Akai MPC X Standalone Music Production Center
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THE STUDIO CENTREPIECE
Bigger than beats. The X is truly a studio centrepiece.
The Beast, Unleashed
The Akai Professional MPC X is a standalone MPC featuring a beautiful, full colour, adjustable 10.1” multi-touch screen, 16 amazingly responsive, velocity and pressure sensitive RGB pads and 16 GB of internal storage.
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ABLETON LIVE CONTROL
The Akai MPC Live and MPC X now come pre-mapped to Ableton Live for an instant performance and production setup.
Users have complete command over Live’s clip launching, mixer and instrument macro controls wirelessly via Wi-Fi network Ableton Link or by ethernet connection using a USB to Ethernet adaptor!
Powering the Akai MPC X is our stellar MPC 2.0 Software, which runs native on the MPC X in standalone mode.
To make it a truly untethered, computer free experience, the MPC X also features two USB slots that can be used for MIDI controller connectivity.
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.
Check out some Key Features:
- Truly standalone MPC – no computer required
- 10.1” full colour multi-touch display
- Also acts as a control surface for MPC 2.0 software
- 16 Touch-capacitive Q-Link controls with OLED displays
- Turntable (RCA) inputs with ground peg
- 16GB of on-board storage
- User-expandable 2.5” SATA drive bay (SSD or HDD)
- 2 MIDI inputs, 4 MIDI Outputs
- 8 configurable CV/Gate outputs for the analogue control of modular gear, such as classic synths
- 2 USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
- Ableton Link over WiFi
- Bluetooth 4.0 Midi Support
IN THE MOOD FOR MODULAR
Control external analogue synth gear using the 8 built-in CV ports. These ports can be configured to send pitch, velocity, and gate CV to analogue synths, drum machines, etc. Automate knob movements, notes, gates and play it all back in time with the MPC. This makes the X one of the best modular sequencers available.
TOUCH IT, PLAY IT
Control every parameter using the 16 fully assignable, touch-capactive Q-Link knobs. With a dedicated OLED display above each 360 (degree symbol) knob, you can easily see what parameter you’re tweaking and the current assigned value. The Q-Links are great for adding expressiveness to your tracks thru recording automation.
SOUNDS FOR DAYS
The MPC has a well-earned reputation for sounds that hit hard and sound great, right out of the box. The MPC X comes pre-installed with The Vault 2.0, 10GB of radio-ready sounds from the world’s top sound design companies as well as our own signature samples.
Simplify your sample browsing and auditioning with on-board Splice integration in MPC X. Splice Sounds fuels the creativity of producers around the world with millions of high-quality, royalty-free samples, sounds, presets and loops, covering nearly ever musical style. With Splice natively embedded in MPC X, experience immediate wi-fi access to your own Splice library directly from the touch user interface.
To celebrate Splice integration in MPC X, Splice Sounds is offering all MPC X users a free 3-month subscription to Splice with access to millions of royalty-free samples, loops, and presets.
Alpha and Omega
The history of modern music is intrinsically linked to the Akai Professional MPC line.
Akai Professional have created machines that 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.
In creating the new MPC X, Akai Professional took lessons learnt from every MPC that preceded it, to engineer a production centrepiece truly fit to be the Music Production Centre of the future.
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 favourite plug-ins, the Akai MPC X effortlessly goes from formidable standalone machine to a high powered MIDI controller that is explicitly designed to run the feature rich MPC Software 2.0 in your favourite DAW.
A number of new features added to MPC 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 range has a well earned reputation for sounds that hit hard and sound great, right out of the box.
The MPC X builds on that reputation, and takes it to a whole new level.
Pre-installed with 10 GB of world class sounds, The Vault 2.0 features samples and kits from top-notch sound design companies including CAPSUN ProAudio, MVP Loops, CR2 Records, and of course - from Akai Professional.
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 – either SSD or HDD.
