Akai Professional® Expands Power and Versatility of MPC Platform with Release of MPC 2.3 Update
Cumberland, RI USA (November 15, 2018) — Akai Professional today announced the release of MPC Software 2.3. This major software and firmware update introduces a number of user requested features and functionality enhancements, notably the addition of three powerful, versatile, and expressive built-in synthesizers by AIR Music Technology (TubeSynth, Bassline and Electric) to the MPC standalone experience. This is a landmark feature addition which elevates the MPC from a sampler to a true musical powerhouse. Also very significant is the addition of Autosampler and Arpeggiator. As a result, this update is highly recommended for all current MPC X, MPC Live and MPC Software 2 owners.
The TubeSynth emulates the sound of classic vintage analog poly-synths packaged with five integrated AIR effects. The instrument is created by AIR and is based on the same advanced analog modelling technology found in their highly acclaimed desktop plugin synth Vacuum Pro. The layout has been carefully designed for easy tweak-ability via the MPC Q-Links. The TubeSynth comes packaged with a comprehensive factory library of cutting-edge presets including sumptuous pads, hard hitting plucks, thunderous basses and screaming lead sounds.
- Flexible 3 Oscillator architecture features noise, saw, square, pulse and triangle waveforms.
- Two different unison engines offer extended possibilities for thickening the timbre of any patch.
- Users can customize the harmonic content of Oscillator 2 using the voice level EQ and Drive parameters.
- Lowpass Filter with continuously variable slope with pre and post distortion.
- Polyphonic Glide/Portamento for polyphonic pitch slides between chords.
- Envelopes included for Filter, Amp with a third specialist ramp envelope that can be assigned to different modulation destinations.
- Two LFO’s have Sine, Square, Saw Up, Saw Down, Pump, Sample and Hold and Drift waveforms.
- Explore a wide range of timbral possibilities with the Oscillator’s Ring Modulation parameter.
- AIR Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Compressor and Hype EQ.
- Almost 300 patches provide a wide selection of Synth, Lead, Pluck, Pad, Bass, Organ, FX presets.
- Oscillator 1 and 2 Env Shape parameter allows users to modulate the shape of each oscillator with the Filter Envelope
The AIR Bassline emulates the sound of classic mono synths with a contemporary twist. Including four integrated AIR effects as well as two built-in distortion algorithms.
- Flexible oscillator with continuously variable waveshape including octave saw, saw, square and sine waveforms
- Sub and fifth oscillators for thicker layered timbres.
- Low-pass and high-pass filters.
- Over 150 presets.
The AIR Electric emulates the sound of classic electric pianos.
- Dedicated Pickup, Envelope, Bell and Noise parameter sections provide a huge amount of flexibility to configure the timbre of the electric piano sound.
- Five AIR effects Tremolo, Tube distortion, Chorus, Delay and Spring Reverb.
- Over 80 presets.
In addition to the AIR plugins. MPC 2.3 introduces many other enhancements, including:
- Autosampler - Capture and convert any plugin preset or external instrument preset into a key group sampler patch. This is great for sampling patches from synths and drum machines.
- Crossfade Looping - Realtime crossfade looping has now been added to sample playback.
- Arpeggiator - A real time arpeggiator and phrase player.
"MPC 2.3 advances the user experience in amazing new ways,” said Dan Gill, Akai Professional Product Manager. “Users will especially love the new plugins created by AIR. They definitely open up a whole new world of creative possibilities.”
This update is free for existing MPC Software 2 owners (2.0 - 2.2). MPC 2.3 is available as a new purchase for $199.99 for non-MPC product owners or as an upgrade from MPC Software 1 or MPC Essentials for $99.99.
For complete details on new features found in 2.3, visit: MPC 2.3 Release Notes.
For more information, visit akaipro.com.
About Akai Professional
The world’s most influential manufacturer of music production gear, Akai Professional develops creative technologies to empower music makers with tools that are unmatched in expressive capability. Akai Professional is best known for creating the legendary MPC, an instrument that has inspired generations of producers and performers and spawned entirely new genres of music. Akai Professional is a part of the inMusic family of premiere music brands.