The Akai MPC is an iconic piece of machinery. It has been used on classic hip-hop songs from the 80’s all the way until today’s chart-toppers. What makes the MPC such a mainstay in contemporary music? And why is the Akai MPC X an essential tool for your workflow?
Unlike previous recent releases of the MPC that were basically MIDI controllers for the MPC DAW software, the Akai MPC X is a standalone production unit.
This is a throwback to the users of the unit that got used to being able to have more of a hands-on approach to the unit. The result is a nice integration of a native use that uses the latest 2.0 MPC software or the ability to work with AKAI’s DAW.
This beauty that happens to be quite large (a throwback to the older MPC 3000) has a great feel to it. The knobs all have that quality feel with just the right amount of resistance and the 16 pads are velocity and pressure-sensitive with colored backlights.
The MPC X build quality is second to none with a metal jog wheel has a sensitive and sturdy feel to it. The super sharp tiltable Q-Link OLED display has a dual functionality that shows current active Q-Link display and also displays updates in real-time in standalone mode. Also sporting touch screen capabilities that allow you to use the unit with gestures give you the Smartphone feel that everyone has grown accustomed to.
You can record externally at 16/24 bit quality right onto the SD card or hard drive via a 4-in/8-out interface that sounds like heaven. Capturing audio is a snap and the clear, crisp, and punchy output you get is versatile in that you can use it for any genre.
The only drawback is that the editing leaves a little to be desired while in standalone mode. I would suggest that you use any other standard DAW for your editing and recording needs but for production workflow, the X is a step above the competition.
While not perfect, the Akai MPC X is a must-own in any home or professional studio. If you’re someone that needs quick and snappy midi/analog recording, go out and get one today!