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 Akai MPC X has a number of additional features that make it the most powerful standalone music production tool to date:
- The MPC X has a high quality audio interface engineered for recording, sampling and transmitting pristine sound
- The back panel is equipped with 2 XLR + 1/4” TRS inputs for recording microphones - including those needing 48v phantom power
- There are two additional 1/4” TRS line inputs on the back panel and the front panel also features two more 1/4” line inputs
- Onboard CV/Gate outputs enable the analogue 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 MPC 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 the Akai Professional product line.
“In creating the concept for the MPC X we wanted to preserve the classic MPC feel and workflow that people love,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional. “But we turned the idea on its head and incorporated the best of what a modern touch-screen interface can offer. What we have now is the most powerful MPC production experience ever.”
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.
Additional features in the MPC 2.0 firmware:
- New graphical interface
- Audio track recording
- Real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting
- Clip Program mode for clip launching workflow
- Re-imagined mixer layout – re-sizeable faders, an adaptive channel strip, a dedicated audio track, editing window, re-sizeable waveform view
- Advanced signal routing capability - sub-mixes, FX returns, multi-output plugin support
- More efficient and streamlined MPC workflow
- Audio and MIDI drag and drop
- Enhanced QLink Control
Akai MPC X Specifications:
- 16 x velocity and pressure sensitive pads, RGB backlit
- 8 x banks accessible via Pad Bank buttons
- 16 x 360° touch-sensitive Q-Link knobs for parameter adjustment
- 1 x 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push
- 7 x 270° knobs for gain, mix & level adjustment
- 63 x dedicated function buttons
- 10.1” / 257 mm (diagonal)
- 8.5” x 5.5” / 216 x 139 mm (width x height)
- Full colour LED backlit display with touch interface
- RAM: 2 GB
- Storage: 16 GB (user storage, 10 GB pre-installed content), 4 GB (MPC operating system)
- 2 x XLR+1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (Input 1/2)
- 2 x 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (Input 3/4: 1 stereo pair)
- 2 x 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS instrument inputs (Inst 1/2)
- 2 x RCA inputs (Input 3/4: 1 stereo pair, phono- or line-level)
- 2 x 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS footswitch inputs (FS 1/2)
- 2 x 5-pin MIDI inputs
- 8 x 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS outputs (Main L/R, Outputs 3/4–7/8: 4 stereo pairs)
- 4 x 5-pin MIDI outputs
- 8 x 1/8” (3.5 mm) CV/Gate outputs
- 1 x 1/4” (6.35 mm) stereo headphone output
- 1 x 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo headphone output
- 2 x USB Type-A ports (1) USB Type-B port
- 1 x SD card slot
- 1 x power adaptor input (power adaptor included -19 V, 3.42 A, centre-positive)
Dimensions (width x depth x height):
- 50.5 x 42.4 x 8.7 cm (display flat)
- 50.5 x 38.8 x 21.4 cm (display upright)
- 5.66 kg
Akai MPC X Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the system specs of the MPC X?
The MPC X has its own embedded system which sports a 1.8GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.
For internal storage, the MPC X has 16GB on board. There are 10GB of studio quality sounds pre-loaded and another 6GB for you to work with. You can use the 2 onboard USB ports to add more samples or to provide extra storage. There is also a compartment on the bottom of the MPC X which houses an SATA port for installing an optional HDD or SDD.
What operating systems will the MPC X be supported on?
The MPC X, MPC Live and MPC 2.0 software will all be supported for use on Windows 8.1 and up, as well as Mac OS X 10.10 and up. This will only require the installation of a single driver to use the MPC X or MPC Live as a controller with MPC 2.0.
As a side note, the MPC X and MPC Live can be connected to virtually any operating system for simple file transfer. That means if you need to transfer files off of your Windows 7 computer, you can connect your MPC and your OS will be able to recognise any connected USB drives or SATA drives.
How big is the display? Is it a touch screen?
The MPC X features a 10" full colour, multi-touch display (16:10 resolution) for navigating and controlling the internal software. This means that not only is it touch capable, but it can handle multi-touch gestures like pinching to zoom in/out and double-tap for advanced settings.
