Akai MPC Key 61 - thoughts?

Tony Scharf tony.scharf at outlook.com
Wed Jun 29 15:58:07 CEST 2022

Just to make it clear: the Plugins are all included with the MPC Key 61.   They are an added cost for other MPC users.


From: Jay Vaughan<mailto:ibisum at gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2022 8:42 AM
To: Music-bar<mailto:music-bar at lists.music-bar.org>
Subject: Re: Akai MPC Key 61 - thoughts?

> From what I gather from the reviews and teardowns, it's a pretty slick piece of gear. The one thing I noticed was that you're buying into a bespoke ecosystem, with bespoke plugins, and possibly limited hardware resources. On the other hand, that bespoke product is an MPC, and you don't want to do every single thing with a single piece of gear anyway.

Yeah - that’s a good point, it was one of the cons of our discussion this morning, that - while it seems powerful - a lot of the demos we looked at were with plugins that were an extra cost.

I wonder what they’re using for the plugin technology.  Seems like a no-brainer to be using something like JUCE, especially given its ARM support is pretty good .. (Building LMN3-DAW in the background as I  type..)

Nevertheless, the KEYS 61 has been ordered and is on its way.  Going to be interesting to review it.  I probably won’t have access to it much, might borrow it for a weekend or so, but yeah .. seems like its going to be a lot of fun.

Jay Vaughan
ibisum at gmail.com

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