Akai released MPC Software 1.5 recently and I decided to download it and see what the new updates are. Installing MPC Software 1.5 did not present any hassle and seem to go smooth. I had to update the firmware on MPC Renaissance along with the update. Once I got update installed I went ahead and loaded the software up. I was able to load up all my old sessions with no issues. The MPC Software 1.5 seems to be more stable to me. After using the software for an hour I notice little bugs here and there. So far I have not encountered any major problems.
One of the biggest achievements of the MPC Software 1.5 update is to run software without controller. It was a good feeling to use software without controller. Now I can make changes to a project laying in the bed or sitting in Starbucks. I think this update was more significant than 1.4 and I feel this should had been all implemented in the beginning. Well, at least Akai is listening to their users and are fixing bugs making MPC Software more stable. In the future I will post some of my tips for using MPC Renaissance in your studio. Read more below..
MPC Release Notes
Akai Professional is continually updating and enhancing the MPC experience.
This document lists the new features, fixes and improvements made to your MPC
Version 1.5 (September 2013)
◾ MIDI control mode: use your MPC hardware as a configurable MIDI control surface.
◾ MPC software runs without hardware present; use MPC on the road without
plugging in hardware.
◾ Configurable pulse display resolution (set this in Preferences>Sequencer).
◾ 16-levels now works instantly. 16-level engages as soon as you hit the button. Press
and hold 16 LEVEL, then tap a pad to change pad assignment on the fly.
◾ Improved project information display, including a tree-view of project contents,
improved icons displaying program and sample types, and built-in sample
auditioning. The sample list is context sensitive, and shows only the samples used
by the current selection (i.e. the selected sequence/track/program).
◾ Many UI and workflow improvements.
◾ Purge samples workflow improvement.
◾ Next sequence mode and song mode show sequence loop points in the timeline.
◾ Improved timeline editing. You can now extend a sequence and set loop points
directly in the timeline.
◾ Improved stability hosting various third party plugins.
◾ Improved drag and drop capabilities.
◾ Plugin editor window position made persistent.
◾ Improved behavior when an audio interface is removed.
◾ MPC saves the master level and submix levels in project files.
◾ Support for MPC Element hardware.
◾ Compatibility with MPC Essentials projects.
◾ Performance enhancements.
◾ Many bugfixes and stability enhancements.
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