New features include support for Audio Units and direct voice recording
AKAI has updated its music-making app for iPhone, iMPC Pro, with iMPC Pro 2 available for pre-order in the app store now, priced £4.99, and due to launch in December. You will need an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS9 or above to use it.
The original iMPC Pro app was based, of course, on the company's enduringly popular MPC line-up of drum machine-sampler-sequencers. The new version doesn't mess with that successful formula, but does now support Audio Unit (AU) plug-ins. AKAI has also tweaked the user interface, and added a new Song Mode (allowing you to record in vocals over the top of your creations) and support for direct uploading of your tracks to YouTube, as well as giving the basic app a whole new sound set, including five packs from leading sample houses such as Sample Magic, Rawcutz and Sample Tools by Cr2. Anyone who completes the iMPC University online tutorial course will also receive an additional sample pack along with their diploma.
"iMPC Pro 2 represents the next stage of evolution for the iMPC series,” said Dan Gill, product manager for Akai Professional. “It takes the classic beatmaking workflow found on the original and adds something we've been working on for a long time: the ability to rap or sing over the beat you’ve produced. This evolves the mobile beatmaking app concept into a more complete song creation tool.”
Also recently announced by Akai were the MPK Mini Play, a miniature ultra-portable controller keyboard with built-in speakers, and Fire, a dedicated hardware controller for FL Studio. For more information on all three products, see Akai's own website.