Akai Professional MPC Touch Pad Controller

Software/Hardware Hybrid Music-production DAW System with 2-in/2-out USB Audio Interface/Controller with 16 MPC Pads, Extensive Controls, and 7" Multi-touch Color Screen
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The Next Leap in MPC Evolution

The last generation of MPC gear brought the MPC legacy to the computer music-production world in a way that honored Akai's past, but the MPC Touch rockets this technology into the future. Equipped with classic MPC pads, essential hands-on controls, and an amazing 7" multi-touchscreen, MPC Touch lets you get your hands on your music like never before. Lay down beats in classic MPC fashion, then dive in deep with touch controls that let you chop up beats, tweak waveforms, edit MIDI, and draw out envelopes in a whole new intuitive way. Behind it all is Akai Professional's powerful MPC software, a DAW-style environment that lets you lay on the tracks, stack up the samples, and pile on all the effects you need. You're going to love the MPC Touch.

Akai Professional MPC Touch at a Glance:
  • Reach out and touch your DAW
  • Classic MPC workflow at your fingertips
  • Killer software under the hood
Reach out and touch your DAW

Over the past decades, Akai's MPC line has consistently inspired the electronic musicians here at Sweetwater to call our friends and tell them about the latest breakthrough technology, and they've done it again with the MPC Touch. This time, the star of the show is a beautiful 7" multi-touchscreen that lets you use smartphone-style gestures to manipulate your music. Grab, pinch, and expand waveforms, move notes on the sequencer grid, draw envelopes, and tweak effects, all in an environment that will make any tablet or smartphone user feel perfectly at home.

Classic MPC workflow at your fingertips

At its heart, the MPC Touch is 100% MPC to the core, and anyone who grew up with one of these classic groove machines should feel comfortable creating beats on this system in no time. Beyond the awesome touchscreen interface, you've got 16 solid-feeling MPC pads with multiple velocity modes, note repeat, and all of the nuances of the classic MPC workflow at your fingertips. The sound is there too, and since the MPC Touch comes loaded with MIDI and audio I/O, the only thing you need to create music is your laptop, and you'll never have to look at it unless you want to.

Killer software under the hood

When you're jamming with your MPC Touch, you can forget about your computer. Fold up your laptop, turn off your screen, and just create music in a delightfully distraction-free environment. But there are some wonderful advantages to the MPC software running behind the scenes. For starters, you get access to a world of samples, including 20GB of content (that's over 20,000 samples) that ships with the MPC Touch. You also get killer effects and access to fine editing that can take your music to a more polished and produced level than ever before. So even if you don't feel like dealing with the software, it's great to know there's so much power behind your MPC Touch.

Akai Professional MPC Touch Features:
  • Powerful software/hardware hybrid music-creation DAW with classic MPC style
  • Time-tested MPC features include 16 RGB-backlit pads, velocity modes, note repeat, and others
  • Full-color 7" multi-touch LCD lets you slice beats, draw envelopes, edit sequences, and much more
  • Comprehensive hardware control means you'll never have to look at your computer's screen
  • Software system includes effects, dynamics, step sequencing, phrase looping, and VST plug-ins
  • Hardware includes a 2-in/2-out USB audio interface with MIDI I/O
  • Content includes over 20,000 (20GB) samples and loops
Explore the future of MPC music production with the Akai Professional MPC Touch!

Additional Media

Akai Professional MPC Touch Demo with Spinscott by Sweetwater
Akai Professional MPC Touch Demo by Sweetwater

Tech Specs

Sequencer Step sequencer, 64-tracks (128 sequences)
Manufacturer Presets MPC software with 20GB of sound content
Analog Inputs 2 x 1/4" (Left, Right)
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" (headphones)
Digital Outputs 1 x USB Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out
Number of Effects XYFX control adds effects and adjusts sound dynamics in real time
OS Requirements - Mac Intel Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz or higher, 4GB RAM (8GB recommended), OS X 10.9 or later, VST/AU plugins
OS Requirements - PC Dual Core processor 2.5 GHz or higher, 4GB RAM (8GB recommended), Windows 8 or later, VST plugins
Power Supply External DC power supply
Depth 8.6"
Width 16.2"
Height 1.92"
Manufacturer Part Number MPC TOUCH

