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Manufacturer's ID: MPC X
The history of modern music is intrinsically linked to the Akai Professional MPC line. We’ve created machines that have spawned new genres and advanced existing ones. Countless instruments have attempted to replicate the design, workflow and celebrated swing of the Music Production Center. In short, the MPC is a legend maker.
MPX X Features
- Standalone MPC – no computer required
- 10.1” full-color multi-touch display
- Also acts as a control surface for MPC 2.0 - 2.3 software
- 16 Touch-capacitive Q-Link controls with OLED displays
- Turntable (RCA) inputs with ground peg
- 16GB of on-board storage (over 10GB of sound content included)
- User-expandable 2.5” SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)
- 2 MIDI inputs, 4 MIDI Outputs
- 8 configurable CV/Gate outputs for the analog control of modular gear, such as classic synths
- 2 USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
MPC 2.3 Software
Redefining the creative vista and driving MPC X and MPC Live in standalone and controller mode is Akai Professional's reimagined MPC Software 2.3; a cutting-edge production suite combining 128-track sequencing capability, real-time time stretching, clip-launch functionality, advanced MIDI editing capability, VST compatibility in controller mode, operation as a standalone application on Mac & PC, advanced sampling & audio editing/recording functionality, seamless DAW integration, a redesigned GUI and much more. Whether you're seeking freedom from computer based music production, or searching for the perfect controller for DAW-centric creative exploration, MPC Software 2.3 grants the ultimate in adaptive creative versatility.
Splice fuels the creativity of producers around the world with millions of high-quality, royalty-free samples, presets and loops, covering nearly ever musical style. You can now download and browse your Splice sample library on your MPC Live or MPC X standalone. Before you begin make sure your MPC is connected to a Wi-Fi network and you have access to a web browser. On the MPC press Menu, tap the cog to enter Preferences, navigate to the Splice tab, and from within that section press the Get Login Code button. Follow the on-screen instructions to pair your MPC to your Splice account. Once paired, use the Sync Files button to download the samples from your Splice account to a drive of your choice. To browse your Splice samples go to the Browser mode, then navigate to the Content tab and press the Splice shortcut to view the samples downloaded from your Splice account. The right hand browser panel will display your Splice samples organized into a series of top level folders that allow you to easily browse your sample library by BPM, instrument, key, pack or tag.
Browser Audition Warp and Sync
In the Browser you can now audition samples that have an MPC-embedded tempo in sync with your project tempo. On your MPC hardware, go to the Browser mode and then press the Audition F-Key to bring up the Audition settings. When the Warp button is On, samples with embedded tempos will be auditioned at the project tempo. When the Sync button is On and MPC is in playback, the samples will be previewed on the next bar. In the MPC Desktop software open either the Media Browser, Expansion Browser or the File Browser, the Sync and Warp buttons are located with the other audition controls at the bottom of the Browser panel.
The Beast, Unleashed
The X is a standalone MPC featuring a beautiful, full color 10.1” multi-touch screen, 16 amazingly responsive, velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads and 16 gigs of internal storage. To make it a truly untethered, computer-free experience, the X also features two USB slots that can be used for MIDI controller connectivity.
Powering the X is our stellar MPC 2.0 Software, which runs natively in standalone mode. For more expressive performances, there are 16 touch-sensitive 360-degree assignable pots—perfect for precisely automating individual QLink parameters. Above each of those QLink pots is a high-resolution OLED display, detailing info for the individual parameter.
To Plug or Not to Plug
Whether you prefer to go computer-free or not, it can’t be denied that there are some fantastic sounding VST instruments and effects out there. For those times when you need your favorite plug-ins, the MPC X effortlessly goes from formidable standalone to high-powered MIDI controller, explicitly designed to run the feature-rich MPC Software 2.0 in your favorite DAW. A number of new features added to 2.0 include: Audio track recording, improved time warp, enhanced Q-Link control, audio and MIDI drag and drop—all appearing on a new graphical interface.
Infinite Sounds, Unlimited Inspiration
The MPC has a well-earned reputation for sounds that hit hard and sound great, right out of the box. The X builds on that reputation. Pre-installed with 10 gigs of world-class sounds, The Vault 2.0 features samples and kits from top-notch sound design companies including Capsun Audio, MVP Loops, CR2 Records, as well as our own. Want to incorporate your own samples without tethering to a computer? The X features a 2.5” SATA drive connector providing additional storage via installation of a fixed hard drive – SSD or HDD (sold separately). Additionally, sounds can be accessed and added to the library using the built-in SD Card slot or the USB thumb drive. You can also record directly to all the aforementioned storage locations.
