Akai iMPC Sampler for iPad - Review By The Utah Saints



Calling all 90´s UK Ravers: We´ve asked leading UK DJs, producers and music writers to tell us about their favourite apps for making noise and discover new music. This week, the Utah Saints, who toured with the likes of Orbital, Moby and Aphex Twin talk about the Akai iMPC Sampler for iPad.

Calling all 90's UK Ravers: We've asked leading UK DJs, producers and music writers to tell us about their favourite apps for making noise and discover new music. This week, the Utah Saints, who toured with the likes of Orbital, Moby and Aphex Twin talk to us about the Akai iMPC Sampler for iPad.

Utah Saints are predominantly known for sampling and so we thought it would be only right to review a sampler app. However this is not just any sampler but one of the original daddies of them all. The Akai MPC. The original hardware version was created way back in 1988 and is steeped in history. It is widely known to have long been the standard means of Hip Hop and Trip Hop music creation. In fact Utah Saints, made their entire first album on Akai samplers so these guys have played a big factor in shaping our career and we owe a lot to them.

So how does the iMPC shape up?

Acai MPC

Well this does exactly what it says on the tin and turns your iPad tablet into an MPC. It comes with over 1200 Samples (such as your 909's and 808's etc) that are really useful and sound authentic. It also has 50 editable programs and 80 editable sequences. The app's built-in sampler can record samples a number of different ways such as using the inbuilt mic, using the line input on the iPad, or using the multi-touch turntable interface in the iMPC to grab samples directly from your iTunes playlist. It also has some good effects and a built in mixer.

This is a great app and we have been using it in our live DJ sets. It is brilliant for just throwing samples in on the fly and is quick and easy to plug in to the DJ mixer on a line in. It is also easy to program and is a great sketchpad for building beats in the studio.

Is it perfect?

Akai IMPC

Nearly perfect. We personally would add a few little extra updates to it such as the original timestretch function which seems to be missing (you used to be able to get some great sounds when time stretching samples over loops) and the ability to name or customize the pads on the main screen rather than just "pad 1", "pad 2" etc so it is easy to remember what is on what pad in a live situation (you can do this on the edit screen but would be good to have on the home as well).

Final verdict

Overall this app is great and amazing value for money when you think that back in the day, me and Jez my partner in the Utah Saints paid thousands of pounds for something similar to this which had all of 32mb of RAM and you can now have for just £4.99.

  • Value for Money: 5 / 5
  • Ease of Use: 5 / 5
  • Features: 3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 / 5

Akai iMPC Sampler for iPad is available on iPad from iTunes.

About the Utah Saints: Described as "the first true stadium house band", The Utah Saints have had three top ten singles in the UK Singles Chart, "What Can You Do For Me", "Something Good" and "Believe In Me" and have toured with the likes of Orbital, Moby and Aphex Twin.

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