Akai has launched the MPC Fly which combines 16 velocity-sensitive pads with an iPad 2 compartment for mobile beat making.
The MPC Fly gives users many of the functions available from Akai's MPC range, or "music production controllers", using the iPad 2 for display as well as sideline features that don't require a physical input.
Like the other models in the MPC range the FLY features a four by four grid of velocity-sensitive pads used to trigger drum sounds and samples.
Drop beats, not your iPad
The double hinged case allows the MPC Fly and iPad 2 to be used in an upright laptop format, laid out flat or even folded back on itself.
The MPC Fly app allows users to sequence four tracks simultaneously and has a sound library of samples and drum kits built in.
There are also built-in effect to play with, including delay, bit crusher and master compressor/limiter.
You can add new samples with the iPad's mic or 3.5mm socket, as well as from your iPod library using a turntable interface.
Designed to be portable the MPC Fly has a rechargeable battery and weighs in at a very reasonable 0.92kg – much lighter than a cello.
If you want to see what can be done on the MPC Fly's bigger brother with a set of nimble fingers (and a woolly hat), watch AraabMuzik at work.
The Akai MPC Fly is out now for £159. Ba-dum-tshhhhh.
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