Customer Reviews

4/5
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5/5

Amazing machine

Best MPC so far. Being able to edit each and every sound, plus utilizing audio units and VST stacked 4 times per sound . Game changing for beat creation . The software is only lacking one thing in my humble opinion . (Rewire) keeping my fingers crossed that when MPC software 2.0 comes out . This will be a nice added bonus very soon. If you are in the market for a fresh new innovative way to create and edit music and beats . This amazing machine will blow all others devices out of the water .
5/5

MPC Touch

Long time NI Maschine user, just switch to MPC Touch first time MPC user also, and it's awesome took me about a week of YouTube tutorials and I'm all in, still love my Maschine.
4.5/5

MPC Touch

This is a Beast for music production, has a bit of learning curve to get started and create music (workflow). It's like you are havin' a whole lot of instrument with it, simply works but it has it's limitation. We still need a dedicated DAW to finish up the track & the console has No XLR input... at first I thought there is a screen problem, but you gotta remove the screen protector first before using it and sometimes the screen is not that responsive, but after installing the latest update, it just worked great... overall I am happy with it! Thanks Sweetwater for the amazing deal, you guys are savior for us musicians!
4.5/5

MPC 2500 to MPC Touch Flawless

I must admit to being skeptical to buy the MPC Software because my workflow is "strange" I decided to purchase MPC Touch as my first entry into Akai MPC Software world after year of JJOS. To my great satisfaction, I am able to transfer all my beats and arrangements created on MPC 2500 into the MPC Touch flawlessly. Now that's a Winner!
Music background: Caribbean Street Beat, Soca, Calypso
4.5/5

Beautiful Workflow

I was always averse to PC-reliant hardware, but I took a shot w/ this one, because of the sexy-factor, and because most earlier, unpalatable experiences w/ computer-based production were based on headaches I suffered over a decade ago. Figured I have a pretty current MBP that's collecting dust... go for it. Glad I did.The unit is built like a tank.I love the form factor and, though some compromises were made for the sake of space, the touch screen picks up the slack. The pads are fat, and wonderfully responsive. The best I've tried. Nuances of finger drumming are keenly detected. The screen is multi-touch capacitive, and though it's not as sublime an experience as using an iPad, it works well, and the touchscreen GUI is well considered. Some oversights are present, but improvements come often & quickly. The things you kind of need to use the computer screen & keyboard for are few, and they're things you'd rather use the computer for, anyway (typing, etc.).The current software has a ton of wonderful options to make your workflow smooth, and Akai is focusing a ton of attention on turning out updates and bug fixes.A note to the "Standalone" holdouts; take my advice and get past your stigma about working with a computer. I mean, current notebooks have a LOT of power, are stable as hell, run cool & quiet, get 8-10 hrs. of battery life, and they're small! In fact, an MPC Touch PLUS a 13" MBP with SSD, combined, weigh about 4-5 Lbs. LESS than an MPC Renaissance by itself. Indeed, you can thing of the thing as a "standalone" with a 13" breakout screen. I mean, we're talking about ONE cable between them. It's not like older stand-alones didn't require the connection of other peripherals, just to get sound in!! Aside from obvious expandability and power advantages, the greatest thing about the software solution is that I can unplug, and casually lounge on the sofa w/ the laptop, editing, tweaking, exporting, mastering, etc., WITHOUT being tied to the heavy controller. It's actually way better. In fact, for an extra $100+, you can nab an MPC element; a no-frills controller that slips right into the laptop bag.2.0 software is en route, and will add full audio tracks, time-stretching, and a lot more.Best piece of hardware I ever bought.
Music background: Drums, percussion & production - 30 yrs.
See also: Akai Professional, Akai Professional Sequencers, Akai Professional DJ Controllers