Akai releases iMPC Pro music production app for iPad

Heavily trailed via a series of videos, Akai's iMPC Pro is now available for iPad. Created in collaboration with Retronyms, it comes billed as "the most powerful way to create music" on Apple's tablet.

As its name suggests, the workflow from Akai's MPC series of devices has influenced the design of the app (most obviously in the inclusion of a set of pads) but iMPC Pro is actually designed as an end to end music production solution. You can work with up to 64 tracks, and there are composing, editing and mixing features aplenty.

"iMPC Pro pushes the boundaries of portable music production for the creative set," says Akai Professional Product Manager Dan Gill. "The reliability and processing speed of the iPad are a great foundation for crafting tracks on-the-go. When fused with the bleeding-edge workflow and innovative audio features of iMPC Pro, you uncage new ideas never before imagined."

A list of feature highlights is below - iMPC Pro can be purchased now from the Apple App Store, while further information can be found on the Akai Professional website. It's currently available for the discounted price of £8.99/$12.99 - the regular price will be $19.99.

Akai iMPC Pro highlights

  • Compose, edit and mix professional-grade audio productions on your iPad
  • 64 tracks of multi-track music creation, mixing and automation
  • All-new multi-touch interface for the editing, slicing and auditioning of samples
  • Inter-App Audio support provides flexible sampling, effects and audio routing
  • Sample from your iTunes library, Inter-App Audio, the iPad mic and more
  • Timeline View provides powerful gesture control of sequences and events
  • Intuitive Precision Knobs and Faders deliver exacting command of mix controls
  • Flux Mode for real-time or automated manipulation of tracks
  • Classic MPC Swing, Note Repeat, 16 Levels and pad workflow
  • Extensive sound library featuring 1,400+ samples from Richard Devine
  • Works seamlessly with MPC Element pad controller via iPad Camera Connection kit
  • 3D-performance mode for tweaking effects, Note Repeat and more
  • Directly upload your tracks to SoundCloud, Twitter, your computer and more
  • All-new effects suite including Turbo Duck side-chain compressor and Boom Room reverb
Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.