Akai's new MPX8 is a compact sample launcher that allows you to trigger samples via its eight pressure- and velocity-sensitive pads.
Using a standard SD card, users can load virtually any sample onto MPX8 and then assign it to any of the unit's pads for triggering during live performances or in the studio. The unit also comes with large library of samples preloaded for instant use.
Its bright blue backlit display and intuitive interface make for easy operation in any amount of light. An 1/8-inch headphone output, two balanced 1/4-inch outputs, and five-pin MIDI and USB MIDI inputs and outputs are onboard.
"With MPX8, we're giving musicians a quick and convenient way to have one-touch access to a virtually unlimited number of sounds, shots, stabs, and drops," said Dan Gill, Akai Professional product manager.
MPX8 comes with a drag-and-drop sample editor for Mac and PC for easy sample conversion. Users can also save sample sets together as kits for easy recall and even tune and add reverb to samples.
If you're visiting the 2013 Winter NAMM show, be sure to swing by the New Bay Media stand in Hall B, booth 5761 to pick up a special NAMM edition of MI Pro.