Akai Pro’s MPC Stems Adds Audio Separation Technology to MPCs

by | Apr 2, 2024 | Software, Tech | 0 comments

Akai MPC users can now “unmix” audio stems, powered by AI technology called MPC Stems from zPlane.

Four layers — drums, bass, melodies, and vocal elements — can be split via MPC Stems. Akai Pro states each layer processes out with little to no artifacts in the processing. 

The process of extracting stems in MPC Stems is simple: Load or record a sample and then press “Create Stems.” Selected audio from the four separation layers are then ready for use inside MPC software. 

Volume, Pitch and Pan are available, either working individually or linking across each stem layer for simultaneous parameter control.

From there, Akai’s MPC environment with audio editing, automation and more is ready to use. Each stem separated will keep its separated regions on the MPC pads, even after editing. 

Additionally, any stem software separation done on an MPC Desktop is transferrable to a standalone MPC device. 


Pricing and Availability

MPC Stems costs $9.99 from the Akai Pro store.  The app works with MPC 2 Desktop Software version 2.14 and above. MPC Beats is not compatible with the stem separation software. 

MPC Stems is currently not available for Standalone mode. Stem separation capability nonetheless works for the following products in “Controller Mode”: MPC Live Series, MPC One, MPC One +, MPC X, MPC Xse, MPC Key 61, MPC Key 37, and MPC Studio Mk2.

Find more information and purchase MPC Stems on Akai’s website.


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