Akai Professional have announced the forthcoming incarnation of their MPC Software. The will be available as a FREE download to existing MPC software users and those using an MPC Studio, MPC Live, MPC Live II, MPC One and MPC X. The update will be available from June 23rd.
Version 2.11 finds various new features added which includes:
- A new sounds mode
- New Air effects
- Probability and Ratcheting
- MPC Tuner, Pad to Group
- MIDI key splits
- Filtering and performance enhacements
New Sounds Mode
The ultimate sound-browsing experience is now available in MPC 2.11. Build and save performances, set key ranges, and edit your instruments from this new touch screen experience. The Sounds Page is designed to work intuitively with MPC touch screen devices and is perfect for finding and auditioning sounds during your production process. Sounds are grouped by instrument Type, MPC Expansions, Drum Programs, CV Programs, and more. Create Favorites or Set-lists so you can find your go-to sounds quickly and easily.
New AIR Effects
Get that vinyl record feel from any sample or sound source using the new Air Flavor insert effect. Select from over 30 different Timbers, some including Radio Transistors, Tubes, Boom Boxes and Amplifiers to manipulate your source sound. You can then add and simulate analog record distortion, flutter, and noise while also impacting the stereo field to create more “mono” sounding audio effects.
Air Amp Sim
MPC 2.11 brings a new Q-Link-mapped Amp and Cabinet Simulator to the MPC platform for adding sweet harmonic distortion to samples, vocals, drums, synths, bass, and yes—guitars. Lay down a guitar or bass lick in MPC or run your drum bus through a full stack to soak it in some creative harmonic distortion. This new MPC plugin offers colorful amp simulation and cabinet emulation effects of many types and sizes.
This plugin has also been updated making it easier to mangle your audio and create new timbres and tones using its granulation engine. The new update for MPC 2.11 also gives users control over three new parameters: Reverse, Shape and Skew. AIR Granulator’s new parameters allow for interesting audio manipulation and creating signature sounds, or for adding texture and dimension to your tracks.
New Probability & Ratcheting
In MPC 2.11 you can now add Ratchet effects to your MIDI and add groove to rhythmic elements or melodic lines. Flare cymbals, trill synth lines or repeat bass notes with the flick of a finger. The Probability MIDI setting lets you choose the probability that a note from your MIDI track will play based on 25%, 50%, or 75% probability—perfect for adding some variation and dimension to your repetitive beats, rhythm or melody lines.
New MPC Tuner
MPC 2.11 also adds an integrated high-fidelity instrument Tuner to its arsenal of tools. Now you can tune your external MIDI CV synth, guitar, bass, fiddle, hurdy gurdy or any other musical instrument using the MPC Tuner. More than a plugin, use MPC Tuner in either desktop or standalone systems by selecting it from the menu in MPC.
New Pad To Keygroup
Have you found the perfect 808 sample in a drum program and wish you could play it across the keyboard to match the notes of your song? The new drum Pad to Keygroup function allows you to assign a drum pad from a drum program to a new keygroup, which you can then play up and down the keyboard. Now you can take any sampled sound from a drum program and play scales, chords or melodies with it for melodic dimension.
New MIDI Key Splits, filtering and performance updates
Layer, group, split and perform with your favorite sounds using the new Key Split functions in MPC 2.11. You can layer multiple tracks in your MPC to create seamless performances that blur the edges of single and multitimbral soundscapes. Craft pulsing swells, dense pads, or split the bass and lead to separate areas of your keyboard for easy access during live performances. MPC 2.11 now also allows the configuration of a track to filter notes outside a given key-range or velocity range.
2.11 also includes other enhancements, improvements and functionality”
- Ableton Link 3 Support: Ableton & MPC are now able to sync start/stop from a single transport control
- Plugin Search: search for a plugin by name
- Drum Pad Slice Automation: The Slice assigned to a drum pad layer can now be automated
- Pad Perform Updates: Pad Perform “off” has now been renamed to “Custom” and allows for user note maps
- 16 Level Update: Users can now use 16 Level functionality on Plugin, Keygroup, and MIDI tracks allowing for fine tuning of velocity levels for melodic tracks
- Updated Project Saving: XYFX location and Arp parameters are now saved and recalled with the MPC project
- New Chord Progressions: MPC now contains five extra chord progressions that can be used in Pad Perform > Progressions mode
- QLINK Preferences: Preferences > Hardware > General now contains a setting for Shift + Q-Link Press goes to Q-Link Edit or Cycle Backwards
- Master” is now “Main” or “Global”: All instances in the MPC that refer to the “Master” are now referred to as” GLOBAL” or” MAIN”.
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