This week Akai Pro have released the latest version of the MPC Software (version 1.5). Next to several maintenance improvements of the sofware, Akai has added some new features as well. In the video below Dan Gill shows off some of these new features of the 1.5 version software.
◾ MIDI control mode: use your MPC hardware as a configurable MIDI control surface.
◾ MPC software runs without hardware present; use MPC on the road without plugging in hardware
◾ Configurable pulse display resolution (set this in Preferences>Sequencer).
◾ 16-levels now works instantly. 16-level engages as soon as you hit the button. Press and hold 16 LEVEL, then tap a pad to change pad assignment on the fly.
◾ Improved project information display, including a tree-view of project contents, improved icons displaying program and sample types, and built-in sample auditioning. The sample list is context sensitive, and shows only the samples used by the current selection (i.e. the selected sequence/track/program).
◾ Many UI and workflow improvements.
◾ Purge samples workflow improvement.
◾ Next sequence mode and song mode show sequence loop points in the timeline.
◾ Improved timeline editing. You can now extend a sequence and set loop points directly in the timeline.
◾ Improved stability hosting various third party plugins.
◾ Improved drag and drop capabilities.
◾ Plugin editor window position made persistent.
◾ Improved behavior when an audio interface is removed.
◾ MPC saves the master level and submix levels in project files.
◾ Support for MPC Element hardware.
◾ Compatibility with MPC Essentials projects.
◾ Performance enhancements.
◾ Many bugfixes and stability enhancements.