Free Software Friday is our regular Friday feature here at the dBs Music blog. We dig the depths of the music production and media webosphere and discover what downloadable plugin freebies are worth double clicking each week.
While there's no shortage of free plugins being released each week, the same can't be said for fully-fledged DAWs, particularly not from the likes of someone like AKAI, but MPC Beats is exactly that; a free music-making software inspired by their hardware samplers and groove machines.
Equipped with 8 MIDI tracks, a fully-featured sequencer, 80 effect plugins designed by Air, MPC-style time-stretching, and preconfigured hardware integration with both AKAI and third-party products, it's an enticing proposition from the get-go. On top of this, MPC Beats also comes with VST and AU plugin compatibility and a 2GB sound library.
MPC Beats gets even better as not only does it support third-party VST plugins, but can be used as one itself within another DAW.
The MPC workflow that so many have come to love is here in all its glory, so veterans of the hardware models will have no issue getting stuck into beat creation. For those less familiar with the workflow, or using a DAW in general, AKAI has created the MPC Beats Academy video series on their YouTube channel, which is dedicated to walking you through its features and how to get started on making your first track.
Akai MPC Beats can be downloaded for both Windows and macOS for free using the link below. You'll be required to provide your name, email, country and some other music/gear-related questions. You will then receive a link to download in an email. Some people have experienced a delay or no response at all, but this can be solved with filling out the form a second time.
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