Introducing MPC Stems: Akai Pro’s Breakthrough Audio Extraction Technology Now Integrated into MPC Desktop Software, Standalone Operation Coming Soon

Akai Pro has recently integrated their MPC Stems technology into their MPC Desktop Software, allowing producers to separate different musical elements in mixed audio. This groundbreaking technology, powered by zPlane’s stem separation engine, promises superior sound quality and minimal artifacts, making it a monumental leap forward in sampling technology for music producers and beatmakers around the world.

With MPC Stems, producers can easily isolate specific parts of the original track by assigning sample slices to different pads within the software. The workflow is simple – just select the Create Stems option and choose the layers you want to extract. Volume, pitch, pan levels for each stem can be adjusted individually or collectively for all four layers. Audio can also be cropped on an individual or global basis.

At present, MPC Stems only works in the desktop version of the MPC Software and is fully supported when used with MPC Live Series, MPC One, MPC One +, MPC X, MPC Xse, MPC Key 61, MPC Key 37, or MPC Studio Mk2 in Controller mode. To use stems in standalone mode, they must be created in the desktop software and then opened in standalone hardware using the saved project. The timeline for full standalone support has not been announced yet.

Unfortunately, this update is not free for existing users of the MPC Software and costs a one-time payment of $10. It can be purchased exclusively through the Akai Pro Store and requires the installation of software/firmware update 2.14. For more information about this new feature and other music and gear news

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