How much storage is there? How big is the internal hard drive?
The MPC X has 16GB of internal storage. There are 10GB of studio quality sounds pre-loaded and another 6GB for you to work with. You can use the 2 onboard USB ports to add more samples or to provide extra storage. There is also a compartment on the bottom of the MPC X which houses an SATA port for installing an optional HDD or SDD.
Does the MPC X include MPC Software version 2.0?
MPC X includes the latest version of the MPC Software, version 2.0. You can use the MPC X entirely standalone or as a controller for MPC Software 2.0.
Can I record audio tracks on the MPC X?
Yes! One of the great new features on the MPC X, MPC Live and MPC 2.0 software is the addition of audio track recording. In the standalone mode, the MPC will capable of up to 8 full audio tracks, but the MPC 2.0 software can record as many tracks as your system can handle.
Can I plug a USB MIDI controller into the USB ports of the MPC X?
The USB ports on the MPC X have a variety of uses. They can be used to transfer files on and off of the MPC X, as extra storage, and as input for USB MIDI controllers.
If you have a class compliant MIDI controller (one that does not require drivers), you will be able to plug it directly into an available USB port on the MPC X and control MIDI information in the embedded system software.
Are the MPC X and MPC Live USB 3.0?
Yes! The MPC X and MPC Live will both ship with USB 3.0 cables and work at USB 3.0 speeds when connected to the computer as a controller. While USB 2.0 may work, we do recommend using 3.0 cables and ports whenever possible for the best results.
If the MPC is in standalone mode, any connected thumb drives or storage devices will operate at USB 2.0.
Can I add additional storage space?
Yes! The MPC X and MPC Live both feature two (2) USB ports for connecting thumb drives and other USB storage devices, an SD card slot for standard SD/SDHC cards, as well as a port for adding an additional 2.5" SATA drive (either HDD or SSD). Virtually all drive sizes are supported, but we recommend formatting drives to exFAT, FAT32, or NTFS for the best results. SATA drives will be mounted to the compartment door with the included screws. Please make sure that the MPC X is turned off before connecting or disconnecting an SATA drive.
Can I open my current MPC projects on the MPC X?
Yes! The MPC X and MPC Live will recognize MPC projects, programs and sequences made with earlier versions of the software and even older MPC hardware project and program formats. The MPC will convert them to the modern formats upon importing.
Are there any differences between running a project in standalone vs. with MPC 2.0?
Yes, but not many. You may notice some differences depending on your work style, though the main difference will be with VST support. MPC 2.0 supports VST plugins when used on your computer, however, these will be disabled when using the projects on the MPC X and MPC Live in standalone.
Are projects transferable between the MPC X and MPC Live?
Yes! Projects can be transferred and opened on any MPC live or MPC X considering all of the project's contents (samples, programs, sequences) are transferred as well. Considering there are differences in outputs and inputs on the MPC X versus MPC Live, you may notice that outputs or inputs are disabled if they are not available on the current controller.
How many inputs and outputs are on the MPC X?
The MPC X features 8 balanced TRS outputs and 4 combo inputs. Inputs 1 and 2 will support mic and line levels (+48v phantom power available) and inputs 3/4 will support phono (RCA) and line level (1/4" TRS) inputs. Important: The RCA inputs are intended only for phono-level audio. Please be sure not to connect line-level audio sources to this input.
There are also 2 instrument inputs (1/4" TS) on the front of the unit that can be assigned as inputs 1/2 with the Rear/Front switch below the channel gain knobs on the top.
On top of the audio i/o, the MPC X also has 2 full size, 5-pin MIDI inputs and 4 full-size 5-pin MIDI outputs, as well 8 CV/Gate outputs to sync with your modular synths and sequencers.
What is a CV/Gate output used for?
