Die nächste MPC braucht keinen Rechner mehr

Microsoft hat auf seiner Entwicklerkonferenz Build 2014 unter anderem auch sein Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry vorgestellt, das unter anderem für Bankomaten, Kassen und weitere Geräte genutzt werden soll, aber anscheinend auch von Akai in einer zukünftigen MPC eingesetzt wird, die kurz gezeigt wurde. Die sieht der MPC Renaissance sehr ähnlich, kommt aber mit deutlich größerem (Touch?) Display und braucht auch keinen externen Rechner mehr.

Anscheinend will Akai/Numark das OS auch in DJ-Mixern verwenden. Eine offizielle Stellungnahme von Akai gibt es bisher nicht, aber dafür hat einer der MPC-Programmierer im MPC Forum folgendes gesagt:

The prototype was running an Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) with a core i5. It did not require any external PC. TBD what the final device runs, nut I’d expect something similar. Performance was excellent because the device is optimized to so one thing, not to also serve as email device, etc. You can even hook a keyboard, mouse, and external display to the MPC if you want. That said, I was able to do all the sample loading just using the touch screen and a thumb drive.

Other companies: I’m not going to name names, but we’re working with several tiers from most of the big names that produce software and hardware down to a selection of some of the smaller companies that create unique or impactful software. I’ve been in the room or on the phone with each of these. InMusic (Akai/Numark) was included when one of our field folks pointed out to me that they were doing cool things with embedded and their next gen of products.

It’s a hood enough sample to make sure we have feedback covering the spectrum of requirements for creative/pro audio.

Und auch der MPC Tutor scheint ein paar Infos dazu zu haben:

“Windows Embedded is simply an OS created with the sole purpose of allowing manufacturers to integrate a ready-made functioning OS to any hardware. It just saves them the hassle of creating their own propriatory OS. Once Windows Embedded is integrated into the hardware, the hardware developers develop an application to run seamlessly within it (the MPC application) and then it is CLOSED to any further software installations. It becomes a self contained system. At this point, it does not matter one bit that the underlying OS is Windows, as basically as far as the end user is concerned, they only ever see the MPC application installed in it. This is no different to any EPOS or ATM machine you might use – most of them run Windows, but you are completely unaware of it as you only ever interact with the ATM software installed on top of it. So it does not matter if you run Mac OS, Linux or Windows on your own computer. It’s no different to using an MPC1000 with your computer – the MPC will communicate with your computer via the universal methods (e.g USB, MIDI etc). As an end user, it’s unlikely that this MPC will allow you to install any additional software. The Windows OS is simply a ready-made host that allows the developers a quick way to roll out hardware. So mac users are not screwed, in the same way that they are not screwed that an MPC1000 uses ‘Akai OS’, not Mac OS.”

via MPC Forums

Danke Heiner Wiegand!

3 Responses

  1. Argentino

    The last thing I would buy. I know many ATM or EPOS machines fail. Imagine. You’re making a beat and suddenly you see a BSOD. No way.