The Akai MPK61 features MPC-style Full Level and 12 Levels functions on its pads, and MPC Swing can be applied to both Note Repeat and Arpeggio functions, has a 49 key keyboard that has a easy feel. Tap Tempo and time-division buttons allow for real-time control of Note Repeat, and Arpeggio clock speeds, the MPK61 has a key split feature which enables you to divide the keyboard into 2 zones for playing two different programs at once, 72 assignable controls using knobs, buttons, and sliders, with assignable inputs that include an expression pedal, footswitch, pitch bend and modulation wheel. The 12 pads on the MPK61 are the same size as those on the MPC500 drum machine and react just like any MPC. The MPK’s basic arpeggiator modes on include up, down, up/down cycling with the top and bottom notes in the pattern sounding twice each or just once , random, and chord, which will repeat the chord you hold down. The range goes up to three octaves. You select straight and triplet note values, from quarter- to thirty-second-notes, by holding down the dedicated Time Division button, then hitting one of buttons S1 through S8. This video includes a demostration with Reason 4.0 we put it thru the motions just for this DVD and you'll learn just what the MPK61 can do to help you with your production.
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