Akai turns its MPC 2.0 software into (almost) a full DAW
Akai has just announced the release of MPC 2.0, a long-awaited update to the computer side of the MPC production platform that integrates a hardware controller and PC software. The MPC software is now capable of functioning as your main DAW and can be used standalone, or as a plug-in in your host of choice.
Version 2.0 sees a user interface facelift (now matching the visuals of the latest MPC controllers), along with a big list of new features that include audio track recording, time-stretching and pitch shifting in real-time, audio and MIDI drag-and-drop support, Ableton Link & Bluetooth 4.0 MIDI support, signal routing (submixing, FX returns, multi-output support), a new mixer layout, 64-bit audio engine, and other technicalities.
It’s one of the biggest updates to the MPC software ever, and it’s bound to turn some heads in the beat production community with its deep, almost fully complete DAW functionality. The latter is something NI Machine users have been clamouring for a long while, though NI’s vision seems to be slowly incorporating DAW features into its primarily beat-oriented software. It’s still a workable strategy for many users, but we’re sure NI will have something to retaliate against MPC 2.0’s extensive DAW functionality. It will be interesting to see how the competition between the world’s most popular beat-making platforms develops from this point on.
MPC 2.0 supports the following controller models: MPC X, MPC Live, MPC Touch, MPC Studio Black, MPC Renaissance, MPC Studio, MPC Element, and the MPK2 keyboard controllers.
Price and availability
The 2.0 upgrade is available now and free for MPC Live and MPC Touch users. Upgrades for older models start from $100. Future updates to the platform are expected in the coming months.
You have a lot of wrong info since it doesn’t support many of the devices listed and there is no way to purchase an upgrade to 2.0