Above and Beyond
The MPC X has a number of additional features that make it the most powerful standalone music production tool to date. Onboard CV/Gate outputs enable the analog control of modular gear such as classic synths and drum machines. For vinyl junkies, we include two RCA phono inputs with RIAA preamp to ensure the right levels are coming into the X from your turntable. The joy of sampling vinyl is at the core of what made the classic MPC workflow legendary. We’re staying true to our roots while simultaneously improving the sound and stability of the sampling process.
The MPC X is the pinnacle of lengthy research and development, detailed feedback from our passionate user base and the merging of the best technologies from across our product line.
We proudly present the Music Production Center that embodies the best of past, present and future beat-oriented production machines. The MPC X will be the centerpiece of studios worldwide—and yours— for years to come.
New in MPC Firmware Update 2.9
High-powered DrumSynth Instrument Plugin delivers advanced synthesiser drum sound design to MPC and FORCE in free update.
Calling all producers, live performers and DAWless jammers, this is the update you have been waiting for! Akai Professional has just announced the add-on of DrumSynth to their MPC and FORCE lines of music production tools with MPC 2.9 and FORCE 3.0.6 firmware updates. DrumSynth joins the unparalleled power of the existing virtual instruments already included in the MPC - TUBESYNTH, BASSLINE and ELECTRIC
Powerfully Creative Drum Synthesis
At the heart of DrumSynth is a multi-synth sound generation architecture. Powered by FM synthesis, physical & analogue modelling, and sample-based algorithms, DrumSynth propels the FORCE and MPC user into unrivalled dimensions of standalone sound design. This revolutionary plugin features 8 individual instances (Kick, Snare, Clap, Toms, Percussion, Hi-Hat, Crash and Ride), each with its own unique sound generator combination to deliver dynamic drum and percussion sounds.
With DrumSynth, users can quickly tweak any of the 8 engines for an unprecedented degree of sonic manipulation. Fine tune synthesised drum sounds with a selection of effects and processors, including Transient Shaping, Tuning, EQ, Compression, Reverb and Delay. Add further character with multiple processing textures within each sound engine. Users can even access all 8 engines in multi-mode where sounds can be mixed and balanced against each other and saved as a custom user preset. This truly is next-generation drum synthesis at its finest.
Users will quickly grasp the DrumSynth interface, and on the standalone hardware devices, find the touch screen enables precise editing and lightning-fast manipulation of countless parameters. Fuse this with incredible visual feedback and DrumSynth maximises users’ productivity with a graphic experience to keep creative responses flowing in the midst of the most inspired moments.
Key Features of DrumSynth
- Build and design any synthesised drum sound
- Powerful sound generators driven by completely new FM synthesis, analogue & physical modelling, and sample-based algorithms
- 8 Individual Engines: Kick, Snare, Clap, Percussion, Tom, Crash, Hi Hat, and Ride
- Built-in sound effects, including Transient Shaper, Tuning, EQ, Compression, Delay, Reverb and more
- Multi-Mode to access all 8 engines simultaneously
- Save and store your designs to user presets
|Pads||(16) velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit
(8) banks accessible via Pad Bank buttons
|Knobs||(16) 360° touch-sensitive Q-Link knobs for parameter adjustment
(1) 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push
(7) 270° knobs for gain, mix & level adjustment
|Buttons||(63) dedicated-function buttons|
|Display||10.1” / 257 mm (diagonal)
8.5” x 5.5” / 216 x 139 mm (width x height)
Full-color LED-backlit display with touch interface
|Memory||RAM 2 GB
Storage 16 GB (user storage, 10 GB pre-installed content), 4 GB (MPC operating system)
|Connections||(2) XLR+1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (Input 1/2)
(2) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (Input 3/4: 1 stereo pair)
(2) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS instrument inputs (Inst 1/2)
(2) RCA inputs (Input 3/4: 1 stereo pair, phono- or line-level)
(2) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS footswitch inputs (FS 1/2)
(2) 5-pin MIDI inputs
(8) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS outputs (Main L/R, Outputs 3/4–7/8: 4 stereo pairs)
(4) 5-pin MIDI outputs
(8) 1/8” (3.5 mm) CV/Gate outputs
(1) 1/4” (6.35 mm) stereo headphone output
(1) 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo headphone output
(2) USB Type-A ports (1) USB Type-B port
(1) SD card slot
(1) power adapter input Power via power adapter (19 V, 3.42 A, center-positive, included)
|Dimensions (width x depth x height)||19.9” x 16.7” x 3.4” / 50.5 x 42.4 x 8.7 cm (display flat)
19.9” x 15.3” x 8.4” / 50.5 x 38.8 x 21.4 cm (display upright)