MATRIXSYNTH: Akai Introduces the MPC Key 61

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Akai Introduces the MPC Key 61

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MPC Key 61 Hardware Overview | Akai Professional

MPC Key 61 With Scott Storch | Akai Professional

MPC Key 61 Academy

Browsing The Plugin Instruments of MPC Key 61 | Getting Started
Making A Beat With MPC Key 61 | Getting Started
Using Fabric XL In MPC Key 61 | Getting Started
Using The MPC Key Touch Strip | Getting Started
Note Repeat On MPC Key 61 | Getting Started
Recording Automation On MPC Key 61 | Getting Started

MPC Key 61 Sessions

MPC Key 61 Fabric XL Plugin | Sessions w/ Mike Patrick
MPC Key 61 Stage EP Plugin | Sessions w/ Mike Patrick
MPC Key 61 Stage Piano Plugin 1 | Sessions w/ Mike Patrick
MPC Key 61 Stage Piano Plugin 2 | Sessions w/ Mike Patrick
MPC Key 61 Studio Strings Plugin | Sessions w/ Mike Patrick
MPC Key 61 Organ Plugin | Sessions w/ Mike Patrick
MPC Key 61 Stage Piano Plugin 3 | Sessions w/ Mike Patrick
MPC Key 61 Lo-fi Beat Making | Sessions w/ Mike Patrick

Akai MPC Key 61 - First Look - Sonic LAB Presentation

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"Akai today officially announced the release of their new MPCKEY61 - the first sampling keyboard for quite some time from them. Essentially this is an MPC LIVE but with a 61 Key velocity and Aftertouch enabled keybed as well as a set of pads.

Also new is the upping of the internal RAM from 2GB to 4GB making the loading of full keyboard sample based sounds more fluid.

Note: Internal on board storage is: 32GB storage with 16 gb of sample library. This can be expanded with your own SSD

Its running the same 2.11 MPC OS that was released earlier this month, which adds a lot of sound browsing features for the included 6400 patches - all this was great for the MPC format machines but now kind of makes more sense when you are using this as a keyboard. The same for easy storing of favourites - for quick recall in a performance scenario, Splits and layers are also straightforward making this a viable option for a stage keyboard - class compliant USB can add more MIDI and audio interfacing too.

On board SSD and room for expansion if you need more space - it's all as you would expect with all the features of the MPC LIVE and more.

We also have 8 discrete CV/Gate outs on minijack for modular hookup, four audio outputs, 2 inputs for sampling and processing, MDI in/out/thru/

We had a visit from Andy Mac from Akai Pro to give us a look at the new machine.

It's going to be shipping right now, priced at £1699, $1899, €1999"

Review: AKAI MPC KEY 61 // vs MPCs & other workstations // Review & Tutorial

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0:00 Intro
1:15 Key 61 vs MPC
1:40 The keys
2:30 Touch strip
3:55 Buttons
4:45 Connectivity
6:20 Storage
7:15 Content
8:05 Similarities
8:45 Basic workflow
9:35 Sounds
11:05 Fabric vs XL
11:40 Fabric vs Stage
12:40 Performances
13:30 Layers/splits
15:20 Arm vs merge
18:00 Favorites
18:30 Setlists
19:35 MPC tutorial
20:10 Fixed “cons”
21:50 Empty project
22:35 Fabric XL
24:35 OPx4
25:20 Stage EP
25:46 Organ
26:15 Strings
27:15 Kybd ctrl
28:05 Long press
28:35 Swipe menu
29:05 Pros, cons
36:15 Ambient noodle

Key Features

· 25 cutting-edge instrument plugins

· Expressive 61-key semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch

· Powerful 4gb RAM / Quad Core Arm Processor – no need for a computer

· 16 RGB velocity-sensitive MPC Drum Pads with aftertouch and Note Repeat

· Assignable Touch Strip controller

· 2 Mic/Line/Instrument inputs with high-end mic preamps

· Onboard Audio Interface with premium AD/DA converters

· Vibrant 7” color Touch Screen with Multi-touch & Gestures

· Powerful 128 track MIDI sequencer

· Onboard Wi-Fi/Bluetooth

· 4 assignable Q-LINK Controller Knobs

· Pitch Bend/Modulation wheels

· Dedicated Transport section

· Accepts Class Compliant audio interfaces and MIDI devices

· 4 discrete Line outputs

· 8 audio tracks

· 8 CV/Gate output jacks for modular integration

· MPC2 Desktop Software DAW for Mac/PC included

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