an Akai Pro EIE or EIE Pro. In choosing to use a sound card or audio interface, ASIO driver types are strongly recommended along with the latest updates for your sound card or audio interface's drivers.
Yes. The MPC Studio includes MIDI In and Out ports. Included with the MPC Studio are 2, 1/8" to 5-Pin MIDI conversion breakout cables. 1 for the MPC Studio's MIDI Input and Output ports.
Modern Windows and Mac operating systems will only be able to read partition "A" from a partitioned zip disk. If necessary, you can reload project files to a Legacy MPC and re-save to partition A of the zip disk. Additionally, Chicken System's Translator may be able to access additional partitions, but only with regards to SCSI drives.
Definitely! I’ll give you details on few of the new features that will be found in the MPC Hardware & Software. “Half Level” – like “Full Level” with a 127 velocity output. “Half Level” will allow a medium velocity output of 64. “Latch” – when activated this feature will permanently turn on “Note Repeat”, so that the Note Repeat button does not need to be held down. Q-Link Trigger – Holding this button, and touching one of the Q-Link knobs will make the parameter’s value jump to a predetermined value. And, on the MPC Studio, the Scroll knob, which allows the device's 4 Q-Link knobs to access any parameter point in the MPC Software! These are just a few of the new features available. Akai Pro is excited for you to discover all the new features.
Please refer to the following article for answers to frequently asked questions about the Pro Tools Express software offered with the MPC Renaissance:
The MPC Fly 30 supports iPad 2 and iPad 3rd Generation. Akai Professional plans to release a lightning-connector-compatible MPC Fly version in the near future.
No. The MPC Fly will work with supported Apple iPad models only.
Yes. The included power supply charges the iPad, and the MPC Fly while plugged in.
No. The MPC Fly is not compatible with the iPad Mini.
The MPC Fly will last up to 8 hours on a full charge.
No. The Lithium-ion battery is not user replaceable. Lithium-ion batteries have a very long life expectancy.
To check the remaining battery life of the MPC Fly hold down the power button for a couple seconds, you will see pads 1, 5, 9, 13 illuminate indicating the remaining battery power. Each pad represents 25% of the total battery life. The Green LED = the pad is 25% if full, Yellow LED = low battery level, while Red LED = is a very low battery level. Example if you had 85% of your battery life remaining you would have 3 Green LED pads, and 1 pad illuminated in Yellow.
No. The Lithium-ion battery is not user replaceable. Lithium-ion batteries have a very long life expectancy.
Yes. Connecting the MPC Fly to your iPad with iMPC App installed adds note repeat with after touch, and adds 16 velocity sensitive pads that are not available in the app itself.
iPad 2 users are encouraged to use the included felt strips for a tight and secure fit.
The iMPC app will is supported iPad 1st gen., iPad 2 gen., iPad 3rd gen., iPad 4th gen., and the iPad Mini. Compatible apple devices must be running iOS 5, or iOS 6.
The iMPC app is available for iOS and is not supported on Android tables or devices.
No. The iMPC app will function as a standalone app. MPC hardware is not required. Note, the virtual Pads on the iPad screen are not velocity sensitive. However, the iMPC app will respond to MIDI velocity messages from an external MIDI devices such as the MPC Fly.
The iMPC app has been specifically designed to support he MPC Fly hardware. The iMPC app also supports Apple's core MIDI standard, and will accept MIDI messages from compliant MIDI devices. General notes about connecting class compliant MIDI devices to the iPad Class compliant USB audio interfaces, MIDI controllers and keyboards can be connected to the iPad using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit.A class compliant device is one that doesn't require extra drivers to connect your Windows or Macintosh computer, or to your iPad. Class compliant devices use drivers which are built into the host (i.e. the computer or the iPad) operating system. To find out if your USB audio or MIDI device is class compliant, check the manufacturer's web page. If it connects automatically to any computer without requiring you to install drivers from a website or a disk, it is probably class compliant.
