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AKAI 2012 Line-Up

Announce earlier this year, Akai is set to release the MPC Fly, MPC Studio and the MPC Renaissance which are unrivaled software controllers, empowering you with expandable production capabilities on your Mac or PC.

MPC FLY

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MPC Fly merges unmatched Akai Professional technology with the power of your iPad 2, embodying 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 transforms your iPad 2 into a professional beat-making powerhouse.

Expected release date: Late Summer 2012 TBA Price: $299

MPC STUDIO

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MPC Studio offers the most streamlined MPC experience yet. At under one-inch thin, with low-profile controls and a brushed aluminum body, it’s made to move. MPC Studio merges real MPC pads, iconic workflow, and the same MPC Software used by MPC Renaissance to give you a fully integrated portable production solution.

Welcome to production anywhere. The world is now your studio.

Expected release date: Late Summer 2012 Price: $599

MPC Renaissance

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MPC Renaissance is the much-anticipated merging of a premium MPC with a computer. This new Akai Pro flagship combines software and hardware to deliver the experience of using a stand-alone MPC, while also allowing the flexibility of using a computer screen and keyboard that are seamlessly integrated.

MPC Renaissance features 16 backlit genuine MPC pads, 16 Q-link controls, an adjustable backlit LCD screen, transport controls and a full array of inputs and outputs for easy connection in any studio. A two-port USB hub is built-in along with two 5-pin MIDI ins and four MIDI outs, Stereo ¼? out, Stereo assignable mix ¼? out, S/PDIF In & Out, Switchable Phono/Line in and dual balanced XLR combo inputs with phantom power.

Designed in collaboration with dozens of working producers, the design goal for MPC Renaissance was to maintain the workflow and layout they love?to preserve the essence of the MPC. Now producers will be free to focus on making music, not learning to play a new instrument. Although the computer screen will display numerous advanced features, everything producers need to create tracks will be available on the smaller, backlit pop-up screen.

For fans of past MPCs, MPC Renaissance even includes a button for ?Vintage Mode? with three settings: MPC3000, MPC60 and Other. Engaging ?Vintage Mode? on

MPC Renaissance changes the output characteristics of the sound to match that of the intended machine so users seeking that sound can easily get it. In addition, the analog output circuitry in MPC Renaissance is identical to the highly regarded MPC3000.

Expected release date: Late Summer 2012 Price: $1299

More info here

-el