CV/Gate signals are similar to a standard MIDI connection in that they are responsible for transferring pitch and sequence timing data to other gear, usually modular synths or sequencers. Unlike MIDI, CV and Gate signals use simple voltages in varying ranges and lengths to control the other devices which open a lot of possibilities for implementation. For example, modular synths will often have a CV Pitch input (deciding the pitch of the synth at any given point), but they may also have filter input to control the filter instead. The gate would tell the synth when and how long to play a note, again just like the regions in a MIDI sequence.
What is the CV range? Can all outputs be used simultaneously?
The MPC X uses the 0-5v range. All outputs can be used simultaneously.
Can I transfer content direct to the internal storage?
All content will need to be stored on a thumb drive or the internal SATA drive before transferring to the internal storage on the MPC X or MPC Live. The Internal storage will not appear as an available drive when connected to your system.
If I record a sample while the MPC X is in controller mode with MPC 2.0, is the sample recorded to my MPC X or my computer?
The sample will be recorded into your MPC 2.0 sample pool and saved to the hard drive once the project is saved. While connected in controller mode, the MPC X will act only as a controller/interface, similar to the MPC Renaissance. But once disconnected from controller mode, your project can be transferred to a USB drive, SD card or additional drive on the MPC X to open in standalone.
Will the MPC X support legacy file types?
Absolutely! The MPC X will be fully compatible with projects, programs and sequences from previous MPC versions and legacy hardware MPC's such as the MPC5000, MPC4000, MPC3000, MPC2500/2500XL, MPC1000, and MPC500.
The MPC X will support the following file types: .AKP, .ALL, .IPT, .PGM, .PRJ, .SND, .MID, .SEQ, .APS, .50k, and .50s.
Akai MPC 2.0 Frequently Asked Questions:
Where can I download MPC 2.0?
All MPC Touch, MPC Live, and MPC X users can find a download link and authorisation code for MPC 2.0 in their Akai Pro account once they have registered their product.
How many times can I authorise MPC 2.0?
The MPC 2.0 license can be authorised on two separate computers/iLok dongles simultaneously, so you can have two active versions at the same time. If another computer or iLok dongle needs to be authorised, the license can be deactivated and re-authorised to a different location using the iLok License Manager. This means that you are fully in control of your software authorisations!
Can I authorise my MPC 2.0 license to an iLok dongle?
Absolutely! Make sure your iLok is connected to the computer while authorising the software and you will be able to choose it as a location to store the license during the authorisation process.
What operating systems is MPC 2.0 supported on?
Windows: Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.1 (64-bit)
Mac: Mac OS X 10.10 - 10.12 (Yosemite - Sierra)
Can I use MPC 2.0 with my MPC Renaissance, Studio or Touch?
Yes, MPC 2.0 will support the older MPC series including the Renaissance, Studio, Studio Black, Element, and Touch, as well as the new MPC X and MPC Live.
Does MPC 2.0 support audio recording?
Yes! one of the big new features with MPC 2.0 is the addition of full audio track recording! Audio tracks will play back over the course of an entire song while any sequences loop behind it, similar to recording in arrangement mode in Ableton.
Is there a limit to the number of tracks I can use?
MPC 2.0 and standalone MPC X and Live will have a total track limit of 128. Keep in mind, this is still subject to each system's limitations and CPU constraints.
Will MPC 2.0 run as a VST plugin in my DAW, just like the previous MPC software?
Yes! MPC 2.0 will come with VST, AU and AAX versions to run as a plug-in in your favourite DAW, exactly like the older MPC software versions.
Does MPC 2.0 support third-party plugins?
Of course! MPC 2.0 will support VST2 plugins, as well as AU plugins for Mac, just like the previous MPC software versions.
Can I open my current MPC projects in MPC 2.0?
Absolutely! MPC 2.0 will be fully compatible with projects, programs and sequences from previous MPC versions and even legacy hardware MPC's like the MPC5000 and MPC2500. MPC 2.0 will support the following file types: .AKP, .ALL, .IPT, .PGM, .PRJ, .SND, .MID, .SEQ, .APS, .50k, and .50s.
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