Akai Pro is heavily marketing their new flagship MPC, the MPC Renaissance, of which the first units have shipped this month. You really have to dig for any new info on the MPC Fly (for iPad) and MPC Studio models which are released later this year. The video below shows what went into the making of the three new models, including a short bit about the ones that cater to us mobile musicians. Right now the MPC Fly is set to be released this November, while the MPC Studio will be released a month later, according to Guitar Center. I wouldn’t be surprised if the release will be pushed back to early 2013.
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Now that the smoke has cleared from yesterday’s Apple conference it’s time to take a closer look at the iPhone 5. There were no shocking big surprises or technologies that hadn’t leaked before the conference. In general the new iPhone is thinner, faster and it sports a bigger screen. How will it impact the music producers, composers and sound designers that have incorporated iOS in their studio or live setup? Let’s take a look at the features that may or may not change the way you’re using your iPhone for music production right now.
You don’t have to carry around a heavy bag full of equipment anymore to make recordings on-the-go. A smartphone, tablet or tiny laptop can be all you need nowadays. However, if you’re aiming to be a professional it’s important to have your incoming audio be of the highest quality possible. Luckily it’s perfectly possible to achieve a high-quality recording with the microphones and accessories available today. The Apogee MiC is such a accessory, a portable USB-microphone that can also connect to your iPhone and iPad. Is this little mic worthy of the Apogee brand and suitable for the demanding mobile musician?
IK Multimedia, known for their iRig and iRig Midi devices that allow you to take your mobile music making into the studio have now introduced a keyboard controller that’s compatible with iPhone, iPad (CoreMidi) and Mac/PC. Conveniently named the iRig KEYS, the controller spans 3 octaves of velocity-sensitive keys, pitch- & mod wheels and is bus- and dock-powered. Unfortunately there is no way to charge your iDevice while playing, but the iRig KEYS does offer you true portability being slim-sized and lightweight. With the iRig KEYS you’ll also get a version of Sampletank, an unlocked Sampletank FREE for iPhone / iPad and Sampletank 2 L for PC/Mac to start playing around with.
We think this is a great device for when you’re only rocking an iPhone and no controller + iRig Midi yet. Because you can connect this keyboard to a wide variety of sources it looks like a handy gadget to keep around in your backpack at all times. The extra octave over the LPK25 makes it that more appealing. Let’s hope the playability factor is strong with this one.
The iRig KEYS should ship this autumn and you can place your pre-order for $99.99 / €74.99 on the official IK Multimedia website.
You gotta love the classic AKAI MPC 2000 (XL). It has been the foundation for many timeless hip-hop and R&B classics. If only we could bring back this same hands-on producing experience to this modern day and age. That’s what AKAI Pro must have thought when they came up with the MPC Fly. The Fly is, along with the MPC Studio and MPC Renaissance one of three new MPC models that AKAI wants to bring on the market this year.