Akai Pro has announced its latest firmware update for its MPC software, which brings devices up to version 2.8 and vastly expands on their external device control capabilities – courtesy of MIDI Multi. MPC One, MPC X and MPC Live owners will benefit from the new free update.
The introduction of MIDI Multi effectively lets music-makers route all MIDI-enabled devices in their setup to an MPC, which can control them all, standalone. This compatibility stretches to any USB compliant device – which could be a keyboard, synth, or drum machine.
Increasing I/O for adding more devices is also easy – as connections can be made through a high-quality powered USB hub.
This new connectivity permits numerous possibilities in both a studio or live set-up. In a demonstration video, AKAI showed off how an MPC One could assign a master keyboard to control other instruments, sync external MIDI clocks, and even record arm tracks. Take a look below:
Other notable features that come with the new firmware update include retrospective record – which works in the background to continuously capture MIDI events that can be recalled later. You can also layer up sounds by routing MIDI data across two channels; therefore your bassline can trigger a sub-bass simultaneously, for example.
MPC version 2.8 rolls out on 14 May, and will be free for MPC X, MPC Live and MPC One device owners through akaipro.com
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