Akai MPC X review: specs & price

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Groovebox / Sampler

The Akai MPC X is a Groovebox / Sampler with a Standalone operation (MPC without computer), and computer supported via PC and Mac, Full-colour 10.1"...

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WaveformsSawtooth or squareSawtooth or square--------
Main out6.3 mm Jack6.3 mm Jack--------
Stereo headphone output6.3 mm Jack6.3 mm Jack--------
VCO out3.5 mm Jack3.5 mm Jack--------
Filter In3.5 mm Jack3.5 mm Jack--------
CV/Gate/Accent outputs3.5 mm Jack3.5 mm Jack--------
Clock and Run/Stop outputs3.5 mm Jack, DIN-Sync compatible3.5 mm Jack, DIN-Sync compatible--------
Outer dimensions (W x D x H)310 x 130 x 35 mm310 x 130 x 35 mm--------
PC featuresCyclone Studio application for PC & Mac enables Beat Bot software updates and user data backup & restore with MIDI SysEx transferCyclone Studio application for PC and Mac that enables Drum Drone software updates and user data backup and restore with MIDI SysEx transferCyclone Studio application for PC and Mac that enables Drum Drone software updates and user data backup and restore with MIDI SysEx transfer-------
Dimensions (W x D x H)310 x 130 x 35 mm310 x 130 x 35 mm310 x 130 x 35 mm-------
Weight783 g783 g783 g1.6 kg372 g1.6 kg5.66 kg-2.1 kg1.6 kg
Display
Pads16161616161616161616
Fader(s)0000-000110
Effects
Sampling Function
Storage MediumInternalInternalInternalSD/SDHC CardNoneSD/SDHC CardSD Card, HDInternalSD/SDHC CardSD/SDHC Card
MIDI interface1x In, 1x Out1x In, 1x Out1x In, 1x Out1x In, 1x Out1x In1x In, 1x Out2x In, 4x Out1x In, 1x OutIn, Out1x In, 1x Out
USB
Number of analog outputs8882226682
Headphone Output
Power supply---6x AA battery or power adapter6x AA battery or optional AC adapter (KA-350, not included)6x AA battery or power adapter---6x AA battery or power adapter
Dimensions---339 x 189 x 45 mm-339 x 189 x 45 mm-391 x 228 x 64 mm409 x 263 x 58 mm339 x 189 x 45 mm
Colour---Metallic red-Metallic blue---Metallic red
Headphone output----3.5 mm mini---6.3 mm-

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Description

The Akai MPC X is a Groovebox / Sampler with a Standalone operation (MPC without computer), and computer supported via PC and Mac, Full-colour 10.1" multi-touch display with adjustable viewing angle, 16 Backlit MPC pads, 16 Q-Link controls, each with an OLED backlight, OLED audio level display, 16 GB internal memory (over 10 GB of sounds are included), SD card slot, 2.5" SATA connector for optional hard disk (SSD or HDD), Many menu points and commands can be accessed directly by button, MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing and MPC Transport, Microphone input with 48 V phantom power, MPC software can run on MPC X in standalone mode, or if connected to the computer, via PC and Mac, 64-Bit MPC software support for all versions (standalone, VST, AAX, and AU), Bluetooth 4.0, 2x MIDI inputs and 4x MIDI outputs in standard size, 2x Combo input (XLR, 6.3 mm jack), for microphone and line level, 8x 6.3 mm Jack audio output, 2x 6.3 mm Headphone output, 8x 3.5 mm Jack CV / gate output for analog control of modular equipment, e.g. synthesizers, Audio input 3/4 is switchable between line level (6.3 mm jack on front and rear side), and phono input with grounding terminal, 2x USB-A 3.0 ports for USB sticks or MIDI controllers, Power supply connection with cable protection & Incl. power supply and MPC computer software (an internet connection for registration and possible downloads is required). The retail price is 1537.71 £.

Specifications

MPC software, includingAudio track recording, real-time time stretch and pitch shift, optimised Q-Link control, and audio / MIDI drag and drop
Supported audio formatsWAV, MP3, AIFF, REX, and SND
Dimensions W x D x H (with display flat)505 x 424 x 87 mm
Weight5.66 kg
DisplayYes
Pads16
Fader(s)0
EffectsYes
Sampling FunctionYes
Storage MediumSD Card, HD
MIDI interface2x In, 4x Out
USBYes
Number of analog outputs6
Headphone OutputYes

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