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Akai MPC X Performance and Production Sampler Product Overview by GAK

Akai's legendary MPC's have been a staple in studios for the last 30 years, with a huge selection of Hip Hop's greats using them as their workstation of choice. Often copied, but never quite replicated, the MPC is the industry standard production centre and with the new MPC X, Akai has managed to improve on an already remarkable product.

Akai’s flagship MPC X is built with a multicore processor (with 2GB of RAM) perfect to get the best out of the native MPC Software 2.8 (can also be run as a plugin on a PC/Mac.) There is a fantastic 10.1-inch multitouch screen and 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive MPC pads. On the front of the unit you will also find 16 touch sensitive assignable pots, a large master encoder know and dedicated menu buttons.

The unit comes with 16GB of on-board storage, so you’ll have more space than you could ever have imagined from an MPC. There is also 10GB of premium sound content from some of the big players in the sound design world including Loopmasters and Capsun Pro Audio.

In regards to connectivity, there are a whole host of options on the back of the unit. There is a built in 2-in/4-out interface on this model, two audio inputs and 8 configurable 1/4 inch jack outputs.

New features include Standalone functionality, CV outputs, audio track recording, clip launching, MPC 2.0.8 Software and a whole load more.

Providing a bridge between studio production and live performance/DJing, if you’re a fan of the previous models then this is a product that you well and truly won’t want to miss out on.

With the new 2.0.8 software update the unit is now Ableton Link and Bluetooth compatible.

