Akai Release iMPC – MPC for iPad!

With MPC Fly still not quite with us, Akai and Retronyms are releasing iMPC now so that you can still get your virtual groove on…

Well, we reviewed MPC Renaissance a couple of weeks ago, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the other new MPCs – Studio and Fly – can bring to the table themselves. MPC Fly is a very interesting product, but it’s nothing without the software and that’s what’s out now: iMPC. You may only be able to touch it for now, but at an introductory price of $6.99/£4.99…

Interestingly Akai and Retronyms have gone with a ‘realistic’ look for the UI (the scratched screen effect is a little unsettling!), and whilst there’s not an MPC that looks exactly like iMPC, the overall effect is somewhere between cutesy and kitsch. Check out the introduction video:

The camera-to-screen makes things look a little more ‘photoey’ than they do in the flesh; the overall effect is a little more scaled back. 

iMPC: Features

  • More than 1,200 samples, 50 editable programs, and 80 editable sequences
  • iMPC sound set and classic Akai Professional sound library
  • Sample from iPad mic, line-in, or music library using multi-touch turntable interface
  • Export tracks to MPC Software for use with MPC Renaissance and MPC Studio
  • In-app SoundCloud community, powered by CloudSeeder
  • Share on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or export to your computer
  • 16 Levels mode: 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning
  • Note Variation slider: adjust attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
  • Trim and categorize samples, undo takes and erase samples
  • Create new sequences, record and overdub beats
  • Live Sequence queuing for real-time performance and playback
  • Simple drag and drop program creation
  • Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter
  • Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable swing
  • Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing, with latch
  • Supports WIST, wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg
  • AudioCopy beats and sequences to compatible apps
  • AudioPaste samples from compatible apps
  • Tabletop Ready iMPC is free for for iMPC owners
  • Route to and use with your favorite Tabletop Effects and devices
  • Line-in allows you to resample Tabletop devices
  • Use with Tabletop’s Timeline Editor

iMPC: First Thoughts

Ergonomically, things feel pretty good! The pads are a decent size for tapping on, and things like note repeat and the Q-Link slider (which can control filter, pitch, velocity, and note length) are in sensible positions for live play. 

Sampling appears to be very easy to perform and edit both from inputs and from Audio Paste, which is great, but it’s a real shame that sample multi-slicing and distributing to to a program doesn’t appear to be available in iMPC. We’d argue that’s more or less the crux of the MPC experience, but I’ll reserve any further judgement until we’ve had time to dig in…

Just as we were questioning how many horses would be in the inter-app audio race when we talked about AudioBus last week, Retronyms’ Tabletop app is introducing a ‘Tabletop Ready’ app collaboration. iMPC is the first, but how many other apps will be lining up for the privilege?

There’s no mention of MIDI anywhere in the settings. Let’s not forget that MPC Fly, the ultra-portable companion to the iPad, is still somewhere on the horizon; maybe iMPC will open up to MIDI when MPC Fly is released, or maybe it will be locked to MPC Fly only. When we find out, we’ll let you know.

We’ll take a closer look at iMPC and let you know our full thoughts a little later!

Click to view iMPC in the App Store!
  • MIDI

    You can use MIDI now if you’re using the Tabletop version of iMPC since Tabletop just added MIDI support.

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