MPC Version 2.0.6 Release Notes
MPC now supports macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
This software is for 64-bit operation only.
The MPC 2.0 release can be controlled by MPC X, MPC Live, MPC Touch, MPC Studio Black, MPC Studio, MPC Renaissance and MPC Element.
Integration for pads, pad colors and bank switching for MPK225, MPK249 and MPK261 has now been added.
Integration for pads for MPD218, MPD226 and MPD232 has now been added.
Dual monitor support: MPC can now display a second window. In the status bar, click on the Mixer Window icon to open the second window; this can be configured to display the Pad Mixer, the Channel Mixer or both at the same time. If you are working on a single large monitor, then use the Mixer Window alongside the Main window to work on multiple operations at the same time.
Support for Ableton Link has now been added to the MPC desktop software. In the GUI, go to View > Toolbar > Show Sync; on the TUI, go to the Mode Menu toolbar and use the Sync dropdown menu. Ableton Link synchronizes beat, phase and tempo of Link-enabled applications over a wireless or wired network.
Audio Tracks: You can now record and edit audio in MPC.
- Multi-track recording: The desktop software can now access up to 32 simultaneous mono inputs to record a multi-track performance. Record enable multiple audio tracks by holding Ctrl and clicking on their record enable buttons. Alternatively, in the Channel Mixer select multiple audio track channel strips and click record enable on one of the selected strips.
- New recording modes: You can now configure Punch-In and Record Start modes so you can record at a specific location on the timeline. The Record Start setting is useful if you are an instrumentalist; click Record Start on, and now you can press record whilst the sequence is in playback and the recording will wait until the sequence loops around before beginning, giving you time to get comfortable on your instrument. To configure the record mode, go to the TUI or LCD Locate popup or GUI Toolbar.
- Audio tracks have a waveform-style editor (in the software window, click the Audio tab below the mode icons; in the touchscreen, tap the Audio tab in Main Mode, and enter Audio Edit Mode [waveform icon on the left]).
- Audio samples can now be dragged and dropped onto an audio track from your computer or the software’s Browser.
- A dedicated audio track channel strip controls the track’s level, panning, record-arm status, monitor, mute/solo status, effects and more while recording and editing.
- Audio editing enables you to split, stretch, duplicate, mute, or move regions of an audio track.
- You can adjust region parameters from TUI Audio Edit mode or the GUI Audio Editor’s region parameter bar. Adjust the level, pitch, BPM, playback direction or mute state of individual audio regions.
- You can apply fades to audio regions. From the TUI Audio Edit mode or GUI Audio Editor’s region parameter bar, use the Fade In and Fade Out parameters to create a fade for the currently selected region. The fades will be shown as a sloped line at the start or end of the audio region.
- The audio editing tools Pointer, Eraser, Scissors and Mute now support the selection of multiple regions. With one of those tools selected, click and drag from an empty space to draw a selection box around multiple regions. You can now move, resize, mute or erase multiple regions.
- Use the new Marquee tool to chop out sections of an audio arrangement. The Marquee tool supports multi-tool operation and divides the vertical height of a region into thirds, using a different editing action for each third. Use the middle third of the audio grid to draw the selection area, then click or touch the top third of a region to chop out the selection. Use the bottom third of the audio grid to alter the start and end points of a region or regions.
- Warp functionality enables dynamic pitch- and time-stretching of audio regions.
- Recorded audio can be warped automatically, ensuring it remains synchronized with any sequence tempo adjustments; go to Edit > Preferences > Other and set Audio Tracks Auto Warp to On.
- You can hold Command / Ctrl and then drag the end of an audio region to stretch the audio region.
- You can hold Shift to defeat timing correct whilst carrying out editing actions such as moving, copying or resizing an audio region.
- You can reverse audio regions by pressing Command R / Ctrl R.
- You can mute audio regions by pressing Command M / Ctrl M or using the dedicated Mute tool.
- You can quantize the timing of audio regions using the Timing Correct popup.
- On the TUI you can deselect multiple selected audio regions by double tapping.
- The LCD now has an audio tracks tab in Main Mode.
- You can create audio tracks from the LCD. From the Main Mode > Audio tab, press the Window button on the Track field to bring up the New Audio Track popup.
Realtime time-stretching and pitch-shifting: You can now time-stretch and pitch-shift audio samples in realtime in Drum and Keygroup Programs.
- On the TUI Main Page with a Drum Program on the current track, press the Warp Samples shortcut to go to the new Program Edit > Samples page. To activate realtime time-stretching and pitch-shifting on the current pad, press the Warp button; press again to deactivate.
