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Force down from $1,499 to $1,299 - I can take $200 back with MPC software, AKAI! :)

I kept the Force and planning to, somehow keep believing Force to become best..... meanwhile ....

I think it will be nice gesture for AKAI to provide early adopters with free MPC licence. We ordered/bought it first day proactively. At least can start using the Expansion Pack Builder to build own extensions. With nice looking cover like own MPC packs or Splice. Like many musicians, I am making my own sound and devices.

While MPC or Splice packs have no value to me, being able create your own is indeed crucial. Even my OP-Z (3X cheaper and 10X smaller standalone competitor) can do that. (sorry for calling TE OP-Z a "competitor", but in fact it beats Force in my studio so far. I can import sound and even can play my song thru the scenes! Hallelujah! :).

You got the technology already. There is no reason not let us use it ..... (.... oh wait ... AKAI wants more-me-money .... but I think the point here is clear. $200 is technically my loss for being proactive Force supporter, so it matches MPC price very well even with few expansions). Either one MPC 2.0 or MPC Primer is cool with me:

https://akaipro.onfastspring.com/mpc-...

Also I would love get some expansion with good Piano sound, for example, I just don't know which one. Hard to imagine Melodic Trance without piano or uplifting song without basic strings. Clearly AKAI out-grown signature for MPC Hip-Hop and Trap with Force breakthru (no offense to those great genres of course). Very basic sounds ARE MISSING indeed in Force. I don't have to connect my iPad with Piano app to Force audio input to a have simple piano in my Force project. Making own multi-sampled instrument for the best in class Standalone should be doable very easy with handy supporting AKAI software, right?

TNX for considering this simple step for keeping us entertained while bigger better plans are in progress! Cheers!

P.S. .... while I was browsing AKAI site extra 10% OFF for AKAI Primer popped up. Woohoo! I will keep browsing until get 100% OFF for the Force users :)
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  • Hey Sam,

    Thanks for posting!

    I agree that the MPC Software is very handy for exporting Expansions and MPC Patterns to the Force particularly considering that the Force can only import/export .mpcpattern not .mid files. The MPC Software is necessary to convert these pattern files into MIDI files for use in third party DAWs. I'll definitely mention your request to our development and marketing teams for consideration!

    Thank you for your feedback!
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  • Thank you so much Eliza!

    In fact I got quite a few of MPC packs on mobile. Long time fan of iMPC app from day one. Handy and inspiring DAW (only note editor puzzles me every time. Instead on toggle notes you have to use menu to delete. Too clumsy, but I guess it's Retronyms style, so I run Tabletop less for the same reason).

    Anyways, is there compatibility for the mobile MPC packs with computer/standalone version? Planned or can be done thru expansion builder? Having same packs across Standalone, Mac/PC and mobile would be nice (especially for own packs).

    And yes, patterns would be awesome to export onto Force. Half of my last night session with Force (connected to Moog) I was playing in ARP mode, also browsing thru embedded patterns. Is it possible to have user own patterns within the APR mode or .mpcpattern is something I would use only on a clip, just like regular midi piece?
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  • Hey Sam!

    While I've never tried it, it looks to be possible via iTunes' File Sharing feature. You can export Samples, Projects, Sequences and Tracks that can be reopened in the MPC Software. Check out this guide for more information:

    Akai Pro iMPC App - Transferring Content To and From a Computer

    Once in the software, you can export content to the Force or use the Expansion Builder to make your own Expansion Packs.

    I'm not sure if I understand your last question, so please let me know if I don't answer it fully. If you are recording a MIDI track and engaging the ARP, you will see those exact same MIDI values recorded in arpeggiation in the Clip Edit view. If you reload that saved pattern on a different track, it will retain the arpeggiating values as they've already been written in the MIDI file.
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