brings notable features to the series, which is one of the most important samplers in the music world. Updates could help devices better compete with other companies’ products and provide existing users with a bunch of useful tools.
Since MPCs are already widely used by hip-hop artists, the introduction of a plugin effect called AIR Flavor is significant. Akai says users will be able to add lo-fi vinyl simulation effects to any sound source. You’ll be able to apply “flutter, tube saturation, distortion and more for rich, textured manipulation from 30 different woods,” according to the company.
A similar vinyl simulation is a big draw for . Novation also has such a feature. The addition of AIR Flavor might entice some musicians to stick around or dive into the MPC ecosystem. It’s a key feature that maybe Akai should have had long before now.
The other plugin that is part of MPC 2.11 is the AIR Amp Sim insert effect. It is designed to replicate the effect of a guitar amplifier and will allow users to add “sweet, crisp distortion, EQ and tone color” to any sound source.
Elsewhere, Akai will be rolling out another feature that should bring the MPC closer to other modern samplers. Most other devices already offer probability and ratchet features, which allow users to bring rolls and unpredictability to melodies and beats. The idea is that you will introduce some variance in the repeated rhythms, rhythms and melody lines. This should help add more texture to your music.
Sounds mode brings all MPC instruments to the front in the browser. With the touchscreen, you’ll be able to navigate and load plug-in instruments and browse your presets and categories. You can save up to 256 of your favorite presets in a dedicated tab and there will be menu customization options.
Also new is a one-touch tuner that should help you tune string instruments and analog synthesizers and modules. Meanwhile, WiFi enabled devices will support Ableton Link 3.0 to help keep your devices in sync.
MPC 2.11 will be available on June 23. It’s free for all registered MPC hardware users.
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