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Akai have long been known for being the bods behind the classic hardware sampler, the MPC. Starting off in 1988 with the Roger Linn designed MPC60. Akai pretty much defined the type of kit that Hip-Hop, House and Techno heads would use for the next twenty years.

However, all good things must come to and end and we’ve seen a huge shift towards software based production as opposed to dedicated hardware over the last few years. Regardless of your feelings on this matter it’s pretty much impossible to argue with the cost-effectiveness and convenience of software over hardware for the vast majority of producers but people still want buttons…

This has lead to the huge popularity of controllers with dedicated software environments like the Native Instruments Maschine and Arturia’s Spark. Both of these units give old duffers like me the opportunity to express ourselves with our mitts on what feels like a piece of hardware, while keeping all the flexibility, convenience and cost-effectiveness of the software approach.

Enter the new range of MPCs…

Akai are admittedly a little late to the hardware/software hybrid market but with their pedigree in sampling workstations we are extremely excited to see what they have to offer! They are launching 3 new MPC related products. The MPC Renaissance, the MPC Studio and MPC Fly. We would suggest you check out the preview info on the Akai website here.

Basically, you can expect the usual level of high build-quality, speedy workflow and useful, creative tools that Akai have delivered for years with the MPC range but with the added bonus of dedicated software integration and a whole lot more…

We cannot wait to get our hands on one!

For pre-orders and more information email aleks@rubadub.co.uk or call 0141 221 9657

With the abundance of affordable, analogue clones of classic kit out there, a whole new generation of music-makers are able to get those classic sounds without having to get their mitts on expensive, hard-to-obtain, ridiculously over-priced and unreliable bits of so-called ‘classic’ hardware. Take the MFB-522 and Mode Machines x0xb0x for example. To get your hands on a ‘real’ TB303 and TR808 would be the best part of £4k and here we have a demonstration showing that you can have those sounds for a fraction of the cost. In fact, the figure that could be saved might be as large as £3,200 and we reckon that that’s where the smart money will go.