Thursday, June 14, 2018

Final 48 Hours.

We're retiring both iMPC Pro and the iMPC Pro 2 Release Bundle, and now's your chance to try iMPC Pro 2 with the exclusive iMPC Pro customer rate. 
Once the bundle is gone, it's gone forever.

Migrating your sounds is easy – and with the full fledged song capabilities that iMPC Pro 2 provides, you're good to go. In just a couple of taps, you can experience the next level of beat making.
Have questions? Ask us anything. Just leave a comment below or email us directly at

Monday, June 11, 2018

Spotify Sample Challenge: June

❤️It's Pride month and we're celebrating with a Spotify challenge.

🧡Sample any one of these tracks, make a song, and upload it to YouTube via AudioCopy. In your description, be sure to mention #AudioCopy and #Pride so we know you're competing.

💛Here's how to grab a track in iMPC Pro 2
Open a session --> Tap Tweak --> Tap New Sound --> Tap Turntable --> Tap Spotify --> Log in to your account --> Tap Retronyms Playlist --> Choose a song!

💚Here's what to do if you don't have Spotify: 
Check out the playlist here and get creative with how you grab that sample. Our iMPC apps + Hook give you access to the turntable, but we know there's plenty of options.

💙For an extra entry, tag us on social media. Winner gets a sound pack of their choice! Winner will be announced next week on June 18th.

💜Good luck. 🎧

Monday, June 4, 2018

iMPC Pro: Releases and Information 🎧

We've got some important news to share with you. We are interested in your feedback and we want to hear your thoughts. Will you email us at 

Twilighting Time✨

On June 15th, we will be retiring our iMPC Pro 2 Release Bundle and iMPC Pro 1. All existing iMPC Pro customers save on the full price of Pro 2 with this bundle. 

Don't worry – if you've got iMPC Pro on your device, then you're good. You won't lose your existing projects or sounds. To continue receiving updates to the iMPC Pro collection, we encourage you to grab iMPC Pro 2 at the lowest price it will ever be

Once the bundle is gone, it's gone forever. 

We released iMPC Pro 2 in December and we've been blown away by your creativity. You've shared thousands of tracks between YouTube and SoundCloud. iMPC Pro 2 is a full fledged song creation tool, and we designed it with you in mind. 

We created this bundle for you to experience iMPC Pro 2 + the 5 Akai iMPC Pro Packs that come with it for free. We also created iMPC University to give you the best experience yet, with 10 days full of producer secrets, tips, and tricks.

Moving your sounds is easy. Just follow our tutorial here to move sounds from Pro 1 into Pro 2.

NEW iMPC Pro Pack: Rawcratez🔥

Akai Professional presents the latest iMPC Pro Pack, Rawcratez – produced by none other than RAWCUTZ. These sounds were built to inspire and provide building blocks for you to manipulate, twist, and chop to create your own, fresh track.

Check out these crunchy snares, jazzy chords, and musical melodies. Add in some of the soulful basslines and a few of these authentic chops and you're set.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Artist Spotlight | Colin Yarck

Colin Yarck has recently released four packs in the Content Store, and we were lucky enough to ask him a few questions about his workflow. Read on for more inspiration.

Retronyms: Hi Colin! Tell us a little bit about yourself as a producer. Who are your biggest influences when you’re creating music?
Colin Yarck: When I’m in the middle of actually creating music I don’t think I ever have any specific influences in mind. I’d say an amalgam of all the music I’ve ever heard is operating under the hood to some degree; subconsciously pushing around my musical intuitions.

R: How did you get involved in producing music? Who got you started?
CY: I started creating music in earnest towards the end of my undergraduate studies. I was then obsessed with music but only as a fan. A friend once remarked how odd it was that I loved music so much but didn’t make any myself. I started shortly after that in one of my best friend’s studios in Chicago.

R: We believe that music has the power to connect people. How do you use your music as a tool for connection?
CY: I agree. However, I don’t think I write or produce music with that specific goal in mind. I just follow what passes through me or whatever I find interesting at the time. I think music is special. You can’t grab or hold a sound wave and if it’s good it somehow makes people want to come together. The mystery is fun.

R: How do you define your sound?
CY: Genres are necessary as communication tools. We need them to talk about music to some degree but I’ve always felt that they sell a lot of music short and they can easily mischaracterize certain songs, artists, etc. What genre is a good melody? What about a certain mood? In order not to dodge the question, I think I usually make mostly electronic or electro informed music in a pop format. Melody is king to me and I like structure. I also love microsampling, dirty textures, and incorporating some traditional instrumentations into my productions.

