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REVIEW
Akai MPC Studio Controller
and MPC 2 Software
The most affordable MPC experience yet!
REVIEW BY DAVID BLASCOE
A
kai has added a new face to the iconic MPC series of sequencers
and samplers: the MPC Studio. This is by far the most affordable
and portable MPC offering
Nostalgia
Fifteen years ago, most of the music I
was doing was hip-hop production and
drumming, and at the center of my workflow
was the trusty MPC 1000. I have
many fond memories of plugging my
turntable directly into the MPC 1000,
sampling straight off the vinyl, and going
down hours of beat-making rabbit holes.
With the shift to today's in-the-box paradigm,
it's been a while since I've touched
or tapped an MPC at all, so I was excited
to rediscover an old friend. A lot has certainly
changed with the MPC Studio, but
the overall MPC experience is still fully
there, with all its ups downs...
Initial Impressions
The MPC Studio
is a sleek-looking
controller, and I am instantly a fan of the
design. It is built entirely out of plastic
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yet, and gives newcomers and
veterans alike a generous taste of what the MPC experience has to offer.
but still feels well built. The front panel
is a matte black finish, and the bottom
is red with six grippy rubber feet to ensure
that the unit doesn't rock or slip. The
soft backlit buttons provide a gentle click
when pushed, and the large rotary data
dial clicks nicely when turned or pressed.
The stars of the show on any MPC are
the pads! In my opinion, Akai has always
been next-level with the pads on
its MPC line. They are thick, gummy and
firm, and satisfying to drum on. All 16
pads are RGB backlit, offering a sense
of context in the various pad modes,
and they light up a bit brighter when
triggered. While I like the compact design
of the MPC Studio, one compromise
is that the color LCD screen is tiny
at about an inch across; I often found
myself straining to read what was being
displayed on it. Luckily, the MPC Studio
is a controller and works hand-in-hand
with the included MPC 2 Software (see
below), and I found myself simply relying
on my laptop screen most of the time
for the finer details.
What's included
The MPC Studio Controller comes
with a USB cable and two 1
/8
" TRS to
5-pin MIDI adapters for use with the
matching MIDI I/O ports on the back
of the machine. There is no power supply
included or necessary, as the MPC
Studio is fully bus-powered.
Once you register the hardware on
the AKAI website, you can download
the MPC 2 software along with a ton of
additional content including over 100
instruments and effects.
The Software
The MPC 2 software presents more like
a workstation or DAW, complete with its
own sounds and plugins; you can also
use other third-party VST or Audio Units.
Akin to the original MPC boxes, you can
feasibly make an entire record using this
setup with the addition of an audio interface.
Having said that, the software and

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Fade In
Fast Forward
Soundware Showcase: Toontrack Fields of Rock SDX
A Family of Microphones Compared: The AKG P Series
Austrian Audio CC8
Stewart Copeland: Don’t kill the talent with the technology…
Akai MPC Studio Controller and MPC 2 Software
Soundware Showcase: Boz Digital Labs Claps, Stomps and Snaps Bundle
Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Drum Plugins and Processing
Avantone Pro: Gauss 7 Two-way Powered Reference Monitor
Plugin Outlet: PSP Audioware Saturator
Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: The Memphis Drum Sound
Soundware Showcase: Spitfire Audio Hammers
API Select T12 Tube Mic Preamp
Session Log: Frank Kimbrough tribute recording session
Audio-Technica AT2040
Plugin Outlet: IK Multimedia T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection
Readers' Tracks
sE Electronics V Pack Arena Drum Microphone Package
Plugin Outlet: BABY Audio TAIP
Fade Out: Both Sides of the Glass Things
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Recording January 2022 - A Family of Microphones Compared: The AKG P Series
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Recording January 2022 - Akai MPC Studio Controller and MPC 2 Software
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Recording January 2022 - Soundware Showcase: Boz Digital Labs Claps, Stomps and Snaps Bundle
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Recording January 2022 - Inside the Box with Joe Albano: Drum Plugins and Processing
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Recording January 2022 - Avantone Pro: Gauss 7 Two-way Powered Reference Monitor
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Recording January 2022 - Plugin Outlet: PSP Audioware Saturator
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Recording January 2022 - Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: The Memphis Drum Sound
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Recording January 2022 - Soundware Showcase: Spitfire Audio Hammers
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Recording January 2022 - API Select T12 Tube Mic Preamp
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Recording January 2022 - Session Log: Frank Kimbrough tribute recording session
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Recording January 2022 - Audio-Technica AT2040
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Recording January 2022 - Plugin Outlet: IK Multimedia T-RackS TASCAM Tape Collection
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Recording January 2022 - sE Electronics V Pack Arena Drum Microphone Package
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Recording January 2022 - Plugin Outlet: BABY Audio TAIP
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