Akai have announced two new standalone MPC’s models this morning in a set of images and specifications posted by online music retailer Sweetwater.
The MPC Live (pictured below) is probably the one you want, in a compact form factor and with a not-insane US$1,199 street price. Which includes 7″ touch screen, 16 pads, 16 GB of internal storage, plus external hard drive support and the MPC Live appears to have been designed with portability in mind: it’s got a rechargeable battery inside but sacrifices knobs for a smaller sizer.
If you want something bigger and more powerful / own a car to carry it around or want to leave something in the studio, there’s the US$$2,199 MPC X (picutred at the top). It’s got everything the MPC Live has, with a bigger form factor, a bigger screen, more dedicated controls, and more I/O. It’s a multi-purpose studio tool whose added CV/gate outs and wide variety of controls suggest it can be used to sequence a rack of synths and drum machines as well.