Akai Releases iMPC Pro

64-track music production app for iPad      09/07/14

Akai has released iMPC Pro, which they describe as a 64-track music production powerhouse for your iPad.

A spokesperson told us, "With built-in sampling functionality, a sound library, effects, and performance-driven features, iMPC Pro brings the functionality of Akai Professional's coveted Music Production Center to your iPad. Developed in partnership with Retronyms, the developers of the original iMPC, iMPC Pro comes with numerous enhancements for creating when inspiration strikes."


Here's the details in Akai's own words...

More Tracks, More Music

iMPC Pro offers the multi-track flexibility modern music producers demand. 64 tracks, each with 4 pad banks of 16 pads, enable you to build your song from the ground up, experiment with different arrangements, and mix and master music. Each of the 64 tracks has a dedicated, automatable mixer channel that features a gain fader, 3-band EQ, pan, and four effect sends.

Sample It

iMPC Pro can record samples five different ways: using the microphone on the iPad, using the line input on the iPad, the multi-touch virtual turntable interface for your iTunes library, InterApp Audio or by resampling your own audio. The all-new resampling feature records audio that comes out of the Master output and places it in your current project as a new sample. iMPC Pro also comes with a powerful sample editor that supports multi-touch editing with zoom, envelopes, gain controls, and more. Slice mode automatically splits your sounds along a time-divided grid, making it easy to chop up samples into one-shots or loops.

Timeline View


The all-new Timeline View opens a multi-touch gestural editor that enables you to sequence, program, record, and edit note events and their parameters all on one screen. The Timeline consists of a grid that can be set to various beat divisions, making it easy to program beats or songs by locking note events to the Timeline. In addition, you can record directly to the Timeline, and use Time Correct to automatically quantize your playing from a range of 1/8-note to 1/32T settings with variable swing.

Built-in Sounds

iMPC Pro comes with 1,400+ sounds from acclaimed sound designer Richard Devine. This collection of inspiring samples enables you to sequence, tweak, and create with an expansive range of sounds: drum beats, synths, basses, leads, and much more are included for immediate music creation. You can edit any of the sounds, re-sample them, and add them to your own bank of custom sounds. iMPC Pro also supports .WAV and .AIFF files, so you can import, edit, and produce with your own sample libraries.

Perform Your Best


In addition to its extensive production capabilities, iMPC Pro offers a series of performance-driven features. Flux, an all-new expressive performance control, is an easy way to warp and glitch your beats into something entirely different. With real-time controls, you can drop beats, create glitch effects, and smooth out track transitions during any live performance. Flux also supports automation, so you add the same dynamic intensity to your productions. The 3D-performance mode, a new addition to iMPC Pro, allows you to map iMPC Pro parameters to your iPad's accelerometer and manipulate your music by tilting your iPad.

Endless Effects


iMPC Pro comes packed with an array of onboard effects that include reverbs, delays, bit crushers, limiters, and more. The new Turbo Duck compression effect fattens up your tracks by mixing in sidechain compression. It can also create the pumping-and-breathing effect found in electronic music. In addition, the Turbo Duck icon animates to the compressor's dynamics--dipping up and down when the compressed sound "ducks" out--to provide real-time visual feedback of the effect's intensity.

Inter-App Audio Integration

iMPC Pro is now opened up to the world of iOS, so you can sample directly from your other music apps. This update adds support for the new inter-app audio protocol in iOS 7. Inter-app audio allows you to route audio and control data between apps on your device. Use iMPC's sampler and inter-app audio to record new sounds from compatible apps for use in your programs. iMPC Pro is also compatible with Retronym's Tabletop app, a powerful modular audio environment with dozens of synthesizers, sequencers, effects, and more.