Many USB devices draw their power right from the USB cable that connects them to their host (a computer or an iPad). The iPad can also supply power to connected USB devices. The USB ports on computers supply 5V and 100mA-500mA of power. However, through the course of several updates and revisions, Apple has decreased the amount of electrical power the iPad is allowed to supply connected USB devices. This means that some devices that draw only a little power can power themselves off of what the iPad supplies. However, devices that require more power may not find the iPad USB connection sufficent. Furthermore, Apple can and has altered how much power the iPad can offer connected devices. So, what may have worked in the past, may not necessarily work in the future. If the device you are connecting requires more power than the iPad can supply, connect it to an AC powered USB hub. Powered USB hubs have AC power adapters that connect them to an electrical socket on the wall. This will help ensure any connected devices have enough power to operate.
The MPC Fly Hardware will fit iPad 2 gen., iPad 3rd gen., iPad 4th gen. The iMPC app, is supported on iOS 5 and iOS 6, and iPad 1 gen. iPad 2 gen., iPad 3rd gen., iPad 4th gen.
Yes. iMPC has an in-app SoundCloud community, powered by CloudSeeder. You also have the ability to directly share on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr.
Yes. You can export your songs directly through iTunes to your computer. All iMPC projects are exported in MPC1000 format. All exports include a Project file, Sequence data, and all Wav files used on the pads.
No. The iMPC app does not have the ability to import project files that have been created or edited on desktop MPC software or standalone MPC hardware.
The iMPC app installs with more than 1,200 samples (200+ MB) including exclusive iMPC sound sets, and the Akai classic sound library.
Yes. All samples included with the iMPC app are royalty free, and will not require any subsequent royalties to use them in your original productions.
Yes. The iMPC app has a built in sampler capable of recording up to 10 seconds. You can record from the internal mic or directly from the line input. Additionally you can sample from any music file within your iTunes Music on the iPad.
Yes. You can import your own samples through iTunes File Sharing in the apps menu for your iPad. All samples must be in .WAV format.
Yes. The iMPC app includes 3 built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter.
Simply press/hold the Note Repeat button and drag you finger away to maintain ON (down) button position. Press again to release Latch.
Yes. The iMPC app has the ability to Undo or Redo. The iMPC app does not feature multi-level undo.
The iMPC app was modeled after the legendary MPC1000. All transport will operate as they did on MPC1000.
To record over a playing track, press and hold the Overdub button. While you continue to hold the Overdub button, press the Play button.
The iMPC app does not currently support Audiobus. However we are looking into this feature for a possible future update.
Yes. Within the iMPC app there is an About section that is very comprehensive. The About iMPC section covers virtually every feature within the iMPC app.
Yes. The iMPC software supports syncing up to 2 iPad’s together. Syncing multiple iPad’s uses Korg’s innovative WIST technology. To enable WIST click the wrench icon in the top right corner of the iMPC app.
The iMPC app allows for recording of to 4 tracks within the app itself. Import your project into the MPC desktop software to continue developing your track.
Yes. Running Retronyms free Tabletop app, you can run multiple instances of the iMPC appallowing for a total of 8 tracks.
Yes. We are always looking to add new content for our users. Additional content will be available within the iMPC app itself when it is available.
The iMPC appincludes a Mixer, FX section, and a Sampler.
Streaming iMPC audio through Apple Airplay on the iMPC is not supported.
Yes. The iMPC appsupports Sonoma Wire Works AudioCopy, and AudioPaste from other compatible audio apps. Click here for more information about AudioCopy and a list of compatible apps.
All 4 iMPC tracks and programs are combined into one in the exported MPC1000 format project. When you load the exported project on your MPC hardware or in the MPC desktop software (included with the MPC Renaissance and Studio), you'll find that the 4 programs created within the iMPC appare now spread across banks A, B, C, D.
No. However, you can access a piano roll or step sequencer editing window by running the iMPC through Retronyms free Tabletop app.
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