- On the LCD go to Program Edit > Samples page. To activate realtime time-stretching and pitch-shifting on the current pad turn the Warp field on.
- The new GUI Waveform View now gives you access to sample editing for Drum and Keygroup Programs in most modes. The Waveform View can be maximised by hiding the bottom panel. Key sample editing and warping parameters are located on the parameter bar displayed above the waveform.
- The new TUI Program Edit > Samples page waveform indicates the length of the sample against a bar/beats/pulses timeline; this gives you clear visual feedback when stretching a sample to a desired time division. With Warp on, the waveform will update in realtime to display changes to the BPM and Stretch parameters. With Warp off, changing the Semi or Fine tune parameters of a sample will adjust its duration on the timeline.
- With Warp on, use the BPM Sync button to lock your sample’s BPM to your sequence or master tempo.
- With Warp on and BPM Sync off, use the Stretch parameter to lengthen or shorten a sample without syncing it to your sequence tempo.
- Use the four dedicated Layer buttons to switch the waveform and parameters to edit the selected layer.
- The Samples page has a dedicated Q-Link layout for hands-on control of a sample’s start, end and loop points, as well as zoom and scroll for the waveform display.
User interface: The MPC desktop software has a completely new look and feel!
- Zoomable enhancements: Quickly zoom horizontally in/out by clicking and dragging down/up on the blue timeline above the grid or wave display. Use the dedicated zoom key commands to further speed up your workflow.
- Two “dynamic” channel strips on the left edge of the window show levels, panning, and effects for the pad, program, or track, depending on the current selection.
- Current sequence, track, and program information is now always displayed in the upper-left part of the window. Click the menu icon in each section to choose how much or little information is shown.
- Many areas of the interface are customizable, enabling you to show and hide panels as desired throughout the software window; show or hide Q-Link knobs, pads, parameters, project information, MIDI keyboard or the entire lower panel, or choose which modes’ icons are shown in the toolbar at the top of the window (View > Toolbar > Toolbar Modes).
- The improved Browser panel can display the File Browser, Expansion Browser, or Media Browser or be hidden entirely. You can also show or hide MPC content directories.
- Media Browser: Browse the MPC 2.0 factory library and other Akai Professional Expansion libraries using a series of tag filters. The Search field further refines the results by search term.
- The toolbar at the top of the window features extended transport controls (now with punch-in/out capability and on-screen Tap Tempo button). You can choose which ones are shown or hidden (View > Toolbar).
- Timing Correct (TC) and Swing settings are added to the toolbar, so they’re accessible in any mode.
- We’ve added a Help panel (?) to display quick explanations of on-screen elements when you hover the cursor over them.
- We’ve streamlined Program Edit Mode for clarity, simplicity, and speed of use.
- You can now use an eraser tool in the grid to erase events with a single click.
- We’ve redesigned all channel strips to have selectable components and improved controllability.
- You can now switch the upper editing panel between Grid, Wave and List Views.
- The Grid View now displays your program’s pad colors.
- Multi-selection in the mixers: You can now select multiple channels in the GUI Channel or Pad Mixer modes by holding Ctrl and clicking on individual channels. To select a range of channels, click the first channel to select it, then hold Shift, then click the last channel in the range and then release the Shift key.
Clip Programs: MPC has a new Clip program type that enables you to trigger loops (clips) in freely assignable clip-mute groups.
- Use Program Edit Mode and the Wave view to edit a clip; adjust clip length or BPM, add fade-ins/outs and reverse audio.
- Program Edit Mode includes warp functionality to dynamically pitch- and time-stretch the clip to match key and tempo.
- Clips can be launched in time with a sequence using the program’s launch quantize setting.
Track View workflow enhancements: You can now arrange multiple tracks of audio and MIDI on the timeline using the mouse editing tools.
- Hold the Command / Ctrl modifier and draw a Marquee or Pointer selection to select all tracks across the selected time range.
- The current MIDI track’s lane is now displayed in the arrangement area, even when the track is unused
- Time Correct now has a Bar setting to make arranging from within Track View easier.
- The viewport now scrolls with the selected track.
- You can now add to an audio region selection by Shift-Clicking on further audio regions.
- Track View now groups MIDI and audio tracks together in expandable/collapsible groups.
New Q-Link Modes: The Q-Links now have five modes of operation:
- Project: You can now assign any parameters from the Project level (i.e., any parameters within the project) to the sixteen Q-Links. This mapping will be saved and recalled with the project.
