iMPC Pro 2 is officially here! Developed by Retronyms and AKAI, the new version turns the groovebox app into a fully functional song creation tool not unlike Apple’s GarageBand. iMPC Pro 2 sees the addition of new track types, enhanced drum tracks, vocal tracks, and Audio Unit support.
Up to 64 audio tracks can be mixed, time-warped to match tempo, pitch-shifted, and re-arranged in real-time; with recording possible from external apps, internal and external microphones, and audio interfaces. Any Audio Unit can be hosted in iMPC Pro 2, enabling a traditional plug-in workflow. While iMPC Pro 2 is not a DAW, it does borrow concepts from the linear approach to recording and editing audio for the greater benefit of songwriters and producers.
Other features include Ableton Link, Inter-App Audio, AudioCopy and AudioPaste support, a 64-track mixer with EQ and 4 FX sends (Reverb, Delay, Chorus/Flange and one Inter-App Audio effect), direct upload of tracks to YouTube, sampling from music player apps like iTunes and Spotify, new Song Mode, advanced waveform editing, enhanced MIDI support, and more enhancements.
iMPC Pro 2 also offers a completely new sound library with exclusive content from ADSR, Rawcutz, SampleTools, Niche Audio, and Sample Magic. Furthermore, five custom sound packs can be downloaded from the AudioCopy Content Store for free, normally priced $35.
Overall, this is a groundbreaking update for the iMPC platform. It’s particularly great to witness the addition of audio tracks and real-time warping, which will put iPhone and iPad producers at great ease. It’s also nice to see app developers are comfortable with mobile devices’ ever-growing processing power and take advantage of it to deliver more desktop-class functionality.
Price and availability
iMPC Pro 2 is out in the Apple App Store, priced 25 USD and the equivalent for your country. For a limited time, existing iMPC Pro users can upgrade for $15.