Released with a suite of tutorial videos, it's designed as an entry-path to making beats.
Available on the Akai website and running on Windows or Mac, MPC Beats takes its workflow from Akai's MPC range of hardware sampler/sequencers, a staple of digital music production since the '80s.
Any MIDI device can be mapped to control MPC Beats, which either runs as a standalone app or as a plug-in in another DAW. 2GB of samples, three virtual instruments, more than 80 effects and sample editing tools are on hand for building and shaping sounds. Two stereo audio and eight MIDI tracks can run simultaneously and VST, AU, AXX plug-ins are also supported.
Akai has also developed a series of videos dubbed MPC Beats Academy to help you get started.
Watch an introduction video for MPC Beats.