- Program: You can now assign any parameters from the current Program to the sixteen Q-Links. As you change program the Q-Links will switch to show you the Q-Link layout for the current program. This mapping will be saved and recalled with the program.
- Pad Scene: Use this Q-link mode with a Drum Program. All sixteen Q-Link knobs adjust sixteen assignable parameters for the current pad, this is useful for fine- tuning the settings of each pad, one at a time. You can configure the Q-Links to your favourite sixteen parameters, any changes to the layout will be written to your settings file and will therefore be recalled when you restart MPC.
- Pad Parameter: Use this Q-Link mode with Drum Programs. All sixteen Q-Link knobs adjust the same assigned parameter for all sixteen pads. Set the Parameter field to Mixer: Level to quickly tweak the level of the sixteen pads in the current bank.
- Screen: The Q-Links are fixed to the most useful parameters of the current Mode.
- The GUI Q-Link panel provides an overview of the current Q-Link mode. Clicking the (i) in the top-right reveals the Q-Link Setup inspector; from here you can edit your Q-Link assignments.
- TUI Q-Link Overview: On the MPC Live or Touch, press and hold the Q-Link button in any mode or screen to show the Q-Link knob assignments.
- TUI Q-Link Edit Mode: On the MPC X, Live or Touch, from the Mode menu choose the Q-Link Edit mode.
- LCD Q-Link Mode: Now displays an overview of the parameters and their values.
- Use the Learn function (in any Q-Link mode other than Screen) to quickly assign automatable parameters to the Q-Link knobs.
TUI List Editor: Provides a TUI-based event editing interface for fine tuning events. From the Mode Menu, choose List Edit.
- On the Toolbar use the View field to filter the event list by type.
- To move an event, turn the Nudge F-key on; now use the data wheel and +/- buttons to adjust the time position of the selected event.
- Audition note events using the Audition F-key.
- Delete events using the Delete F-key.
- To select multiple events, hold down the hardware shift button and tap the events.
- Use the settings popup to set the options for Pads Select Events on/off and Auto Scroll behavior.
Flatten Pad: Renders a pad with all of its settings to a new audio file. From the GUI, go to Edit > Program > Flatten Pad; from the TUI, in Main Mode go to the Program overlay (the pencil icon in the Program section) and choose Flatten Pad, or from the TUI Program Edit Toolbar use the Flatten Pad icon. From the Flatten Pad popup, select the pad you wish to flatten and then press Do It. The flattened audio file is rendered from the end of the selected pad’s mixer strip (post fader) and will include all the pad’s editing parameters and insert effects. The flatten operation will replace the audio file assigned to the pad with the new flattened bounce, reset all the pad’s parameters to their default values and remove the pad’s insert effects.
Grid Edit TUI workflow enhancements: On an MPC X, MPC Live or MPC Touch, in Grid Edit Mode select a single note or a range of notes and then press the hardware Copy button. MPC copies and pastes the new events at the end of the previous selection. Hold Shift and use the Cut, Copy and Paste F-keys to access the regular edit functions.
Program, Pad and Return Mixer strips can now be routed to mono outputs. From a channel strip’s output combo box menu, choose from the available stereo or mono outputs. When a monophonic output is chosen, the left and right channels will be summed to mono post pan. If the pan control is in the centre position, the left and right channels will be summed and then padded. Moving the pan control hard left or right will send only that channel to the output; this can be used to remove cancelation between the addition of uncorrelated channels or spotlight the left or right channel of the audio path.
The metronome can now be sent to any output pair. On the TUI, in Main Mode tap the metronome icon to bring up the Metronome popup and double tap on the Output combo box to choose an output. This setting will persist across sessions.
The audition bus can now be sent to any output pair. From Preferences > Other, go to the Audition Outputs field and choose an output. This setting will persist across sessions. The following are routed to the audition output bus:
- Browser: autoplay and manual play of samples, programs and projects.
- Sample Edit: sample playback, play cue and slice preview.
- Sampler: [Play] F-key on Keep or Discard popup.
- Sample pool: auditioning a sample.
MIDI Monitor: Allows you to see a detailed breakdown of your incoming MIDI messages. On the GUI go, to View > Toolbar > Show MIDI Monitor. When receiving single notes, the MIDI monitor displays the channel, note and velocity of the incoming message. When multiple notes are received simultaneously, the MIDI Monitor will display the detected chord. You can also use the MIDI Monitor object to monitor continuous controller and pitch bend messages. On the TUI, touch the MIDI in/out indicators in Main Mode to show the MIDI Input Monitor popup. The MIDI Input Monitor displays incoming MIDI in a non-scrollable list, which can be cleared using the Clear F-key.
