Akai Professional has added to its MPC family with the MPC Key 37 – a standalone music production platform combining adaptive hardware layout withy the brand’s MPC workflow.
Akai Professional senior product developer Dan Gill said of the new product: “MPC Key 37 picks up the baton and runs with the legacy of the MPC legend, providing integral control and expressive playing in an inviting layout that will fit into any studio setup. MPC Key 37 not only encapsulates the rich history of MPC but is also the first look into the future. We’re proud to announce the next chapter of sampling, MPC Stems support on MPC2 Desktop.”
MPC Stems offers users the ability to dissect audio recordings into fundamental rhythmic, melodic, bass, and vocal components for remixing and rearrangement. Users can extract an acapella from any recording and remix it; isolate drums and create a rhythm track for sample chopping; or pull out a bass line and build on it, all with the press of a button.
The MPC Key 37 offers three full octaves to lay big chords or melodies without overstepping your studio setup. The dedicated pitch and modulation wheels add control and shape to users’ sound, while the 16 pad layout features velocity-sensitive RGB pads for finger drumming, sample triggering, lazy chopping, and more.
Furthermore, the MPC Key 37 offers flagship power, featuring the same multi-core processing from the MPC X SE and MPC Key 61. Users can rely on sample chopping and trimming, lighting-fast processing, and plenty of room to store loops, drum kits, and key group instruments for instant access whenever you need them. It is also suitable for modern production due to 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
The I/O panel features connections and ports for almost any modern interface type. Users can connect line-level instruments, samplers, or synths via ¼” jacks with gain control, sequence CV/Gate enabled hardware with 4 TRS 3.5mm outputs, expand audio and MIDI I/O thanks to the onboard USB-B host port, plus save and store projects externally with an SD card slot.
Additionally, the MPC Key 37 comes loaded with advanced plugin instrument sound engines giving music-makers a toolbox of sounds. Eight MPC plugin instruments are pre-loaded, plus, users can choose one plugin from the premium collection to start expanding their library immediately. The premium collection features advanced instruments like Moog Model D and JURA.
For users who prefer sonic shaping tools, they can choose from multi-effects insert plugins like Flavor Pro, AIR Delay Pro, or the Flex Beat. MPC Key 37 comes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled for wireless updates, downloads, and authorizations of all MPC instrument and insert effect plugins, giving you the power to add features and functionality to your machine immediately.