akai bus MPC Key 37 officially announced, A standalone workstation and groovebox. this is the latest standalone mpc device, Following on from last year’s big Key 61. Key 37 has everything you need to create a beat or song from scratch without using an actual computer and DAW, with few limitations.
It has 37 full-sized keys, complete with aftertouch. There aren’t that many standalone devices with full keyboards, so this should excite musicians who lack experience with Akai-style pads. This instrument has 16 velocity-sensitive pads for laying down drum parts and triggering samples, so it’s a “best of both worlds” type of situation.
The Key 37 comes with 32GB of on-board storage, although 10GB is used by the OS and includes the sound pack. Thankfully, there’s a slot for an SD card to expand storage – these standalone devices fill up fast.
You get the same color 7-inch multi-touch display and four assignable Q-Link knobs as the company’s Key 61 workstation. This is great for making system adjustments and controlling effects plugins etc. In fact, the entire layout is reminiscent of Key 61, although this new release is slightly less powerful.
The Ki 37 has 2 GB RAM, while the Ki 61 has 4 GB. This will hamper the number of tracks playing simultaneously without interruption. It also lacks two microphone inputs and associated preamps. However, there are stereo 1/4-inch inputs and outputs, USB MIDI, 5-pin MIDI In/MIDI Out, 4 TRS CV/Gate output jacks, and a USB host port. This keyboard also boasts Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity for wireless streaming with platforms like Ableton Link.