Yes! In addition to the 'standalone MPC' installer we also provide a dedicated expansion installer for the MPC Software and MPC Beats; just drag and drop directly into the software. Full installation instructions are included with the expansion.
It doesn't seem more than five minutes since I was exploring the hefty chunk of real-estate that is Akai's MPC Renaissance. That next-generation hardware/software MPC has a built-in audio interface and broadcasts on multiple MIDI channels, but for those already happy with their sound card, or for whom portability is paramount, there's now a second, less expensive controller for the same MPC host software. The MPC Studio is sleek, silver and slender, its reduced girth putting it neatly into the laptop-bag zone.
The Studio, like the Renaissance before it, acts as a controller for host software running on a PC or Mac. If you refer back to the Renaissance review in the February 2013 issue of SOS for the details, we can concentrate here on what came next. Since February this year, the software has continued to advance, the current version being 1.3.1. I'm happy to report that genuine progress has been made, with the biggest fix addressing the most urgent issue. This concerned the way plug-ins were handled, which was badly.
Since 1.3, the software no longer generates separate copies of each plug-in for every sequence, saving resources by the bucketload. Furthermore, the same plug-in can be used on multiple tracks. Indeed, this is the expected behaviour. A new track starts with the same program and plug-in as the previous one. Therefore, if your plan is to work with an entirely new instrument, it's best to select a new program before selecting a new plug-in. Get the order wrong and you're assaulted with warning messages about disrupting earlier tracks. A program is Akai's term for a complete collection of samples, and the MPC can host 128 of them. Since you can put samples on every pad and there are eight banks of pads (A-H) to fill, you have the capacity to build some of the world's most humongous drum kits!
Hiding unused tracks in the MPC software. Sometimes it's the little things...Returning to improvements we can all enjoy, this version introduces the option to sample at 16- or 24-bit resolution. Audio export has been fleshed out, too, and now supports export of submixes and of consolidated WAVs from multiple plug-in tracks. This generates samples to be imported into your DAW, but as yet there's no way to drag and drop audio directly into an arrange window. In fact, the audio export options aren't available while the MPC software is running as a plug-in. At least the prospect of doing that is more realistic, thanks to increased software stability.
Scrolling through the remaining enhancements, some are minor, others operational, and some seem insignificant, but could still bring appreciable gains. From its new batch of icons to the ongoing upgrade program for the track view and automation lanes, the host software simply looks better and more professional. With luck, it will eventually shed all its residual awkwardness; for example the 'Seq Edit' button has no software equivalent, yet it remains the go-to page for sequence and track copying and other common operations.
Unsurprisingly, there's still work to do. The software remains 32-bit (64-bit is scheduled for the 1.4 release) and classic MPC features such as Step Edit are yet to be seen. There are also functional quirks to address, assuming the aim is to convey a hardware-like experience. For example, stopping the music to save the project seems (just about) acceptable, but it's restrictive to have to hit stop before entering Song mode. Even if it runs counter to MPC 'workflow', I'd have liked dedicated buttons for mute and solo, as well as at least one volume control, but I guess there was simply no room on the Studio.
I experienced just a couple of crashes, and on both occasions with fairly obscure plug-ins. Occasionally, I received a message ordering me to attach the controller, even though I'd been happily using it all afternoon. This mainly occurred while running under Logic, the software informing me that it would run in demo mode even though it continued to be fully functional.
Low-key, portable and strokeable, the MPC Studio has a comparable aesthetic appeal to an iPad, and it slots into a setup with minimal impact, because it uses your existing audio interface. Unfortunately, this currently rules out the various vintage emulation modes, unless Akai can develop software-only versions.
It's easy to imagine that, in the future, an MPC could replace your DAW entirely. It would need to include audio tracks, full effects automation and some of the real-time time-stretching capabilities we've come to expect, but if Akai did choose to head in that direction, it suddenly feels achievable. In an ideal world, the current version would have been the first version of the software available to the public. It's stable, smooth and pleasant to work with, which should make waiting for fixes, updates and favourite MPC features more bearable. As a general feeling of trustworthiness crystallises, it's safe to say that the MPC transition to a software base has finally happened.
The MPC Studio is Akai's latest hardware controller for a software brain that rules the plug-ins and samples of your PC or Mac. Far more convenient than the larger Renaissance, it's the MPC built to travel.
Instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST plugins lets you record each track as an MPC drum program, Keygroup program, or VST/AU plugin. Use MPC Software alone as your main DAW, or use it seamlessly with your current studio as a VST, RTAS, or AU plugin. And with the included Avid Pro Tools Express, you can compose, record, edit, and mix using a collaborative platform found in nearly every professional recording studio in the world.
MPC 1.9 is a major software release that provides support for Akai's revolutionary new MPC Touch. You can now get hands-on with your music using MPC Touch's large multi-touch display and new hardware controls. MPC 1.9 also provides significant workflow enhancements and audio processing improvements.
Screensaver prevention options available to prevent your computer screen for switching off (see Preferences>Other). You can chose to always defeat the screensaver when MPC software is running, to defeat the screensaver only when you have MPC hardware attached, or to leave the screensaver managed by the OS.
This version of MPC software can collect anonymous usage information that will help us improve the stability of the product. If you want to opt out of this service, please deselect "Collect usage statistics" in Preferences>Other.
You have an MPC 2000XL and you want to load your sounds easily? Managing sounds for the MPC 2000XL can be time consuming when you do it within the MPC. Creating MPC programs (kits) on your PC is much more efficient because of the graphic / mouse interface. This application allows you do just that. Install this software on your computer. Chop sounds and samples in your favorite audio editing program. Arrange them on the Virtual MPC with the MPC 2KXL App. Save program/s to your media (floppy, zip, compact-flash) then load them into your MPC 2000XL. This software is made for you! 2b1af7f3a8