Akai MPC2.1 Desktop updates makes it more like a DAW than ever
Akai is stepping into the software big-leagues with their latest update to the MPC 2.1 Desktop, a wise choice for today’s highly competitive DAW market.
Akai’s MPC 2.1 update offers a variety of features set to increase its viability both in the studio and live on stage.
The feature that most caught my eye is the new Pitch Quantize setting.
It allows you to adjust the pitch of recorded or incoming MIDI signals, or even loaded MIDI files to fit the arrangement you’re working with. You can transpose the key or even change the entire scale, offering you a whole new approach to songwriting.
The Akai MPC system has always been renowned for its complex rhythm quantizing functions, however with the MPC 2.1 Desktop they have taken it a step further.
Akai have introduced new modes for snapping MIDI to the grid; users are now able to select whether MIDI is snapped “Absolute” to the grid, or “Relative” to its original position. This allows you to add that extra level of humanization to your arrangement.
MPC 2.1 Desktop now allows you to edit velocity settings for each note from within the step sequencer, or via the Q-link controllers.
Stability issues resolved
The MPC 2.1 Desktop update brings a host of usability and stability upgrades alongside significant improvements in the MIDI Sync system. The update reduces MIDI Jitter from around 11ms to around 5ms, not usually noticeable to the human ear but altogether creating a more reliable system.
Akai have also introduced better graphics support for external VSTs, now you’re able to view multiple plugin instances at the same time. MPC 2.1 Desktop allows you to export your expansion packs and other content you have created for use with standalone hardware MPC workstations. You’re also able to copy, paste and move insert FX from one mixer channel to another alongside other minor workflow improvements.
Akai have redesigned the amplifier envelopes in MPC 2.1 Desktop, giving you the ability to create a much punchier sound than ever before!
Akai recommend updating both the Software and Firmware of your MPC hardware.