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NAMM 2012: Akai MPC Fly app video demo
NAMM 2012: Akai MPC Fly app video demo
Posted by Gizmo on January 26, 2012 :

namm 2012 akai mpc fly

Numark and Akai seem to have finally got that the iPad is a useful tool for DJing, provided it has some matching hardware. We've seen the iDJ Pro earlier this week, but the Akai MPC Fly was finally seen at NAMM. I was simply a non-functioning prototype kept in a glass cage, but we happened to be in the right place at the right time to get a demo of the actual app from the developers at Retronyms.

As you'll see in the video, the app itself is essentially an MPC in an iPad. Fully featured, it contains a solid set of tools that traditional MPC users will be used to, can can be used with or without the actual MPC Fly hardware.

This is what Akai say about the MPC Fly:
Akai Pro debuts at NAMM the MPC Fly... it's an MPC made specifically for use with your iPad 2.
MPC Fly merges unmatched Akai Professional technology with the power of your iPad 2, embodying the legendary capabilities that have made the MPC an industry standard like real MPC pads, MPC Note Repeat and MPC Swing. 
Its multifunctional, double-hinged design gives you the flexibility to produce tracks anywhere, while also acting as a protective case between sessions and giving you total access to your iPad 2 for normal uses.

 MPC FLY Hardware
  • The first MPC designed specifically for iPad 2
  • Fitted compartment for iPad 2 provides fully integrated portable MPC solution
  • 16 backlit genuine MPC pads with MPC Note Repeat & MPC Swing
  • Works seamlessly with the MPC App: sequence & sample editing, effects, EQ and more
  • Create beats on the go and transfer to a Mac or PC for further mastering
  • Double-hinged case sits upright, lies flat or closes for transport
  • Compatible with virtually any Core MIDI app
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charges iPad when plugged into wall power
MPC Fly iPad App
  • Sequence four tracks simultaneously: four-track mixer built in
  • Built in sound library of samples and drum kits
  • Record and overdub sequences and create and edit your own Programs
  • 16-Levels mode: play one sample at 16 levels of attack, velocity, length, and tuning
  • Note variation slider allows you to manipulate attack, velocity, length, and tuning as you play
  • Built-in effects: delay, bit crusher, master compressor/limiter
  • Time correct: 1/8 note – 1/32T with variable Swing setting
  • Note Repeat: 1/8 note – 1/32T timing
  • Sample using internal mic or line-in and trim and categorize samples
  • Sample from your iPod library with turntable interface
  • Share on SoundCloud, Facebook or twitter
  • Supports WIST, Wireless Sync Start protocol from Korg
  • Supports AudioPaste

And I have a selection of MPC related images from NAMM too.

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15 comments to this story

On January 26, 2012, Femi @ Work said this:
I wasn't particularly excited about Fly when I first heard about it, but I'm starting to think that it might be the most interesting MPC out of all the new MPC offerings.

On January 26, 2012, Jon Graves said this:
Hmmm - the interface shown makes no sense to me. Why are the hardware pads reproduced virtually on the docked iPad screen? I understand that it's a demo but shouldn't the interface they show for demo purposes make some kind of sense? Based on this, I'm sure NI are not quaking in their disco boots.

On January 26, 2012, Doubledutchdj said this:
This pretty much guarantees that I'll be buying the Ipad3 when it lands, finger drumming practise where ever you go and a shit hot Ipad case/stand and battery life extender.

"I'm sure NI are not quaking in their disco boots

A half pint travel friendly MPC clearly isn't intended to be in direct competition with maschine, thats where there other new range of MPC come in to play.

On January 26, 2012, DJ Sinik said this:
This whole new range of 'mpcs' seem pretty shite tbh. I think Akai is going the way of the Betamax, redundant technology.

On January 26, 2012, DJ Sinik said this:
btw, that link to retronym goes to a free domain page sick.gif

On January 26, 2012, Jared said this:
@Jon: the idea is the software can be used independent of the hardware. So you can just take your ipad around and drum out tracks with no real velocity, or you can hook your hardware in and have more control.

On January 26, 2012, Jon Graves said this:
@ Jared: Yes, I get that bit and I think you are right that they are trying to illustrate that point in the demo pics we have seen. But when you bring the iPad and hardware controller together, shouldn't they complement rather than duplicate one another? For example, there isn't a way in Maschine to put a big-ass virtual view of the pads on the screen - because it would just be a waste of screen real estate. At the very least, Akai are wasting the opportunity to show how the two components are better together. There are some smart folk working on this so I am sure it will all work out in the end!

On January 26, 2012, rs_ said this:
More ammunition for my thesis that virtually the entire "controller" scene is dedicated to less-interesting rehashes of things that were perfected decades ago.


On January 27, 2012, Mickey B said this:
Can't Wait for NI to come out with iMaschine for Ipad and a $150 Maschine Controller as well.

On January 27, 2012, Mark said this:
@ Jon - does Maschine work with iPad?

Regardless, there's two things here - the hardware, and the software. I didn't think the hardware was limited to the Akai software... is it? (I'm not being a smart-ass, I honestly don't know).

I'm told from a fairly reliable source that MPC Fly still has a bit of work to be done before its release.

On January 27, 2012, Mark said this:
@ myself....

Core-MIDI compliant. Got it. blink1.gif

On January 27, 2012, Jon Graves said this:
@Mark: Maschine does not work out of the box with the iPad. but you can build your own touch interface for it with Lemur, TouchOSC or MIDI designer. These apps are worth checking out If controlling your existing MIDI/OSC hardware and software via a touch interface is something you are interested in.

On January 27, 2012, Nanofox said this:
IMO the iMaschine app is nothing like this akai mpc fly app. The sampling feature alone on the akai app kills the iMaschine app. With the iMaschine app you have to edit and cut samples in the Maschine software or other audio editing software to build kits. The iMaschine app is really setup for using pre edited sounds, purchased kits or recorded samples via iPad mic to bring in samples. Editing samples outside the software kills the work flow and is a one way approach to editing on the fly no pun intended. The Maschine hardware controller has a Midi Mode that allows you to use it with other software. If the akai software is Core-MIDI compliant i'm sure Maschine hardware + mic fly app will be a pretty smart idea for those who want to take advantage of that option.

On January 28, 2012, Serjoka said this:
I think that, the approach should be iMaschine like. I mean, all of us knows hardware limitations given by iPad and iPhone, but of course there's a huge market out there.

But you cannot think to replace hardware with software, expecially when you're talking about Akai MPC.

I think NI got the point to have an AppStore solution as an extra tool for floating ideas, while moving or travelling, a great way to draft out some loops while getting back to the hardware. It shouldn't be a replacement, that's a fault from my point of view.

So ok for the MPC App as an extension of the MPC Hardware but such a sort of hybrid controller has nonsense.

On January 28, 2012, Faust said this:
The real bummer is that has got only 4 tracks..come onwacko.gif

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