Akai Announces MPC Studio Controller
Akai announces the MPC Studio, a new one-inch thick, low-profile controller with a brushed aluminum body. The second MPC announcement in a week demonstrates Akai’s strategy of targeting Native Instruments’ popular Maschine market.
» New compact MPC-style MIDI controller
» Compact design is less than 1” thin and fits easily into a laptop bag
» MPC SOFTWARE for Mac & PC with 64-track sequencing capability
» 16 backlit genuine MPC pads, legendary MPC workflow & MPC Swing
» USB-powered with low-profile knobs and brushed aluminum body
» Large LCD screen allows you to make tracks without having to look at your computer
» Four touch-sensitive knobs provide enhanced MPC software control
The Empire Strikes Back
The MPC Studio somewhat eclipses the concern’s new flagship, the Renaissance, with a backpack friendly low-profile, flat knobs and an aluminum chassis. That said, we can see users maybe opting for both products, one for the studio and one for the road, if the price is right. Now it all comes down to the new MPC software component, which we haven’t seen much of… If Akai can deliver on that end, then Native Instruments’ Maschine has some real competition.