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[NAMM] Akai introduces the MPX8 sample launcher

Akai is at NAMM 2013 to show, among other products, the MPX8 pad instrument equipped with an SD card slot.

Using a standard SD card, users can load virtually any sample onto the MPX8 and then assign it to any of the unit's eight backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads. MPX8 also comes with a large library of standard samples built in, which can be used for live performance or in studio. 

The MPX8 features a blue backlit display, an 1/8-inch headphone output, two balanced 1/4-inch outputs, and five-pin MIDI and USB MIDI inputs and outputs.

The 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.

Retail price and availability are to be announced.