Keyboard Shortcuts Window: Allows you to easily browse the MPC keyboard shortcuts. Go to Help > Software Information > Keyboard Shortcuts. The Keyboard Shortcuts Window has a search field.
Touchscreen improvements (MPC Touch, MPC Live and MPC X):
- The Browser now contains shortcut icons to quickly find Drum Programs, Keygroup Instruments, clips, samples, demo projects, and other files. The new Search field enables browsing your directories by search term. Dual-pane layout speeds up workflow.
- New shortcuts in Main Mode allow quick access to the most useful editing tasks.
- You can now save projects, samples, etc. using the touchscreen.
- You can set Preferences using the touchscreen (press Menu and tap the gear icon).
- View your MPC controller hardware system resources; battery life (MPC Live only), CPU meter and available internal storage by tapping the battery icon in the upper-right corner of the TUI or the memory and CPU meters on the Mode Menu.
- Channel Mixer’s Mute tab has been expanded to contain three options: Mute, Solo and Rec Arm.
- Scrolling is now inertial for more natural-feeling navigation.
- Realtime time-stretching powered by zplane Elastique or a custom MPC stretch algorithm. Select your preferred algorithm by going to Edit > Preferences > Other and clicking Audio Warp Algorithm.
- You can now bounce tracks, sequences, or programs to a new sample or audio track within Main Mode. From the GUI Inspector, right-click on the either the Sequence, Track or Program field and choose Bounce to Sample or Bounce to New Audio Track. From the TUI Main Mode, touch the pencil icon in the Sequence, Track or Program field and from the overlay choose Bounce to Sample or Bounce to New Audio Track (not available for sequences using the TUI).
- You can now apply XYFX to the master channel (this is now the default).
- The Pads section in the bottom panel now contains Pad Controls for easy access to Note Repeat, Half Level, 16 Level and Erase.
- Keyboard shortcuts: We’ve added and streamlined all keyboard shortcuts to make your workflow more efficient throughout the software.
- There are now keyboard shortcuts to return the zoom setting of an editor to its default value. Go to Help > Keyboard Shortcuts > Navigate section for more information.
- Improved ergonomics of advanced bipolar knobs and faders on the TUI. Advanced bipolar knobs are easier to adjust and now move by angle. Double-tapping a bipolar knob or volume overlay will reset it to zero.
- TUI combo box lists now support inertial scrolling and animation performance has been improved.
- MIDI Clock/MMC improved stability and reliability; master clock latency is now lower and the duplicate Song Position Pointer message that was sent when hitting play start has now been removed.
- Hardware navigation and numeric entry is improved in Program Edit and Main Mode.
- On the MPC Live, Touch and Studio, when the Q-Link orientation is horizontal the Q-Links have been reordered; Q-Link 1 is now at the top of the column and Q-Link 4 is at the bottom.
- Sequence, Master or externally received tempo increases no longer cause overlapping audio regions.
- BPM detection now has a preference to improve accuracy. Go to Preferences > General > BPM Detection Range and choose the BPM range that best suits what you commonly work at.
- On MPC X or MPC Renaissance, you can now hold the Locate button and use the numeric keypad 1-6 to jump to locate markers 1-6.
- Sequence Edit > Copy Events adds a Selection option for copying MIDI and audio events.
- Stop All Sounds: You can now stop all sounds within the software by going to Tools > Stop All Sounds.
- Track Exporting: You can now export tracks to patterns (.mpcpattern).
- CV programs (MPC X): Use MPC X to control external analog equipment via control voltage. Each program can be configured to send a control voltage, a gate voltage, and/or signals corresponding to the note velocity and the position of the mod wheel. CV programs have configurable note tracking (last note pressed, highest/lowest note).
- Quick renaming of Keygroup samples: You can automatically rename all samples belonging to a Keygroup based on their Keygroup, layer, and other information: when using a Keygroup Program, go to Tools > Tidy Keygroup Sample Names.
- The LCD now displays “mode not available” for program/track types that are not valid.
- The Keyboard Shortcuts popup now has a search field.
- You can now configure the “switch” behaviour of the Pad Bank buttons; go to Preferences > General > Bank Button Press.
- You can now switch the Tap Tempo button light off; go to Preferences > General > Flash Tap Tempo Light.
- Drag Drop now has a preference to export audio in 16 or 24 bit.
- BPM fields now have x2 and /2 buttons to quickly double or half the tempo.
- Plugin programs are now created with a default plugin program. You can configure what plugin is used in Preferences > Project Defaults > Default Plugin Synth.