R: Where did you make your first beat and what was that experience like for you?
CY: I made my first beat on an MPC2000 in a friend’s basement in Chicago. It felt like magic to me. Like painting with sound. I was instantly hooked.

R: What was the last song you listened to?
CY: Donny & Joe Emerson’s “Baby” What a gem.

R: What album is on repeat right now?
CY: I pretty much have Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” on perpetual repeat.

R: If you could only use one piece of equipment, which one would you choose?
CY: This isn’t a sexy answer. I can’t choose an old, lovely sampler (even though I love them) or an analog synth with charming pitch issues because my computer is just too versatile. I can do most anything with it. Hopefully I never have to make that choice in the real world because gear is great.

R: Tell us about some of your process while creating these packs. 
CY: I make a bunch of music so these are either finished pieces or mostly fleshed out demos that I finished for the packs. I’m a very organized, tidy producer so making these loops and one shots is a fairly easy process for me. I print out loops and render one shots from within the finished session. Sometimes I’ll need to create extra FX or other elements to fill out the pack. Often I like to choose a sound source at random (sample, field recording, or FX clip) and pile on plugins to create a wholly new sound.

R: What are some of the tools that you used to create these sounds? Can you share a tip or trick with our users about your technique?
CY: I use many different tools. Hardware synths (Ensoniq ESQ1, Korg Polysix, Yamaha TG33, Roland Alpha Juno 2), multi-sampled synths through Logic’s EXS24 software sampler (Fender Chroma Polaris, Eurorack Modular, Oberheim Xpander, etc.) Kontakt 5 for pianos, bells, chimes, guitars, etc. I heavily sample drums and make custom kits. I layer extensively and will use any sound source as percussion. Also acoustics instruments such a Wurlitzer, tambourines, shakers, thumb piano, dulcimer, etc.

Great tip: Follow the simple and ancient method of the Fairlight CMI sampler: map a single one shot of kitchen sounds to your favorite software sampler. Layer the sampler patch with other one shots. Pan each sample opposite and you’ll get endless percussive fun. Oh and lastly, I love SoundToys plugs. Such a great variety and very rich sounding for software.

R: Please let us know your different channels. 
CY: Website | Instagram | SoundCloud

All of Colin Yarck's sound packs are available now in the Content Store. Do you have a question for Colin that wasn't answered here? Ask us in the comments!


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

UPDATE AVAILABLE: iMPC version 1.4.2

Here's a full list of all of the bug fixes and performance improvements included. If you're happy with this update, please leave us a review on our iMPC App Store page. :)

New In This Version:

- Tap Tempo, "Clone and Edit Sound", and sequence number labels are no longer cut off on some iPad/OS combinations
- Fixed crash in news feed when scrolling through SoundCloud Following list
- Fixed crash when disabling the Bitcrusher
- Users are no longer able to attempt a SoundCloud upload with no track name (error 422)
- Fixed bug in which sometimes tracks were uploaded to SoundCloud as Private when Public was selected
- Fixed infinite spinner over news feed button that happened sometimes
- "More Compatible Apps" menu now functions properly again
- Green SoundCloud success checkmark no longer appears when the SoundCloud upload has failed
- Fixed blank screen that could occur when going to and from the sampler in Program Editor
- MIDI is not sent out to other software running in the background on the iPad when pads are hit
- Various small tweaks here and there

If you have questions, feel free to email our support team at or comment below.

Friday, April 27, 2018

New Age Vibes. 🔥✨

A double dose for you. 

One of our favorite Retronyms producers, Colin Yarck, is back with two new Sound Packs. We think they're the perfect duo.

The Megacosm packs a synth-filled punch, exploring funk, new age, and synth sounds throughout the 100 sounds. Complimented with the smooth sounds of Hand Tac, we know you'll be set for the weekend. Grab yours in the Content Store today.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

NEW iMPC Pro Pack: Soul Provider

Warm, divine sounds. 

Akai Professional proudly presents Soul Provider, our latest iMPC Pro Pack. We have no doubt you'll like this one. We've been playing with it at the office and are enjoying the smoothness of each sound. Soul Provider is both versatile and classic, allowing you to expand across genres like Dilla-inspired boom bap and future R&B.

If you missed it last week, we updated iMPC Pro 2! iPad Pro users now have optimized pads and everyone gets access to our new Automation Editor. We're working on a tutorial for YouTube that will be up next week. Do you want to see more videos from us? Comment below with your suggestions for topics.

We're working on an update for iMPC. Want to help us test? Email to join our beta list.