  • Standalone MPC – no computer required – natively powered by MPC 2.0 Software
  • 10.1” full-color multi-touch display
  • Also acts as a control surface for MPC 2.0 Software, compatible with Mac & PC
  • 16 Touch-capacitive Q-Links controls with OLED displays
  • 66 buttons for direct, hardware access to all aspects of MPC 2.0 Software
  • 4 selectable inputs: 2 XLR / 1⁄4” combo jacks with switchable phantom power, 2 1/4” TRS jacks,
  • 2 instrument level, 1⁄4” jacks, turntable RCA input with ground peg
  • 8 outputs: balanced 1⁄4” jack
  • Dual 1⁄4” and 1/8” headphone outputs
  • 2 full-size MIDI inputs, 4 full-size MIDI Outputs
  • 8 con gurable CV/Gate outputs enabling the analogue control of modular gear, such as classic synths
  • 16GB of on-board storage (over 10GB of premium sound content included from leading sound
  • designers including CR2, TOOLROOM, Loopmasters, Capsun Pro Audio, and more)
  • User-expandable 2.5” SATA drive connector (SSD or HDD)
  • 2 USB-A 3.0 slots for thumb drives or MIDI controllers
  • SD Card slot for loading samples and projects
  • -MPC 2.8 Music production suite featuring native operation on MPC X and MPC Live in standalone mode
  • -ompatible with Mac & PC - Works alone as your main DAW or seamlessly with your current DAW
  • as a VST, AAX or AU plugin; available with MPC X, MPC Live, MPC Touch and MPC Studio Black
  • -128-track sequencing capability and up to eight pad banks
  • -6 MPC Program Modes:
  • -MPC Drum Program - MPC’s powerful drum sampler
  • -Clip Program - clip launch work ow built in to MPC, trigger loops • CV Program (MPC X Only) - drive your external analogue gear
  • -Keygroup program - MPC’s instrument sampler
  • -VST/AU plugin - control any VST or AU (Controller Mode Only)
  • -MIDI Program - sequence your external MIDI gear
  • -Capture, edit and mix up to 8 audio tracks in standalone mode, expandable up to 128 tracks in controller mode
  • -Real-time time-stretching & pitch-shifting – warp clips, samples and audio regions
  • -Audio / MIDI Drag and Drop functionality for seamless integration with industry standard DAWs
  • -Powerful AIR Hybrid 3 virtual instrument built-in
  • EDIT
  • -Comprehensive suite of audio editing tools - Pointer, Eraser, Audition, Marquee, Scissors, Fade In, Fade Out, Reverse, Mute, Pitch Adjust and BPM Adjust
  • -MPC’s Industry-leading Sample Edit functionality - trim, chop and process your samples
  • -Support for AU/VST plugin instruments and e ects - instant mapping and real-time adjustment of VST
  • plugins in controller mode
  • MIX
  • -Global / Track automation – automate any e ect, instrument or mixer parameter
  • -Reimagined mixer layout – resizable faders, an adaptive channel strip, a dedicated audio track editing
  • window, resizable waveform view and more
  • -Advanced signal routing capability - submixes, FX returns, multi-output plugin support (up to 16 stereo
  • outputs) and more
  • -New Clip Program mode powered by MPC’s real-time warping algorithm
  • -Enhanced Q-Link functionality for precision control mapping of MPCs editable functions
  • -XYFX control adds e ects, adjusts sound dynamics in real time
  • -Phrase Looper, enables connection of any instrument to create loops
  • -Selectable hardware outputs for seamless assimilation into multiple usage scenarios
  • -Supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, REX and SND
  • -Supports samples and sequences from any MPC ever made
  • -Full 64-bit support in all versions; standalone, VST and AU
  • -MPC Expansion browser allows quick access to installed expansion packs
  • -Comes with 17+GB of high-quality expansion content
  • -Contemporary drum kits covering genres including Trap, Future House, EDM, Techno and more
  • -“Essential Instruments” - A complete selection of built-in keygroup programs
  • -ompatible with the growing marketplace of Akai MPC expansions
  • -Supports user-generated expansion packs (using the MPC Expansion Builder)
  • -MAC: Dual-Core CPU, 2.5GHz or better and 4GB RAM (8GB Recommended) -WIN: Dual-Core CPU, 2.5GHz or better and 4GB RAM (8GB Recommended) -STORAGE: 2GB free space for MPC Software (Excluding content)
  • Manufacturer: Akai
  • Model: MPC X
  • Display
  • - 10.1” / 257 mm (diagonal)
  • - 8.5” x 5.5” / 216 x 139 mm (width x height)
  • - Full-color LED-backlit display with touch interface
  • Controls
  • - (16) velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, RGB-backlit
  • - (8) banks accessible via Pad Bank button
  • - (16) 360° touch-sensitive Q-Link Knobs
  • - (1) 360° encoder for display navigation and selection via push
  • - (7) 270° knobs for gain, mix & level adjustment
  • - (63) dedicated-function buttons
  • Connectivity
  • - (2) XLR+1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (Input 1/2)
  • - (2) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS inputs (Input 3/4: 1 stereo pair)
  • - (2) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS instrument inputs (Inst 1/2)
  • - (2) RCA inputs (Input 3/4: 1 stereo pair, phono- or line-level)
  • - (2) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS footswitch inputs (FS 1/2)
  • - (2) 5-pin MIDI inputs
  • - (8) 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS outputs (Main L/R, Outputs 3/4–7/8: 4 stereo pairs)
  • - (4) 5-pin MIDI outputs
  • - (8) 1/8” (3.5 mm) CV/Gate outputs
  • - (1) 1/4” (6.35 mm) stereo headphone output
  • - (1) 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo headphone output
  • - (2) USB Type-A ports
  • - (1) USB Type-B port
  • - (1) SD card slot
  • - (1) power adapter input
  • Ableton Link via Wi-Fi - Sync MPC with any Link-enabled apps and devices for cross-platform collaboration. Complete list of apps found here: https://www.ableton.com/en/link/apps
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 MIDI support - Controllers such as the LPK25 Wireless and LPD8 Wireless can now be used to control MPC instruments and kits
  • Redesigned real-time pitch-shifting and time-stretching algorithm - samples on each pad within a drum program can now be individually time-stretched and/or pitch-shifted
  • Improved Audio and Program Editing
  • Enhanced Support for Storage Expansion - Hard Drives can now be formatted using the MPC



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  • richard reynolds


    What can I say, awesome bit of kit really fun to use , sounds great more than happy.

  • Stuart Dickson


    Missed my 2500 that I sold years ago. Getting back into the MPC flow is so easy with the MPC X

  • Scott McV


    Best sampler workstation yet, love the instrument inputs

  • Peter


    Great bit of kit, bit of a learning curve but that's what I like, keeps you on your toes

  • James Allen


    What a bundle of fun

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