Akai just released MPC Software 1.6 with bug fixes and new enhancements. Now you can do fine sample edits on the Renaissance/Studio controller LCD screen. If you a true MPC head you should already have Renaissance or Studio in the lab already. If not, I feel sorry for you and your kind who haven’t realized the potential of the MPC Software. With this update I didn’t see a laundry list of fixes or updates but Akai claims MPC Software has 300+ enhancements. I wish I knew what all those enhancements are.
Some of you may be aware of the MPC Element released a few months ago which is running MPC Essentials Software. MPC Essentials is a striped down version of the MPC Software. You can use the full version of the MPC Software with MPC Element but you need to have MPC Renaissance or MPC Studio already. The only way to unlock MPC Software is to have Ren or Studio in your possession. Akai is keeping hackers at bay so you can forget trying to get around not having the Ren or Studio.
Mac users who haven’t upgraded from Snow Leopard will be disappointed because the latest MPC Software 1.6 only works with Mac OS 10.7 and up. Well, at least you don’t have to upgrade to Maverick since the MPC Software will work with Lion and Mountain Lion. Actually, Apple has Mountain Lion for sale for $20. I suggest you backup your data and upgrade to Mountain Lion. Currently I’m scared to upgrade to Maverick because of the iOS 7 shenanigans with older iPads plus from what I understand Apple really made significant changes to the Mac OS with Maverick. The newest computers Apple released are built to work with Maverick flawlessly. Some people with older Apple computers complained of poor performance with Maverick. Whatever you do please backup your data. Looks like I will have to upgrade myself because I have to keep up with the technology for my line of work. Windows 7 users are fine.
Version 1.6 (November 2013)
Akai Professional is continually updating and enhancing the MPC experience.
◾ List Editor: Provides a GUI and LCD-based event editing interface for fine-tuning event lists. Click the GUI list toolbar icon to switch between grid or list view. SHIFT- press STEP SEQ to enter the LCD list editor.
◾ Note length quantize: adjusts the position of the note ends, or make notes play legato.
◾ New editor scrolling behaviour: toolbar buttons toggles between scroll modes: Off, Page, Scroll.
◾ Added MIDI control mode layouts for pad chromatic scale layout/ !
◾ Bugfixes and stability enhancements.
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