AudioCopy


Now it's easier than ever to copy and paste sounds to and from your favorite apps. AudioCopy 2.0 makes it easy to paste sounds from compatible apps. Updated for compatibility with iOS 7, AudioCopy 2.0 also includes an updated UI and other improvements. Visit retronyms.com/audiocopy for more information


Features:

  • A platform for creating sample-based music on your iPad with renowned MPC functionality
  • Sample audio from the iPad microphone, your own tracks using resampling, other apps using InterApp Audio, or your music library using the multi-touch turntable interface
  • 64 tracks for flexible multi-track music production including gain fader, 3-band EQ, mute, solo, panning and FX sends on each track
  • All-new chop-shop provides intuitive multi-touch editing, trimming, auditioning, splicing, splicing and processing of sample
  • All-new Timeline View opens a multi-touch gestural editor for sequencing, recording, and editing
  • All-new Flux mode lets you warp and glitch your beats in real-time or with automation
  • All-new Precision Knobs and Faders expand on command for precisely dialing in parameters
  • Drag n' Drop your samples for simplified program/kit assembly
  • All-new 3D-performance mode lets your perform with your iPad's accelerometer
  • All-new Turbo Duck effect fattens up your tracks with sidechain compression
  • Exclusive sound library featuring 1,400+ samples from sound designer Richard Devine with hundreds of Akai Pro exclusive samples
  • Improved sampling workflow with re-sampling and sample library organization
  • 16 Levels mode with attack, velocity, length, and tuning settings for quickly creating variations of your sounds
  • Note Variation slider lets you adjust attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
  • Onboard effects include delay, bit crusher, and master compressor/limiter
  • Live Sequence queuing for real-time performance and playback
  • Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable swing
  • MPC Note Repeat featuring 1/8 note – 1/32T timing with latch
  • Supports Inter-App Audio in iOS7 for sampling from your other music apps
  • AudioCopy and AudioPaste for copying/pasting beats and sequences from compatible apps
  • Seamless integration with Retronym's Tabletop app for iPad, a modular audio environment
  • Works with MPC Element via the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Community sharing built-in: directly upload to SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or export to your computer
  • iOS support for simple drag-and-drop, plucking, and multi-touch music gestures
  • Interactive gesture control for automation, mixing, and effects
  • Automation lets you record pad and track mute changes to your sequence
  • Tabletop ready – use iMPC Pro inside the acclaimed Tabletop App to combine it with dozens of synths, sequencers, FX and more
  • Samples may be set to 1-shot or "hold" mode
  • Tuning, Panning, Level, Lo-Pass and Hi-Pass available for each sound
  • Easy cloning of sequences via multitouch capabilities
  • Classic "Next-Sequence" lets you juggle your sequences to experiment with different compositions or for dynamic live performance
  • Mute and poly pad groups for authentic percussion performances
  • Mixer effects include tempo-sync'd delay, reverb, chorus, flanger
  • Add third-party effects with InterApp Audio Effect
  • Pad effects include custom-designed envelope filters, 4-mode distortion and ring mod
  • Supports InterApp Audio mode. Record the outputs directly into other apps like GarageBand and Cubasis
  • Over 20 demo projects to manipulate, shape and learn with
  • Extensive Undo History lets you roll back your project to any state
  • Export your tracks as an audio file


Pricing and Availability:
$12.99 limited time offer (normally $19.99) at the app store.

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5 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Billy    Said...

Can I control and sequence external synths with this a'la MPC1000?

09-Jul-14 01:50 AM


Ponyfish    Said...

No, there is neither MIDI out, no MIDI export, nor MIDI sync.

09-Jul-14 10:45 AM


Victim    Said...

That will come in the paid for, very pro version , I know , they know , everybody knows it should have been an update of impc

09-Jul-14 10:54 AM


smoothdave    Said...

Akai should sue Retronyms for leaving out MPC project/program export capability. It was listed as a key feature up until the rollout. Now Retronyms claims they don't have time to support that feature, even though it was included in the original iMPC!

09-Jul-14 11:40 AM


Eric    Said...

Billy, you may find some useful MIDI iMPC Pro info here: http://blog.retronyms.com/2014/07/impc-pro-midi-input-details.html

14-Jul-14 03:43 PM


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